Taste of Kingston | Haunted Dishcrawl

Monday, October 28, 2013

As Halloween is slowly creeping up, the perfect way to celebrate for a foodie was by attending an event like no other in the city of Kingston. On October 23rd, the Haunted Dishcrawl journey took us to four restaurants where by which the first was revealed in an email 48 hours prior to the start of the event. With a few hints revealed over social media, guests arrived at Windmills greeted by Christine McCullough, Kingston Dishcrawl Ambassador dressed in Halloween spirit. She was a lovely host and exuberated the essence of actress Melissa Rauch, also known as Bernadette from Big Bang Theory. The stunning resemble was uncanning.

As name tags were distributed and seats were taken, the rather large group was welcomed by Chef Adam Martin and served their first sample plate. With only about 45 minutes at each location, mingling with new friends and trying to savour each bite was a tad challenging but was overcome by a few silent moments and faces that I apparently make when tasting food, who knew!

Geneva Crepe Bistro was our second stop and boy oh boy was I in for a surprise. The two dishes that were served by Chef Genevieve were items I would have never ordered but to my dismay, I experienced new tastes like never before. I realized that beets were actually sweet tasting and paired well with feta and Indian flavours in a crepe was mind blowing. So many flavours that I still had not yet combined before was astonishing. By far, my favourite stop of the night as portions were generous.

 Spooky stories about Skeleton park, Prince George Hotel and Rochleau Alley were told throughout the night. Our walks from each local restaurants was frigid to say the least as I only wore a blazer. I guess I forgot to check the Weather Network since temperatures dipped to below 10 degrees. As the group made their way to the third location - Olivea, the lovely Deanna Harrington kindly greeted guests as we were directed to the private room at the far back and proceeded to go over the wonderful bit sized hors d'oeuvres. This Italian eatery served up dishes that had simple savoury ingredients.

Our last stop of the night for dessert was surprisingly right next door at Tango Neuvo. A restaurant that recently got revamped. The refreshed look was sleek and polished with a cozy ambience. As the only locale in Kingston serving up tapas, apparently they are used as a way to encourage conversation. The Spanish culture was brought out in the dessert served and let me tell you, a fellow Dishcrawler used the back of her fork as she grew impatient for a spoon to have the remnants of her Chocolate Churros sauce. They were finger licking good indeed.

The most surprising was that all restaurants visited were very much accommodating to allergies, mine being tree nuts - walnuts, almonds and pecans. Substitutes were found and dishes were still well put together. So if you have an allergy, don't use it as an excuse! Next month, Kingston Dishcrawl goes gluten free! Come out and mingle with foodies to discover what Kingston restaurants have to offer!

Take a look at what was served through the night. I may have to warn you that it might make you a tad hungry:

Geneva Crepe Bistro | 297 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Bombay Crepe (Signature Crepe)
Chicken, mild curry, cranberries, coconut, almonds, celery and apples.

Beet Salad
Local heirloom beets, apples, feta, walnuts, greens, sour cream and balsamic vinaigrette.

{Beet Salad & Bombay Crepe}

Smoked Salmon Crepe
Fair trade BC wild caught certified, mixed greens, red onion with fresh dill, capers and cream cheese spread.

{Smoked Salmon Crepe}

Windmills Cafe | 184 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Soup
Parsnip veloute garnished with white truffle oil.

Crostini
Topped with wild mushroom and Grana Padano.

Arancini
Gruyere stuffed arancini on smoked tomato compote.

Coconut Shrimp
 Coconut crusted shrimp, fried and served with with Asian marmalade dipping sauce.

{Windmill Sample Plate}

Olivea | 39 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario

Gnocci
Beef cheek ragu served with a handmade gnocchi.

Panelle
Sicilian chickpea fritters with lemon and salt.

Gorgonzola walnut and grape 
Salad with Italian greens and balsamic vinaigrette.

{Olivea Sample Plate}

Tango Neuvo | 331 King St. East, Kingston, Ontario

Churros
Classic spanish dessert of light, crispy fritters, sprinkled with icing sugar, cinnamon powder served with warm chocolate sauce.

{Churros}

 A substitute of gelato was given in lieu of the almond cake due to my allergies.

Torta de la Almendra
Traditional Spanish almond cake served with warm chocolate sauce.

Gelato
Mio Gelato's finest chocolate gelato.

{Gelato}

Next Event | Gluten Free Kingston Dishcrawl - November 19th, 2013

All images were captured by the new Moto X. Thank you Rogers!

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