Foodapalooza , the culinary event of the season
Published: Monday, April 08, 2013
By Cheryl Allison
Foodapalooza , the culinary event of the season, took place Friday, April 5, as chefs from restaurants from Ardmore to Bryn Mawr showed off their skills for a capacity crowd at Haverford Estates retirement community in Haverford. The annual event, celebrating five years in 2013, is the major fundraiser for First Friday Main Line.
A panel of judges including Lower Merion Township Commissioner Cheryl Gelber, Haverford Township Commissioner Jeff Heilmann, Karen Toole-Ebbert of Lower Merion Community Network, Jamie and Jodi Lokoff of Milkboy Recording and Coffee, and Main Line Media News reporter Cheryl Allison had the pleasant task of tasting and rating specialty dishes from 10 Main Line restaurants.
Contest entries were scored for presentation, taste and originality. In close voting – several restaurants tied for fourth place – the winners are:
First place: Chef Mark Gellert of Haverford Estates for his pecan-encrusted salmon over pear slaw with whipped spiced yams.
Second place: Chef Owen McCaffrey of A La Maison for his striped bass over creamy polenta.
Third place: Chef Justin Helmer of Gullifty’s for his short ribs over parmesan potatoes.
Other entries, in alphabetical order, were:
Barbacoa: pulled pork sliders
Cricket Catering: grilled chicken with scalloped potato
Daly-Angkor: curried chicken. (The new Thai-Cambodian restaurant is set to open in about two weeks at 845A W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr.
Firinji: lamb with stewed vegtables
Jack MCShea’s: Irish Tommy, Black & White sausage with Guiness sauce
John Henry’s Pub: lamb chop
Mediterranean Grill: chicken kabob with ottimo salad.
Also serving delicious food were A Taste of Olive, Di Bruno Brothers, NDulge Cupcake Boutique and Whole Foods Market.
Guests were also able to sample Ardmore-brewed beers from Tired Hands Brewery and a selection of wines from Majestic Wine & Spirits.
The next First Friday Main Line event is scheduled for May 3 at venues in Ardmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr. Check back with www.firstfridaymainline.com for details