Jonathan Edwards Winery 2012 Culinary Showdown

Jonathan Edwards 2012 Culinary Showdown, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

Jonathan Edwards 2012 Culinary Showdown, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

On May 20, Jonathan Edwards Winery held their second annual Culinary Showdown between five restaurants from Rhode Island and five from Connecticut. Each of the ten dishes, as well as each state, was voted on by the over 300 people in attendance. Chef Mike McHugh of Julian’s in Providence, Rhode Island won favorite overall dish. The Connecticut team took the grand prize which was $1,500 for their charity, Connecticut Farmland Trust. The Rhode Island team’s charity, Chefs Collaborative, was given $1,000.

The participating restaurants, each paired with a local farm, and their dishes were:

From Rhode Island:

From Connecticut:

Jonathan Edwards Winery was pouring five of their wines to accompany the dishes: 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Russian River Pinot Gris, 2010 Estate Connecticut Chardonnay, Stone Table Red, 2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah.

Congratulations to Chef McHugh, Julian’s and all the Connecticut chefs.

Chef Mike McHugh of Julian's plating his Maple Cured Blackbird Farm Pork Loin, Schartner Farms Rye Biscuit, Chili Creme Fraiche Ice Cream with chocolate balsamic reduction, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

Chef Mike McHugh of Julian’s plating his Maple Cured Blackbird Farm Pork Loin, Schartner Farms Rye Biscuit, Chili Creme Fraiche Ice Cream with chocolate balsamic reduction, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

The tent at Jonathan Edwards Winery, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

The tent at Jonathan Edwards Winery, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

Chef Mike McHugh of Julian's accepting the Best Restaurant prize. To his left is Julian's Catering Manager Reddick Vaughan and to the right is Jonathan Edwards, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

Chef Mike McHugh of Julian’s accepting the Best Restaurant prize. To his left is Julian’s Catering Manager Reddick Vaughan and to the right is Jonathan Edwards, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

Jonathan Edwards 2012 Culinary Showdown, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

Jonathan Edwards 2012 Culinary Showdown, photo courtesy of Josh Behan www.behanimage.com

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