Sunday, February 9, 2014

BattleDish Winston-Salem

I was a judge on Saturday, February 8, for BattleDish Winston-Salem. Six chefs prepared dishes that they entered in up to three categories- Most Delicious, Most Creative, and Most Authentic. And six bartenders created new mixed drinks for the occasion, each hoping to be awarded "Best Drink." Everyone who registered in advance was rewarded with a progressive dinner that moved from one restaurant to another, all well chosen within walking distance of each other, downtown. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and a good value to boot! At this time, I do not know who the winners were. Go to for a list of judges and links to bios of competing chefs. I'm looking forward to seeing who won. We ate lots of good food and found some seriously fine mixology in evidence!

Dishcrawl "Secret Suppers"

I have attended two more Dishcrawl “Secret Suppers,” one in Greensboro, the other in Winston-Salem. The Greensboro Dishcrawl was a progressive dinner, starting at Imperial Koi, moving across New Garden to Reel Seafood Grill, then concluding back across the street at GIA, with several courses of small plates at each place. In Winston-Salem, we met at 1703 Restaurant, where Chef Curtis Hackaday was able to capitalize on the opportunity to expand beyond his regular menu and do some more creative things.

These events are highly recommended, just because they are so much fun. And you get lots of tastes of good food for a good price, along with a lot of socializing. What makes them “Secret”? They are open only to those who register in advance. You get an e-mail notice letting you know what is going to happen and where, then you have the option of signing up. Go to or to learn more about future events.