Sinful She Crab Soup and More!

Hey folks, did you catch me on this week’s Tuesday Taste segment on The Hampton Roads Show?

I stopped by the show on April 7 and talked to host Aubrey Aquino about some fabulous food finds across the region.

Here’s what we talked about:


– This Saturday, 11 April at the Twenty Fourth Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront; begins at noon

– This is the seventh yearC6oZcyYny52VQg6htX4mqT_tOpuYLCWiOmyqXBk_gps

– The competition is open to local restaurants and dozens participate. Restaurants serve their recipes for tasting and compete for People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice awards

– Last year Mannino’s Italian Bistro won both People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice awards

– This is a ticketed event with unlimited tastings; tickets sell out quickly so buy yours in advance

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– This Saturday, 11 April at the Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House on Holly Road near 35th Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront; begins at noon

– The Idea House, a gorgeous new house just built by Stephen Alexander Homes, is open for decorating and entertaining inspiration

– There have been various food-centric events since March 7; this Saturday there are three events – all free and open to the public

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– From 12 to 2, Norfolk’s Café Stella will be on hand to talk about making the perfect cup of coffee and espresso drinks, along with demonstrations and sampling

– From 230-430, Chesapeake’s Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio will be there to talk about selecting the perfect knife for the right job in the kitchen, along with knife uses tips and a demo of essential knife cuts

– From 5-7, Norfolk’s The Bakehouse at Chelsea will be on hand to show some tricks in baking and decorating cookies, with a demo and tastings

– Donations that day benefit the Southeastern Virginia Alzheimers Association

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– The following Saturday, 18 April is the last food event at the house and will feature samplings of beer from Hampton’s St. George Brewing Company from 1-4

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– Chef Christian Rossit is the new executive chef at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront restaurant, overseeing operations at Salacia and Catch 31

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– Rossit is a native of Venice, Italy, and most recently comes from Mr. John’s Steak & Seafood on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans

– He has extensive experience working in kitchens in both Europe and the United States

– I was in recently and enjoyed a beautiful amuse plate which showcased the chef’s fine dining experience

– Join me in welcoming Chef Christian to Coastal Virginia

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 – The Virginia Tourism Corporation has been holding a Culinary Madness competition the past few weeks to whittle down from a list of about 100 dishes across the state to one final one


– Congratulations to Fredericksburg restaurant FOODE, the champion of the completion. Chef and FOODE co-owner Joy Crump’s chicken and waffles – buttermilk fried chicken served with a golden housemade waffle, topped with whipped maple butter and warm Virginia maple syrup – won, beating championship rival Horseshoe Restaurant’s Apple, Bacon and Brie Burger with 50.9 percent of the popular vote. More than 33,000 online votes were cast in the competition.

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– Just a reminder to check hrScene for a script of the Tuesday Taste segments

– Also check my Friday Foodie Fork-Cast each week on hrScene for food news you can use – this week I’ll have in-depth coverage of the Norfolk Sister City’s Passport event taking place on April 15 and showcasing local eateries adopting cuisine from other nations



– I was a judge at the recent International Special Event Society’s Hampton Roads gathering which featured a number of chefs competing with bite-sized dishes

– The winner of both the People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice was a grilled cheese with pulled pork barbecue and sautéed collard greens (served with Pecan Pie Fritters) from Chef Chris McCandless at Mahi Mah’s


– The sandwich was rich and decadent; perfectly grilled bread – buttery and crunchy, melting cheese, piquant tender barbecue and earthy toothsome greens

– The sandwich was cut-down as an hors d’oeuvres; a full-sized version is being adding to the Mah’s menu

– This was amazing, and definitely Smack Your Mama Good

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Patrick Evans-Hylton is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and award-winning food journalist.

He has reported on food in print, television, radio and social media since 1991, including being senior editor for food and wine at Coastal Virginia Magazine. His latest book is Dishing Up Virginia.

Evans-Hylton is a regular contributor to where the give readers food news to use from across the region and afar. He blogs at