SoBeWFF: Women Rule Delta Diamond Dishes
|All photos by Laine Doss|
After a slow start at the wine reception at the Clevelander (what, no beer at a ballpark?), Julie Loria, wife of Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and author of the cookbook for which the event is named, announced that it was time to take the field at Marlins Park.
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Guests were led through a barely-marked door and were on the field. Instantly phones and cameras came out because no matter who you root for -- or even if you say you're a football fanatic -- baseball, as Susan Sarandon once said in Bull Durham, is "America's game".
And with that, it was time to eat around the bases. As befitting the A League of Their Own theme, the chefs were some of the best female talent in the culinary world. Anne Burrell served as general manager to an all-star team that included Michelle Bernstein (Michy's), Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat), April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig), Naomi Pomeroy (BEAST), and Jeni Britton Bauer.
The event, like last year, never felt crowded or rushed. Champagne, wine pairings, and some really good Casa Dragones tequila flowed freely. And, although there was a wait of about five or ten minutes at each base, it was worth it. Why? Because the chefs were creating and plating each dish themselves and taking time to explain the food, answer questions, and take pictures.
Is Diamond Dishes as wild and frenetic as Burger Bash or Q or even the Grand Tasting Village? Absolutely not.
But for good food, a stunning setting, and the ability to actually hear friends when they talk to you, Diamond Dishes knocks it out of the ballpark.
Food Network star Anne Burrell was host/general manager of the evening. What does a chef GM do at a ballpark? Lots of eating, some dancing, and plenty of posing with fans.