So some exciting news for readers of Foodalicious Follies! I have two complimentary tickets courtesy of Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series for tomorrow night’s battle (11/19) pitting Fire on the Dock Champion Antoine Murray of Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, versus Fire on the Rock Champion Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake! Chefs compete in an Iron Chef style competition complete with secret ingredient, winner advancing to the next round. And you get to enjoy six wonderful courses and are part of the judging action as a diner, cool huh?
Details on the event below but it will be held in North Hills starting at 6pm. I’ll be raffling off the tickets tomorrow afternoon and if you’d like to be part of the raffle please email me your contact information by 1pm. Pretty easy, huh? And if you don’t win, tickets are still available for the 11/20 Final Fire dinner on EventBrite.
I plan on contacting the winner of the raffle for this pair of tickets at about 2pm tomorrow, the tickets will be sent online electronically! Further details about the competition are available in the press release below. Best of luck and hope to see the lucky winner at dinner tomorrow night…
Final Fire: Fire on the Dock Champion v. Fire on the Rock Champion
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM (EST)
Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
4100 Main at North Hills Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
Enter the Raffle for the Pair of Tickets by emailing me your contact information by 11/19, 1pm EST!
Please send your name, email address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org for a random drawing…
Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Announces Chef Brackets for Statewide Championship, Final Fire
Interactive Dinner Competition Returns to Raleigh for Championship Battles Nov. 19 to 22
Raleigh, North Carolina – The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is gearing up for its Final Fire series in which five chefs from across North Carolina will battle it out to take home the statewide championship. Community members are invited to attend the tournament’s four live dinner events, savoring the six-course meal and serving as judges, from Nov. 19 to 22 in Raleigh.
The five competing chefs won their regional series to move on to earn a place at Final Fire. It’s all part of the 2014 Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination, Iron Chef-style challenge between local chefs across North Carolina. Regional series included Wilmington, Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, with eight to 16 talented chefs competing in each tournament.
The five winning chefs, representing some of the best North Carolina culinary talent, recently drew knives to determine the championship bracket for the upcoming Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Final Fire, which is scheduled as follows:
- Nov. 19 Dinner: Fire on the Dock Champion Antoine Murray of Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, versus Fire on the Rock Champion Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock
- Nov. 20 Dinner: Fire in the City Champion Jon Fortes of Mimosa Grill in Charlotte, versus Nov. 19 winner
- Nov. 21 Dinner: Fire in the Triad Champion Tim Thompson of Marisol Restaurant in Greensboro, versus Fire in the Triangle Champion Dean Thompson of Flights in Raleigh
- Nov. 22 Championship Dinner: Nov. 20 winner, versus Nov. 21 winner
Along with bragging rights, at stake in the Final Fire series is a grand prize of $4,000 cash, two handmade chef knives by Ironman Forge and a trip to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, compliments of Kikkoman and the Pro Chef Program.
In each of the Final Fire dinner battles, just as each dinner throughout the year-long Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on a secret or featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer. Featured ingredients are revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day and must be used in each course.
At the dinner events, ticketed guests get in on the action, savoring the combined six courses without knowing which chef prepared each plate. Alongside culinary and guest judges, diners rate each dish using an interactive app, ultimately determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home.
“North Carolinians are really getting into these interactive events; we’ve had such an amazing response from fans across the state,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “With the level of talent competing, the four Final Fire dinner battles are sure to be extremely competitive and entertaining for everyone in attendance. It’s the culmination of the fun, creativity and talent we’ve seen throughout the year!”
All Final Fire events are held at Renaissance North Hills Raleigh, located at 4100 Main at North Hills Street. Tickets to attend the first three battles are $129 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Tickets for the final championship battle are $139 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Learn more at www.competitiondining.com.