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Monday, March 1, 2010

Zingerman’s Roadhouse Weekly Staff Tasting

A Special Dinner do-over invitation *and* an invitation to a staff tasting of the weekly specials? I couldn’t resist.

Every week, the Zingerman’s Roadhouse chefs share their carefully crafted, themed weekly specials with the staff. They describe the ingredients and sometimes the origins of the ingredients. After tasting a bite of each dish, the staff can better describe them to customers.

This week’s specials revolved around fish: everything from fried smelt to oatmeal crusted skate wing. With the skate, the chef displayed how the customers will be able to very easily debone the fish with one motion.

Drinks weren’t forgotten. The coffee flavor of the week and a new wine offering were also available for tasting. Monthly wine tastings are available for the staff to learn more about the menu.

Always Italian-leaning, my favorite was the Grilled Fennel-Spiced Amberjack that was served with a risotto-crab cake. I’m not one for fennel, but the taste wasn’t overwhelming and the risotto was deliciously smooth and flavorful.

When you return to the Roadhouse, you can be assured that the staff is familiar with the offerings. Thanks to the ever-gracious Events Manager Joanie Mallory for the invitation!

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