WestSide Throwdown Draws Big Names, Small Crowd
Host Beau MacMillan was in fine spirits -- or shall we say, in the fine spirits -- last night at the inaugural WestSide Throwdown culinary challenge at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. The event was bizarre. Attendance was spotty, and everyone (even the host) seemed to have tapped into the free margaritas and tequila a little too much.
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There were motorcycles, tattooed chefs, a beer truck and a hot blonde co-host in jeans ripped up to there. The chefs were even whipping up pub food in a Battle of the Chicken Wings.
|C-CAP Arizona Director Jill Smith's student shows off her coconut-crusted pork.|
The upside was that with such a small crowd, you could see the stage from any angle. No pushing or shoving, no annoying dude with the ball cap blocking your view. It was also super-easy to snag food. Culinary students from the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) came around with samples of coconut-crusted pork and wings that were pretty tasty. There was also a buffet featuring corned beef, salad, sides and some of the cook-off entries -- with little to no line.