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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:
Daniel Packer Inne, Chef Chaz Paul & Curtain Farms and Lighthouse Bakery – Curtain Farms Beef Tenderloin with creamy gorgonzola and walnut demi glace served on a Lighthouse Bakery crouton, accompanied by red bliss potato croquette and black truffle butter English peas
Kensington’s, Chef Dennis Anderson & Wildowsky Dairy – Honey hoisin glazed Wildowsky Dairy pork confit on a blue corn tostada with micro herb salad and blood orange vinaigrette
Morton’s Steak House, Chef Kris Lincoln & Stonington Lobster, Frim Fram Farm and Farm to Hearth – Stonington Lobster, black truffle aioli, Frim Fram Farm microgreen salad, chive and lobster roe oil, served on toasted Farm to Hearth polenta bread
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.