Delicious dishes from the 14th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach


April 29, 2012 marked the 14th Taste of Huntington Beach, an annual event that raises funds for the children’s programs at the Huntington Beach Library.

Every year, restaurants are invited to enter their “Taste of the Day” to be judged by a panel. Here and the winners for this year including the dish that they created.

Event Categories

Most enthusiastic — Shades at the Hilton

Best decorated — Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Main Street)

Food Categories

Appetizers, Snacks & Small Bites – 2nd Floor – Blackened Tilapia Slider

Salads, Sides & Soup – SlapFish – Chowder & Chips

Sandwiches/Pizza – Slater’s 50-50 – Peanut Butter & Jellousy

Seafood – Rubio’s – Grilled Gourmet Shrimp Soft Taco

Chicken – Lazy Dog Cafe – Spicy Thai Chicken Salad

Beef/Lamb/Pork – Outback Steakhouse – Baby Back Pork Ribs

Desserts/Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes – Tomgirl Baking Company – Chocolate Mousse, Mini Red Velvet Cupcake & Vanilla chiffon cake with Lemon Mousse filling & Rasberry Jam

Desserts/Other – Simply Layered Cake Design – Rum soaked butter cake with white chocolate macadamia nut butter cream and passion fruit curd.

Best Food Taste – Tomgirl Baking Company – Chocolate Mousse, Mini Red Velvet Cupcake & Vanilla chiffon cake with Lemon mousse filling and Rasberry Jam

Wine Categories


1st place – Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2010

2nd place – The White Knight Viognier

3rd place – Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco


1st place – Entwine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2nd place – Flip Flop Pinot Noir 2010

3rd place – Alamos Malbec 2010

Best Wine Taste – Entwine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Beer Category

1st place – Fireman’s Brew – Red Head Ale
2nd Place – Steelhead Brew
3rd Place – Straube Shock Top Lemon Shandy

Judging Panel

Teri Williams – Great Taste Magazine
Cathy Thomas – Orange County Register
Rich Manning – Gayot & Tasting Panel Magazine
Eva Kilgore – Orange County Register
Chris Christenson – Orange Coast Magazine
Nancy Luna – Orange County Register Fast Food Maven

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