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Aug. 5, 2015

Taste of Waterville Sponsors

2015 Taste Winners

Entrée –Maine General – Braised Chipotle Tofu w/Tortillas

The Braised Chipotle Tofu had bright flavor and overall was the tastiest entree.  That a vegetarian dish held its own amongst lobster and prime rib is testament that good for you can also be good!  The spicy hot dish was presented with a colorful fresh corn salsa and superfood summer slaw that cooled the palate.  This healthy choice was further enhanced by the availability of recipe cards for patrons to take home.


Salad/Appetizer – Amici’s Cucina – Melon Salad

This interesting combination of flavors was not your usual fruit salad!   Amici’s Melon Salad was a unique and refreshing summer side dish with a pretty presentation of colorful balls of fresh melon and mozzarella cheese sprinkled with crispy bits of prosciutto and dressed with a light mint-basil vinaigrette.   A delightful combination of sweet & salty made this dish stand out. 

Sandwich/Wrap- Inland Hospital – Marinated Portabella Mushroom Slider

There was no question where the delightful array of Prime Rib, Lobster, and Veggie sliders came from as they were held together with Inland Hospital toothpick flags.  While the judges enjoyed the variety of flavors and the option to mix and match fillings; it was the marinated mini Portobello mushroom and smoked cheese slider topped with lettuce and tomato that left a lasting impression!

Dessert – The Last Unicorn – Lemon-Lime Pana Cotta with Fresh Berries

The smooth panna cotta was a favorite for its delicate lime flavor.  The strawberries and blueberries added just the right touch of seasonal freshness.  The serving cup, in which the berries were kept separate from the panna cotta, was a nice touch to keep them fresh until mixed with the smooth custard.  A bright and fresh summer dessert!

Booth – Oak Grove Center

Newcomer, Oak Grove Center, won the judges over this year with their charming and bright red, white & blue country booth.  Serving strawberry shortcake and hotdogs from their 1969 Hot Dog Trolley Cart, it reminded the judges of summer’s past and simpler times when small communities gathered to celebrate.  The simple country theme included a bright red table dressing, hand decorated #10 metal buckets to serve condiments and silverware, a bucket of real strawberries on sticks expertly carved to resemble red roses, and some bales of hay to complete the look.  Classic Americana!

Best in Show  -  Mainely Brew’s Lobster Stew & Lobster Rolls & Black Raspberry Parfait

Mainley Brews has done it again!  All around best in Show...

Fresh food, large portions, beautiful booth, happy folks

Big chunks of fresh, sweet, Maine lobster in huge lobster rolls and swimming in a buttery sherry based stew.  Fresh, local, colorful ingredients in  Braised Beef or Pulled Chicken tacos and the Blackberry Parfait is ALWAYS worth the calories- Dive deep for those gorgeous chocolate covered berries!

We could barely get thru a course without the crowd wanting to know whose treats those were.

Congratulations Mainely Brews and keep up the great work!


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