A cheesy report from the Midwest Winefest

Just look at all that cheesy goodness. Photo by Douglas Avenue Chop Shop.

Just look at all that cheesy goodness. Photo by Douglas Avenue Chop Shop.

I survived another Midwest Winefest, and it was a good one.

The event’s Grand Tasting on Saturday night filled two big halls at Century II with an abundance of wine and good food from local restaurants.

The most popular newcomer award definitely goes to the Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, whose booth had the longest line all evening. I kept going back hoping it would get shorter, but it never did.IMG_0328

Owner Schane Gross and head butcher Josh Rathbun also servedĀ an impressive spread of gourmet cheeses from its cheese case.

They also hadĀ samples of beautifully grilled meats throughout the evening. Rathbun ran back and forth like a crazy person from a grill set up just outside Century II.

Among the other memorable foods I sampled: Delicious oysters on the half shell from the Lakeside Club, a giant bacon-wrapped shrimp from Abuelo’s, a butterscotch pudding creation from the Marriott, some salted chocolates from Dean & DeLuca and a wonderful bite of flour-less chocolate cake from Il Vicino.