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'Tis The Season Wilmington loves this time of the year.  We have tree lightings, special seasonal shows, exhibits and a host of seasonal activities for young and old.   Looking for a new idea for your Christmas Tree?...

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Very Special Around Here Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  It's a good time to take a moment and thank a Veteran for his or her service to our nation.  The folks at South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach will be doing this on a grand...

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Horror and laughs and art, oh my Halloween is in the air.  The Cape Fear Playhouse has all kinds of scary shows and the ghost walk takes on special spice.  Downtown holds its Art Blast.  And there're plenty of places to laugh. Enjoy...

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Celebrating the River, Cool Kitchens and a whole lot... The next fortnight is highlighted with a celebration of the river, a tour into some of our historic homes' kitchens, and North Carolina art.   Riverfest comes to town this weekend and the Back Door Kitchen...

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Special Fall Events Keep Rolling Out Some of our highlights this week and next The Best of the Best ArtistsState of the Art/Art of the State returns to Cameron Art Museum next weekend.  Folks who enjoyed this exhibit in 2011 will be sure...

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Which restaurant has our Iron Chef???

Category : Featured Post, Where To Eat

What is Wilmington’s best restaurant?  That’ a question that will start a heated discussion in a hurry around here.  Fire on the Dock is taking that question to a whole new level with a toque to toque competition.  It’s an “Iron Chef” style competition that leads to a North Carolina competition.

This NC Department of Agriculture sponsored event is a series of 15 dinners on 15 nights featuring matchups between two area chefs each night.  That night’s competitors will each offer three courses to that evening’s diners.  Those diners will decide which restaurant ‘won’ and goes on to the next level of competition.   

This year’s FOTD features Dockside, Cape Fear Country Club, RX, The Oceanic, Blcokade Runner, Southern Exposure, Circa 81, King Neptune, YoSake, Bald Head Island, Persimmons, South Beach Grill, 22 North, Elijah’s, Cameo 1900 and Sweet and Savory.

The setup is familiar to any fan of basketball playoffs. The teams (restaurants) are paired up and the winner advances to play other winners in the bracket. The first round is Dockside v CFCC, Rx v The Oceanic, etc. through Cameo 1900 and Sweet and Savory. Dinners are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from February 18, to April 3.

Want to see your favorite chef move ahead? Sign up to dine on their night and vote them forward

Here’s the official description of the event:   “The “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series is unlike any other dinner experience in the country! Taste course-by-course during a series of 15 dinner competitions hosted in five regions of the state throughout the year. Each evening, two restaurants “battle” it out side by side in a single elimination, “Iron Chef”-style format. As our guest, you get to savor a six-course menu (three courses from each chef without knowing whose food you’re tasting) created around a “secret” North Carolina ingredient. The featured ingredient is revealed to the chefs at noon the day of their battle and it must be used in each of their three courses.”

Here’s the full first round schedule (below).  To sign up for one of the dinners, click here to get to the registration page.

Feb. 18

Scott Grimm of Dockside versus Antoine Murray of Cape Fear Country Club

Feb. 19

James Doss of Rx versus Thomas Mobely of The Oceanic

Feb. 20

Mark Lawson of Blockade Runner- East Oceanfront Dining versus Joanie Babcock of Southern Exposure

Feb. 25

Clark Merrell of Circa 81 versus Shane Tyner of King Neptune

Feb. 26

Josh Woo of Yo Sake versus Mark Andrews of Bald Head Island Club

Feb. 27

Gerry Fong of Persimmons versus James Rivenbark of South Beach Grill

March 4

Brent Poteat of 22 North versus Pat Greene of Elijah’s

March 5

Kristen Mitchell of Cameo 1900 versus Josh Petty of Sweet and Savory

For more about what to do in Wilmington, visit the website at www.EnjoyWilmington.com

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