A Savory Sail through Savannah

Last evening, the ballroom at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center was a buzz, filled with revelers feasting on the finest foods that the city’s creative culinary chefs could conjure up.  The 10th Annual Taste of Savannah, sponsored by the Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council, hosted over 1,000 guests who sampled savory sweets and succulent sustenance while swooning and sashaying to the sounds of the Swingin’ Medallions singing on the spectacular stage.

Three food and wine afficionados were carefully selected and invited to judge the elaborate array of food entries, each created around a nautical theme.  In addition to the awards graciously bestowed upon the winners by the 3 celebrity judges, guests were also asked to cast a ballot for their favorite dish. This vote determined who received the coveted Guest’s Choice Award at evening’s end.

The top 3 winners (in each category) were selected by the judges and the winners were…drum roll, please….

Appetizer

45 Bistro

Crisp Bluffton Oysters with Shallot Aioli

Hyatt Regency Savannah

Savannah Breeze Lobster and Mango Margarita

700 Drayton at the Mansion on Forsyth Park

Cornmeal Dusted Crispy Country Ham Wrapped Scallop with Smoked Tomato Grits and Spicy Green Tomato Relish

Entree

Rocks on the River at the Bohemian Savannah Riverfront

Braised Duck with Dumplings and Sage Butter

StayInSavannah.com

Seafood Succotash Over Stone Ground Grits

Blowin’ Smoke BBQ

BBQ Pork Sliders

Dessert

StayInSavannah.com

Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake with Spiced Pecans

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Macarooned

700 Drayton at the Mansion on Forsyth Park

Milk Chocolate Pretzel Tart, Malted Peanut Butter Shot

Best Novelty Food Item

Savor Savannah Catering

Fried Grouper Sandwich with Low Country Chowder

Guests’ Choice Award (Best Dish)

Aqua Star at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa

Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops and Pappardelle Laced with Creamy Low Country Shrimp and Tomato Sauce

Guests’ Choice Award  (Best Booth Decoration)

Aqua Star at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa

One surprising omission from the list of winners, in my eyes, was a tasty temptation offered by the Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern, their chocolate bread pudding.  Being a Yankee, and not having grown up in the south, where bread pudding is a staple of existence, I had always wondered what was the draw to this unusual concoction.  Last evening, I decided to jump in feet first and boy, am I glad I did!  I get it now!  It was one of the moistest, most flavorful chocolate treats I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling.

I’m still not sure who the real winners were last night.  Was it those chosen by the judges, or was it, in reality, those lucky individuals who secured a ticket to attend such a festive, fun, food affair.   Either way, it’s all good!  Bon Appetit!

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