Dorchester celebrates heritage and local cuisine
CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester Chamber of Commerce hosted the seventh annual Celebrate Dorchester at Sailwinds Park Governor’s Hall on Tuesday, June 21.
Dorchester County restaurants and food producers were the main attraction. In addition to a taste of the local cuisine, the event
featured appearances by historical characters Annie Oakley and Harriet Tubman, local art and history displays, a putting green, a photo-booth, a silent auction to benefit the Jason T. Wise Scholarship Foundation, live music and more.
“The whole thing is Celebrate Dorchester,” said Dorchester Chamber Executive Director Bill Christopher. “Basically, it really started all about the food, which it still is. This year, we expanded to celebrate more of Dorchester by bringing in history.
“We’re trying to educate Dorchester County and really bring the business community together, which is what the Chamber is all about,” he said. “Strong community means a strong business community. We’re trying to to tie the two together. Tonight is all about community, and what Dorchester has to offer.”
Six community-based awards, including the Jason T. Wise Scholarship, were presented by the chamber to open the event. Pat Wilcox was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Nancy Shockley received the Community Empowerment Award. Cambridge police Sgt. Jose Hernandez was recognized with the First Responder Award.
The Veteran Service Award was given to a group, the Eastern Shore Veterans Recognition Committee. Miss Dorchester County Farm Bureau 2015 Emily Jackson received the Youth Achievement Award. The Jason T. Wise Scholarship was granted to James Geleta.
Dorchester County has a rich tradition of agriculture — producing an abundance of quality produce, seafood, meats and poultry. The county also is known for its restaurants, and is home to a family-owned winery and craft brewery. At the event, more than a dozen regional chefs will join the chamber in a salute to Dorchester County, creating dishes highlighting locally produced ingredients.
Businesses featured at Celebrate Dorchester included Bistro Poplar, Black Water Coffee House with biscuits with cheddar and crab gravy; Cakes by Candace with strawberry brownie cupcakes and blackberry white chocolate cupcakes; Garden and Garnish with pan seared white perch cakes; The Creek Deli with lemon pepper chicken and potato salad; Canvasback Restaurant and Coolahan’s Irish Pub with cream of crab soup; High Spot Gastropub with bison sloppy joe sliders; Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture with oysters; Jimmie and Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill with crab and corn tostada; Three Sixty at the River’s Edge with mignonette oysters; Katie Mae’s Country Shoppe with chicken salad sliders; Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery; Ocean Odyssey with chicken and dumplings; Portside Seafood Restaurant with Carolina sliders; Pizza Ziya with spinach and mushroom pizza; Rock Lobstah with an oyster tasting bar; RAR Brewing; Stoked Wood Fired Eatery with antipasto; Verona Pizza with tomato and broccoli pizza; and Water’s Edge at the Hyatt with cuban sliders.
Producers featured included Bartenfelder Farms; Emily’s Produce strawberries, blackberries, corn, and spinach; Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture oysters; Kool Ice and Seafood perch filets; Madhouse Oysters oysters; Rippons Brothers Seafood crab meat; Russell Hall Seafood crab meat; SB Farms bison; Simmons Center Market pork; Soft and Salty Seafood crab meat; A.E. Phillips & Son crab meat; B&G Foods peppers; The Bay Mushrooms mushrooms; JM Clayton Co. crab meat; Amick Farms chicken; Great Expectations Farm beef; and Sunseed Growers tomatoes.
Crab and corn tostada were prepared by Jimmie & Sooks Raw Bar & Grill with corn from Emily’s Produce and crab meat from A.E. Phillips & Son and Rippons Brothers Seafood at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
An oyster tasting bar was prepared by Rock Lobstah with Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture oysters at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Biscuits with cheddar and crab gravy were prepared by Black Water Bakery with crab meat from JM Clayton CO and Russell Hall Seafood at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Strawberry Brownie Cupcakes was prepared by Cakes by Candace with strawberries from Emily’s Produce at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
A mushroom pizza was prepared by Pizza Ziya with The Bay Mushrooms mushrooms at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Mignonette oysters were prepared by Three Sixty on the River’s Edge with Madhouse Oysters oysters at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Blackberry white chocolate cupcakes were prepared by Cakes by Candace using Emily’s Produce blackberries at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Tomato and broccoli pizza was prepared by Verona Pizza with Sunseed Growers tomatoes at Tuesday’s Celebrate Dorchester.
Cuban sliders were prepared by Water’s Edge at the Hyatt with Simmons Center Market pork at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Pan seared white perch cakes with roasted red pepper aioli were prepared by Garden and Garnish with Kool Ice and Seafood perch filets at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Lemon pepper chicken and potato salad were prepared by The Creek Deli with Amick Farms Chicken at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.
Antipasto was prepared by Stoked Wood Fired Eatery with B&G Foods peppers and The Bay Mushrooms mushrooms at Celebrate Dorchester Tuesday.