So don’t miss Mug Up this Sunday, 9/25 at 10:00, 77 Rocky Neck, Gallery 3 on Madfish Wharf. Last week’s Mug Up included a visit from the Ardelle and the First Annual GMG Lobster Roll Competition, judged by Dani Lubber, Kim Smith, Sister Felicia and Wendie Demuth. First Place went to Stevie Black who says: “I’m one of those foodies that happily works from recipes and will try just about every culinary type and technique. Then it’s a process of reworking and evolving that recipe until it is something different and truly mine. These (the winning) lobster rolls are the culmination of 100’s of versions, but remain quite straightforward – all ingredients are there to enhance the lobster and the joy of eating one.” Second Place went to Joanne Souza who says: “Growing up in Rockport, lobster was breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cilantro is the key. No such thing as Miracle Whip in my house. Only Cains.” I came in Third, out of three entries, and my lobster roll consisted of lobster tails on butter drenched toasted rolls, nothing more, nothing less. There were a bunch of people and a lot of food, but in the chaos of getting everyone organized for the competition and running down to visit the Ardelle, I didn’t make note of everything and everyone. Here are some photos.
Also, a reminder that the Grand Finale Mug Up on October 2nd, will include the First Annual GMG Bloody Mary Competition. Judges will include Fred “Reigning ATGA Champ” Bodin (replacing Mayor Kirk who has a campaign breakfast conflict), Charity “I might look sweet but I love Bloody Marys” Ciaramitaro, Maureen “I’ve seen my fair share of the bottoms of Bloody Mary glasses” Malloy, and Wendie “It must be 5:00pm somewhere” Demuth (whose idea it was to do a Bloody Mary Competition and was the first one to volunteer to be a judge). So start refining your recipes (Bob Ryan, we are looking for an entry from you with your Beauport Vodka). Stevie Black has already announced that he is having things “shipped in” for his Bloody Mary entry (and take home the 3rd blue ribbon – he and partner, Gigi Mederos won the deviled egg competition as well), and Madfish’s Chef Jeff is looking to go head to head with him, so we need a herd of dark horses to arrive on the scene and shake things up a bit.
Even if you don’t like Bloody Marys, there will be deviled eggs, coffee and whatever else people bring to contribute to the event (which is always a cornucopia of great stuff), so come and have a great time – everyone is welcome and there’s no problem parking down here now. Don’t let the season end with you saying to yourself that you always wished you’d gone to a GMG Mug Up.