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






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

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