7th Annual Crab Cake Competition

It’s that time again! The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) is holding its 7th Annual “I Love Crab Cakes!” competition at Phillips Flagship Restaurant (900 Water St., S.W) at the Washington, DC Southwest Waterfront honoring Karen Cathey.

The annual competition and fundraiser featuring the Chesapeake’s finest and remembrance of Karen Cathey will take place on Monday, October 29, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Guests will sample each participating chef’s unique take on crab cakes, along with carefully selected wines and fresh, seasonal beers from Port City Brewing Company.  Chefs Scott Drewno and Ris Lacoste will share emcee duties to keep you entertained! Eight chefs will compete for funds to support an intern and eight culinary school students will compete for a $500 scholarship. Bill Butcher will be pouring Port City Beer to keep things lively.

Chefs from eight local restaurants will compete to win funds for a culinary intern: Will Artley, Pizzeria Orso; Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground; Chris Clime, PassionFish; Eric Frisch, Et Viola; Thomas Leonard, BlackSalt; Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Graffiato; Wes Morton, Art and Soul; and Russell Smith,  Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Abigail Fellows from CommonWealth won best crabcake in 2009 and will compete again in 2011.

The judging panel includes: Yours Truly, Betsey Apple; Chef Amy Brandwein, Bill Butcher, Chef Susan Callahan, Chef Janis McLean, and Chef Tracy O’Grady.

I am pleased to be part of this year’s esteemed judging panel which will be divided into two groups – one for the professionals category and one for the student category. Each judging panel (student and professional) will receive four plates from each competitor, one at a time, in 5 minute intervals. The entries will be scored on taste/flavor, texture, presentation, and creativity. The judging will be done blind. The person with the highest score will win the competition.

The professional winner receives a letter of award with the announcement of the award to be used for hiring an intern. The student winner receives a $500 scholarship.

Come on out and enjoy the region’s greatest crab cakes from some of DC’s best chefs, a groaning board from Phillips Seafood, wonderful brews from Port City Brewing Company, an event sponsor, and fine wines. All proceeds will benefit future internships, scholarships, and educational programs. A drawing for fabulous door prizes, including a gift basket from Tabasco will support the Karen Cathey Educational Fund.

Tickets are $65 for AIWF members and $75 for non-members. They can be purchased via snail mail or email using this formMake Checks payable to: AIWF, and mail to Bob Sitnick, 6271 Park Road, McLean, VA. 22101 To use a credit card, email Bob Sitnick at dcaiwf@me.com. You will be invoiced and the transaction will be processed through Pay Pal; a small service charge will be included. QUESTIONS? Contact Carolyn Margolis at cjm60@verizon.net or leave a voice message on the chapter voicemail at 202.333.0421.

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