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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 06, 2009
Contact: Mary E. Prier, APR
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Southern Cooking woos Critics at Homearama’s “Taste of Chesapeake”
Chef Dedra Blount, left, of NYC (Now Ur Cooking) Catering clinched the Critic’s Choice Award for her sweet potato and ham biscuits with cranberry salad at the Taste of Chesapeake. Patrick Evans-Hylton, food editor of Hampton Roads magazine, which sponsored the event with Columbia Natural Gas, is pictured with Blount.
Comfort food won over the critics while the sweet tooth wooed the visitors at this year’s Taste of Chesapeake event sponsored by Hampton Roads magazine and Columbia Natural Gas on Monday, Oct. 5.

Seven local establishments served up samples from their menus in competition for the coveted Critic’s Choice and People’s Choice awards in seven of the Homearama homes in the Culpepper Landing community of Chesapeake.

At the end of the evening, Chef Dedra Blount of NYC (Now You’re Cookin’) Catering clinched the Critic’s Choice Award for her sweet potato and ham biscuits with cranberry salad.

Dawn Eskins of Carolina Cupcakery took home the People’s Choice award for her array of breakfast, lunch and dinner cupcakes.

Dawn Eskins of Carolina Cupcakery took home the People’s Choice award for her array of breakfast, lunch and dinner cupcakes at the Taste of Chesapeake at Homearama on Oct 5. With Eskins is Patrick Evans-Hylton, right, food editor of Hampton Roads magazine.
Patrick Evans-Hylton, food editor of Hampton Roads magazine, who led a team of food writers from his magazine, awarded the winners, after commending the other participants on the quality of the fare.

Also participating in the tasting were chefs from Passion, Courthouse Café, 45 Degrees Martini Lounge, Chesapeake Conference Center and the Gourmet Bakery.

Homearama features 12 fully decorated and landscaped homes displaying classic architectural styles featuring porches and tree-lined sidewalks.

The event is open to the public Oct. 3-18 from noon until 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. More information, directions and a discount coupon are available at www.homearama.tv, or by calling (757) 420-2434.


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