Firefighters reap rewards from bountiful cook-off

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM.

The attendance was good, and the items and art kept coming in even on Saturday to be auctioned off, she said.

Assisting Getter and Davis with organizing duties were treasurer Shelly Shepard, secretary Carrie Jones, Joe Taylor and Betty Webb.

The dozen competitive teams each received their dozen oysters, or a pint for stew, at the noon start of the cook-off.

Past winners Jeff Ilardi, with his Pearls of the Bay spruced-up on the half-shell, and the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department, with their “Lazy Lester,” deep dish baked oyster dish, both modified their past winning recipes to take aim at victory this year.

John Solomon’s Florida Seafood festival team, known for their barbecue wins but not yet for oysters, complicated the challenge both geographically and gastronomically, with their “Oysters of the World” dish.

Solomon used recipes from Japan, Australia and Ireland to create three distinct variations, the Japanese with rice wine, soy, ginger and salmon roe; the Irish deviled with egg, cayenne, breaded and baked; and the Australian with bacon and bread crumbs, also baked.

The small dishes each had s specially ordered flag from their respective countries, and a map on the plate, but the clues didn’t resonate with judge Michael Allen, owner of Oyster Radio.

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