We'll keep this short and sweet, because Food & Wine's Patagonia booth only offers 2 items this year – one simple, solid enough dish and one crowd favorite.
- Beef Empanada ($5)
This is…a beef empanada. Don't get me wrong, it's a very tasty beef empanada. If you are in the mood for a beef empanada and are okay eating it without sour cream or salsa or other toppings, you should get this. The crust is flaky, it's spiced very well, the peppers and onions give it a little kick… It's as straightforward as it gets. You'll enjoy it but you probably won't be writing home about it or reminiscing about it next year.
- Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée ($5.75) (Gluten Free)
Oh glorious skewer of garlic and butter soaked, chimichurri covered, thinly sliced beef. There's not much not to like about this little dish. The beef is thinly sliced and skewered, the chimichurri is plentiful, and the entire thing sits on a bed of mashed boniato – a Caribbean sweet potato that, mashed here, reminds me of a textured polenta or hearty mashed cauliflower that is a perfect vehicle for making sure that no butter or garlic gets left behind. This quickly jumped to one of my favorite beef dishes at the Food & Wine Festival this year.