Posts Tagged ‘Contests’

Skewered Scallops

July 6, 2009

Scallop Skewers at Cafe EuropaLast week I posted about my love for Clams Casino and how much I enjoyed new chef Joey’s version at Cafe Europa. The next day, Cafe Europa owner Phil sent me a comment that I should try the Scallop Skewers on the Daily Specials menu. That sounded like a good idea to me, so I finally got around to trying them this week.

This is pretty simple dish so you need strong execution and flavourful ingredients to make it work.  I think Chef Joey made it work. 

After Bartender Jen presented the dish, my fist impression was the delicate char marks on the Scallops and veggies. I removed the skewer to reveal the well cooked Onion and Green Pepper chunks. I went first for a scallop and it was fresh,  sweet and slightly salty in taste with a slightly dense texture. I bite into the onion and peppers next confirming they were well cooked, slightly sweet and still el dente. The surprise for me was the bite-size morsels of Pineapple hidden under the onion chunks. My first views of the dish did not reveal the pineapple to me and you have to look hard in the photo to see them but there there. It was a nice addition to the dish matching the sweetness, adding a slightly different texture and mouth feel.  Very nice. The portion size is great for an appetizer dish.  Well done. Thanks for the tip Phil. Send more.

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017New Topic – Hollandaise Throwdown.  I few weeks back I posted about the Hollandaise Throwdown and it’s starting to come together.  So far I have Three Chefs saying they want to play, Three Judges willing to judge, Cafe Europa owner Phil willing to play the Chairman’s role and Web Celebrity Nalts willing to video the whole Throwdown so it should be fun.

So this is a bit of a tease on two of three chefs that will be participating and more details are coming but let me know if you are interested in attending.

3rd Place!

June 24, 2009

My Last Meal Submission for the Endless Simmer  Top Chef Last Meal Contest got Third Place.  Yeehaa!  You can read the full submission at the link above but appartently I had them at Manhattan.  The prize is the Top Chef the Video Game where Top Chefs avatar judges, Pamda and Tom, judge my quickfire and elimination challenge dishes.  It should be fun. 

If you haven’t already, check out the Endless Simmer blog. It’s worth the visit.  They have a fun time with food, have contest and the latest info on Food Celebrities.  Check it out.

Hollandaise Throwdown

June 16, 2009

Three local Bucks County chefs will battle for culinary bragging rights by creating three dishes with legendary mother sauce Hollandaise. The battle will occur in two stages and be judged by a trio of food enthusiasts.  The first stage will have the chefs creating two classic Hollandaise inspired dishes; Poached Salmon and Asparagus. The second stage will allow the chefs to create a dish of their own based on a Hollandaise sauce variation.  Half of points are available for each stage and the highest amount of points awarded to a chef by the three judges wins bragging rights.

Interested?  Want to learn more?  More info is coming.

Last Meal – Sort of

June 12, 2009

The guys over at Endless Simmer are holding a contest on the classic chef’s game of what would your last meal be? You can win Top Chef prizes for entering.  So I entered their contest with the following 100 words.  Take a look and enter your last meal description.

Start with a classic cocktail – Manhattan with Crown Royal Rye, sweet Vermouth and a maraschino cherry. For the appetizer course – a Seafood Combo -Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon and Bacon-wrapped Scallops paired with chilled Sauvignon Blanc. For the salad, the classic Caesar paired with a buttery Chardonnay. The main course has to be a Peter Lugar Porterhouse with Twice-Baked Potato and Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce paired with cool Cabernet Sauvignon. For the cheese course I would go with an aged Stilton Cheese with grapes, almonds and crackers paired with an aged Port. To finish, a light Lemon soufflé & Brut Champaign.

Top Chef Stuff

June 10, 2009

The guys at Endless Simmer have another contest going on over at their blog.  This time you can win some great Top Chef stuff including the Top Chef Cookbook, Computer game and Cutlery Set.   To win one of the great prize you have to play the old chef’s game of describing your Last Meal.  You have 100 words to describe that last meal.  To submit your 100 words on that meal go to