|Ferocious crawfish were no match for hungry humans in|
Dinner Lab's Clash of the Crawfish
While this particular pop-up dinner isn't surprising to me given the organization's Louisiana roots, I am a little surprised that my first event I would attend would be their nationwide "Clash of the Crawfish" event. I don't normally go out of my way to sample shelled water-dwelling creatures in general.
Well, perhaps less surprised when you consider my spouse's reaction when I mentioned this upcoming event: Ooohcrawfishboilyeswe'regoing! (or something quite similar.) My spouse was introduced to the concept of a crawfish boil during her days as a grad student down in the Houston, Texas area (which has a fairly substantial Cajun-Creole culinary presence) and had been itching to do something similar ever since she came back to Ohio.
|Dishes were served one at a time, and the adult beverages (with beer from|
Louisiana-based brewer Abita) along with the long-table seating and venue
(the train-oriented The Depot) helped encourage interaction between diners.
|The Depot's train-oriented event setting was both a nostalgic|
backdrop for the event and a natural conversation starter
|The luxurious Car 100, used by Ringling Brothers Circus during the turn|
of the 20th century, was a popular place to visit for Dinner Lab patrons
Being both the first ever crawfish boil and the first time I have EVER had crawfish, I decided to go for the gusto. It took a little bit of time before I got my eating technique (described on Dinner Lab's menus as "Pick A Winner/Grab That Sucker/Twist and Snap/Pinch Peel and Eat") more or less mastered, but once I did, I held my own in downing my share, even sucking the juices out of the head sections. However, there really was no keeping up with my spouse, who was in crawdad nirvana, or many of the gathered lovers of these little river creatures.
|The dishes at Clash of the Crawfish were all quite tasty and, save|
for the Panna Cotta, were nods to traditional crawfish boil dishes
Dinner Lab's "Clash of the Crawfish" turned out to be a fun, worthwhile experience. We look forward to sampling more of their Columbus-area offerings in the future.
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The Depot Rail Museum & Event Center
921 Old Henderson Rd (Northwest)