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Taste of Wrightsville Beach 2022 Winners Announced

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Wrightsville Beach, NC – At the Blue Water Grill parking lot, the Taste of Wrightsville Beach and island restaurants put on an amazing show of creative culinary delights in all categories of savory and sweet dishes. Taste of Wrightsville Beach is a charity fundraiser for Weekend Meals on Wheels.

Patrons were able to sample over 20 culinary dishes and over 15 flavors of beers, wines, and spirits.  The crowd was lively and happily chose the “People Choice” category awards.

Celebrity Judges, comprised of well-known chefs and journalists, judged all of the entries to choose the winners listed below in a close, blind vote

Judges Overall Dish

1st place – EAST at BLOCKADE RUNNER’S Cocoa and red wine braised beef with black bean puree and plantain chips

2nd place – EAST at BLOCKADE RUNNER’S Horchata cupcake with spice buttercream frosting

3rd place – FISH HOUSE with Southern Style Fish Stew

Best Savory Dish

1st place – EAST at BLOCKADE RUNNER’S Cocoa and red wine braised beef with black bean puree and plantain chips

2nd place – POES TAVERN’S pimento cheese sliders with jalapeno jack cheese and Pico de gallo sliders

3rd place – KING NEPTUNE’S sliced beef short rib with chimichurri and parmesan

Best Sweet Dish

1st place – EAST at BLOCKADE RUNNER’S Horchata cupcake with spice buttercream frosting

2nd place – BEACH BAGEL’S Monkey Bread

3rd place – NOTHING BUNDT CAKE-Moist and delicious bites of pumpkin spice bundt cakes with our signature butter cream cheese frosting

People’s Choice Dish

1st place – PORT LAND GRILL’s balsamic-espresso glazed beef short ribs over yukon gold mashed with pickled shallots, pomegranate, beef tallow breadcrumbs and micro greens

2nd place – BLUEWATER GRILL’s redneck Rockefeller style roasted oysters topped with pimento cheese and bacon crumble

3RD PLACE – GELARTO’S GELATO made with fresh ingredients and milk from our own herd of cows grazing in the alps near Turin, Italy 

People’s Choice Beer

1st place – WATERMAN’S BREWING COMPANY

2nd place – WILMINGTON BREWING COMPANY

3rd place – CATAWBA BREWING

People’s Choice Wine

1st place – NONI BACCA

2nd – WINDHAM DISTRIBUTING

3rd place – PRESTIGE BEVERAGE COMPANY

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