Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Plan a Visit to Wrightsville Beach During Fire on the Dock
The culinary brainchild of Jimmy Crippen of Crippen's Country Inn and Restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina is coming to the coast. Fire on the Dock, part of the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, will be arriving in Wrightsville Beach next week and will pit chefs from the Wilmington-area coastal region against one another to see who's cuisine reigns supreme.
The goal of the Got to Be NC Competition Dining is to showcase North Carolina culinary talent and to bring chefs together to celebrate our local bounty. Previous events this year have included Fire on the Rock in Blowing Rock and future events are planned in the Piedmont and Triangle areas of NC later this year. Proceeds from all of the events will be donated to the NC Office of the State Fire Marshall to support local fire fighters as cooking is the number one cause of house fires.
Each week for eight weeks, two restaurants will prepare three courses using a local "secret" ingredient in an Iron Chef-style format. Guests will then sample and judge each course in a blind tasting, along with a panel of culinary and celebrity judges, and decide who moves on to the next round. The winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000 and a coveted Fire on the Dock "Red Chef Jacket".
The competition begins March 26 and will run every Tuesday and Wednesday night (with the exception of April 10 and 11) until the final on May 22 and will include chefs from Wilmington, Morehead City, New Bern and Atlantic Beach (see full list of chefs brackets here). Tickets for the dinners cost $49 excluding beverage, tax and tip, with the semis and finals costing $59.
All of the showdowns will be held at Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The resort is offering a special $99 weekday rate for any diners who want to stay overnight. So make your spring break, Easter and getaway plans now and be sure to include dinner at Fire on the Dock.