Taste of Cam­bridge en­joys suc­cess

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By NATE NKUMBU nnkumbu@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Food, fun and com­pe­ti­tion were the themes for Down­town Cam­bridge’s 13th an­nual Taste of Cam­bridge on Satur­day, July 14.

Vis­i­tors the city and all over the state took part in the tast­ing con­test that fea­tured a num­ber of seafood dishes like the Crab Soup, Crab Dip, Crab balls/ cake, Crab Spe­cialty and over­all win­ner.

Jim­mie and Sook’s won the judge’s and the peo­ple’s choice for best crab dip while RAR Brew­ing won both set of the judg­ing in the crab ball/cake por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The judge’s choice for the crab soup went to Black­wa­ter Bak­ery while the fans chose Cam­bridge Yacht Club. Wa­ter’s Edge Grill won both com­pe­ti­tions in the crab spe­cialty along with the best over­all dish in the Peo­ple’s Choice com­pe­ti­tion for its crab and corn frit­ter with jalapeño comeback sauce. The dish was cre­ated by chef Kisha West.

Or­ga­niz­ers wel­comed back a num­ber of past par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing Wa­ter’s Edge Grill, Blue Point Pro­vi­sion Co., Palm Beach Wil­lies, Ocean Odyssey, The Cam­bridge Yacht Club, Katie Mae’s Coun­try Restau­rant, RAR Brew­ing, Jim­mie and Sook’s, The High Spot and Rock Lob­stah. Lil’ Bitta Bull and Theodore’ Subs and Small Plates were new to the com­pe­ti­tion in 2018.

This year’s judges in­cluded three veteran — Bruce Mat­tel in­struc­tor at Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica; Kate Moose, food ed­i­tor for What’s Up Magazine; and Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany owner Ce­cil John­son. New to the judge’s panel was Katie Livie, free­lance food writer with re­gional herba­vore pub­li­ca­tion Ed­i­ble Del­marva.

Crowd mem­bers with tick­ets got the chance to taste, de­cide and vote on the five cat­e­gories and an­nounces a peo­ple’s choice award for the best recipe made.

For out-of-town vis­i­tor’s, Ginger Gar­dener from Penn­syl­va­nia and Di Daniels for Eas­ton, the event was great.

Down­town Cam­bridge Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katie Clen­daniel said the event was such a suc­cess that peo­ple want to come back for next year.

“I know in 2016 our num­bers were down over­all and peo­ple were won­der­ing if it’s re­ally hap­pen­ing then peo­ple came and had a great time last year and said that they were come back next year early,” she said. “Peo­ple are look­ing at Cam­bridge very dif­fer­ently right now than where I was two years ago.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Wa­ter’s Edge Grill at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort won the best over­all dish in the Peo­ple’s Choice com­pe­ti­tion at the 13th an­nual Taste of Cam­bridge for its crab and corn frit­ter with jalapeño comeback sauce. The dish was cre­ated by chef...

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