The Taste is one of the best events of the year, benefiting a favorite of ours, the Larimer County Food Bank.  This event has great local chefs making delicious small dishes served with tasty brews from local breweries.

One favorite dish included Seared Fennel-Black Pepper Rubbed Albacore with Grilled Zucchini, Radicchio, Pickled Red Onion, Carrot, Flatleaf Parsley and Arugula with Spice Infused Red Wine Vinaigrette made by Chef Oskar Arevalo from Fish Restaurant located in Old Town.  The Red Wine Vinaigrette really brought out the delicious flavor of the Albacore. It was absolutely delicious and would be amazing with a refreshing kolsch.

Another stunning meal included the New York Strip and Crispy Morel Mushroom Ravioli with Parsley Root, Celery Salad, Truffle Jus made by Chef Brian Shaner from Nick’s Italian.  This dish was absolutely FABULOUS!  Made me really want to go back to Nick’s Italian and try more!  This dish was perfect with one of our favorite beers, Verboten’s Killer Boots Caramel Porter.

My all time favorite dessert at the event included the Rum Panna Cotta, Fresh Berries, Mint, Pistachio Wafer made by Chef Alex Feldman from Rare Italian.  This dessert literally blew my mind.  It was sweet, but not overly sweet like some desserts.  It had amazing flavor and texture, I am looking forward to trying it at Rare Italian again.  This was delicious with Verboten’s Angry Banjo Dark Cream Ale, wow.

I have really grown to love this event having gone the past couple years.  The amazing selection of craft beers paired with the wonderful chefs and their talented creations  are a few reasons why this event is a great part of Fort Collins.

Wondering if it is worth buying tickets next year? Why not? This event gives back to a great cause and allows you to explore many local restaurants, as well as things on their menu you may not have when visiting them!