Summer Tasting with S.Pellegrino

Summer Tasting with S.Pellegrino by Smile Is It (

This post is sponsored by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water but all content is strictly my own.

Last week I had a chance to attend a fun tasting event organized by the S.Pellegrino Taste Guide. The Taste Guide is an online resource for foodies who are interested in exploring major US cities from NYC to LA through the eyes of award-winning chefs.

We arrived a little late and had to wait in line before entering the star-shaped labyrinth with food stations set up by S.Pellegrino. It was a hot but beautiful day, and I and my husband really enjoyed the view of Hudson River and refreshing S.Pellegrino.

Once we were in, there were 4 food stations and 1 station to get some S.Pellegrino Natural Mineral Water. So what interesting and trending chefs April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig and The Breslin) and Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec and Petit Trois) prepared for the guests?

1. Quail Egg. It was a slightly citrusy bite with cornmeal, mayo, eggs, lemon juice, and more. Very juicy and filling.

2. Scallops. The waiters were refilling the station when we arrived, so I shared this appetizer with my husband, and it was VERY good. The mahi-mahi fish was fresh and chilled, seasoned with lime juice, pineapple, and olive oil. Perfect appetizer for a hot summer day and those who love sashimi.

3. Beet Tostada. This one was Ralph’s favorite since he loves beets. Well seasoned beet salad with cornichons, avocado, and cilantro.

4. Tuna Tartare Tart. That’s my absolute winner. I’m a huge tuna fan, so a tuna appetizer is always a YES for me : ) There were tuna, eggs, grapeseed oil, lemons, capers, salt, shallots, cornichons, and some parsley. I’d really eat them all.

The chefs were at the end of the labyrinth ready to answer any questions about their food creations.

The waiters seemed quite energetic and served chilled S.Pellegrino to help the guests and chefs fight the insane heat.

Get more food inspiration from the Taste Guide

and tell me what is your favorite summer appetizer?










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  1. That looks like so much fun. I really love trying new foods and experiencing the possible flavors. I would probably be right with you on the Tuna Tartare Tart. I love Tuna, especially raw.

  2. That is very helpful information to have and I will use the resource for future foodie events. I eat seafood and this would have been a fun event to attend. Yum.

  3. Ah we always have S.Pellegrino when we dine out. I was influenced by my Amore and get used to it. I like that the weather was so nice during event. Good for photography and fresh air.

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