Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pennsylvania Taste of Elegance Chef Competition

I was invited to compete in this year's Pennsylvania Taste of Elegance Competition, but as life would so have it, I have too many things happening on the day of competition to make it feasible for me to attend and I also am not working full-time in a food service establishment - cooking for 9 a day doesn't count. I don't want anyone else in the Lehigh Valley area to miss it though, so I thought I'd share a few details.

The deadline for entries has passed, but anyone can attend the event held on August 25, 2008 at Northampton Community College. The winner of this year's competition, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council and Cargill Meat Solutions, featuring Sysco’s White Marble Farms® pork products, will move on to the National Pork Board’s Taste of Elegance in Spring, 2009.

Details on last year's winning chefs and their dishes can be found HERE, and everything you need to know about attending this delicious event is as follows:

DATE: Monday, August 25, 2008
LOCATION: Northampton Community College - Hampton Winds Restaurant
The Gates Center
Green Pond Road
Bethlehem , PA, 18017
(It is across the street from the main college complex.)

TIME: Judging from 4-6 PM and open to the public from 6-8 PM

August 25th Taste of Elegance is open to the public!

From 6-8 PM, stop by Northampton Community College to meet the chefs and taste their creations as well as these additional appetizers prepared by NCC's culinary students:

  • Pulled pork on small rolls with chipotle BBQ sauce
  • Jerk-rubbed pork tenderloin with pineapple jalapeno salsa
  • Steamed pork dumplings with soy ginger dipping sauce
  • Spinach salad with warm bacon dressing
  • Mini sausage and pepper strata

    “Pork pairing” refreshments include two tickets for either Franklin Hill Vineyards wines or Mattman’s Beverage beers.

    Tickets are $15 – Proceeds benefit culinary students through a scholarship fund established in memory of Brian Ruth, a former culinary student at Northampton Community College.

    To register for the tasting and for directions, call 610-861-5519 or email bweppel@northampton.edu

    Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

    Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. during a news conference.
  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Sounds like a fun time...and should be interesting for someone like me who isn't generally a big fan of pork. Too bad PA is a bit of a ride from Germany :)

    Very sad you can't compete - I'm sure it would have been great fun!