Clean Plate Charlie Awards @Uncorked!
The one dish, Savory or Sweet, that packed the punch to surpass all others. Winner: YOLO Chef Peter Boulukos spooned up the short ribs himself, plopping a square of the melt-away meat onto the potatoes. The meat was nearly as soft as the gravy that surrounded it, and below, the potatoes were cooked al dente in an au gratin sauce. Crispy shallots over the top gave a nice crunch contrast.
The Team that created the best overall presentation from the Table, to the Servers to the Food and the attitude! Winner: L’Hermitage Catering Many of the 27 participants offered just one dish, but not so at the L’Hermitage display, which featured four fairly stunning-looking items. Chef Marci Boland offered curry chicken salad in curry cones, fig and goat cheese lollipops, pan-Asian crab salad in edible spoons, and sun-dried tomato and feta sigaras.
Most Unique Bite
The one dish, Savory or Sweet, that most creatively combines taste and originality Winner: Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood FL Hard Rock took all the things that are great about a bahn mi sandwich — French bread, fresh herbs, Asian sauces — and combined it with tender pulled pork. This wasn’t a bahn mi that you’d find on a Vietnamese street corner but more like one you might find in the Deep South, making for one creative bite.
Best Burger Battle Alley Bite
Contenders vie for Burger Nirvana! The Best Bite…the bun, the toppings, the savory beef…whose burger will win be named best Burger Bite of the night? Winner: Charm City Burger Company This might have been the toughest category in the Uncorked awards, considering that most of the five burgers were fantastic (special props to Georgie’s Alibi, which finished second here). But it’s easy to understand why Charm City won with a burger covered in candied bacon, smoked mushrooms, and a garlic/blue-cheese spread.
Best Sweet Treat
The most decadent dessert of the night! Winner:Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets Most famous for its wedding cakes, Susie’s showed off a fairly amazing display of desserts: cakes of rum canolli and dulce du leche; cake pops of red velvet, coconut, and German chocolate; caramelized popcorn; cheesecake lollipops of Key lime and chocolate; chocolate-covered strawberries; and cookies including Jamaican crunchies, Chinese five spice, and sesame butter.
CORKER Fan Favorite Awards
In addition to our Clean Plate Charlie Awards by New Times Broward | Palm Beach, an array of Uncorked! Judges decided the Fan Favorite culinary awards. Lisa Scott-Founds, President | CEO of Winterfest Inc, our Judge’s Liaison guided these foodies aka ‘Fan Favorite Judges’ as they selected their favorite Uncorked! culinary stations and awarded them “Corker” awards,.
Best Plate – THE CAPITAL GRILLE with Signature Chef Marc Gruverman served Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Boursin Cheese, Sherried Mushrooms on a Brioche Bun. This was the one dish, Savory or Sweet, that packed the punch to surpass all others!
Best Presentation – TIE – The HARD ROCK CAFE in HOLLYWOOD FL served Vietnamese Bahn Mi Bi Sandwiches and L’HERMITAGE CATERING served Curry chicken Salad in Curry Cones | Fig and Goat Cheese “Lollipops” | Pan- Asian Crab Salad in Edible Spoons | Sun Dried Tomato and Feta “Sigaras.from the chefs that created the best overall presentation from the Table, to the Servers to the Food and the attitude!
Most Unique Bite– TIE – ELEVATION BURGER served 100% Certified Grass Fed Organic Beef Burgers topped with real non processed 6 month aged cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and Elevation Sauce. and HUGH’S CULINARY served Grilled Scallop Margarita’s served in Shot Glasses …there were the dishes, Savory or Sweet, that most creatively combined taste and originality/
Best Burger Battle Alley Preview Champ – CHARM CITY BURGER COMPANY served The “Haute” Burger is a 2oz Charm City Blend Slider/ Candied Bacon/ Smoked Mushrooms/ Garlic-Bleu Cheese Spread. Six Contenders vied for Burger Nirvana! The Best Bite…the bun, the toppings, the savory beef..this burger was named best Burger Bite of the night.
Best Sweet Treat – LAS OLAS KILWIN’S served trays of Decadent Treats… covered pretzels, oreos, marshmallows, fudge and more was the most decadent dessert of the night!
Fan Favorite Cotton Club Bakery Dessert – Cheftestant Christopher Fread
OVER THE TOP CHEESECAKE & CODE ‘O’ TRUFFLES won the Fan Favorite Token count plus the Judge’s votes!
Uncorked! 2012 Fan Favorite Judges Panel