There wasn’t a bad meal in the house. B&O American Brasserie’s fourth annual Crab Bash pitted 10 chefs (pictured) and their 10 delicious crab dishes against each other last night in a friendly competition benefiting the Pratt Contemporaries.
Hundreds of guests and a panel of judges, including me, sampled an array of food, including:
Spicy watermelon with lump crab and smoked avocado by B&O American Brasserie’s first chef E. Michael Reidt, who is now in Miami.
Savory saffron and cauliflower panna cotta with Maryland crab by chef Brian Lavin of Salt.
A deconstructed Maryland crab soup on a homemade cracker by the always inventive chef Bill Buszinski of Mr. Rain’s Fun House.
But, in the end, everyone was enthralled with the crab soup and sandwich (pictured) by chef/owner Chad Gauss of The Food Market. It received both the “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show” awards.
It was a great night spending time with judges Reagan Warfield of Mix 106.5’s morning show, WBAL meteorologist Ava Marie, and the Pratt Contemporaries’ Caitlin Nesseler.
The Baltimore Bartenders Guild also spiked the evening with creative cocktails.
Now, it’s time to focus on Monday’s Farm to Chef benefit at AVAM. Hope to see you there.