It’s almost time for Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres 2014 and 21 of Windsor Essex County’s finest food & beverage establishments want you to enjoy their savoury culinary creations, wines, and craft beer as you mix and mingle with guests around the room.
Presented by Caesars Windsor The 28th Annual Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres 2014 has been scheduled for Thursday May 22nd, 2014 in the Augustus Ballroom.
The announcement was made on Monday March 31, 2014, at Neros Steakhouse inside Caesars Windsr at a media conference organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex. Last year’s winners of the Battle were on hand including The City Grill, Armando’s, and Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express. Celebrity food critic judges awarded the “Critics Choice Award” to The City Grill in the restaurant division and Just Jeff’s in the hospitality division. Guests voted for their favourites to receive the “People’s Choice Award”. Just Jeff’s won the People’s Choice in the hospitality division and Armando’s in the restaurant division. This year Armando’s, Just Jeff’s, and The City Grill will defend their titles against returning competitors and several new ones too.
Competing in the restaurant division are Armando’s, The Bull n’ Barrel, Chanoso’s, The City Grill, eros Steakhouse, Rino’s Kitchen, Taza Mediterranean Grill, and Thai Palace. In the hospitality division are Caesars Windsor, Hummazing, Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express, Rochester Place Resort, Tyme to Go, and The Windsor Club.
Once again there will be a People’s Choice Award in each division giving guests the opportunity to become a food critic and vote for their favourite. In addition, a celebrity panel of judges will pick the Critic’s Choice Award winner in each category. This year’s panel of celebrity judges include Chef John Kukucka (Essex Golf & Country Club), Chef Glen van Blommestein (Oxley Estate Winery), and Pina Ciotoli (Windsor Eats).
Guests will also get to enjoy samplings from local Essex County wineries and beverage establishments. Participants include Coopers Hawk Vineyards, Canadian Club, Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW), Oxley Estate Winery, Pelee Island Winery, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, and Walkerville Brewery. Wine and beverage tastings will take place from 7pm-8:30pm and a cash bar will be available too.
A pre-event featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by Assumption Catholic high school culinary students will also offer a cash bar. The pre-event begins at 6pm.
For the last few years the Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres was transformed from the traditional yearly gala banquet into a more casual and social lounge / networking type of event where guests can enjoy meeting and mingling with others. Of course plenty of seating will be available too. In addition, this unique food competition has become more popular while maintaining its loyal followers. The new “non-gala” format encourages guests to come as you are after work to lounge, network, and enjoy great food and drinks. So this year’s event, now being described as a casual indoor food and beverage festival, is expected to be bigger and better than ever!
The event will include silent auctions and raffles. Last year the Taste of Essex County raffle featured numerous restaurant gift certificates and was a crowd favourite. This year the popular raffle will return. In addition, live musical entertainment will be provided by upcoming local musician Crissi Cochrane.
So if you enjoy savoury eats, fun, entertainment, supporting a great organization and a great food competition that you get to actually vote in, then make sure you call for your tickets today.
Proceeds from this event and the event itself will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex and help raise awareness about the organization’s programs, services, and the need for volunteer adult mentors.
Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres 2014 Tickets are only $80 each or 10 for $750. To become a mentor, make a donation, or get your event tickets call 519-945-6232 ext.13 or visit Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex.