Even though we, “Team Karen” didn’t win the contest — the experience throughout was really REALLY wonderful!
This is the dish we made:
Inspired by this painting by Natalie Wetzel:
Ironically both are very similar to my original entry to the contest!!
Here is the commentary we prepared for the judges:
Twin City Restaurant Week – Artistic Chef Challenge
Featuring: “Team Karen”
Entourage Lounge owner Karen Murukas
Community Chef Karen Hanrahan – Blog Author: Best Of Mother Earth
Our plate was inspired by Natalie Wetzel’s Painting “Psychedelic Vapor“
Title: Visual Exhalation
Psychedelic defined: vivid colors and complex patterns popularly associated with the psychotic state. A vapor is a visual exhalation.
Entourage Signature Egg Rolls: Greek seasoned (garlic, lemon and oregano) chicken and beef with savory balsamic roasted butternut squash and purple potato. For a bit of salty goo we’ve added some feta cheese. Red and yellow peppers offer some color and crisp. Note the surprise of blueberry
The above is nestled on a colorful textured bed of baby spring mix, swiss chard, red beet, shredded carrot and green onion
Spicy Side Salad: Enjoy a champagne vinaigrette marinated cucumber, shredded carrot, mandarin orange, cilantro, peas, purple cabbage salad with a hint of red pepper flakes – topped with crushed thai spiced peanuts
Bok Choy leaf with three dipping sauces: Thai Peanut Sauce, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Raspberry Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Mini Cucumber Gin Bellini
don’t tell anyone, but we totally forgot the green onions
This image is of the judges; one eating, one drinking, one writing while being filmed: