Kyle Panton Takes Home PEI Flavours Local Food Award at the Savour Food & Wine Show

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Kyle Panton Takes Home PEI Flavours Local Food Award at the Savour Food & Wine Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Charlottetown, PE – May 25th 2012) – The Prince Edward Island Restaurant Association in partnership with the PEI Culinary Alliance, is pleased to announce the winner of the PEI Flavours Local Food Award which was presented last night at the Savour Food and Wine Show. Chef Kyle Panton from Sim's Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar took home the prestigious award for his Grilled Island Beef with a PEI Lobster Bearnaise Sauce dish.

Menu items were presented to a panel of chef and media judges: Alain Bosse, Chef and Food Editor of Saltscapes as Head Judge, Chef Jeff McCourt, PEI Culinary Alliance and Karen Mair of CBC Radio. The winner received top rankings based on the following criteria: Presentation, Taste, Recipe/Cooking method, and Creative use of PEI products. In conjunction with the mission of the PEI Culinary Alliance, this award was developed to support innovative food industry partnerships that serve as a catalyst for increased tourism visits to PEI and increased consumption of PEI food products on-Island. Kyle received a $500 cash prize which was donated by Harvest Wholesale and a PEI Flavours platter donated by the PEI Culinary Alliance.

“The criterion to determine the winner is the perfect blend with our rationale as an Alliance,” states Jeff McCourt, Chair, PEI Culinary Alliance. “It encourages a standard we are trying to put in place for chefs and restaurateurs.” McCourt adds, “With more and more demand from the consumer for restaurants to buy local, and the assortment of choice for chefs shopping in PEI, it’s nice to be able to award them for creativity.”

Each year The PEI Restaurant Association (PEIRA) kicks off the summer season with PEI’s largest food & wine show - Savour food & wine. It is the only show of its kind where you have the opportunity to engage conversation with local chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers. With over 45 food & drink vendors under one roof, it’s a great place for friends to mingle and try the newest menu offerings from their favourite Island restaurants and experience the ones you haven’t dined at yet.

If you missed Savour food & wine Show, Carl Nicholson, President, PEI Restaurant Association tells us, “It’s never too late to discover the innovative culinary terrain of Prince Edward Island. Dine Around Prince Edward Island is a restaurant festival taking place June 15-29 and is a great way to discover the flavours of some of the Island's signature restaurants. Participating restaurants feature special 3-course meals at fixed prices of $25, $35 & $45.”

Visit edining.ca to find a new restaurant waiting to be discovered and check our the special prefix menus of Dine Around PEI restaurant participants.

Stay tuned. The PElRA will be announcing the Consumer’s Choice Best of Show Awards for the 4th Annual Savour food & wine Show. The following categories are voted on by Savour consumers through a balloting process in each of the designated categories: Best Hot Food Best Cold Food Best Dessert Best Wine Best Drink Best Booth

About the PEI Restaurant Association: The PEI Restaurant Association (PEIRA) is a representative body of restaurateurs across Prince Edward Island. The industry’s voice to ensure restaurants interests are represented at all levels of government. Our network also attracts industry suppliers and allows us to negotiate business savings and reduced costs for our members. 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

About the PEI Culinary Alliance: The PEI Flavours campaign celebrates and identifies PEI’s authentic food culture, through promoting programs and festivals such as Fall Flavours, The Flavours Trail, and Agri-Food programs. PEI Flavours is an ongoing year-round partnership to encourage Islanders and visitors to buy and experience PEI food. PEI Flavours is an initiative of the PEI Culinary Alliance which is a partnership between the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the PEI Department of Tourism & Culture, the PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the PEI Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, the PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning and industry. For more information on PEI Flavours, please visit www.peiflavours.ca. For more information, please contact: Jan Holmes, PEI Culinary Alliance Tel: 902-368-6208