For the folks who braved Mother Nature for Hampton Roads Magazine’s Taste of Chesapeake, the payoff was an evening full of mouthwatering food and custom homes at Tidewater Builders Association’s Homearama. Seven of Chesapeake’s finest eateries provided sample fares to hundreds of visitors on Monday evening at Culpepper Landing.
|Hampton Roads Magazine publisher Randy Thompson, second from left, and special events coordinator Pam Hopkins, second from right, present the Homearama Taste of Chesapeake Critics’ Choice Award to Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro, represented by, from left, chef Louise Jackson, chef Kim Stack and owner and executive chef Kisha Frazier.
It was the lemon honey chicken salad on Parmesan tuiles with fresh fruit crosini from Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro that won the Critics’ Choice Award. A contingent of local food writers, led by Hampton Roads Magazine’s publisher Randy Thompson, determined the award winner.
“We had overwhelmingly positive feedback on the cuisine from the visitors and the critics,” said Thompson. “Many of them said this Taste of Chesapeake had the best selection and a nice variety of offerings for show visitors. However, it was the natural and fresh ingredients of Terebinth that won the critics’ vote.”
The People’s Choice Award, which was determined by a vote of Homearama visitors, went to A.J. Gators for their she-crab soup, stuffed shrimp and orange crushes.
Other participating restaurants included:
Now You’re Cooking: Serving grilled peach and blueberry salad with peach vinaigrette and cotton candy lemonade
|Hampton Roads Magazine publisher Randy Thompson, left, and special events coordinator Pam Hopkins present the Homearama Taste of Chesapeake People’s Choice Award to A.J. Gators for its she-crab soup and stuffed shrimp. Accepting are Manager Chris McGrath, his wife, Ashley McGrath and Mason Barrows.
- Cotton Southern Bistro: Serving Cajun pasta
- The Cutting Edge Café: Serving steamed pork buns
- Passion The Restaurant: Serving slow-braised pork tenderloin and stuffing
- Carolina Cupcakery: Serving gourmet mini cupcakes in patriotic flavors
Chef Chris Hill of The Bachelor Kitchen also served up hors d’oeuvres in the Hampton Roads Magazine House, while the chefs at K&D Round’s Landscape Services whipped up oven-fired pizzas for guests to enjoy.
Homearama features eight fully furnished and landscaped homes ranging from 2,200 to more than 3,800 square feet, priced from the mid-$350,000s to the high $400,000s. It’s open now through June 30 from noon until 9 p.m., and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Ticket sales will stop one hour before closing. Admission is $10 or $17 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. Military and seniors (62 or better) get a $1 discount Monday-Thursday. A discount coupon is available by visiting www.homearama.tv. Only one discount applies.
Presenting sponsor is Monarch Bank & Mortgage. Official sponsors are the city of Chesapeake, GAF, Columbia Gas, Dominion Virginia Power, Farm Fresh, Southern Auto Group and 84 Lumber. Promotional co-sponsors are Hampton Roads Magazine, RSVP publications, ValPak, Pilot Media and Cox Communications. More information is available at www.homearama.tv or by calling (757) 420-2434.