Sharon Thompson: Blind taste test will judge local versus commodity meat

swthompson@herald-leader.com,Sharon ThompsonApril 29, 2014 

Does locally raised meat taste better than commodity meat?

Chef Jeremy Ashby will put local to the test at a "blind dinner" at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont Centre.

The dinner will include five courses of side-by-side dishes that use local, sustainable produce or large-scale and commodity meats. Each protein will be prepared the same way and complemented by seasonal sides. Diners won't know which is which and will vote for the best-tasting dish in each course. Results will be announced at the end of the dinner.

Here's the menu:

■ First course: Marcona almond-crusted fish (local tilapia versus large-scale Thai import fish) with spinach, morel mushrooms, crème fraîche and strawberry balsamic.

■ Second course: Pan-roasted truffle-studded breast with confit leg and thigh (free-range local Cornish rock variety versus large-scale produced indoor broiler chicken) with Yukon potato gnocchi, mint, peas and natural jus.

■ Third course: Apricot-glazed belly (local pasture-raised pork versus commodity pork) with lemongrass-infused artichoke, ginger-carrot purée and watercress.

■ Fourth course: Slow-roasted strip loin (pasture-raised versus corn-fed beef) with Vidalia onion soubise, pickled ramps, goat cheese and walnut-crusted asparagus, and smoked green goddess butter.

■ Fifth course: Cheese and wine (local versus imported cheese, local versus California wines.)

Dinner is $55. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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