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The dishes at Dish: Interstate Kitchen + Bar's griddled cheese and hot tamale

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Cafe Society invited some of our favorite eateries to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what one spot will be serving: Andre Lobato Interstate Kitchen + Bar www.interstaterestaurant.com/

What are you serving at Dish? "Tomato soup with griddled cheese and a sweet potato hot tamale with candied bacon and tomato marmalade, both of which appear on our menu. They represent the two sides of what our menu offers: The tomato soup is an iconic American classic executed at a superlative level, and the hot tamale is a creative reimagining of a familiar dish. I went with these two because it will be easy to execute consistently on a large scale for the event."

Before there was molecular gastronomy, before Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay hijacked the Food Network, and before Anthony Bourdain penned Kitchen Confidential, there was Dish (formerly Menu Affair), Westword's annual culinary bash that extols the city's best bites, wine sips, suds and sounds. This year's Dish, slated for Friday, September 9, at Ninth Avenue Historic Park (that's a new venue), features thirty restaurants and food trucks all invited to participate by Cafe Society scribes, along with such liquid assets as beer and wine and a celebration of the Art of the Cocktail, and live music from Air Dubai, Rachel Platten and Robert Eldridge.

General-admission tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door; VIP tix, which include a food-sampling reception and complimentary beer, wine or cocktails, are $75 in advance and $100 at the gate. For more info or to snag your tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/193586.

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