Iron Fork 2015

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Hey friends! I hope you’re having a lovely day filled with delicious food. As for me? I’m still full from an event I went to last night: Iron Fork!

Iron Fork is the Riverfront Times annual food extravaganza. It’s huge – 40 hand picked restaurants are in attendance, and there are cocktails, a chef competition, and more. It’s sold out the past two years. If you’re a foodie, you are at this event. Period.

The Riverfront Times (RFT) was nice enough to give me a pair of tickets, so I invited one of my best friends (and fellow foodie) to join me. Marjorie was more than happy to oblige.

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We weren’t the only ones at the event – I knew this was going to be something epic when I saw the number of people in line:

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Holy schmoly! I was afraid that this event was going to be too crowded, but it ended up not being an issue; the event took place at Union Station, and it was spread out in two huge ballrooms.

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It was so awesome to see that so many of my favorite restaurants were in attendance – like I said, there were 40! I knew my belly couldn’t handle all 40 (even though I tried), but I was able to hit up some amazing spots. Less jabber, more pictures, right? Okay. Here we go!

Three Kings Public House had their Poblano and White Bean Chicken Chili:

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Onesto Pizza & Trattoria had their Signature Meatball:

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Mission Taco had their House Made Chorizo Taco with Grilled Pineapple Salsa, Pickled Jalapeno, and Cilantro-Line crema:

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Strange Donuts had Strawberry Jalapeno Donut Bites:

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Seoul Taco had Seasonal Kimchi Stew: Spicy Aged Kimchi with Pork Belly & Tofu Garnished With Scallions

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The Scottish Arms had Duck Confit Bruschetta with Chopped Figs, Blue Cheese, Toasted Almonds, and Port Reduction:

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Pie Oh My had Apple Green Chili Pie with Pecan Crumble:

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I had BBQ Nachos with Pulled Rib and Pork and Smoked Jalapenos topped with Cheese Sauce from The Shaved Duck:

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Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ had Seafood Gumbo, which was definitely my favorite dish of the night!

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Scape American Bistro had Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage:

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The Restaurant at The Cheshire Inn had Chilled Yellow Tail with Strawberry Rhubarb Chile Gelee:

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Quincy Street Bistro had Grilled Peasant Bread with Baked Ricotta Cheese Con Latte, Charred Onion Pesto, and Marcona Almonds:

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Salume Beddu had Spincione, Sicilian Style Foccacia, and Salami:

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Layla had their Devil’s Advocate Burger – a pork burger with bacon, sumac onions, melted swiss cheese, green chartreuse pickles, and beer caraway mustard on a pretzel bun:

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222 Artisan Bakery had two things: their Bacon Cheddar Croissants:

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and their Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing and Candied Pecans:

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Grove East Provisions had their Chicken Noodle Soup:

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Kakao Chocolate had Smores Marshmallow Sundaes:

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And then of course, there was plenty of alcohol to sample:

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And every attendee received three drink tickets for beer or wine. I only used one drink ticket, because look at this generous pour:

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Wowza! That’s a lot of wine – just how I like it 😉

Rocket Fizz also had a booth set up:

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And they provided bacon soda for the chef’s competition!

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Yes – bacon. soda. It’s a thing. And the chefs that were in the competition had to create a dish that used the soda.

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I didn’t stick around to see what the creation were (or who won), but it looked awesome!

All in all, Iron Fork was an incredible event; I was able to sample food from a lot of restaurants, and I barely even scratched the surface! Next year my goal will be to make it to every single booth. My body will be ready!

I would highly recommend this event; it’s a great opportunity to sample delicious creations from restaurants all throughout the St. Louis area! I had a blast.

See you next week!

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