The sixth year of Sherman’s annual Stroll on the Square and Texoma’s Best Bite saw four local restaurants take home titles on Saturday evening. While 14 Texas wineries were present to pass out a variety of samples, the event was unique for hosting 12 Texoma restaurants and caterers who competed for one of the four titles of the night.
“The cooking competition is what makes this wine stroll different from all other wine strolls,” Downtown Sherman NOW Executive Director Karen Tooley, who organized the event, said.
Two categories were designated to the event’s five judges to determine. A judge’s panel made up of Stroll on the Square sponsors consisted of Kevin Couch, Leslie Gunn, Jamie Gladen and Tom and Melida Ailshire. Danielle Bernard handed out up to 22 food samples to each judge, depending on if they elected to try savories, sweets or both.
In addition, the 55o registered strollers were invited to sample the treats from around Kelly Square in order to judge the food for themselves, since 450 savory and 450 sweet bites were available for sampling. With all strollers encouraged to rank the foods by personal preference, the results were announced at the conclusion of the event.
The food preference of the crowd and judges seemed to differ, with four food organizations walking home with titles on Saturday night.
Judge’s Choice Best Savory went to Fullbelli’s Restaurant, while People’s Choice Best Savory was handed to Southern Grounds Catering. Judge’s Choice Best Sweet was awarded to Grayson College Culinary Arts, while People’s Choice Best Sweet went to The Library Grill.
The savory treats included beef wellington, BLT soup, duck crostini, fried mac and cheese, pulled pork taquito, red wine smoked short ribs, honey lime chicken bites, smoked brisket, smoked salmon, southern meatball and Texas cheesesteak, among others.