Selections of Nibbly Bites From Last Night's Taste of the Nation Fundraiser.

I think I only ate half of what was available. There were nearly 50 restaurants so this is only a selection. I tried to invite @gabimoskowitz as my +1 but she wasn't able to make it.
  1. Oysters on the Half Shell
    From Nick's Cove up in Tomales Bay. They were serving it with Plymouth Gin.
  2. Petite French Dip sandwiches
    From Mayfair Bakery. So adorable!
  3. Uni on Oxtail on Marrow Toasted Brioche
    Alexander's Steakhouse
  4. Fancy Avocado Toast
    From Cavalier.
  5. Polenta cake w/wild mushroom, quail egg & white truffle
    From Park Tavern. Apparently Tyler Florence was there as well but I totally didn't see him. Oh well.
  6. Asian-style Wagyu Beef Tartare on black sesame puff
    From Chino. I think this might have been one of my favorite bites.
  7. "Happy Spoon" oyster, uni, ponzu creme fraiche, ikaru, tobiko
    By Pabu Restaurant
  8. Fresh Cheese with spiced Young Lamb
    By AQ
  9. Kobe beef tartare with truffles and caviar
    By Prospect restaurant. This was in the VIP section. It was the fancy pants dish of the evening.
  10. Slow cooked Berkshire pork toast with smashed white beans and pickled onions
    From Foreign Cinema. They also had a selection of BEEF charcuterie that was excellent.
  11. Marinated asparagus with baby radish and house cured egg
    By Barbacco.
  12. Greek Fries
    By Soulva. Such a crowd pleaser. Even in the vast sea of uni, tartare and shaved triffles everyone loves fresh fries. Plus the served them in the cute NY coffee cups! Well played.
  13. Foie Gras Macarons
    By The Village Pub. I wanted to like these more than I did.
  14. Pork & Shrimp dumpling on cucumber
    By M.Y. China. Clearly not Kosher. Also a little too much neon sweet and sour sauce.
  15. Asparagus Prosecco Zabaglione
    From Delfina. They were making the zabaglione on the fly there. Very impressive!
  16. Pork Ragu Arancini
    From Pizza Antica. Who doesn't love a deep fried pork fritter?
  17. Duck Pastrami with pickled vegetables, house cultured yogurt & rye bread.
    By Causwells. This last one looked so sad and lonely but they quickly put out more for people.
  18. Spring Vegetables with pickled green strawberry & uni
    From Central Kitchen. This was good but I wanted more green strawberry.
  19. Bay Laurel Panna Cotta with Blood Orange & Anise Seed Streusel
    By Scala Bistro. This was spot on. I'm not a huge panna cotta fan but I liked this. Good texture mix w/ streusel, slight bite of acidity with the blood orange & nice flavor combination overall.
  20. Meatball
    No nonsense pork, beef & veal meatball in marinara from Redd Wood. Ballsy of them for doing something so straightforward. (<– see what I did there?)
  21. Mussel & fava leaf buñuelo with chorizo aoili
    From Aatxe. Opening in a couple of weeks in the Swedish American Hall/Cafe duNord space.
  22. Cured salmon gravalax with mustard flower and salmon roe in rye
    From Pläj. I haven't been but now I want to go.
  23. Four Gras Torchon with Seville Orange Marmalade and Brioche
    From Dirty Habit. I hate their name but the bite was decent.
  24. Country Pork Pate, pickled mustard seeds and sauerkraut
    From Serpentine
  25. Ramen Eggs
    From The Ramen Bar. I love ramen but I was not impressed with The Ramen Bar the one time I ate there. But these eggs! I could have eaten a dozen of them. I might have to give Ramen Bar another shot.
  26. Spicy Thai Shrimp Ceviche on Puffed Rice Cracker
    By Hawker Fare