Last Friday, I was invited by Living Classrooms to participate as a food judge at their annual Night at The Yards event, benefitting the Foundation’s work of educating disadvantaged youth in the Baltimore-Washington region.
Night at the Yards featured over 30 food and drink vendors as well as four amazing musical acts including the Queez Beez, Living Classroom’s own program that gives young girls a platform to sing and dance and generated a great response from the crowd.
Meanwhile, the selection of food vendors was outstanding. Ranging from local breweries such as nearby Bluejacket to soon-to-open restaurants such as Farmers and Distillers (from the team of Founding Farmers), attendees had a wide array of food and beverage to choose from.
So without further ado, here are this year’s winners from the 2016 Night at the Yards:
Best Food: Capital Crab Company
This local food truck and catering company hit it out the park with their jumbo lump crab balls and crunchy, savory hushpuppies.
Best Food Presentation: Farmers and Distillers
This upcoming restaurant from the Founding Farmers team not only offered the most generous portion of the event, but also the best presented with its barbecue pulled pork shaobing slider.
Best Booth Setup: Ice Cream Jubilee
The ice cream parlor, which is a just a stone’s throw from The Yards, dazzled with its table presentation with lights, cones, and scoops.
Best Brew: District Chophouse
A pioneer in the District brewery scene, District Chophouse was serving a seasonally appropriate Dunkelweizen that was a hit amongst the crowd.
Best Cocktail: Lavagna
The Capitol Hill establishment warmed patrons up with their autumn maple bourbon cocktail.
Congrats to the winners as well as Living Classrooms for putting on a very memorable event!