Culinary Road Trip: Tastes of the American Road
When Freedom Beat opened the doors, it promised to pay homage to the tastes and tunes of the American road. That promise was fulfilled with the Culinary Road Trip with Chef Scott Commings which transformed Downtown Las Vegas into each regional location with unforgettable food.
Hosted once a month by Chef Scott Commings, winner of Hell’s Kitchen season 12, this dinner series is designed to be family-style and interactive with Chef Scott taking control of the wheel for each monthly Road Trip. As we head into the final stop of the year on December 1, let’s take a look back at all the delicious foods we’ve enjoyed since its inception in March.
The dinner kicked off on March 1, just in time to close out the annual Mardi Gras festivities. Naturally, we made our first road trip stop in New Orleans. The first dinner featured foods and drinks that New Orleans is best known for including Antoine’s Oysters Rockefeller, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, and Classic Crawfish Boil.
Next, the road trip went onwards and upwards to the Rocky Mountain high of Colorado celebrating foods from the Colorado River to the edge of the Great Plains. The ultimate Colorado dinner featured Buffalo Sliders, Colorado Lamb, and Crispy River Trout.
Our third stop was Chef Scott’s favorite, his home state of Wisconsin. Among the cheesy delicacies on the menu, the Beer Battered Cheese Curds were a crowd favorite and later became available 24 hours a day on the Freedom Beat menu. Other dishes from the road trip included “Wednesday Night” Fish Fry and the Farmer Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie.
For stop number 4, we headed back east to the great state of New York. The menu featured deli-style favorites such as the Onion Bagel and Mini Reuben. And no visit to the Big Apple would be complete without an original slice of New York Style Pizza.
For the next stop, we wanted to have a taste of our own backyard: Las Vegas. In honor of this destination, we expanded the dinner to 50 guests, added live music, and encouraged guests to get dolled up in their best Vegas dress. With dishes that included a little bit of Antipasti, some Meatballs, and Eggplant Parmesan, all outfitted with a period-correct cocktail and dessert, this meal was nothing to forget about. From Las Vegas locals to traveling tourists visiting to experience some phenomenal Vegas cuisine; this meal is one that will be talked about for years!
We went back east again in August, but this time to the City of Brotherly Love. Chef Scott assembled a collection of dishes to ensure the room was Always Sunny. The favorite dish of the night was the Classic Philly Cheesesteak inspired by both Geno’s and Pat’s.
Our seventh dinner stop took guests on a unique excursion Deep in the Heart of Texas. In response to recent tragic events, our Texas stop was dedicated to raising money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. 100 percent of ticket sales were donated with over $7,000 raised for the fund. The “Everything is Bigger in Texas” menu featured Frito Pies, Smoked Brisket, and Cowboy Cut Rib eyes.
Coming on the heels of the previous month’s successful fundraising event, Chef Scott yelled, “All aboard,” to take us on a journey to the northwest: Seattle. The menu proved to us that there was much more to the Emerald City than just Starbucks and rain. The main course featured salmon prepared two ways: wild caught and Seattle coffee smoked.
After visiting different parts of the country and tasting hundreds of delicious foods, we’re celebrating the end of 2017 by taking guests Home for the Holidays with a menu guaranteed to deliver all the cozy feels of a winter family feast. The menu starts off with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with a main course of Slow Roasted Porchetta ending on a sweet note with a Yule Log.
Unlike traditional dinner series, the Culinary Road Trip is designed for those who like good food, live music, and great fun. Advanced tickets can be purchased here for just $45 a person. Buy before November 24th because tickets will increase to $50.