We went...it was fun. We noticed that some of the restaurants got blindsided by the sheer number of people and ran out of food before the end. Glad there were a lot of people though. We got there 30 minutes into it and there was not a single place to sit. It was difficult to fumble around with a wine glass and a plate of food with no surface to set either upon. Hats off to Marcs for winning and for having the foresight to give everyone a CUP with noodles and other goodies that was easy to handle. My bumble award would go to Antonios for giving out giant sauce covered meatballs on a slippery plastic plate. Try to cut a meatball the size of a billiard ball with a plastic fork while standing up holding a wine glass and a napkin...break out the stain remover! Better would have been to make 'em bite size and give us three.
I was there with my crew to cheer on Marc from Marc's on Market as he won the Top Chef contest. ::sigh:: Now it'll probably be harder to get a table at my favorite local restaurant! Great efforts from James Bain and Keith Rhodes -- not to mention everyone who showed up to hand out free samples. It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year!