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10th Annual Taste of West Virginia

Taste of West Virginia is one of my favorite events of the year, and I’m lucky to have judged it for the third year in a row now. And, I was in excellent company with Ann Hart, Tim Urbanic, Mike Costello and Brittany Furbee. There were such incredible dishes that I just wanted to share with you! And, I love that more restaurants from around the state are getting involved – and it’s all in support of the American Red Cross

Taste of WV
Boston Beanery: Wild & Wonderful Ribs – rubbed with Beanery fry seasoning, sauced with sweet & smokey Mothman BBQ sauce
Taste of WV

Taste of WV


Bourbon Prime: Hawthorne Farms pork belly, bloody butcher grits, sweet corn succotash and vegetable garden maple glaze made with High Country Creamery cheddar, Vegetable Garden maple syrup and Woodford Reserve Country Roads bourbon; popcorn & crab soup

Taste of WV


Bridgeport Conference Center: Buckwheat ravioli – ricotta & ramp filling, wild mushrooms (morels) and crispy kale

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Cody’s: Belly poke cannoli – salmon belly with ginger, Thai chili, Kaffir lime leaf, galangal, szechuan peppercorn lemon coulis, wonton, wasabi aioli

Taste of WV

Crab Shack Caribba: Lobster Coco Loco – Caribbean warm water lobster and potatoes over saffron rice in a Bajan (Barbados) coconut sauce served with a Jamaican beef & ramp patty.

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1863 Grill: Cinnamon roll with ice cream

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Hill & Hollow: Smoked meats and local vegetables – 9 month aged pork (Backbone Farms), House-made genoa-style salami (Backbone Farms), House-made black pepper pastrami (Backbone Farms), fresh feta cheese (High Mountain Creamery), and just picked arugula from Round Right Farms.

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The Lakehouse: Citrus & cilantro infused swordfish ceviche tacos & white chicken chili

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Mia Margherita Coal Fired Pizzeria: Tuna steak
Taste of WV

Taste of WV


Morgantown Brewing Company: Smoked pork tostada – applewood smoked pork, refried black beans, peach pico, queso fresco, housemade garlic rosemary tostada; blueberry lavender creme brulee

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Morgantown Flour & Feed: Shrimp & grits

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Mountaineer Tap House: Carne asada street taco – marinated shaved ribeye, pickled red onions, lime crema, fresh avocado, chopped cilantro

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PeppeBroni’s Pizza: Arugula put pears on that pizza – white sauce base, sprinkle of provolone/mozzarella mix, baby arugula, red onions, minced garlic soaked in lemon juice, crumbled goat cheese, crushed pecans, sliced pears, topped off with a HOT honey drizzle

Taste of WV

Taste of WV


The Preston County Inn: Beans and Cornbread – pinto beans (McConnell Farms) and ham (Working H Farms), red potatoes (David Martin) with ramps (Preston County Inn), whole wheat roll (McConnell Milling) with premium red wheat flour from McConnell Milling and eggs from Stemple Farms; Apple Rhubarb Cobbler 

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The Rambling Root: Trout cake

Taste of WV


Sargasso: Footprints Farm duck confit & foie gras with brioche bun & champagne coleslaw

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Saute by Rene: Chicken tinga – chipotle, cilantro cream, queso fresco

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Smokin’ Jack’s: Baby Back Ribs – house-smoked ribs with Jack’s signature honey BBQ sauce

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Table 9: Braised pork belly, gochujang glaze and Japanese mayo

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Tailpipes: Beefalo burger – Beefalo/pork blended meatball, red cabbage & sunflower seed slaw, maple bourbon pickles, and chocolate bbq; beefalo and pork both came from Brookside Farms in Aurora.
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Tin 202: Deviled Strawberry – callebaut white & milk chocolate, lemon & vanilla mascarpone whipped cream filling, fresh yarnick farms strawberry

Taste of WV

Tutto Gelato Cafe: Spumoni sundae – housemade pistachio gelato made with an imported Sicilian pistachio paste topped with Amarena cherries, crush pistachios and a drizzle of cayenne pepper and chocolate sauce

Taste of WV

Vagabond Kitchen: Triple G Pork Chop – pork loin, green beans, potatoes, Appalachian pride

WINNERS:
Taste of West Virginia: Bourbon Prime
People’s Choice: 1863 Grill
Most Original: PeppeBroni’s Pizza
Best Presentation: Table9
Best Sweet Dish: Tutto Gelato Cafe
Best Savory Dish: Cody’s

Taste of WV

Taste of wv

Taste of WV

Taste of WV

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Candace Nelson
I'm Candace Nelson, and I am a West Virginia University alumna. I currently work in public relations. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in professional writing and editing, Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus on news-editorial (minor in Business Administration) and Master of Science in Journalism. I have a passion for reading, writing, religion, feminism, media, storytelling, West Virginia and all things local - specifically food. I fully believe in supporting the local economy and culture. As a lifelong Appalachian, I value the state and the fruits it creates.

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