Some things just get better with age. Case in point: Thursday night’s 25th anniversary of the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, benefiting education programs at The Contemporary Austin.
Held on the bucolic grounds of Laguna Gloria, the 2014 edition of LDV had the air of a fully matured event, free of the stress that can sometimes accompany such a massive undertaking. A great touch this year was the use of creative video mapping on the historic Driscoll Villa that visually illustrated the museum’s focus on educating people of all ages, courtesy of the talented team at ILIOS Lighting Design.
The fare ranged from Salty Sow‘s corned beef tongue Reuben tacos to waffle cones with fried chicken and a chipotle maple syrup from Moonshine. Taking home the prize for “best dish” was newcomer Vox Table for their inventive smoked hamachi with a dressing that was delivered from a tube at the end of the skewer. Cool stuff…and the perfect bite.
On the wine side, the big winner for the evening was Tranquilo Cellars, which swept the red and white wine categories. We’ve been coming to this event for a long time and I don’t think we’ve ever seen one winery take home the prize for both…congratulations! Speaking of congratulations, big kudos to The Contemporary for keeping La Dolce Vita fun and engaging. We’re already thinking ahead to next year.