Abbott’s Hosts Dogfish Throwdown, Oct. 24

Chefs preparing for head-to-head competition in the inaugural Dogfish Head Throwdown in 2011.
Chefs preparing for head-to-head competition in the inaugural Dogfish Head Throwdown in 2011.

Abbott’s Grill in Milford is preparing to host its third annual Dogfish Head Throwdown on Thursday, October 24. The Chef Throwdown competition will be held on their back patio for a unique spin on their famous wine tasting and pairing events. Chefs from Espuma Restaurant & Martini Bar, Eden Restaurant, Bonz Restaurant & Lounge and The Dogfish Brewpub will compete head-to-head for the title of King Chef as they cook up creative dishes and pair them with one of four fall beers from Dogfish Head.

Each chef will bring with them a dish they think will pair exceptionally well with the beers from Dogfish Head that will be taking over Abbott’s Grill’s taps for the night. Event participants will have the opportunity to try all of the dishes paired with the designated beer that has been given to the Chef prior to competition. After considering each pairing, the attendees of the event will vote for their favorite pairing of the night and award one chef the winner of the evening.

“The element of competition makes the evening fun and the camaraderie among all of the participating restaurants makes it enjoyable,” commented Chef Paul Gallo of Abbott’s Grill and winner of last year’s Dogfish Head Throwdown. “A lot of times when you compete against other chefs it is in front of professional judges, but here all of the food is chosen by the participants.”

The idea was developed out of the success from the wine dinners in the past and the love of craft beers from the Abbott’s staff. Naturally, Dogfish Head was chosen as the beer to be used since it is local and has been on tap at the restaurant since their opening. The sales representative from Dogfish Head, Nick Vital, helped come up with the idea of the Chef Throwdown to closely mimic an Iron Chef type of competition, where chefs go head-to-head to compete for best dishes.

This year money raised through the event will help to aid Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. Located along Abbott’s Pond just southwest of Milford, the Nature Center manages 313 acres of preserved land. This diverse nature preserve supports a variety of forested, field and wetland habitats and includes hiking trails, boardwalks and teaching stations that provide educational opportunities for all ages. Jason Beale, Manager of the Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, is excited about the event and hopes that the money will help with site renovations including new trails and “making the center more visitor friendly.”

“It has been exciting to see Abbott’s Grill grow over the years as they brought a unique dining experience to the town of Milford. I remember when they first came to town, the nature center would continually get calls from people wanting dinner reservations for Abbott’s Grill,” laughed Jason. “It is great to see such a successful business reaching out to help Abbott’s Mill to help.” Jason Beale & The Dystractions will also be entertaining guests at this year’s Dogfish Head Throwdown as the trio performs live on the back patio.

Tickets for the third annual Dogfish Head Throwdown are $45 per person and include tastings of all dishes and plates created that evening. Tickets have been selling quickly online and at the Abbott’s Grill Restaurant, located at 249 NE Front Street in downtown Milford. To reserve tickets, individuals are encouraged to visit or call Laura Burton at 302-491-6736.