The Best of the Foodie Fest 2016

Chef Gregory Kroll and Sous Chef Benjamin McBrien of the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Competing

Chef Gregory Kroll and Sous Chef Benjamin McBrien of the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Competing

Chef Gregory Krol of the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad was the grand prize winner of the super exciting “Best of the Fest” competition at Foodie Fest Encinitas May 21, 2016. Chef Gregory’s exemplary winning dish was a Curry Carrot Duck Breast with Forbidden Sticky Rice and Ghost Chili Salami Braised Carrots spectacularly plated on grey slate. He walked away with a basket full of goodies from Southern California’s premier restaurant and supply store, Chef’s Toys, and a gift box of gourmet chocolate from North County’s own Chuao Chocolatier. Runner up Chef John Miller of Bistro West prepared a succulent Smoke Roasted Duck Breast, Steamed Kohlrabi and Spring Onions, West Farm Strawberry-Kumquat Gastrique, Crispy Duck Skin, Ghost Chile Salami and Ciabatta Crumb.Chef John won gift certificate’s from La Valencia, Oceana Coastal Kitchen and Chef Works.

The competition was complete with challenging mystery basket ingredients such as porcini mushrooms or ghost pepper salami. Each chef had around 30 minutes to prepare and plate their dishes judged by industry panel experts Ryan Jubela, James Montejano, Andrew Spurgin, Jarnard Sutton and Catt Fields White.

And what did the chefs think?

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum was thrilled to be a part of Foodie Fest Encinitas and support Cystic Fibrosis research. It was really great to come together, compete with and cook along side other North County Chefs in a fun and food focused event. As a relatively new restaurant in North County, in addition to Ben and I also being new to the west coast, we were excited to showcase the passion behind how we create at GDT&M in the competition. It was an honor to cook along side such talented North County chefs and demonstrate what they bring to the table. Thanks to the over 1,000 locals in attendance, the judges, sponsors and Wabisabi Green for making this such an incredible event for the community. We look forward to Foodie Fest 2017! —Gregory Krol, Executive Chef, Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

We had a blast in the competition rounds! What a thrill to work together, onstage, in front of an audience, with such a limited timeframe and with ingredients we didn’t know until moments before the competition. Really pushed us to brainstorm, to work as a strong coordinated team and to get our creative juices flowing! And competing against such distinguished North County Chefs – what an honor. Looking forward to next year!!! —John Miller, C.E.C., A.C.E., Executive Chef, Bistro West

What an absolutely perfect day to cook outside! It was so nice to get out of the kitchen and just have some fun. —Daniel England, Chef de Cuisine, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

Big thanks to the generous competition stage sponsors: Bistro West and the West Farm, FishBone Kitchen, Frazier Farms, Gourmet Culinary, Hamilton Meats and Specialty Produce.

Chef Gregory Kroll Preparing Duck Breast from Hamilton Meats and Provisions

Chef Gregory Kroll Preparing Duck Breast from Hamilton Meats and Provisions

Chef Gregory Kroll Slicing Duck Breast

Chef Gregory Kroll Slicing Duck Breast

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Plating

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Plating

Green Dragon Tavern Curry Carrot Duck Breast with Forbidden Sticky Rice and Ghost Chili Salami Braised Carrots

Green Dragon Tavern Curry Carrot Duck Breast with Forbidden Sticky Rice and Ghost Chili Salami Braised Carrots

Bistro West Chef John Miller Plating

Bistro West Chef John Miller Plating

Bistro West Team's Skillet on the Grill

Bistro West Team’s Skillet on the Grill

Bistro West Sous Chef Cody Carline

Bistro West Sous Chef Cody Carline

Bistro West Smoke Roasted Duck Breast, Steamed Kohlrabi and Spring Onions, West Farm Strawberry-Kumquat Gastrique, Crispy Duck Skin, Ghost Chile Salami and Ciabatta Crumb

Bistro West Smoke Roasted Duck Breast, Steamed Kohlrabi and Spring Onions, West Farm Strawberry-Kumquat Gastrique, Crispy Duck Skin, Ghost Chile Salami and Ciabatta Crumb

Bistro West Chef John Miller Delivers his Dish to the Judges

Bistro West Chef John Miller Delivers his Dish to the Judges

Pan Seared Halibut over Pancetta, Leek, and Morrel Risotto, with Arugula Hazelnut Pesto, and Balsamic Macerated Black Mission Figs

Pan Seared Halibut over Pancetta, Leek, and Morrel Risotto, with Arugula Hazelnut Pesto, and Balsamic Macerated Black Mission Figs

Chef Competition Judges James Montejano, Andrew Spurgin, Catt Fields White and Ryan Jubela

Chef Competition Judges James Montejano, Andrew Spurgin, Catt Fields White and Ryan Jubela

Bistro West Pan Roasted Grouper Stuffed with Za’atar-Pink Peppercorn Mousseline. Braised Root Vegetables, Pattypan Dengaku and West Farm Blossom Salad. Porcini-Soy Broth and 13 Minute Onsen Egg.

Bistro West Pan Roasted Grouper Stuffed with Za’atar-Pink Peppercorn Mousseline. Braised Root Vegetables, Pattypan Dengaku and West Farm Blossom Salad. Porcini-Soy Broth and 13 Minute Onsen Egg.

Judge James Montejano of Cardiff Seaside Market

Judge James Montejano of Cardiff Seaside Market

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge Coriander & Fennel Seed Crusted Halibut, Stir-Fry of Veggies

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge Coriander & Fennel Seed Crusted Halibut, Stir-Fry of Veggies

Competition Judges Andrew Spurgin, Catt Fields White and Ryan Jubela

Competition Judges Andrew Spurgin, Catt Fields White and Ryan Jubela

Chef Steven Lona and Cook Tien Pham Plating Their Dish

Chef Steven Lona and Cook Tien Pham Plating Their Dish

Chef Steven Lona of Tasting Room Del Mar with Cook Tien Pham

Chef Steven Lona of Tasting Room Del Mar with Cook Tien Pham

Emcee Larry Pink with Chef John Gonzales

Emcee Larry Pink with Chef John Gonzales

Emcee Larry Pink with Chef Competition Stage Manager Hollie Olsen

Emcee Larry Pink with Chef Competition Stage Manager Hollie Olsen

Muriel Dance and Alvin Martin Enjoying the Competition

Muriel Dance and Alvin Martin Enjoying the Competition

Shawnta Fleming from Bistro West and Raul Castillo from the West Farm

Shawnta Fleming from Bistro West and Raul Castillo from the West Farm

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Phenomenal Food & Fun at Foodie Fest Encinitas 2016

Chef Gregory Kroll of Green Dragon Tavern & Museum's Winning Duck Breast Dish

Chef Gregory Kroll of Green Dragon Tavern & Museum’s Winning Duck Breast Dish

Foodies flocked to the second epic Foodie Fest Encinitas this past Saturday, May 21st for the unprecedented selection of gourmet North County restaurant and artisanal food tastes. Standouts were:

• Bistro West Marinated Ahi Cube with Seaweed Salad and Mango Tajín Sorbet
• Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Goat Birria: Goat leg braised in reposado tequila and chiles. Served with pickled cabbage and ranchero sauce in a corn gordita
• Wrench and Rodent Seared Albacore, Cyclops Farms Strawberry BBQ Sauce, Frilly mustard greens
• Local Tap House Deviled Eggs
• Living Tea Brewing Company Kombucha

Vendors in the lively Barefoot Bar included Mason Ale Works and Brothers Provisions who provided a delectable beer-cheese pairing.

Chef Gregory Kroll of Green Dragon Tavern & Museum was the victor of the super exciting, fierce “Best of the Fest” competition and walked away with a grand prize gift basket from Chef’s Toys.

Amy Burkman of Pulse! Art with Heart provided live painting demonstrations and world class musicians such as Jimmy and Enrique entertained the crowds.

Proceeds from the festival benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Prestigious local companies that sponsored the event include FishBone Kitchen, Frazier Farms, Gourmet Culinary and Hamilton Meats and Provisions.

Bistro West Marinated Ahi Cube with Seaweed Salad and Mango Tajín Sorbet

Bistro West Marinated Ahi Cube with Seaweed Salad and Mango Tajín Sorbet

Chef Gregory Kroll of the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Competing

Chef Gregory Kroll of the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Competing

Chef Competition Industry Judge Panel: James Montejano, Andrew Spurgin, Catt Fields White and Ryan Jubela

Chef Competition Industry Judge Panel: James Montejano, Andrew Spurgin, Catt Fields White and Ryan Jubela


Chef Erik Lobner of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank Ratatouille Demo

Chef Erik Lobner of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank Ratatouille Demo


Angel's Salumi and Truffles Salami

Angel’s Salumi and Truffles Salami


The Bad Stuff Tequila

The Bad Stuff Tequila


Frazier Farms Banh Mi and Green Papaya Salad

Frazier Farms Banh Mi and Green Papaya Salad


Gourmet Culinary Fresh Mozerella

Gourmet Culinary Fresh Mozerella


Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Brussels Sprouts

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Brussels Sprouts


World Class Musicians Jimmy and Enrique

World Class Musicians Jimmy and Enrique


Lorimar Vineyards and Winery Wines

Lorimar Vineyards and Winery Wines


Local Tap House Deviled Eggs

Local Tap House Deviled Eggs


Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Chef Aaron Gentry and Crew

Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Chef Aaron Gentry and Crew


Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Goat Birria

Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Goat Birria

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Luscious Lunch at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

Ramen with Aburi Chasiu at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

Ramen with Aburi Chasiu at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

The $9.95 lunch special includes a small bowl of ramen (a meal in itself) and a choice of fried chicken, sushi, rice bowl and more. The food was outstanding at this packed popular eatery.

Tempura Jalapeno Stuffed Roll Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

Tempura Jalapeno Stuffed Roll Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

 

Ramen with Organic Chicken at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

Ramen with Organic Chicken at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

 

Chicken Karaange at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

Chicken Karaange at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

 

Asahi at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

Asahi at Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen Convoy

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The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside Opens to Accolades

 

Petite Madeline Bakery Carrot Cake at the Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside

Petite Madeline Bakery Carrot Cake at the Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside

The first true Italian deli of Oceanside recently opened to rave reviews. The marketplace offers an outstanding selection of salads, sandwiches, coffee drinks, desserts, wines And craft beers.

General Manager Jason Hdez at the Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside

General Manager Jason Hdez at the Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside


Floral Arrangement at the Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside

Floral Arrangement at the Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar Oceanside

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Hornblower Bliss Coronado Way

Red Velvet Torte at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Red Velvet Torte at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

The Hornblower Sunday Brunch Cruise is the quintessential way to spend a Sunday in San Diego. Start with the bottomless champagne or mimosas followed by an expansive spread of opulent food. There are all different types of yummy salads such as orzo with feta and tomato, potato salad with dill or marinated vegetables. The seafood selection includes fresh shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon with pineapple and sushi. Hot foods range from creamy mac n cheese to crispy bacon. There’s also a full carving station for meat lovers. And save room for the phenomenal dessert spread including delectable red velvet torte and berry cheesecake.

Up top on deck, enjoy the thrill of cruising under the Coronado Bridge and catch spectacular views of Coronado and the San Diego harbor. The Hornblower Cruise is a delightful way to spend a Sunday for a special occasion or simply a spectacular day getaway.

Champagne at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Champagne at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

The Hornblower Yacht Dining Room at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

The Hornblower Yacht Dining Room at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Hornblower Cruises Hat at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Hornblower Cruises Hat at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Cheese and Fruit at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Cheese and Fruit at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Marinated Salad at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Marinated Salad at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Pasta Salad at Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Pasta Salad at Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Shrimp Cocktail at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Shrimp Cocktail at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Salmon with Pineapple at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Salmon with Pineapple at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Pastries at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Pastries at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Smoked Fish Mousse at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Smoked Fish Mousse at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

French Toast with Berries at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

French Toast with Berries at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Meat Carving Station at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Meat Carving Station at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Happy Server at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Happy Server at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Carrot Cake at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Carrot Cake at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Berry Cheesecake at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

Berry Cheesecake at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

On the Deck at Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

On the Deck at Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

The Coronado Bridge at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

The Coronado Bridge at the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

View of the Coronado Bridge from the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

View of the Coronado Bridge from the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

View from the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

View from the Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego

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