The Taste of Metro South: Top 10 Samples of the Sweet and Savory
“Pan in on The Shaw’s Center at 1am. Stephanie cupping her hands around her eyes looking in and pleading, “Please sir can I have some more.”
Over 70 restaurants and hundreds of people attended The Taste of Metro South on Wednesday in Brockton to celebrate living and working in the Metro South region. The event featured generous samples from area restaurants, bakeries, delis, and even the Fine Arts Cafe from Brockton High School with students cooking for the attendees. Along with food galore there was live entertainment and cultural and community service organizations.
Although there is no particular order to the top ten of the night, Jake’s Bar & Grille was the first stop and was a tall order to fill. The buffalo chicken was highly addictive with a sweet, rich, yet subtle sauce that proved not to overpower. Complimenting the buffalo chicken was a light creamy three cheese shells pasta. If that doesn’t impress you this should; both the buffalo and cheese sauce contain all natural ingredients by the very talented chefs of Jake’s. If this is any sign of the rest of their menu you definitely won’t be disappointed.
If you thought you could get reservations for these mouth-watering scallops you’d be wrong unfortunately. Heights Crossing Assisted Living Residence served pan seared sea scallops along with a savory wild mushroom ravioli in a sweet basil sherry cream. The scallops were fresh and plump and truly a luxury treat and the wild mushroom ravioli had a wholesome earthy flavor.
Harry’s Westgate Pub served up generous samples of pulled pork and steak tips with rice. They marinate their pulled pork overnight but what makes it truly stand out was the robust variety of flavors including honey, molasses, homemade barbecue sauce, lemon, and lime. The pork was tender, rich, and made with a lot of love.
C.M Petti Market & Deli provided samples of different wraps, chicken cutlets, and Italian sausage. The highlight of their samples was the Rocky Wrap. I bit into it and instantly melted, with a generous amount of chicken that had been marinated overnight with Italian dressing instead of oil and topped with a thin layer of Swiss cheese.
Stoneforge Grill served a decadent roast sirloin with Gorgonzola cream sauce. I’m not usually a fan of rare cuts of meat but the chef on site had cooked it to perfection. A lighter topping of balsamic dressing was offered instead of the cream sauce for those who weren’t fans of cream sauces and both complimented the sirloin exquisitely.
Edible Arrangements offered samples of chocolate dipped strawberries and apples along with assorted fruit. All of the fruit was fresh and plump and the strawberries had just the right amount of tart and the perfect amount of milk chocolate.
I’ve been to a number of Texas Roadhouses but the baby back ribs they served at this event are the best I’ve ever had. Cooked to perfection they fell off the bone and melted in your mouth with a perfect blend of sweet and spice. A definite game changer.
Boston Market offered up many different flavors of chicken to sample. My favorite of the night was their Tuscan Chicken with a perfect fusion of pepper and spices.
Freda’s Fine Good & Spirits offered Bruschetta with tomatoes, pesto, and fresh mozzarella. They didn’t overpower it by using a lot of oil, instead they used the rich flavor of the pesto.
The highlight of the evening was The Fine Arts Cafe of Brockton High School. They served a lemon, garlic pasta along with these mini red velvet cupcakes. The Fine Arts Cafe is a student-run restaurant inside of Brockton High School. These students proved to hold their own AND even surpassed over 50 other restaurants and bakeries to make the top ten. The lemon, garlic pasta had the perfect blend of spices and wasn’t overpowered by oil and the mini red velvet cupcakes were the perfect amount of sweet. It’s inspiring to see a school district incorporate such a health conscious program and to see such enthusiastic and cheerful students represent Brockton High School.
The Taste of Metro South was presented by the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, a private, non-profit business association based in the City of Brockton, Massachusetts. The Metro South Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes the local business community through leadership in public advocacy, education, networking, information and community development.
The Chamber serves nearly 1,000 member businesses of all sizes from virtually all industries in the communities of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Holbrook, Norwell, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman. Chartered in 1913, the Metro South Chamber of Commerce has evolved into the region’s oldest and leading economic development and business advocacy organization. The Metro South Chamber was one of the charter members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is one of only ten Chambers of Commerce in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that is accredited by the U.S. Chamber.