Manchester Chamber of Commerce hosts Chef's Challenge

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Andrew Aho and Esther Jeffrey served butternut squash and habanera with bacon arinchini for the Manchester Country Club. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Andrew Aho and Esther Jeffrey served butternut squash and habanera with bacon arinchini for the Manchester Country Club. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce presented The Chef’s Challenge on Sept. 8 at Cheney Hall, giving several local restaurants the chance to take part in a friendly cooking competition.

The idea was to give the public a chance to sample the food that local restaurants have to offer, while the chefs were promoting their businesses. A large crowd grew as soon as the doors opened, as people came to try dishes from restaurants such as Cosmic Omelet, Manchester Country Club, Chop’s ‘N’ Catch, Main Pub and Restaurant and Landmark Cafe. The Olde Burnside Brewery was offering many different choices of its own brewed beers.

“I really enjoy all the diversity this event has to offer,” said Joe Colletti. “They should think about expanding the challenge in the future.” Getting his vote for favorite food that night was lobster bisque from Chop’s ‘N’ Catch. “That was awesome,” Colletti said.

Luz Martinez was excited to be able to experience all that the restaurants had to offer.  “This is fabulous,” said Martinez. “What is really wonderful about this event is that all of the restaurants are from right here in our town. I never even heard of some of them. Now, I got to taste what they have on their menus and make my dining out decision based on that. This is a lot of fun.”

Ashley Oldham enjoyed trying all the different foods with her family. “I love this. My 2-year-old son loved the lobster bisque,” said Oldham. “All the food is wonderful. I love just sampling all that the restaurants have provided. All the kids are having a great time, too.”

Azheni Kamuhuza and her dad, Soneka, attended the Chef’s Challenge. “We are having a great time. There are so many people and the food is all really wonderful,” said Soneka. “It’s great to see the community come together and enjoy themselves.”

Azheni said, “I think the barbecue food is the best. That is who gets my vote for best food.”

Denise Granger was sitting with the Kamuhuzas. “This is a very nice event. Everyone is having so much fun and I think it is so nice to see that it is all local food places,” said Granger. “This helps us know who we share our town with. I think this was an excellent idea.”


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