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An amazing night! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate The Rescue with us. We'll be posting lots of pics and info very shortly!

"Top Dog" Culinary Competition WINNERS!

Veggie Category

  • 1st place ~ Duck & Bunny - sweet potato cake
  • 2nd place ~ Daves Edamme cake
  • 3rd place ~ Julian's Black pepper gnudi

    Carnivore Category!

  • 1st place ~ Poco Loco Pigs in a dam-yo
  • 2nd place ~ Say Cheese - The Olneyville
  • 3rd place ~ Gastros - Top Brat

    Howlin' Crowd Pleaser WINNERS!

    Veggie Category!

  • 1st place ~ Julian's - Black pepper gnudi
  • first runner up ~ Duck & Bunny - sweet potato cake

    Carnivore Category!

  • 1st place ~Duck & Bunny / Poco Loco
  • Crepe Taco ~ Pigs in a dam, you
  • first runner up - El Rancho Grande - Pork belly taco

    THANK YOU to all the Top Dog Culinary Competition Participants!

    We had an amazing and delicious lineup this year!

  • Ten Steak & Sushi

    Ten Prime Meatloaf ~ Sirloin, brisket & chuck blend topped with cheddar & bacon smashed potatoes

  • Poco Loco

    Pigs in a Dam-yo ~ Korean pork belly taco topped with broccoli slaw and sriracha tarter sauce

  • Duck & Bunny

    Sweet Potato Cake ~ Sweet potato quinoa cake with blackberry salsa & microgreens

    Crepe Taco ~ Ginger sesame pulled pork with pickled slaw

  • Thirsty Beaver

    Panko Pimento ~ Panko encrusted pimento cheese with smoked tomato jam

    Beaver Wings ~ Sriracha ~Maple chicken wings

  • Whole Foods Market

    Johnny Cake ~ Quinoa Johnny Cake with portobella ratatouille topped with bleu cheese fondue

  • Boneheads Wing Bar

    The Pretender ~ 2015 Howlin’ Crowd Pleaser returns to defend its crown! Non-GMO, soy & pea protein meatless ‘chicken’ searved with honey sriracha sauce, bourbon/scotch/beer sticky sauce or spicy maple sauce

    Lollies ~ Frenched ‘flats’ of chicken wings served with honey sriracha sauce, bourbon/scotch/beer sticky sauce or spicy maple sauce

  • Julians

    Black Pepper Gnudi ~ Black pepper & ricotta gnudi, english pea puree, carrot beurre blanc & pea tendrils

  • Dave's Marketplace

    Edamame Cakes ~ Edamame cakes with soy & peanut drizzling sauce

    Cabernet Pork ~ Cabernet glazed pork shank osso buco served with polenta & fried leeks

  • Say Cheese

    The Olneyville ~ Mac & Cheese with Seasoned ground angus beef, sauteed onions, celery salt, Say Cheese mustard blend and munster cheese

  • Gastros

    Top Brat ~ House made Bratwurst stuffed with cheddar and bacon, smothered in beer braised onions

  • Federal Taphouse & Kitchen

    Barbacoa Tacos ~ Braised beef, pickled slaw, cilantro and salsa fresca

  • El Rancho Grande

    Pork Belly Tacos ~ Spiced pork belly, pickled onions, jalapeno and raddish

    THANK YOU to the Top Dog Culinary Competition Judges!


    Al Matthews

    Since 1990, Southern New England has woken up with Al, the foodie half of the successful Paul & Al radio show at rock station 94WHJY in Providence. Organic gardener, home cook, hungry and thirsty traveler, father, and Iron Chef stalker, Al's off-air life is all about food for family and friends, from curing and smoking his own bacon to making his own honey liqueur. You can check out Al’s foodie blog here. Al has been a judge for our event for three years, back for his fourth….he’s ready to see what’s cookin’for 2016!


    Logan Ryan

    Now in his 4th season with the New England Patriots, Super Bowl Champion Cornerback Logan Ryan has certainly made an impact. He has collected 11 career interceptions, leading the team in 2015. With a big appetite off the field, he spends his free time in the kitchen or local restaurants, appreciating the art of comfort food. The bigger, the better! As a Chopped fanatic, Logan looks forward to spending another year as one of our culinary competition judges!


    Cynthia J. Salvato

    Cynthia J. Salvato is the author of The Dowry Cookbook and a certified executive pastry chef. She taught in the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts for more than a decade. As a result of her passion for teaching, Chef Salvato was a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award of Excellence as Teacher of the Year in 2003. Chef Salvato also helped produce a cooking show called Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and styled photographs for the spinoff cookbook, "Ciao Italia Pronto." In October 2014, Cindy and Savoring Rhode Island received the Providence Warwick Convention and Vistors Bureau "Member of the Year" award.

    Rhode to The Rescue!

    We partnered up with Motif Magazine and Brendan Kirby from The Rhode Show to bring you a video series highlighting the different restaurants competing in the "Top Dog" Culinary Competition! Here's The Duck & Bunny and The Thirsty Beaver! Stay tuned for more!




    THANK YOU to The Rescue Sponsors 2016!

    Palate Pleasing Sponsors

  • JDI
  • EPAV
  • Bottles
  • Party By Design
  • Millonzi Fine Catering

    Savory Sponsors

  • Aspects
  • Revival Brewing Co.

    Sizzling Sponsors

  • Dave's Gift Baskets
  • Edible Creations by Gerry

    Mouth Watering Sponsors

  • Washington Trust
  • ZCast
  • Valet Connection
  • Les Isle Rose
  • North Paws
  • Rumford Pet Center
  • All The Above Entertainment

    Delectable Sponsors

  • Tech 911
  • Flaunt Boutique
  • Law Office of David Kruetter

    Aromatic Sponsors

  • New England Yacht Rigging
  • Allies
  • LDC, Incorporated
  • Displays2go
  • Furry Friends Pet Sitting
  • Diamondback Drugs
  • Joseph J. Reale, Ltd.

    Media Sponsors

  • 94 WHJY
  • B101
  • Yelp
  • Motif Magazine
  • Providence Monthly
  • The Rhode Show
  • WPRI

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