Summer End Grill-Off Event by Fabulous Foodies of Connecticut

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A sweet smell of smoke filled the air from the scrumptious aroma of charcoal grilling welcomed my arrival to the Annual Summertime Grill-Off event, hosted by the lovely Caryl – organizer of MeetUp Fabulous Foodies. This competition has been an annual tradition for a group of foodies in Connecticut to showcase their talents for the opportunity to take home the golden trophy… and of course, a year-long of well-deserved bragging rights.

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All participants demonstrated their cooking skills to create “the winning meal” that would impress the panel of experts led by Chef Jay, author of The Gentleman’s Cookbook and a regular guest chef on WFSB Better Connecticut. The entrées were judged based on taste, texture, originality and presentation.

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Meet the contestants, L-R; Carol, Susan, Jennifer, Graham, Mike and Pamela

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Meet the judges; Bill (2015 Winner), Chef Jay and Paul

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Judges at work… I WANT THIS JOB!

Feast your eyes on these luscious creations from our very talented contestants. WARNING: These gorgeous food photos could cause a serious “mouthwatering sensation.” 

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Skirt steak salad prepared by Carol

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Grilled salmon fillet served with couscous stuffed red pepper by Susan

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Strawberry parfait in a martini glass prepared by Susan

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Cubano pork tenderloin prepared by Carol

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Blueberry creamy ricotta sandwich paired with blueberry gazpacho prepared by Graham

Non-contestants brought in some savory dishes too.

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This Cuban sandwich was a delicious masterpiece. It hit all marks of a perfect and satisfying comforting food. Prepared by Juan of Calamity BBQ Catering

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Finger lickin’ good chicken wings from Calamity BBQ Catering

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Another favorite, ground beef sour cream dip from Calamity BBQ Catering

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Excellent side dish, seasoned black beans

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Tasty, tender and crispy grilled chicken drumsticks prepared by Rita

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Moon cake fresh from Taiwan

… And the 2016 Grill-Off Master champion was Graham for his blueberry creamy ricotta sandwich paired with blueberry gazpacho. The runner-up was Jennifer for her Cubano pork tenderloin.

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Runner-up Jennifer with Chef Jay

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Graham and Chef Jay

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Presenting the 2016 Grill-Off Master champion… Graham!

Congratulations Graham and Jennifer! 

A special thanks to Caryl for hosting this well executed and memorable event that brought together food aficionados from all over Connecticut. Cheers to a job well done!

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Chef Jay and Caryl

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What a beautiful day for a picnic.

I’ve had my fair share of attending picnics and potluck dinners, but this food experience was one of my favorites! All the food and drinks were outstanding.  But what made this experience truly remarkable was the privilege to meet fellow gastronomes who completely understand the “joy of food.”

It was fascinating to witness how a simple ‘ingredients’ topic evolved and encouraged curiosity, conversation, laughter and friendship among people of different backgrounds. Truly is “FOOD BRINGS CULTURES TOGETHER.” and transcends all boundaries.

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