For the past three years The Village Voice puts on a grand tasting event called Choice Eats. I had the pleasure of going to the Fourth Annual event last night along with a lot of other people and food bloggers. The Village Voice gathered up over 50 restaurants and food trucks for an amazing tasting event. I didn’t get to try all of the vendors (I wonder if that is even possible) but every one I did try was amazing. I wanted to share with you the pictures of the event and the amazing food that I did get to try. I left feeling full and happy. It was great to be able to try a ton of new restaurants in just one place. I now have a long list of restaurants to go enjoy. I hope to see you all at next year’s event. Thank you to The Village Voice for putting together this amazing event!
While we all waited on line, well those of us who didn’t have VIP tickets (I hope to get these next year), we were able to feast on some of the local food trucks.
First up we had the Throw-down Wafle from Wafles and Dinges
Then we had a sampling of Falafel from Taim Mobile
Finally we had the Chicken Taco from Korilla BBQ
When we moved inside I was in awe of the space and the amazed by the massive amounts of food and drink. Yes, I knew what I was getting into but you don’t realize it until you actually see it.
First up for us was Cascabel Taqueria where we enjoyed Pollo Chipotle made with Amish Chicken
(I’ve been to their restaurant and I highly recommend it despite the long wait)
Luke’s Lobster served us Maine Shrimp Rolls
We then moved on to the very long line at the Del Posto station. There we enjoyed the Chocolate and Eggplant. It was definitely worth the wait.
Next to Del Posto was Kyochon Chicken and The Meatball Shop. Neither of which we had last night but have had on several occasions. Actually, I tend to go to the Meatball Shop late at night on the weekends and take it home for a late night snack. I can tell you their meatballs are awesome.
I can’t forget to tell you about the drinks. This was a 21+ event and your ticket included complimentary drinks. I was able to have a tasting of Goose Island Sofie (it was great almost fruity), Ommegang Hennepin (one of my favorites all year round well to be truthful my favorite Ommegang Beer is their Witte) and Mama’s Little Yella Pils.
Now back to the food. We then moved over to another section. First up there was Spicy Bamba where we ate Chengdu Cold Noodles and Spicy Chicken.
Next up was Mooncake Foods who served us Asian Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Curry Lime BBQ Sauce.
Next to Mooncake Foods was Strong Place who was serving up and wonderful Raw Bar and shucked oysters right there for everyone.
At Motorino we enjoyed their Neopolitan Meatball (I also highly enjoy their pizza)
At Smorgas Chef we had the Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce and Mashed Potatoes
We also had the 3 Cheese Mac and Cheese with Pulled Pork from Mama’s Food Shop
We didn’t end there but I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the dishes (sorry there was a lot of food). We had from Black Shack Burger a Sloppy Joe Beer Braised Beef in a Classic Sloppy Joe Sauce. Baohaus ran out of their Smash Bang Chicken but they made us up some braised pork belly. For dessert we had a Ginger and Strawberry Slush from Kelvin’s Natural Slush, Coffee from Dallis Brothers Coffee (they were also great guys to talk to and if they are reading this I wasn’t up till 2am but I loved your coffee) and Lavender Mini Cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery. The only thing I didn’t get to try was the food from Porchetta they sold out in under 45 minutes hopefully I get to next year. Overall it was an amazing night with a huge array of every type of food you can imagine. I can’t wait until next year!