Win tickets to “Taste of the Nation” Aug. 12th (part 5)

Win tickets to “Taste of the Nation” Aug. 12th (part 5)

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We’ve had some great entries this week, as many of you are obviously excited about the chance to attend Share Our Strength’s “Taste of the Nation” at the Aragon next Thursday. I’ve been awarding two tickets each day ($190 value) and we’re concluding the contest today, with our final challenge:

Last night, I had a remarkable meal at the Girl and the Goat, Stephanie Izard’s new restaurant on Randolph Street. The amazing thing was, Stephanie wasn’t even there - she had to attend a charity event - and yet the kitchen was just humming as tables filled up late into the night. Execution was near flawless, and I loved how almost every dish had a terrific balance of salt, sour, acid, fat and heat. Whether it was sauteed green beans dressed in a fish sauce vinaigrette with cashews…

or braised beef tongue set onto a disc of masa with a vibrant salsa verde and some pickled red onions…

I guess what I’m trying to get at is that Izard has worked hard to assemble an ambitious menu and a talented staff (prep starts at 5:30 a.m. everyday) and even though they’re just a few weeks out of the gate, they seem to be firing on all cylinders. Which brings me to our contest question for today:

Stephanie is going to be participating in the Taste of the Nation event next Thursday. If you’re a winner, there’s a good chance you’ll meet her, and possibly have a chance to talk about food, life, Scylla and her time as a trapeze artist in the circus. Tell me - in 50 words or less - which dish you would most like to try from her menu, and why. Entry deadline is 2 p.m. CST today, you can submit your entries in the comment section here, and you may only enter once.