Wildfood competition at Detente


Whether your specialty is raspberries or venison, the Martha’s Vineyard Wildfood Challenge invites you to show off your cooking skills for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a cocktail cruise on a luxury yacht catered by Soigne, a $500 case of Pinot Noir from C. Donatiello Winery in California, and other prizes from Great Harbour Gourmet and Spirits, Edgartown Seafood, and Shiretown Meats.

Held at Détente in Edgartown, and open to everyone from the occasional home cook to restaurant chefs, the only requirement is the dish must include at least one wild ingredient from the Island, and that can be something as simple as a dandelion garnish or as involved as freshly caught bass. Points for presentation, taste, and effort can make up for a tamer wild ingredient.

Though you can register up until 6 pm on Monday, October 4, the day of the event, it is suggested entrants pre-register by emailing mvwildfood@gmail.com.

Prizes will be awarded for first and second place, as well as best effort, wildest ingredient, and other categories. Judges are Kevin Crowell, co-owner of Détente, Bill Manson, a home chef, and Noli Taylor, of Island Grown Initiative. The showcase starts at 6 pm, and food will be judged at 7 pm.


All dishes must be pre-prepared.

One entry per entrant.

Entrees may be hot or cold.

A hot plate, oven, and grill will be available at the venue for final searing/grilling.

Judging criteria: ingredients, taste, presentation, effort.

All entrees must be presented by 7 pm for judging.

For convenience, please pre-register: at mvwildfood@gmail.com. Late entries will be accepted before 6 pm on day of event.