Taste Gastropub – A Reason to visit Olney, MD

Last weekend, I, along with other food bloggers (Laetitia of FrenchTwistDC,  Aparna (Contributor to Spotted by Locals and The Hungry Lobbyist), Jessica of The Dining Traveler, Carlis of SpicyCandyDC, Lisa of Push Play Eat and Lori of Been There, Eaten That), were invited to a private tasting at Taste Gastropub in Olney, MD, co-hosted by Bookalokal, Jessica of the Dining Traveler, Carlis of SpicyCandyDC and Jessica of Neuprofile .

Photo credit: Cameron Habashian

Photo credit: Cameron Habashian

Several of us were treated to a lovely ride courtesy of Reston Limousine (thanks to Carlis and Jessica for arranging this). As we arrived at Taste Gastropub, modeled after the “gastropub” movement (a concept that started in London, England which centers around a pub that specializes in high quality food) we received a warm welcome from Jessica of NeuProfile. We then all dispersed to find a seat at the table, where menus were nicely layed out and dictated what would become a five-course dining experience.

Glasses of Biutiful Cava Brut were passed around, as the foodie group was introduced to Taste Gastropub’s owner Vic Seested and his partner in this restaurant venture, Chef and Sommelier Danny Lledo.

A native of Olney, MD, Seested, financial advisor-turned-restaurateur, capitalized on his philanthropic ways by establishing this restaurant as hub for charitable events. And bringing the gourmet factor into this mix is Chef Lledo. Having grown up with a father who was a Chef and constantly surrounded by food, Chef Lledo is the culinary brain behind the international flavors, predominantly Spanish and French, in the dishes and choice of wines that are on the menu.

We then started our tasty adventure …

FIRST COURSE

Smoked Salmon with Salmon Roe and Goat Cheese Crostini.

Smoked Salmon with Salmon Roe and Goat Cheese Crostini. Paired with a glass of Biutiful Cava Brut, Requena Spain

SECOND COURSE

Garlic Beurre Blanc Shrimp

Garlic Beurre Blanc Shrimp. Paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc of Domaine de Chevilly, Quinecy, Loire, France

THIRD COURSE

Roasted Beet Salad with a  Shot of Mushroom Brie Cream Soup

Roasted Beet Salad with a Shot of Mushroom Brie Cream Soup. Paired with a glass of Iris Pinot Noir, Cottage Grove, Oregon

FOURTH COURSE

Duo of Chicken Soulvaki & Lamb Meatballs

Duo of Chicken Soulvaki & Lamb Meatballs. Paired with a glass of Chateau de Vaugelas, Corbieres, France

FINAL COURSE

Dessert Platter of Lemon-Pistachio Cake and Flourless Chocolate Tart

Dessert Platter of Lemon-Pistachio Cake and Flourless Chocolate Tart. Paired with a glass of Biutiful Cava Rosé, Requena, Spain

Good food with spectacular wine pairings and being with friends who love food as much I do, made this an afternoon to remember. Of the tasting menu, my favorites were the salmon, shrimp, beet and mushroom dishes. The flavors in each were delicious, well-balanced and whetted my appetite.

If you are ever out in Olney, MD, I highly recommend that you stop by for a couple of savory and sweet bites …. your palate will thank you 😉

A big thank you to Taste Gastropub, Vic Seested, Danny Lledo, Bookalokal, Jessica (Dining Traveler), Carlis (SpicyCandyDC) and Jessica (Neuprofile) for a delectable and very fun day!

Taste Gastropub | 3418 Olney Latonsville Road, Olney, MD 20832 | www.tastegastropub.com

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