*This dining experience took place in January 2018.
For all Festival of the Arts Gluten Free food studios options, be sure to click over to the food studios booth page for more info.
This year’s Festival of the Arts includes several Food Studios booths with items marked Gluten Friendly. After visiting the Pop Eats! booth and loving all of the dishes there, we decided to continue to explore the festival and found ourselves at the Cuisine Classique booth. Last year, this booth was not my favorite — in fact, had I actually re-read last year’s review, I probably would have skipped it. I ended up feeling the same way as I did last year after visiting here.
Because this booth is NOT 100% gluten free, there is always an increased risk of cross-contamination. Use your own judgement when consuming items that are not in dedicated gluten free booths. Please note that there are no 100% gluten free booths at this year’s Festival of the Arts.
The one dish marked GF at Cuisine Classique was the Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc. This dish is gluten free but does contain dairy. Overall, this dish was just OK. The fish was seared nicely and actually fairly well cooked. But, I found the combination of flavors of the ratatouille with the fish to be very unbalanced. They just don’t seem like they should go together.
On top of that, I also ordered the same wine as last year — the Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series. I wish they served a lighter white wine at this booth, as the red wine really doesn’t go well with the fish. And, my only other drink options are beer.
This is a booth I wouldn’t go back to. Both year’s we’ve tried the fish dish served here we have found it to be unbalanced and just not that great. For our money, we’d rather go back to the Pop Eats! booth a few more times for the amazing dishes served there.
What do you think of the menu offerings at the Cuisine Classique booth? What would you order?