May 20, 2013, Hilltown, Bucks County, Pa – The hottest event in town, Taste of the World, got even hotter this year when it turned up the heat with a Top Taste Competition with NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tim Furlong stirring the pot. Taste of the World, an annual event of Pearl S. Buck International, teamed up with Local Living Magazine to do more than food tasting – this year, they assembled the area’s finest restaurants and caterers in an amazing competition which entertained more than 350 people in attendance.
Celebrity guest judges Kimberly Cambra, food editor at Local Living Magazine, Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati, award-winning author, of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, Master Chef Joseph Poon from Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen, and Executive Chef Barry Sexton from The Opinionated Palate judged international tapas prepared by each chef as the audience watched and enjoyed the food too. While guests voted for their Fan Favorite entrée, dessert, and beverage, the celebrity judges discussed each entrée in detail.
In the end, the Top Taste award was presented to Chef Tom Fetters from Tabora Farm and Orchard in Chalfont for his Mediterranean Couscous, a fusion of culinary artistry. As a result of winning the competition, Chef Tom Fetters and Tabora Farm will be featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Local Living Magazine.
For the Fan Favorites, Chef Joseph Garvey, of Joey G’s Catering, tied with Pasqualina’s Chef and Owner, Peter Lochetta for the entrée, Joanne Jarin, owner and baker of The Lucky Cupcake Company, won for best dessert, and the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association won best beverage for their peachy punch.
“It just amazes me how interested everyone is in food competitions these days,” states Janet Mintzer, President & CEO of Pearl S. Buck International. “It was so interesting to see everyone watching the judging so intently while eating all of the delicious food. This event has grown in popularity the last few years with sell-out crowds, and the competition says a lot about the restaurants and caterers who participated. They gave of themselves to showcase their talents while building their presence and helping Pearl S. Buck International with our major fundraising event. Taste of the World is a win-win experience for everyone involved, and everyone is walking away a winner.
The participating establishments at the 2013 Taste of the World included: All About Catering, Amy's Creative Cakes, Brig O'Doon Coffee House, C & C Catering Service, Chaddsford Winery, Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar, Eagles Peak Spring Water, Joey G.'s Catering, Laurie's Chocolates, The Lucky Cupcake Company, Marsha Brown Creole Kitchen, Maru Sushi and Bar, McCoole's Red Lion Inn, Memorable Affairs Catering, Moussey Moose, Pasqualina's, Piccolo Trattoria, Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association, S & B Event Concepts and Catering, The Standard Club, Steam Pub, Tabora Farm and Orchard, The Tea Can Company, The Waterwheel Restaurant, Uncle Harold's Barn Good Chips, and Wegman's Food Markets.
Docent Susie Woodland as Pearl S. Buck with Top Taste award recipient, Chef Tom Fetters, Tabora Farm and Orchard.