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For our third course, Chef McGuire and his team served a Roast Pork Belly. The Irvings Farm pork belly was served alongside a pork and shrimp bisque and a humpback shrimp salsa; yet another dish that left several at our table wanting more. Throughout the evening, Tzin's co-owner Glenn Quinn was on hand to help serve up the eight course Swine & Dine - offering suggestions to pair the menu with the restaurant's unique wine menu. Up next, Swine & Diners were treated to a Braised Pork Shoulder Ragout served with steamed clams, peppers & onions, and a cornbread waffle. It was apparent that it was becoming more and more difficult to pick a favourite dish, as Chef McGuire plated the dishes in a way I felt they were getting better and better with each course.
The photo credit on the next picture goes to Little Miss Andrea. While I know she enjoyed the Grilled Pork Loin served with tater tots, butter cheese and pork gravy, I know she was not-so-secretly hoping Chef McGuire's braised bacon would show up on the menu.
Our seventh course of the evening, and last savoury dish of the night, was a beautifully presented paella with smoked pork hock, herbed pork sausage and an apple aioli. Although not a classic paella one might find in Spain, the two Spaniards at my table enjoyed Chef McGuire's dish, and we all did our best to score a crunchy bit, also known as the socarrat. For dessert, Chef McGuire kept things simple with a Bourbon Butter Cake drenched in caramel and topped with bacon - the sweet and savoury dish completing our eight course Swine & Dine menu. I would like to thank owners Kelsey Danyluk and Glen Quinn as well as Chef McGuire and the rest of the culinary team for hosting our latest Swine & Dine. In the end - I don't think I could pick a favourite dish; however, I would gladly do it over if Chef McGuire offered the same menu again. For those who couldn't make it or score a seat, Chef McGuire always has a selection of dishes featuring Alberta Pork on the menu; just follow his instagram account for a selection of drool-worthy photos. From his legendary Irvings Farm braised bacon to his selection of house-made sausages, pork lovers can always enjoy a bite at Tzin Wine & Tapas. Tzin Wine & Tapas 10115 104 St NW, Edmonton (780) 428-8946