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Kansas City Carnival

by Nannette Eaton on August 25, 2012

“These images in vivid and violent tones have resulted from crystallization of memories of the circus, popular tales or travel.” — Henri Matisse

The Wines of France Kansas City Carnival was held in the historic City Market with the Kansas City skyline as the back drop. Chef Alex Pope of Vagabond created a modern upscale twist on the carnival and state fair standards to pair with the Wines of France. The Wine Harlots favorite was irreverent take of a Wisconsin favorite, cheese curds. Chef Pope reimagined the classic as Tempura Mozzarella Curd Caprese with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes with Basil Coulis which paired well with a sparking wine, the Lucien Albrecht Crémant D’Alsace, a delicious wine at an approximate retail of $12-14 USD from the Alsace region in France. Also a hit was artisanal version of a corn dog which paired well with Domaine de la Renjarde Côtes du Rhône-Villages Vin de Pay Portesde Mediterranee, about $15 USD from the Rhône. Watermelon slushie with Carmel Wine reduction and served in a poblano pepper? In the 100 degree heat, I’ll take two please! The only dish that  struck-out was a play-on-words dish, Popcorn Shrimp. Shrimp and popcorn tossed with truffle butter that missed the mark, clever wordplay notwithstanding.  In addition to wine and cusine, there were a few arcade games that tested the player’s mettle, and the performers from the Vibe Tribe kept the guests entertained with flights of fancy and carnival whimsy.

Nannette Eaton of Wine Harlots is employed as the Official Blogger/Social Media Correspondent on the Wines of France Across America 2012 promotional tour.

photo credits:
food by EatonAlive ©2012
people by Lush Life ©2012
Vibe Tribe in-focus pics by Lush Life ©2012, grainy, blurry shots EatonAlive ©2012.