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Central Oregon Coast Hosts Seafood Contest, Culinary Classes
(Lincoln City) - It's a month that brings a seafood and chowder contest and a variety of culinary classes to the central Oregon coast resort town of Lincoln City.
The 4th Annual Seafood and Chowder Cook-Off comes to town on Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year’s competition will be a green event, held at the Pacific Coast Center for Culinary Arts in Lincoln City, at 801 SW Hwy 101, on the fourth floor.
The Lincoln City Visitors Center is expecting restaurants from as far away as Timberline Lodge. Also competing will be Surftides, the B’nai B’rith Camp, Parrilla Grill from Bend, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Pelican Pub and Brewery from Pacific City, Mi Famiglia from Oregon City, Ice Axe Grill from Timberline, Best Western Agate Beach Inn (Newport) and the Blackfish Café. Beer and wine will also be featured.
The competition will include chefs from throughout Oregon competing to take home one of three titles: "Best Clam Chowder" and "Best Signature Seafood Dish" which will be judged by a panel of pros; and "People’s Choice," in which the public will make the final call.
All festival guests may sample the chowder for free, buy single servings of their favorite chowder or a family-sized portion to take home for dinner. The cost at the door is just $5, free for kids 12 and under. All proceeds from chowder sales go to the Culinary Program at Taft High School.
Judging begins at noon. There will be live cooking demonstrations all day, live music and free tastings of chowder.
For further information on the event contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151.
“I am in the process of developing diverse hands-on and demonstration style classes, all focusing on fresh and local products whenever possible,” said Wiest.
The center’s schedule for November has been released.
Wednesday, November 5: Around the World, Pizza & More, with Sharon Wiest. Master the art of dough making and a whole new world awaits. Menu: Pizza, calzones and foccacia – and you’ll even make a dessert pizza. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cost: $50. Meal included
Thursday, November 13: Cooking 101, Knife Skills & Stocks, with Sharon Wiest. Learn to mince, dice, chiffonade and julienne with confidence and speed. We’ll put all your cuts to good use and make some basic stocks. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $40.
Saturday, November 15: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Cost: $50. Meal included. Classic Suppers Soups and Stews, with Sharon Wiest. Learn to make several kinds of soups & stews during this hands-on class. Menu: a classic cream soup, a seafood stew, and a stick to your ribs lamb stew with root vegetables. We'll also make an herb foccacia to go along with our creations.
Thursday, November 20: Holidays - Thanksgiving Side Dishes, with Sharon Wiest and Ken Henson (Pelican Pub & Brewery). Sharon and Ken will lead you in an exploration of sides for the big meal…from salad to vegetables to creative potato dishes, and even some fun breads and roll. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Cost: $50, meal included.
Saturday, November 22: Classic Suppers Series - Pork Rules, with Sharon Wiest. Create a comfort meal centered around a roasted pork tenderloin during this hands-on class. Learn proper handling and how to choose the perfect tenderloin while shopping. Menu: start with a fall squash soup, learn to create a delicious sauce and sides, and finish with an apple galette. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Cost: $60, meal included.
Wednesday, November 26: Baking - Pie Class, with Sharon Wiest. Learn to make some classic holiday pies, and serve yours at Thanksgiving. Menu: Choose two from the classic pumpkin, a fruit pie, nut pie, or a cream pie. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $40.
Pacific Coast Center for Culinary Arts. 801 SW Hwy. 101 - Suite 401. Lincoln City, Oregon. (541) 557-1125. www.oregoncoast.org/culinary/index.php