Last Saturday, the cheesiest event around was held in Santa Ana. Oozefest presented over 20 top local restaurants providing guests with unique and delicious food creations. The event, sponsored by Foodbeast and with proceeds going to an excellent charitable organization, Inspire Artistic Minds, was the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. Also featured at the event were a wide variety of breweries supplying delicious, cold beer for the guests. Ballast Point, Green Flash, Saint Archer and Portland Cider were just a few of the breweries represented.
GD Bro Burger, fresh off their stint on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, made some excellent grilled cheese sandwiches. Slapfish wooed the crowd with some insanely delicious lobster beignets. Chef Jeffrey Bloutt of SOCIAL in Costa Mesa made a wonderful cured duck ‘ham’ and encased it in a duck fat pastry with a caramelized onion jam. Waffles Inc. had a very popular item that everyone seemed to have, a waffle encased in cotton candy and topped with cheese powder. There were great sweets like the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with bacon from the Black Market Bakery and a refreshing popsicle made with raspberry and brie from Front Porch Pops.
The event itself was a charity event for Inspire Artistic Minds, an OC charity dedicated to improving the lives of those in the bar industry through education. IAM is great for customers too, since by educating bartenders, waiters and others in the industry, ultimately it is the guests who are the beneficiaries. For more info or to donate to IAM, please go to www.InspireArtisticMinds.org.
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