Monday, July 25, 2011
Mango Hometown Tour challenges chefs from Crop, Moxie
With the help of 160 mangoes, one Cleveland chef's true talent will come to fruition.
His talent for cooking with mangoes, that is.
The National Mango Board will bring its Mango Hometown Tour to Cleveland this Friday, July 29. Chef Steve Schimoler of Crop Bistro & Bar and Moxie chef Jonathan Bennett will face off from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Moxie. Each will create a mango-inspired seafood dish with a Cleveland flair, and three local experts will judge to determine a winner.
Bennett, who often creates desserts, salads and sauces with mangoes at Moxie, will be making a combination plate.
"My dish includes a mango and crab fritter with mango ketchup and a green mango slaw," he says.
While Bennett and Schimoler cook, guests will learn how to cut the fruit and get the chance to taste different mangoes and mango-inspired drinks.
"Most people should go to this event to learn how to cut a mango," laughs Bennett. "They're not the easiest things to cut, but I truly think they're the most sensual fruits."
Attending the Mango Taste-Off is free to the public with a reservation.