All hail…Kale Throwdown is a hearty success

All hail…Kale Throwdown is a hearty success

The Islanders Talk Benevolent Fund is off to a great start with PA Club event.

Brian Athearn and Steve Jordan's kale soup won for best display and presentation. – Photos by Angelina Godbout

Well over a hundred people filtered into the PA Club in Oak Bluffs on Sunday evening to taste and judge kale dishes made by Islanders, while the band Sabrina and the Groovers entertained. The contest, sponsored by the Islanders Talk Facebook page, raised money for the organization’s Benevolent Fund.

There were plenty of silent auction prizes.
There were plenty of silent auction prizes.

Judges were Albert Lattanzi, former owner of Lattanzi’s Restaurant in Edgartown; Catherine Walthers, author of the book, Kale, Glorious Kale and Mike Harmon.

Contestants included Carolyn Taylor and Ken Goldberg of Edgartown, Susan Schwoch of Oak Bluffs, Renee Ortiz from Vineyard Haven and Loren Stevenson from West Tisbury, and Tom Rancich of Tisbury, who won “Best alternative kale soup.”

Some of the other winners: Brian Athearn, West Tisbury, and Steve Jordan of Edgartown of “Runamok Farm” won for best display and presentation. David Oliveira of Oak Bluffs won the “Is it Kale Soup” category, and was also the people’s choice. Sisters Lisa Healy of Chilmark, and Sylvia Capelli of Oak Bluffs earned the judges’ nods for best flavor and taste.

Winners walked out with “trophies, plants and continuous bragging rights,” according to organizers Jennifer Burnham and Lori Robinson Fisher.

Several Island businesses participated and contributed donations for a silent auction, including Sharky’s, Red Cat Kitchen, Green Room.