• Dinner at The Ravenous Pig

    April 12, 2010

    Last night, we enjoyed dinner at The Ravenous Pig, an American gastro pub in Winter Park.

    Dubbed one of Florida’s “Latest and Greatest” restaurants by Saveur, this new restaurant features great food and great drink in the tradition of the gastropubs of London. The Ravenous Pig’s extensive menu items range from pub fare to raw bar offerings to creative salads, house-made pastas, fresh seafood and bistro classics. Beverage options include eight American micro-brewed beers drawn from the custom designed tap, as well as an extensive wine line, and hand-made cocktails.

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    When we arrived at the restaurant, the chefs/owners, James and Julie Petrakis, welcomed the group and described the menu for the evening. Each course was paired with a wine (or beer).

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    We started with Zuckerman Farms Asparagus Soup with a Blue Crab Fritter and Lemon Oil

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    I loved this soup! It was easily my favorite course of the evening– besides dessert, obviously! ;-)

    Apparently, the soup was paired with a glass of brut champagne, but I guess I never snapped a photo of it? My camera must have eaten it. :-?

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    Next up:

    House-made Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese served with House Pickles and Whole Grain Mustard

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    The cheese plate was paired with a Cigar City Brewing ‘Jai Alai’ IPA beer. I’m usually not a big fan of IPAs, but this one wasn’t too hoppy. Mal would have loved it!

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    George’s Bank Scallops with Potato Risotto, English Peas, Hen of the Wood Mushrooms, and Carrot Foam

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    I also really enjoyed this course. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the carrot foam added a wonderfully refreshing flavor to the dish.

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    This course was paired with a glass of JL Chave “Sybéle” Crozes-Hermitage, Marsanne, Rhone ’07, which was a light and crisp white wine.

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    The final course of the evening:

    Niman Lamb Loin with Artichoke and Spring Vegetable Ragu, Mint Pesto, and Local Watercress

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    I’m not a big meat person, so I only ate a few bites of the lamb, but I really enjoyed the veggies and pesto.

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    This dish was paired with a nice red wine: Travaglini “Vendemmia,” Nebbiolo, Gattinara ’04.

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    And dessert! Yummmmm! I’m still thinking about it. I actually talked Mal’s ear off about how much I enjoyed when we chatted on the phone late last night.

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    Créme Caramel with Florida Citrus Compote and Earl Grey Honey Tuille

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    I pretty much scraped the bowl clean! ;-) It was so good!

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    Dessert was paired with a sweet, berry-flavored wine: Marenco Blochetto d’Aqai.

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    I pretty much ate all day, so I didn’t overdo it at dinner. I left pleasantly satisfied and slept like a baby last night!

    The Bake-Off just started!!! Ahh! So exciting!

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    { 30 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jessica @ How Sweet April 12, 2010 at 8:38 am

    That food looks unreal! I am drooling over those scallops!

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Man, I love the look of that lamb!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) April 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

    oh wow…i almost don’t even know what to say! all of that food looks and sounds amazing. i think out of all the dishes my favorite would be the soup as well :)

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    Ann @ Appalchian Appetites April 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

    It looks like you were at a tasting for Top Chef! Love that show :)

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    Diana April 12, 2010 at 8:44 am

    That food looks AMAZING. Especially that dessert… :P

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    Hannah April 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Zuckerman!!! Isn’t that the name of the farmers in Charlotte’s Web? Oh, childhood memories! That creme caramel does look divine. They can be so flaccid and bland when done badly, but so rich and amazing when done well!

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    Kerry April 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Crozes Hermitage and hen of the wood mushrooms – I would have been in love! Such a treat, enjoy!

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

    It all looks so fancy and artistic. I don’t eat beef so I think I would have a little trouble at this event.

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    Katharine April 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

    What a fabulous time you’ve been having! And the food, wow! Hope the rest of your time there is just as wonderful. :)

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Everything looks incredible — the food looks like art in addition to being delicious. Fancy schmancy. ;)

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    Jenny April 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Enjoy the bakeoff!

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    Whitney @ Whitinspired April 12, 2010 at 8:58 am

    OMG…all of that looks incredible!!! Have fun at the bakeoff!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

    All of that food looks so amazing. I also love the tin ceilings in the restaurant!

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    Christina April 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Ahh, can’t wait to hear about the bake off!!

    Those scallops look amazing, what a crazy giant bowl for them though!

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    Emily Eats and Exercises April 12, 2010 at 9:07 am

    You’ve had quite the eating experience this week. Asparagus soup and crab cake sounds like a wonderful combo. Yum.

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    kalli@fitandfortysomething April 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    wow what a feast! my favs would have to be the scallops and the soup. how fun!

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    WOW that meal looks incredible!!

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    Kathleen April 12, 2010 at 9:26 am

    WOW It all looked so wonderful! YUM!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) April 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Scallops are one of my favorite things to eat. They make me giggle with delight when I order them :-)

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    shannon (the daily balance) April 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

    what an incredible dining experience! that carrot foam looks quite intriguing! and i LOVE scallops, so that dish may have been may fave! (besides dessert, obvi!)

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

    YUM!!! Those scallops look awesome!

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    theemptynutjar April 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

    That is a unique name for a restaurant…different for sure.

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    Lisa April 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    What a funny restaurant name! I’d totally go there. Especially after seeing that food! YUM!

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    Nowel April 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Umm… can I just say how jealous I am right now….

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Everything looks AMAZING!

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    Kait April 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, everything on all of those plates looks awesome!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) April 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    gorgeous dinner! i love when i sleep like a baby after a great meal.

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    Rachel April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    The presentation of your meal was gorgeous. Everything sounds so good. I am glad you are having a great time! Thanks for sharing all of your experiences.

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale April 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I love eating creme caramel… but it’s fun to make too! Unmolding it from little ramekins is so satisfying for some reason!

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    webdesign stuttgart February 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    It looks so fantastic. SimplyI love it.

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