* Best of Charleston: Terry Van Lehn
* People's Choice: Jackson & Kelly
* Best Booth: Kit Hoff
* Law Firm: MacCorkle Lavender PLLC
And last night, I was honored to be invited to judge a "Chopped"-style cooking competition at Edgewood Country Club featuring two local amateur chefs: Stefan Maxwell and John Brown.
Each team had 90 minutes to create two courses (one entree, plus either a soup, appetizer, salad or dessert) from a basket full of mystery ingredients revealed just 15 minutes before the clock started ticking.
With Larry Groce emceeing the festivities and the Fort Hillbillies entertaining the crowd, guests got to watch each team's handiwork leading up to our judging panel tasting, talking and re-tasting to pick the winning team based on creativity, taste and presentation.
For a recap of the creative dishes both teams came up with — and to see who came out on top — check out The Food Guy Blog at http://blogs.
Bridge Road Bistro
Sunday was the wife's birthday, but I was way too busy judging other people's cooking to do my own. I was at the chili cook-off Saturday trying to decide on a nice dinner I could throw together quickly when I came upon Bridge Road Bistro's catering tent, which was offering chili samples at the event.
Just out of curiosity, I said, how much notice do you need to cater a small dinner party for say, 10-12 people?
Usually just a few hours, manager Sandy Call said, definitely less than a day.
She tossed out a few menu ideas and 24 hours later Amy was enjoying a nice dinner on our deck with family and friends. The Bistro provided salmon and grilled veggies, steak and mashed potatoes, a pear and bleu cheese salad with rolls, plus a gorgeous German chocolate cake adorned with fresh fruit and flowers.
All I had to do was spread out a few white tablecloths, pick up some fresh flowers and wine and then turn on a little music for an instant party.
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