(Charlottetown, PE – May 28, 2010) – The Prince Edward Island Restaurant Association officially launched its summer season with the 2nd Annual PEI Savour Food & Wine Show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Thursday evening. A new addition to this year’s show, the PEI Flavours Local Food Award was presented to Chef John Pritchard of John Pritchard Cuisine.
The winning dish was entitled “Eight Hour Bar Clams & Crisp Sandwich' of Pigs Trotter” featuring PEI bar clams, pork, hot house tomatoes, melted organic shiitake mushrooms and green garlic. The award was selected by a panel of 6 judges with Alain Bosse, Food Editor of Saltscapes Magazine as Head Judge. Menu items were judged based on presentation, taste, recipe and the creative use of local products.
“With increased consumer demand for local products, more and more restaurants are featuring PEI food on the menu,” states Jeff McCourt, Chair of the PEI Culinary Alliance. “We’re excited that Savour is promoting PEI food with the new PEI Flavours Local Food Award. The Award helps recognize those chefs who are highlighting and being creative with local products.”
The PEI Flavours Local Food Award is an initiative of the PEI Culinary Alliance. Menu items were presented to a panel of media and chef judges. The winning dish was selected based on presentation, taste, recipe/cooking method, and the creative use of local products. Each dish was required to feature PEI food as the main ingredient with a total of 60% local products contained in the recipe.
“Savour showcases the culinary talent of our many great Island chefs, says Carl Nicholson, President of the PEI Restaurant Association. “It creates awareness for the restaurant, while also educating consumers about food and wine pairings. The large crowd that Savour draws is a true testament to the growing popularity of food and wine,” adds Nicholson.
Savour is Prince Edward Island’s largest food and wine show. Over 450 consumers, 28 Restaurants and 21 wine, beer and spirit vendors participated in the 2010 show. In addition to the PEI food Award, consumers were asked to vote for their favourite hot appetizer, cold appetizer, dessert, and wine. The Consumer Choice Awards will be announced a later date once all the ballots are counted.
The PEI Restaurant Association will celebrate its many great seasonal and year-round restaurants with Dine Around Prince Edward Island. Enjoy unique three-course, prix fixe menus for ONLY $25, $35 or $45 at participating restaurants across PEI from June 17-30, 2010. For a complete list of participating restaurants and featured menus go online to edining.ca
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency supports this pan-Atlantic initiative through the Atlantic Provinces Restaurant Association which includes the Restaurant Association of PEI, the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland / Labrador, and the Restaurant Association of NS.
About the PEI Restaurant Association:
The PEI Restaurant Association (PEIRA) is a representative body of restaurateurs across Prince Edward Island. We are the industry’s voice to ensure their interests are represented at all levels of government. The PEI Restaurant organizes the Savour food & wine Show and Dine Around Prince Edward Island and manages e-Dining.ca Prince Edward Island.
For more information, please contact:
Carl Nicholson, President, PEIRA
Tel: 902-963-2644 | Cell: 902-628-7987