Arts, Beats and Eats, Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival will return to Royal Oak Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd through 5th, 2011. What would be a festival without great food venues? There will be almost 70 restaurants, caterers and dining attractions to tempt your palette. This is a 25 percent increase over last year. The “Eats” part of Arts, Beats and Eats festival continues to be one of the largest food events of any festival in the country. You will find every food delight from BBQ to Pizza to great desserts.
This year there will be a different twist to the ‘Eats’ aspect of Arts, Beats and Eats. There will be a cooking face off, similar to your favorite Food Network cooking shows like ‘Iron Chefs’. Respected local ‘top chefs’ will compete against one another to win cash prizes. This cook off competition is sponsored by Royal Oak’s Holiday Market and their affiliate Mirepoix Cooking School.
This is an invitation-only competition. The compettition started earlier in the week. The chefs and their restaurants are:
- Chef Paul Maxon from Ronin Sushi
- Chef Reva Bell-Constantine from Joe’s Produce & Gourmet Market
- Chef Marc Djozlija from Wolfgang Puck MGM Grand
- Chef Raven Crane from The Majestic Cafe
- Chef Steven Grostick from Toasted Oak Grill
- Chef Brandon Wolschleger from Table 5
- Chef Jim Bologna from The Townsend Hotel
- Chef Zack Stotz from Atlas Global Bistro
Don’t forget the ‘Beats” part of the festival. Read about the music here!
Also check out the new programs and offering available at the festival.
The Arts, Beats and Eats website describes the competition this way:
For the first time ever, respected local “top chefs” will fight to the finish at Ford Arts, Beats & Eats as part of Holiday Market’s and Mirepoix Cooking School’s, “The Duel.”
A new festival attraction, the extreme cook-off will actually begin in the weeks prior to the Labor Day Weekend celebration and offer up $10,000 in cash prize money. The Mirepoix Cooking School, an affiliate of Royal Oak’s Holiday Market, will invite eight metro Detroit chefs to participate in four rounds of competition. Rounds one and two will take place at the Mirepoix Cooking School. Mirepoix is metro Detroit’s premier culinary resource and is located above Holiday Market on Main Street in Royal Oak. The names of participants will be announced at a later date. This is an invitation-only competition.
The challenge, based on a secret ingredient, will add an element of suspense for spectators and the chefs alike, as the chefs will not be informed of the exact nature of the challenge in advance. Chefs will be provided with a list of “pantry” or “stock” ingredients, as well as a Holiday Market gift card to make the remainder of the purchases necessary to complete their courses at the competition.
“The Duel will be a series of quick-fire challenges that will offer the audience an up close look at the ingenuity of the regional culinary players we’ve all come to know and admire,” Tom Violante, Jr., Holiday Market’s store director and owner. “People are passionate about food and the chefs will really feed on the excitement of having an audience while they put together their most creative dishes with limited budget and time. No leisurely menu planning here!”
Competition schedule is as follows:
Friday, September 2, 2011
The 4 chefs who survived the first 2 eliminations will face off on the Mirepoix Cooking School International Stage at the AB&E festival.
Elimination challenge begins at 2:30pm.
90 minute elimination.
2 chefs will be eliminated, the chef who fares better than the other out of those two, is the winner of part of the cash prize.
The other remaining chefs advance to the final round on Sunday.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
This elimination will begin at 2:30pm on the Mirepoix Cooking School International Stage at AB&E.
This map of the layout of the festival will help you find the location of the stages. Be sure to check additional articles about the Arts, Beats and Eats Festival to learn more about all the fun activities in Royal Oak Labor Day Weekend.