2012 Taste of the Valley
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25th Taste of the Valley was D’Licous
From staff reports
Daily photos by Gary Cosby Jr.
Sheila Davis of The Bakery and Deli and Bruce Jones.
Several newcomers to Taste of the Valley won awards at the 25th annual fundraiser to benefit the Volunteer Center of Morgan County.
Attendees voted for their favorite of the 18 participating restaurants, and D’Licous Home Cooking won the People’s Choice Award.
The soul food restaurant in Toney also received two other awards, second in the beef and pork category for its jerk pork, and third in the side item category for its homemade macaroni and cheese.
Newcomers Moe’s Southwest Grill in Decatur and Elizabeth G’s in Hartselle also placed.
Judges rated the best food in the following categories as guests sampled dishes at the Holiday Inn on Monday night.
The winners were:
Appetizers: first, chips with queso dip, Moe’s; second, chips with salsa dip, Moe’s; third, flatbread pizza, Louie’s Restaurant.
Side items: first, traditional Brunswick stew, Big Bob Gibson Bar-BQue; second grilled chicken salad, TimBuck2; third, mac and cheese, D’Licous.
Beef and pork entrees: first, Caribbean beef tenderloin, JW Steakhouse; second, jerk pork, D’Licous; third, pork tenderloin with balsamic sauce, TimBuck2.
Chicken and seafood entrees: first, Asian meatball sandwich, Elizabeth G’s; Island Chicken, JW Steakhouse; third, hickory- smoked turkey with sauce, Big Bob Gibson.
Desserts: first, chocolate Italian cream cake, The Bakery and Deli in Trinity; second, peanut butter cake, Sara Lynn’s Party World and Weddings; third, peach cobbler, Momma’s Café.
Best booth decor with the theme “Around the World in 80 Dishes”: first, The Bakery and Deli; second, The Freight House in Hartselle; third, Louie’s Restaurant.
Other businesses participating were Southern Reflections, Our Place Bar and Grill, Simply Delicious, Dirt Road BBQ, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Fulin’s Asian Cuisine and Gigi’s Cupcakes.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Volunteer Center’s youth programs, including KIVS — Kids Interested in Volunteer Service, Friend 2 Friend Mentoring Program, senior and junior high youth councils and RIF — Reading is Fundamental.
For more details, call 256-355-8628 or visit vcomc.org.