Small Plates: Grill Cook-off Set For Nationals Park

Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:37pm

The Nationals won’t be the only ones competing at their stadium Sunday. Local chef Teddy Folkman, owner of Granville Moore’s and a recent finalist on the Next Food Network Star, will be facing off against Phil Bucco, who oversees the food served at the ballpark, in an Iron Chef-style cook-off.

The friendly competition will take place at noon Sunday in the family area of Nationals Park. Neither chef will know what ingredients he is going to be given, and each has 45 minutes to create a masterpiece on a grill.

Eddie Gilbert, also a finalist in the Next Food Network Star, will act as master of ceremonies.

“I am really excited to battle against chef Bucco and see whose ballpark food reigns supreme,— Folkman said.

The competition will be judged by Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan, sports anchor David Ross and two fans that will be selected from the audience. The food will be scored for taste and originality.

“I’m pretty confident in my grilling skills and look forward to facing off against Teddy over the flames,— Bucco said.

Seating for the competition begins at 11 a.m. Sunday. The judging will occur at 1 p.m., and the Nats will face the Chicago Cubs at 1:35 p.m.

New Belgian Beer At Belga Café

Barracks Row haunt Belga Café is welcoming the Belgian beer Palm to the bar with a party Monday night.

Palm, which made its American debut in New York in the fall of 2007, will join Belga’s stock of more than 135 beers.

Executive chef and owner Bart Vandaele will host the party, and Palm distributor Bob Stacey will assist with tastings and give an introduction to the beer.

The party will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is open to all.