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Bites & Pieces: Distillery, Chef of the House, Kitchenware Outfitters
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I hooked a keeper

I slipped into The Distillery last week to further explore its new menu - this time fish tacos. Two warm flour tortillas were presented overflowing with freshly beer-battered fried Cod topped with sliced Napa cabbage, a nicely flavored house made mayo and salsa. Warm tortilla chips round out the plate - and add another element of texture to what I'll currently crown "Savannah's Best Fish Taco."

Challengers may throw down to my email address,

Where was Mayor McCheese?

Fellow foodies Tim Guidera of WTOC and prominent local barrister and jazz aficionado Skip Jennings joined me last week to judge one night of the Ronald McDonald House "Chef of the House" competition.

The nightly "Iron Chef" style competition is a fundraiser for the charity and a fun evening of better than usual chow for resident families who are guests while their children at treated at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

We judged a tightly contested cook-off between Wiley and Janet McCrary of Wiley's Championship BBQ and their proteges, Mike and Scarla McAlister. In the end, the students won the honor by a squeak - or an oink.

The real winner is the Ronald McDonald House. You can contribute online to your favorite team at

Like eating out, only different

I'm not talking about trolling for fresh road kill, I'm talking about classes at Kitchenware Outfitters. These twice weekly classes are a great alternative to a regular night out. You learn a something, get a great discount on products the night of class and have a meal prepared by some of the area's leading chefs and culinary professionals.

Classes cost between $45-$65. In addition to local instructors, guests instructors have most recently included Chef Sara Moulton of Food Network and Gourmet magazine fame.

Yeah, it's shameless self promotion -- I've taught classes here for more than four years. My next one is sold out, which is why you need to stop by the store in 12 Oaks Shopping Center, get on the e-mail newsletter list, and call in your reservation the day orders can be taken. Classes sell out fast.

Savannah Craft Brew Fest

The annual brew fest held on Hutchinson Island at the Savannah International Trade Center will roll around again on Labor Day weekend.

Friday night features a mini-tasting and dinner on the lawn; recognition of Craft Brew Pioneer Award winner Oscar Wong, founder of Highland Brewery; and desserts, beers and fireworks next door at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort. The Westin also will host a golf scramble on Friday.

Saturday includes lectures by Wong and other craft beer figures at both the trade center and the Westin. At noon, the grand tasting kicks off with live music, more than 40 breweries and more than 140 beers to sample. Food will be available.

For full details or to purchase tickets, go online to