I am totally addicted to Competition Dining in Greenville. Imagine you are in a game where you are fed amazing food from two chefs. It’s six courses and you don’t know which chef made which dish. You taste, smell, examine and devour the food, voting on each dish as you eat your way through the night. At the end of the event, scores are revealed and a winning chef is picked to go on to the next round. (Please someone make this a video game!) It’s amazing. It completely satiates that need in me for food that surprises, challenges, pushes the limits. Sometimes you wonder what the chef is thinking. Sometimes you want them to cook for you every day of your life after that moment. It’s exhilarating! Are you ready? Tickets are on sale for the quarterfinals!
Competition Dining has made it’s way across North Carolina with stops in Raleigh, Charlotte and Winston-Salem and has now landed in Greenville, South Carolina. The Competition Dining Series is a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best food in the Carolinas. The event pits highly competitive chefs against each other who battle it out for the red chef’s jacket, a handmade chef knife by Ironman Forge, $2,000 in cash and other prizes, and the chance to compete in the finals on Halloween weekend in Raleigh. Grab your tickets to experience Competition Dining here: http://www.competitiondining.com/events/competition-dining-series-greenville-sc.
In every Competition Dining dinner, two chef teams prepare three courses each centered on a featured regional ingredient that is revealed to the chef teams the morning of the event. There are no cell phones. No internet. Chef teams must come up with three unique dishes. They cannot cook anything off of their menu or any past or present signature dishes. The Series competitors are randomly assigned to brackets. Two random competitors received a bye to automatically advance to the second round. Greenville preliminary match-up battle results:
August 3: Anne V. Young of The Starving Artist Café in Easley, vs Damion Norton of Professional Catering in Greenville
Damion Norton wins.
August 4: Jennifer Barone of Stellar Restaurant & Wine Barin Greenville, vs Ryan Kline of Buffalo Nickel in Asheville
Ryan Kline wins.
August 10: Blake Hartwick of Bonterra Dining & Wine Roomin Charlotte, vs Francis Turck of The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards in Salem
Francis Turk wins.
August 11: Charlie Brown of Local Cue in Greenville, vs Eden Roorda of oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen at Hotel Indigo in Asheville
Eden Roorda wins.
August 17: Todd Warden of The Cliffs Valley in Greenville, vs Nohe Weir-Villatoro of King James Public House in Asheville
Todd Warden wins.
August 18: Samuel Murry of 21 east in Greenville, vs Teryi Youngblood of Passerelle Bistro in Greenville
Teryi Youngblood wins.
The Quarter Finals have begun!
August 19: Bo Wilder of Henry’s Smokehouse in Greenville, vs August 3 winner Damion Norton
Bo Wilder wins.
August 24: Edward A. Wallace of Adventures In Taste in Easley, vs August 11 winner Eden Roorda
TBD: Tickets available!
August 25: Ryan Kline of Buffalo Nickel in Asheville, vs Francis Turck of The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards in Salem
TBD: Tickets available!
August 26: Todd Warden of The Cliffs Valley in Greenville, vs Teryi Youngblood of Passerelle Bistro in Greenville
TBD: Tickets available!
Get your tickets now for the Semi-Finals here!
Competition Dining is unlike any other dinner experience in the country. All Greenville events are held at Larkin’s Sawmill located at 22 Graves Dr. in Greenville. Tickets to attend a battle range from $55 to $75 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Guests can attend as many dinners as they like and tickets must be purchased by midnight the day before a battle. If you’re looking for a highly engaging way to spread the love of your brand, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship opportunities.
About Competition Dining Series
The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series has hosted annual chef tournaments throughout North Carolina for years with the goal of celebrating local products and agriculture, and showcasing the culinary ingenuity and talent across the state. It is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, ALSCO, NC Egg Association, Hits Technology and Joyce Farms. For the first time ever, Competition Dining has expanded outside North Carolina with their new series in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.
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