Restaurants bring home Melange culinary honors

Apr 11, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone Haywood Smokehouse was a new addition to the 2014 Melange in the Mountains gala and walked away with many awards.

The annual Melange of the Mountains culinary gala was held Thursday night at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Chefs from local restaurants competed in several categories, which were determined by experienced food judges.

Waynesville's three micro-breweries also competed for the first time in a beer competition.

And the winners are:

Soup: 1st Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Absolutely Ultimate Loaded Potato Soup

2nd Maggie’s Galley Seafood Chowder

3rd Haywood Smoke House – Corn Sausage & Chicken Chowder

Salad: 1st Haywood Smoke House – Smoke House Chopped Salad

2nd Sweet Onion – Smoked Sunburst Trout Taco Salad

3rd Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Salad

Meat: 1st Sweet Onion – Brown Sugar Cured Beef Short Rib

2nd Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Hard Cider Pot Roast with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Wilted Lettuce

3rd Haywood Smoke House – Rib Trio

Fowl: 1st Sweet Onion – Buttermilk Ranch Marinated Fried Chicken

2nd Haywood Smoke House – Tur Duck Hen

3rd Frankie’s Italian Trattoria — Chicken Wings Scarpariello

Seafood: 1st Laurel Ridge Country Club — Tuna Tarare with Caper Aioli and Gaufiette Potatoes

2nd Haywood Smoke House – Low Country Salmon and Grits

3rd Sweet Onion – Smoked Sunburst Trout & Jumbo Blue Crab Cake

Vegetarian: 1st Balsam Mountain Inn – Medley of Nutrition-a dish that meets a vegetarians nutrient needs

2nd Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Portabella Etoufee

3rd Haywood Smoke House – Smoked Blackbean Burger

Dessert: 1st City Bakery – Flourless Chocolate Torte

2nd City Bakery – Lemon Raspberry Petite Gateaux

3rd Sweet Onion – Kyle’s Killer Kale Kake

Culinary People’s Choice Award : Sweet Onion – Smoked Sunburst Trout & Jumbo Blue Crab Cake

Culinary Excellence Award:  City Bakery – Flourless Chocolate Torte

Light Beer: 1st Tipping Point Brewing Co. – Edelweiss Wheat Beer

2nd Bearwaters Brewing Co. Blood Orange Faison

3rd Frog Level Brewing Co. Lilly’s Cream Ale

Medium Beer: 1st Tipping Point Brewing Co. – Chunky Gal Amber

2nd Frog Level Brewing Co. – Catcher in the Rye

3rd Bearwaters Brewing Co. – IPA

Dark Beer: 1st Frog Level Brewing Co. – Bug-Eyed Stout

2nd Bearwaters Brewing Co. - Bourbon Aged Porter

3rd Tipping Point Brewing Co. – 1736 Porter

Brewery People’s Choice Award: Frog Level Brewing – Salamander Slam American IPA

Brewery Excellence Award: Tipping Point Brewing Co. -  Edelweiss Wheat Beer



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