Those of you active in the local dining and arts communities, are probably confused by the title given this past weekend's event. Give Joey a second.
When it comes to food, no one loves the Capital Region more than this guy. So I’m sure you can understand the excitement I felt when I first heard about the 2013 Wine & Dine for the Arts. Wine for Mrs. Average Joe, Dine for Average Joe….the perfect date! On top of that, this weekend long event is a huge fundraiser for the local arts community. How could it go wrong?
Easy. They forgot the food. Not completely, but I felt like I was at a wine tasting. Maybe it’s sour grapes (pun alert), but as the Designated Driver, I did not have nearly as much fun as Mrs. Average Joe. Am I embellishing? 100% . There was food, and boy was it great. I just felt that Mrs. Average Joe got more out of her $50 than I did.
Enough pouting. Jack’s, 677, New World Bistro. That’s a good week of eating right there, and I got to do it all in one day. More importantly, this day wasn’t about the wine or the food. It was about supporting a cause. We went on Saturday afternoon and the room was packed, with some of the top culinary experts in the area.
Maybe I went with the wrong strategy. I went with an empty stomach, expecting to eat like Kobayashi. I’ll give the Wine & Dine for the Arts another chance in 2014, but this time I think I’ll check out the Slider Slam on Friday night. I can definitely put on a show at that.