The Downtown Rutland Partnership (DRP) announced the winner of
round two of Friday Night Food Fight: Rutland Herald Reporter,
In round two of this locally grown cooking challenge, Gordon
Dritschilo, reporter for the Rutland Herald, created the
winning dish using beef from Hathaway Farm accompanied by a sauce
made with blueberries from Liebig Berry Farm. Mr. Dritschilo's dish
secured a $200 donation for the Ronald McDonald House from the
Downtown Rutland Partnership.
Competing against Mr. Dritschilo were Caprice Hover, executive
director of the Rutland County Parent Child Center (RCPCC), and
Christina Sweet, a dental hygienist for the Tooth Tutor
Program. Ms. Hover competed on behalf of RCPCC and Ms. Sweet
competed for the Community Cupboard. The two tied for second
place in the competition.
Heritage Family Credit Union generously matched the Downtown
Partnership's donation, giving RCPCC and the Community Cupboard
Contestants in this competition were supplied mystery baskets of
locally grown ingredients. They were then asked to prepare a
delectable dish, on the fly, for a discerning panel of judges.
Friday Night Food Fight, a partnership between the Downtown
Rutland Partnership and Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, will
present its grand finale on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7 p.m.
The finale will bring back round one winner, Christine Geisler to
compete with round two winner, Gordon Dritschilo and third place
competitor (based on overall scores), Michelle Fairbrother.
These three contenders will compete for a single $500 purse to be
donated to the charity of their choice. In round one, Ms.
Geisler competed for Vermont Food Bank and Ms. Fairbrother for Kids
on the Move. All three charities have already received $200
donations thanks to this event series.
"We would like to thank Heritage Family Credit Union for their
generosity and the Paramount's Eric Mallette, who did an excellent
job as emcee," said Downtown Rutland Partnership Executive
Director, Michael Coppinger. "For the finale, we're raising the
stakes. We're going to get creative and throw a few curve balls at
the competitors. It will be fun to see what they (the contestants)
The Friday Night Food Fight message is a reminder that local
producers are brimming with wonderful, healthy, fresh food items
that are nutritious, tantalize the palate, ensure local jobs and
leave little-to-no carbon footprint.