Celebrate Dorchester packs Governor’s Hall

Guests sample local flavors, vote for their favorites

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Joe Salgon, left, owner of Pizza Ziya in Cambridge, offers pizza with ingredients from Emily’s Produce to Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley.

CAMBRIDGE — Despite a change of venue, a big, festive group gathered to feast on finger foods and Celebrate Dorchester.
Hosted by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate Dorchester was originally planned as an outdoor event at the Choptank River Golf and Event Center. However, because of a threat of rain Tuesday, the celebration was moved to Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park.

More than 10 restaurants offered delectable dishes prepared with ingredients provided by about 15 local vendors. The many guests voted for their favorite food.

It was a “very close competition as only 10 votes separated our winners,” said Bill Christopher, executive director of the Dorchester Chamber. “All the chefs did an outstanding job.”

Low and Slow BBQ, paired with Simmons Center Market, took first place with its pulled pork sliders. In second was chicken Chesapeake prepared by Portside Seafood Restaurant paired with Perdue Farms. Stoked Wood Fired Eatery, paired with B&G Foods and Bartenfelder Farms, took third with its tossed kale salad.

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Ken Kozel, CEO of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, samples a roasted oyster prepared by Chef Patrick Fanning of Rock Lobstah and Cambridge Eateries. The oysters were provided by Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture.

A silent auction that benefited the Jason T. Wise Scholarship Foundation was also held, along with artist demonstrations, a wine pull and more.

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Marcia Christopher, owner of Portside Seafood Restaurant, offers chicken Chesapeake made with chicken from Perdue Farms. The dish took second in the guest vote.

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