A Smorgasbord of CoVa Food Happenings

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MOCA Wine By Design — A Wrap
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 23rd annual Wine By Design was held Feb. 28 as a fundraiser for the center. The theme this year was A Hot Night in Rio to celebrate the museum’s exhibit Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception.
The evening features food prepared by local chefs, along with accompanying wines.
Culinary winners were:
Best in Show—Salt at the Point
For a black bean sofrito and grilled octopus
Best Theme Interpretation—Eurasia Café
For a cocoa-lamb churrasco with polenta porridge, yucca chip and cocoa bubbles
Best Plate Interpretation—Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks
For an artfully presented pate of winter squash and root vegetable puree/soup
Best Sweets—Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe
For bite-size frosting-encrusted cake bites called Cannonballs
Best Booth—The Gourmet Gang
For a lovely display of sweets and savories amid tropical fruits and flora visit www.VirginiaMOCA.org
Taste of Hampton Roads
The 25th Taste of Hampton Roads to benefit programs and agencies of the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia took place March 4 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
A sold-out VIP event that included an Iron Chef competition between four eateries augmented a tasting event featuring around 40 area chefs and restaurants.
In the Iron Chef cookoff, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Swan Terrace, Thirty 7 North and CP Shuckers competed to make the best dish with the evening’s secret ingredient—Lynnhaven oysters—in a 30-minute time frame.
The winning dish of the Iron Chef cookoff competition at the Foodbank’s Taste of Hampton Roads went to Swan Terrace Executive Chef Scott Simpson’s “A Taste of Hampton Roads,” which was comprised of Belmont Peanut-crusted oysters on Virginia Seaweed Salad made with wakame, local collards and oyster brine and topped with Jowciale (a smoked/peppered Virginia ham product from Edwards of Surry) Creme Fraiche.
Mannino’s Italian Bistro won People’s Choice for general restaurant offerings.
Iron Chef, Williamsburg Style
The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association (WARA) Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo returns to the colonial capital on April 12 at the Williamsburg Lodge.
Nine local chefs battle it out in an Iron Chef-style competition amid a backdrop of heavy hors d’oeuvres from five Williamsburg restaurants and some 70 wines from around the world.
For more information, contact WARA, www.WilliamsburgAreaRestaurants.com

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