Most people don’t often get the chance to sample food and drink from close to 40 local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and breweries—in a single night. But that’s exactly what went down at the South Shore YMCA’s 19th Annual Taste of the South Shore, held on March 26 at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Over 650 hungry guests showed up to sample a spread of delicious offerings ranging from bite-sized burgers to sushi and they were invited to vote for their favorites. A three-person judge’s panel, consisting of WATD morning radio host Rob Hakala, Stop and Shop Vice President of Finance Stephanie Plains and South Shore Living Editor Maria Allen also put their taste buds to the test.
The local catering company Lavishly Dunn took home two of the night’s top prizes, winning the People’s Choice for Best Booth Design and Judge’s Choice for Best Dish. Their winning food creation was an Applewood bacon-wrapped short rib served on a bed of warm baby spinach with a mashed potato spring roll and a sprinkling of crispy shallots.
The dish got high marks for its flavor and elegant presentation. Co-chaired by Julie Ellis from The Chef’s Table and Chef Paul Wahlberg from restaurants Alma Nove and Wahlburgers, the event raised $197,386 to help send kids to summer camp.