I know the Good Book say, “judge not,” but I couldn’t resist the invitation to judge the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival this weekend. Along with Lern Elwell/KSHE95 and Charlie Gutherie of We Eat Stuff blog, we nibbled our way through more than a dozen entries.
We treated our taste buds in several categories: Best Sweet Tooth (desserts); Best Savory Dish (presentation/flavor); Best Overall; and Best Cocktail/Mocktail. I opted out of the latter, since being a teetotaler during my formative years, I felt ill-qualified. (Though my grandfather was much-revered in his farm community for operating a whiskey still during Prohibition—for medical purposes, I’m told. But I digress.)
Seen on the Street
Winners of the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival
It was a tough decision, but we finally came up with the following winners.
- Best Sweet Tooth: Aztec Chocolate Bread from Great Harvest Bread
- Best Savory Dish: Plantain and Chorizo Empanada from Maya Cafe
- Best Cocktail/Mocktail: Sutton’s Gone a Rye from Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions
- Best of the Best: Mayan Cafe
Other entries that we especially enjoyed were the Goat Cheese Truffles from Kakao Chocolate and the Spicy Chickpea Vindaloo from Larder & Cupboard.
Even a short visit to Maplewood and you’ll fall in love with the friendly city with the charm of a small town. The community takes pride in its many fine places to eat and their annual street festival is another chance to strut their stuff. A shout out is due Jeanine Beck, Director of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, for another lively, successful celebration.