Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Hello Foodie Friends, I had the great pleasure of attending this year's 2nd Annual Hess Select South Beach Seafood Chef Showdown event this past Friday at Lummus Park on South Beach. It was a battle between 11 restaurants in the categories of: Surf & Turf, Octopus, Lobster, Tuna and Fish. Despite the intermittent rain, a good time was had by all. Here are some highlights from the event: 

Host and friend Chef Ralph Pagano from Naked Taco with friend and fellow food blogger Shaina Wizov of Take A Bite Out Of Boca.

Battle Surf & Turf: Park Central Cafe vs. Cafe Avanti 
Park Central Cafe
Seared Scallop paired w/short ribs & served over a parsnip puree garnished with micro greens (my vote went to Park Central Cafe)

A spectacular display of amazing treats from the sea, all provided by Whole Foods
Scallops, Oysters, Prawns, Langostinos, Mussels, Salmon

Battle Octopus: Dolce Italian vs. Poseidon:
Dolce Italian
Grilled Octopus on top a salad of chickpeas, farro, and a pistachio vinaigrette

                   Greek-style Octopus with Mediterranean herbs and lemon oil sauce (my vote went to Poseidon)

 Battle Lobster: Naked Taco vs. Siena Tavern
 Naked Taco’s Lobster Empanada served with a Pineapple Rum Shooter
(my vote went to Naked Taco)
Siena Tavern Lobster Roll
 Top Chef Fabio Vivinai (left) Siena Tavern

 Battle Tuna: Red The Steakhouse vs. Cibo South Beach
Cibo Wine BarSeared Tuna over an arugula salad with tomatoes and olives

Red The Steakhouse
Tuna Tataki with yuku aioli and wakame (Red got my vote)

Battle Fish: Oceanaire Seafood Room, Florida Cookery, and City Hall The Restaurant

Florida Cookery
Smoked Cobia with a lemongrass vinaigrette and a quinoa salad

City Hall
Sesame seared salmon with jasmine rice and bok choy 

 Oceanaire Seafood RoomJerk Oceanaire Seafood Room, Florida Cookery, and City Hall The Restaurant

Here are the official results:
Battle Surf 'n Turf
Judges: Park Central Cafe
People's Choice: Cafe Avanti

Battle OctopusJudges: Poseidon
People's Choice: Poseidon

Battle LobsterJudges: Siena Tavern
People's Choice: Naked Taco

Battle TunaJudges: Red The Steakhouse
People's Choice: Red The Steakhouse

Battle FishJudges: Oceanaire
People's Choice: Oceanaire

Until we eat again...
  I send you delicious wishes, xo
Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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