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Chefs Challenge to headline annual festival

Published 11:42 am, Saturday, March 2, 2013
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Four chefs will compete on Saturday, March 2, in First County Bank's Chefs Challenge event at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, during Maple Sugar Festival Weekend. The chefs will compete to create the best-tasting recipe, as judged by the public, using maple syrup as an ingredient.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of First County Bank's sponsorship of the family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring. The festival takes place on March 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The maple sugar season usually peaks around the first week in March. Visitors will see maple sugar and tree tapping demonstrations, taste sweet maple syrup treats, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy a Sunday pancake brunch. Other activities include face painting, storytelling and music.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nikki Glekas, owner and chef at EOS Greek Cuisine in Stamford; Chef William Kaliff and Rosinne K. Chlala, owners of Festivities; Giovanni Gentile, owner of Bar Rosso; and Erik Anderson, executive chef of David's Soundview Catering, are scheduled to present their creations for the public to sample. The winning recipe will be announced at 2 p.m.

"The First County Bank Chefs Challenge has truly become a tradition since its inception in 2010 and a highlight during the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend," said Karen Kelly, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at First County Bank, which has 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport.

"We're excited about our competing chefs this year who will prepare an eclectic mix of dishes for the public to taste and judge. It's great to see local chefs come together each year to participate in such a unique event for our community. We appreciate their contribution and look forward to a weekend full of great food, fun, learning and old fashioned New England traditions."

Admission to the festival is $5 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. For information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.