Shrimp & Grits Throwdown

January 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Entertainment

Local Chefs to Compete in the LouisvilleHotBytes Shrimp & Grits Throwdown

The heat will be on in Louisville on February 9th, when 13 top local Chefs will compete for the “Best Shrimp & Grits” title at a charity fundraiser for FEAT, an organization that provides support, encouragement and information to parents of children with autism.

Shrimp & Grits is not original to the Louisville area; it arrived on the Louisville dining scene in the mid-‘90s. Since then, many a local chef has taken this low-country classic – turned bistro dish – and made it entirely their own.

Thirteen of Louisville’s top chefs will be showcasing their culinary creations at the competition: Chef Jeffrey Jacobs, Café Lou Lou St. Matthews; Chef Harold Baker, Westport General Store; Chefs Steve Bryant & Corey Watson, Son of a Sailor; Chef Rick Adams, L&N Wine Bar and Bistro; Chef Mark Albert, Baxter Station Bar and Grille; Chef David Lee Burns, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille; Chef Chris Howerton, Corbett’s- An American Place; Chef Justin McMillan, Windsor Restaurant; Chef Bill Smith, Shady Lane Café; Chefs Dallas McGarity & Stephen Dennison; Chef Dan Thomas, Big Spring Country Club; Chefs Anthony Lorie & Tyson Long, Juleps Catering at Sullivan University; Chef Shawn Ward, Jack Fry’s.

Scoring the work of these great chefs will be a panel of 3 local culinary celebrities:
Robin Garr – Publisher of and food reviewer for the Voice-Tribune and Leo Weekly;
Chef Dean Corbett- Host of “Secrets of Louisville Chefs” and Chef/Owner of Jack’s, Equus and Corbett’s An American Place; and
Chef John Castro, CEC – Executive Chef, Winston’s Restaurant and Executive Chef/Partner, Yang Kee Noodle.

Deejay J.J. Jackson of 100.5 Louie FM will be the Master of Ceremonies for the intense competition, to be held at 6:30 pm at Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille. Guests at the Throwdown will enjoy samples of each of the 13 entries along with a cash bar, watch the competitors go head-to-head, and vote for their favorite dish with “ The People’s Choice Award”.

Will Crawford, one of the event organizers, speaks of his own experience raising a son with autism: “A group of mothers started FEAT in 1999 as a support group dedicated to helping our children become the best they could become. Without the help of this organization, we and hundreds of other families would still be flailing in the dark looking for answers on how to help our children suffering from this disorder.”

Sponsored by, Republic National Distributing Company, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille, and Ecosteward, all proceeds from tickets to this event will go to FEAT, along with a portion of the liquor sales.

Tickets are $15 per person, and can be purchased on-line at and at participating restaurants. For additional information, contact the Westport General Store at (502) 222-4626.

About FEAT:
FEAT stands for Families for Effective Autism Treatment. FEAT of Louisville was organized in the summer of 1999 by a small group of parents seeking guidance, support, encouragement and information to facilitate treatment for their child on the autism spectrum. FEAT originated in California in 1993 and has chapters operating in many states across the nation.

FEAT of Louisville is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to ensuring that all individuals with autism have the opportunity to reach their full potential through all forms of effective early intervention. To learn more, please visit

Robin Garr’s is the city’s top spot for comprehensive, accurate and unbiased reviews of Louisville-area restaurants, food and drink, and its most vibrant interactive community of food-and-dining enthusiasts, consumers and food-industry professionals. With several hundred thousand readers per month, it attracts the largest audience specific to food and drink in the metro area.



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