PHOTOS: The Willistead Named Best Restaurant, Parkside Grille, Smashed Apple And Sushi Guru Take Home Awards

Friday May 22nd, 2015

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Foodies and local food critics chose their favourite restaurants and food hospitality establishments as chefs battled it out during the 29th Annual Battle of the Hors D’Oeuvres, Thursday evening at Caesars Windsor.

After hours of food, drink and fun, critics Pina Ciotoli from WindsorEats, Ted Whipp from the Windsor Star, Essex Golf and Country Club’s Chef John Kukucka and Chef Daniele Paianca from Ambassador Golf and Country Club chose their favourites.

Parkside Grille’s Crab Croquettes won them the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Hospitality Hors d’Oeuvre, and The Willistead Restaurant was named to the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Restaurant Hors d’Oeuvre for their Captain Beefheart Mini Taco.

Participants got to vote too.

Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering and Food Truck’s Braised Pork Belly Blini landed Peoples Choice First Place. Sushi Guru’s Hawaiian Tuna Poke took home People’s Choice Second Place.

Guests were treated to wine and drink provided by Oxley Estate Winery, Brew microbrewery, Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Muscedere Vineyards, Pelee Island Winery, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery and the Walkerville Brewery.

And the evening was topped off with dessert provided by Sweet Revenge Bake Shop.

Parkside Grille preparing their Crab Croquettes

Braised Chicken with Egg Custard by Thyme to Go

Fresh ricotta sundae topped with a fennel and rhubarb sauce, diced green apple, pomegranate seeds, honey, ground pepper and cilantro, by Rino’s Kitchen

More bacon slider by Neros Steakhouse

Roasted Ontario duck and Canadian brie grilled cheese sandwich by The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast

Smoked chicken empenada featuring a micro herb salad, dragon fruit salsa and sauce aji, by Snack Bar-B-Q

Captain Beefheart Mini Taco featuring ground beef hearts, mole sauce, watermelon radish, golden beet pico de gallo, micro herb cilabtro and queso blanco by The Willistead Restaurant

Grab Croquettes featuring mango coconut puree, herbs and hickory sticks by Parkside Grille at Rochester Place Resort

Feta stuffed beef and pork meatball, covered in a mozzarella cheese ball that sits on a hollowed out deviled cucumber, by the Bourbon Tap & Grill

Desserts by Sweet Revenge Bake Shop

Waffle chicken sandwich by Caesars Windsor

Braised pork belly blini featuring maple bourbon braised pork belly on a jalapeno and smoked cheddar corn cake topped with shredded heirloom carrot, organic pea tenders and apple chipotle aioli by Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering

Hawaiian tuna poke featuring truffled Hawaiian big eye tuna, cucumbers and tomatoes, sweet onion and soy air, by Sushi Guru

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