Monday, November 12, 2012

Spain, Brunelle golden chefs of Culinary Cornucopia

No word on when grand prize winner Michael Spain will be offering his special dish to the public, but gold medalist Luca Brunelle is wasting no time getting his out to the public at large.

Spain, sous chef to Dale Miller at Sperry's in Saratoga Springs, was awarded a gold medal and the grand award for highest score by judges at the 22nd annual Culinary Cornucopia held Sunday.

The event, a fundraiser for Living Resources, was judged by members of the American Culinary Federation.

Brunelle, executive chef at Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy, will serve his cherry raspberry ale brined duck with sweet potato puree, bacon Brussels sprouts, jalapeƱo corn custard with port wine and dried cherry reduction will be served at Brown's Supper Club's annual "Feastivus" event on Tuesday, December 4.

The full menu will be released shortly. Reservations may be made by calling 273-2337. Brown's is located at 417 River Street.

Silver medals were earned by Jim Simmons of Reel Seafood, Teddy Comboon of Blue Spice,  Jeremy Kane of the Hilton Garden Inn, Scott Cooper of BOCES, Dominique Brialy of The Epicurean Bistro and Will Brown of Mazzone Hospitality.

Bronze medals were awarded to Nathan Kutzscher of the Albany Marriott and James Frese of  Pasta Pane.

Brown's Brewing Co. also won the "People's Choice Award" for best in show at the event's grand tasting. The salon awards for display creation went to Pane Pasta and the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Culinary Cornucopia, the top ACF-sanctioned event in Northeast New York, is the largest fundraiser for Living Resources, the Albany non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.More than 500 people attended this year's event according to coordinator Joan Meyer.

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