Josh Diaz cuts bourbon-glazed beef brisket during the Foodie Throwdown Saturday at the Hormel Historic Home. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Josh Diaz cuts bourbon-glazed beef brisket during the Foodie Throwdown Saturday at the Hormel Historic Home. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Third HHH food competition brings in more than $3K

Published 10:36am Monday, March 24, 2014

When Austin throws down, it becomes a party for everyone.

The third annual Foodie Throwdown was yet again a success, according to Holly Johnson, executive director at the Hormel Historic Home. The event raised more than $3,000 for the HHH and brought a lot of good food and big smiles to area residents.

Neal Hull shows off a magic trick with a mango during the Foodie Throwdown Saturday night at the Hormel Historic Home.
Neal Hull shows off a magic trick with a mango during the Foodie Throwdown Saturday night at the Hormel Historic Home.

“We were thrilled with the turnout, the comments were all favorable, and it was a fun night,” Johnson said.

This year, chef teams had to design dishes around the theme, “spirits.” Gareth Hataye and Alan Rasell won the main dish category with their Oatmeal Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs, while last year’s champions Chefs Kristine Merten and Elizabeth Diser, representing Hy-Vee, earned the top dessert category with creme brulee with a pineapple royale glaze.

Chef Wade Kolander works at his station as Julie Underriner, right, and Diane Kiker look over his menu.
Chef Wade Kolander works at his station as Julie Underriner, right, and Diane Kiker look over his menu.

Johnson said HHH officials are already discussing ideas for next year’s event.

“We’ll definitely have it again,” she said.

J.T. Thomas sings as chefs work.
J.T. Thomas sings as chefs work.
Jane Arhart tops a pastry during the Foodie Throwdown.
Jane Arhart tops a pastry during the Foodie Throwdown.

 


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