Dining News: Billy Ngo (Kru) & Pedro Depina (Ettore's) Were Big Winners at Truck & Mortar Throwdown
December 03, 2012
The teams of Billy Ngo of Kru/Davin Vculek of Krush Burger and Pedro Depina of Ettore's/Andrew “Drewski” Blaskovich of Drewski's Hot Rod & Kitchen were the big winners in Saturday's cooking competition that paired one brick and mortar chef with one of their mobile food counterparts.
The five teams were given two ingredients that they were required to cook with -- a whole pig and honey, and were asked to prepare a savory dish and a sweet dish. The winners were judged by Mulvaney's B&L owner Patrick Mulvaney, FOX 40's Bethany Crouch and the Sac Bee's Chris Macias.
The team of Ngo and Vculek took the honors in the savory division with a pork belly taco (picture above, courtesy of the SactoMoFo Facebook page.) Depina and Blaskovich took the prize for the best sweet dish wih "The Last Twinkie - a honey twinkie with a bacon-bourbon marscapone filling.
The event was organized by SactoMofo. See pictures of all the dishes at the blog My Kitchen Kreations to You (including the one above).
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Best Thing I Put in My Mouth This Week: Pumpkin Pie Edition - My favorite is the pumpkin. For me, nothing captures the flavors of fall better than a pumpkin pie, and in the week following t-day, the best example I’ve been able to find is at Green Boheme on Del Paso Blvd. Here’s the weird part, Green Boheme is a raw, vegan restaurant. Yeah. I know. Yet, their refrigerated pumpkin pie is so incredibly rich and spicy and caramelly and nutty and irresistable that I found myself pulling a When Harry Met Sally Meg Ryan routine while I greedily spooned the ridiculously dense goodness into my mouth. I didn’t care that it was raw; I didn’t care that it was vegan. Hell, I wouldn’t have cared if it had been made by a team Islamo/facist kiddie ticklers. The pie was extraordinary. On The Sac Rag.
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VIDEO: Apple Cranberry Cake with Paragary - Chef Laurel Melchor of Paragary’s Bakery shows Paul Robins how to make an upside down apple cranberry cake. On FOX 40.