Taste of Burlington “Best Taste” & “People’s Choice” Winners

Taste of Burlington crowns “Best Taste” & “People’s Choice”

Burlington restaurateurs are proud to announce “A Taste of Burlington” will be running again this winter from February 22 – March 15, 2015. To kick things off and provide diners an opportunity to experience a taste of what to expect, the Taste of Burlington held our launch event at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Over 300 guests and media had an opportunity to meet many of our participating restaurateurs at their interactive food stations and try amazing cuisine. Our friends from Cameron’s Brewing Co. sampled their award winning craft beers and Lakeshore Coffee House kept the crowd caffeinated with their amazing organic, fair-trade coffees.

We had so much fun with our friendly competition between the restaurants at our previous launches and now with Chefs vying hard for the title, we decided to continue the “Best Taste” and “People’s Choice” awards. All guests were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite restaurant based on the cuisine they were serving. The popular vote would be crowned “People’s Choice”. The competition was fierce and the votes were tight as the Chefs brought their best to the table wowing everyone in attendance. We are excited to announce that the “People’s Choice award goes to defending champion Chef Mitchell Lamb from Stone House Restaurant for his Maple & Bourbon Glazed Beef Ribs with a loaded Yukon Potato foam, bacon jam & chives. Runners up were West Plains Bistro with their Salmon en Croute, lemon brushed salmon wrapped in a puff pastry with goat cheese, asparagus and sun-dried tomato with a vodka cream reduction and Pepperwood Bistro with a Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf on a Yukon Gold Potato Puree with a Stout BBQ Demi-Glace.

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People’s Choice Award winner Chef Mitchell Lamb of the Stonehouse. The dish: Maple & Bourbon Glazed Beef Ribs with loaded Yukon Potato foam, bacon jam & chives.

The talents of some local celebrities where tapped to judge the “Best Taste”. We challenged Agatha Podgorski (Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance), Andrew Gerrior, Colleen Rusholme & Samantha Payne (95.3 Fresh FM), and Jaclyn Colville & Elise Copps (CHCH TV) to sample the fare of the 18 restaurants and score them based on taste, creativity and presentation. In this category the combined judge’s scores were used to determine the winner.

The race for this title was incredibly close and it seems our judges couldn’t quite come to a consensus with a tie for first place going to Ivy Bar & Kitchen with their Grilled Grouper Gyros with tomato and red pepper martini relish and spicy herbed tzatziki along with SB Prime for their Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Rabbit Confit. We also had a tie for the runner up position going to Stone House Restaurant and West Plains Bistro.

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If you want to experience all the great tastes of Burlington be sure to visit www.tasteofburlington.ca for all restaurants, prix fixe menus and pricing.

 src: Linda Cvetanovic, Taste of Burlington – Tourism Burlington

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