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Winter 2017

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crowds gather to eat, drink and help determine the winning dish. "The bouts have been a lot of fun," says Fisher, event founder and emcee, Tarpy's Roadhouse chef and former host of Destination America's The United States of Bacon. "All the chefs have done an awesome job, and they all seem to love it. Others are asking how they get invited to participate." The duels take place on the first Monday of each month, with KRML providing the music. The first battle (eggs) pitted Chef Tony Baker (Montrio) and Chef Fabrice Roux (Roux). French-born Roux won in a tiebreaker (a fierce game of cornhole determined the winner). In the second duel, Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch and Chef Jeremiah Tydeman of Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill rumbled over pork butts (won by Tydeman in a landslide, with newly elected Congressman Jimmy Panetta as one of the judges). The third battle saw Chef Jeremy Tummel (Stillwater Bar & Grill) beat Chef Jerry Regester (Santa Lucia Preserve) in an eight-armed skirmish over octo- pus (a tiebreaking Jenga match crowned Tummel). Next duel is Feb. 6. Folktale Winery & Vineyards is located at 8940 Carmel Valley Rd. in Carmel. 831/293-7500. LAST BITES Chapulines are flying out of the kitchen at Cultura Comida y Bebida in Carmel. Well, their flying days are done, but these grasshoppers have passed the "ick test" with diners, who have embraced the crunchy Oaxacan delicacy…Mulligan Public House in Carmel has opened with 12 beers on draft, the "Caddy Shack" beer and bacon flight, Irish clam pots, and fried chicken and ham eggs Benedict…After losing his lease and thus his hold on the cult-favorite Cachagua General Store, Chef/caterer Mike Jones has revived the famous Monday night dinners at the more accessible Lokal, his son Brendan's restaurant in Carmel Valley…The hard cider craze shows no signs of waning, with Twisted Roots now making and serving a dry, European-style cider made from five vari- eties of apples. Sip some at its Carmel Valley tasting room. 192 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 Chef Todd Fisher founded Folktale Winery's Chef Duel competition, where two local chefs battle it out in the kitchen and the guests decide the winning dish. Photo: Kelli Uldall grown in unique terroirs in Monterey and Santa Cruz Mountain appellations, including estate grown pinot noir and chardonnay. Carmel-by-the-Sea Tasting Room Su Vecino Court on the west side of Dolores btwn 5th & 6th Open every day except Wednesday. (831) 574-3135 Premium Wines... Special WINE & CHEESE PAIRING PARTY every Friday 4-7pm Tasting and picnicking at the winery and estate vineyard in Corralitos, most every Saturday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. (831) 724-9562

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