Sustainable Seafood Initiative dinners are the best! Seriously! They! Are! They actually require all these exclamation points! Delicious seafood, a talented chef, all the cool kids and good old environmentalism. Try and beat that. Rosso hosted a recent S.S.I. dinner, featuring seafood from Shop Tart fave Our Local Catch. As soon as she arrived, the Shop Tart was offered an American Harvest Grapefruit-Elderflower Spritz. She sipped it and checked out the wines to be served with dinner.
The passed appetizers — smoked trout on crostini — to accompany the delicious cocktail were perfection.
At the table, the Shop Tart perused the menu. (Her friends were late. She wasn’t sad about this. She loves being on her own, and rarely has the chance to do so in Columbia. For whatever reason, she knew virtually no one at this dinner, so she was left to chill in peace until her friends arrived. Heaven!) Look at that menu…
The rudder fish and shrimp ceviche was the dish that had attracted the Shop Tart in the first place, and she wasn’t disappointed. Refreshing and delicious, with a sustainable, South Carolina flair.
The next course, Littleneck clams with bourbon-creamed sweet corn, chanterelles and bacon, turned out to be a crowd favorite. The Shop Tart would like to eat this again and again. And again. She has cooked Our Local Catch clams many times and they are fantastic; she has yet to have a single one refuse to open.
She has also cooked amberjack from Our Local Catch, but she is not quite so skilled. YUM.
Did you think dessert would not include something from the sea? Well, you were wrong! Served in individual punch cups, the chocolate-cappucino budino with McLellanville sea salt and Georgia Olive Farms extra-virgin olive oil was INSANE. The Shop Tart could eat this every day. She loves a little salt with her sweets.
So, maybe you didn’t make it to the dinner. But you’re pretty good in the kitchen. (Even if you think you aren’t, there’s no time like the present to start learning.) Lindsey and Bryan Tayara of Our Local Catch are giving away two $25 gift cards to Shop Tart readers! You can find them at Rosewood Market in the parking lot most Thursday afternoons. In fact, you can get in line right behind the Shop Tart, who can usually be found picking up clams, smoked trout, amberjack burgers, trout sausage, shrimp or fish for tacos (yes, she likes all the things). What do you do to win one of the gift certificates? Leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but why not let us know what fish or seafood dish you would most like to learn to make? Maybe we can talk Kristian into giving us some pointers. Winners will be chosen next Wednesday, August 14th, just in time for the market the next day. Ready, set, go!
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Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!