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    Last week, my husband and I were privileged to attend the 2014 Kentucky-Tennessee Rising Stars Gala. Put on by Starchefs.com, the tasting gala was an event to remember. From appetizers to coffee, these were my very favorite offerings. Enjoy the photographs!

    The winning dish was this incredible 

    Australian Wagyu

     Carpaccio

    , Mushrooms, Squash Pickles, Nasturtiums, and Ranch, presented by Proof on Main's Levon 

    Wallace

    Annie 

    Pettry 

    of 

    Decca provided this amazing 

    carrots, buttermilk ricotta, brown butter egg yolk, and kale furikake

    . The combination of textures on this one was incredible, and my husband went back three times to have multiple servings. Honestly, this had my vote for best dish.

    Ham maker 

    (what a job!) Jay Denham

     

    of Curehouse

     

    provided this incredible Charcuterie

    Matt Lackey

     of of Flyte World Dining and Wine in Nashville contributed this Trio of Beets: Cured, Forgotten, and Pickled Beets with House Ham and Dill Sauce. Hard to BEET.

    Patrick 

    Roney of Oakroom at the 

    Seelbach 

    Hilton was the VIP Host Chef. The Oakroom's offering was this
    Smoked Australian Lamb Rack and Grenache-braised Shank, Winter Mushrooms, and Oregon Truffles.

    Susie Hoyt of the Silver Dollar provided an incredible cocktail: Autumn Leaves with Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, 

    Ramazzotti, 

    Antica 

    Formula 1786, and Lime Juice. This drink was amazingly strong, as one would expect from the Silver Dollar, a Louisville take on the Manhattan.

    Kayla 

    Swartout of Capitol Grill in Nashville made this Chocolate Root Beer Cake, with Boylan's

     

    Red Birch Beer Sorbet, Ginger Marshmallow, Cherry Sphere, and Cherry Pearls. This was the most velvet-y, most luscious chocolate creation ever. The cherry sphere and the Birch Beer Sorbet provided just the right level of moisture and decadence to the spicy cake.

    Roaster James

    Tooill

     of  Argo Sons provided the featured coffee: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

    , Gelana

     Abaya

    , made through natural process. Sweet, floral and spicy, a great companion to the Chocolate Root Beer Cake.

    Photos 1-4 provided by Starchefs.com, photos 4-8 provided by Elizabeth Myers

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    About Elizabeth Myers

    Big fan of bacon and bourbon, deep fried anything, sweet tea and sweet nothings.

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