Annual Chef's Night Out - Toms River
We went to this years chefs night out and had a fun time. I guess there were fifty chefs this year, down a bit from last year because of the snow. As i posted before a great time ate for almost four hours, also had a few beverages. I am trying to get the results of the judging. The only one I am sure of is Atlantic bar and grill won peoples choice. They served a scallop slider that was teriffic. When i get the other results I will post them.
I'm glad to report that this was a great time Monday night. This was my first time at a "Chef's Night Out" and it was a pretty impressive strolling feast. I'll post the list of restaurants and participating businesses separately.
Chef Mike from Atlantic Bar & Grill won (for the third or fourth time in a row) the people's choice award for the evening with his shredded braised short-rib (please correct me if I got that wrong!).
I thought some notable offerings were the seared scallop with Asian slaw from the Ocean County Vo-Tech School, Pisces Seafood's gumbo, and ShopRite's lump crab cake slider. I'm sure I'm overlooking other fine servings; there really was too many there to recall them all. Lots of drinks to sample, including wines, beers, liqueurs, tequila, etc.
This is a fantastic event with tables of particpating restaurants, caterers, beverage distributors, and food shops lining the four walls of the Ritacco center. In the middle are tables for sitting, but most people seemed to prefer to stroll past and linger at the food tables.
There were several gift baskets raffled, and very nice live guitar music played the whole evening.
I plan to go back next year, too. The date for the 15th Annual International Chef's Night Out is March 7, 2011.
The following are listed in the program for the 14th Annual International Chef's Night Out as participants. The program also lists the planned food or drink for each participant. In a couple of instances, I noticed there were some substitutions.
Although listed, I did not see a few of them at the event (e.g., Bistro 44, Simko's Grill, and Tiffany's). So, that makes me think that there may also be others that did participate, but weren't on the printed list.
Anyway, here's the list:
Artisan’s Brew Pub & Italian Grill
Atlantic Bar & Grill
Capone’s Gourmet Pizza & Pasta Trattoria
Community Medical Center Culinary Staff
Four Seasons Diner
High Tied Grill
Good Stuff Catering
Jimmy C’s Sports Bar
Johnny G’s Italian Restaurant
Labrador Lounge / Langosta Lounge
Lobster Shanty and Wharfside
Luna Rosa Trattoria
Mangiamo Artful Cuisine
Maruca’s Tomato Pies
Muscle Maker Grill
OCVTS Culinary Arts Academy
OCVTS Pastry Arts Academy
Pisces Seafood & Restaurant
Sand Bar Restaurant
Teresa’s Osaka Japanese Restaurant
Toscano Gourmet Italian Market
The Office Restaurant & Lounge
NON-RESTAURANT FOOD TABLES
Devil Brownies – The Creative Basket
LaScala Italian Pastry Shop
Quality Inn Hotel
Saker ShopRite World Class Patisserie
Saker ShopRite World Class Kitchens
Super Foodtown Circus Kitchens
Yellow Brick Road Ice Cream Shops
Allied Beverage Group
Bacchus Winemaking Club
Café @ 1144
CMSC Spirits Group
Crown Beer Distributors
Gallo Wine Sales
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
Shore Point Distributing
WJ Deutsch & Sons
The "15th Annual Chef's Night Out" event will be on Monday, March 7, 2011. From 6-9 PM (no snow date).
My family had a lot of fun last year, and I intend to go again.
For information and tickets see: http://ocvtsfoundation.org/staycurren...
Note: No ticket sales at door.