Print
Restaurants

Savorez, Others Shine At Epicurean Evening Fundraiser

By Jessica Maurer, posted Sep 4, 2019
Epicurean Evening winners pose with their awards at the fundraiser for the Methodist Home for Children, held Aug. 29. (Photo courtesy of Epicurean Evening)
The Methodist Home for Children held its annual Epicurean Evening fundraiser at the Wilmington Convention Center Ballroom on Aug. 29, with more than 600 guests in attendance and several local establishments competing for prizes.
 
“We are so happy to have held this event in advance of the approaching storm after the event was cancelled due to Florence in 2018,” said Regina Hawse, development officer and event director.
 
Sixteen local chefs along with 12 brewers, vintners and mixologists served up appetizers, entrees and desserts and beverages while competing for awards such as best in show, epicurean’s choice, people’s choice, best taste and best presentation.
 
Sam Cahoon, chef and owner of Savorez, took the evening’s top prize, the Copper Kettle award for best in show, for his tuna tostadas. The dish is composed of yuzu-sirachi-soy marinated tuna breaded in sesame seeds, seared, and thinly sliced. It's layered on top of a mini-corn tostada with fresh avocado, pineapple salsa, pickled shallots, jalapeno, yuzu aioli, cilantro and Savorez’s "unstoppable caviar.” Cahoon said the caviar is not true caviar, but a gelatinization of the tuna marinade.  
 
“This was our first time participating, and I've always wanted a shot at getting the Copper Kettle,” Cahoon said. “We were scheduled to participate last year, but unfortunately Hurricane Florence put a stop to that. 

"It was really wonderful getting to work with all the other chefs and businesses involved in the event. Got to see some old friends, as well as meet some new faces. And knowing that this event was to benefit such an important cause only made it that much better.”
 
Cahoon said he is pleased to report that Savorez has enjoyed a very busy 2019.
 
“We’ve been slammed all year just doing what we do,” Cahoon said.
 
The people’s choice award went to chef James Melvin of 22 North while the best entree award was given to Elijah’s Restaurant and the best dessert award went to Nothing Bunt Cakes.
 
Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Alyce 4 april242017

Duties of A Trustee: Choose Wisely

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC
Sherrip2019 insights profile

That’s Who We Are

Sherri Pridgen - Cape Fear REALTORS®
Lyleheadshot2017 1251720228

What to Expect When You are Expecting A Hurricane

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

Trending News

Boutique Hotel Opening Downtown

Johanna Cano - Sep 13, 2019

In The Current Issue

Boating Trends: Bigger Boats, Fewer Spaces

One of the latest trends in local boating is more boaters are choosing bigger boats, but they continue to have a hard time finding a place t...


First Citizens Moving Closer To Entegra Merger

With the approval of its shareholders at last month’s annual meeting, Entegra Financial Corp. is moving ahead on a merger agreement with Fir...


Advancing Local Women In Tech

A growing number of women have joined the tech field, and some in the Wilmington area are working to keep them there....

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
WILMA's Leadership Accelerator
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`