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Wine & Dine
ox verte bowl
a bowl of delicious veggies, grains, and meat and a package of cookie

This Tuesday, I went to Ox Verte‘s tasting event to celebrate real food. One of the UWIB Board members went to an event that Ox Verte catered at, and loving the food, she asked the host where the food came from. Lo and behold, we sat together at a small table, trying the fall menu. When the seasons change, the Ox team likes to test different flavors. Fall was defined already.

It was hosted at someone’s residence lobby (which, by the way, the building looks fantastic in the small amount of space I walked through). I got there a bit early so I was just awkwardly trying to cool down (and finish Googling about WordPress and permalinks). The Ox team was just setting up so I did not want to disturb them. Most people rolled in a bit after 7 PM. I grabbed a glass of Riesling and enjoyed the chatter 🙂

ox-verte-menu
ox verte menu – fall

While the price is on the higher end, the quality is definitely noticeable. (I’m actually not the best at tasting “freshness” but this was much less oily than a competitor, Dig Inn.) If your company orders catering, I would highly recommended you try this!

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Wine & Dine, Winnie

Last week, I went to a Tasting Table event in their Test Kitchen. The space itself was very homey, since it is basically a renovated apartment turned into huge kitchen and open area for private dining.

I immediately went straight for the food wall, grabbing the cool rectangular plate that had a hole for the wine glass. Finally, someone out there remembered how awkward networking events are with a hand of food and another hand with a beverage. Now we can all shake hands (although none were exchanged at this event…)

plate_wine_hole
an event planner’s must-have

My favorite part of this night was not the free soju citrus cocktail, but the amazing crispy rice passed hors d’oeuvres. About an inch in diameter, grilled to perfect, with unidentified pink toppings (don’t know if it was fish or vegetables), I had to keep an eagle’s eye out for fresh plates.

winnie & crispy rice
winnie eating ALL the crispy rice that are coming outta the kitchen

I tried searching through social media for a beautiful photo of this, but no luck. Guess the event was too private 🙁

If you’re interested in trying out the crispy rice, I would recommend Koi. In NYC, they are usually listed for Restaurant Week, which is twice a year in January and September. Here is an awesome photo, from the restaurant itself:

koi crispy rice, yummm
koi crispy rice, yummm

I don’t have an Air-Fry so a pan will do. Can’t wait to try this myself after watching this tutorial (and here, if you need to read / print) by Misha.

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