On Thursday, May 14th, The Food Fort will host The Modern Southern Table, Queen’s Table, and The Rolling Kitchen, three of Columbus’ best kept southern-style cuisine secrets, in their first ever “Fried Chicken Throwdown”, a cooking competition set in front of a live audience. By capitalizing on the recent fried chicken craze that has swept Columbus, The Food Fort & ECDI hope to attract foodies, as well as food critics, to get an up close introduction to three budding businesses with established footing in the Columbus food scene.
Queen’s Table and Rolling Kitchen, two local food trucks, along with The Modern Southern Table, winner of The Food Network’s Food Court Wars, will be judged on their fried chicken cooking expertise. Each participant will also prepare a side to compliment their meal. Those that attend will also have the opportunity to vote, as generous sample sizes will be prepared for every registered attendee. Old North Arcade, the newest bar-cade concept to come to Columbus, will be providing local beer offerings, as well as feature their “arcade on wheels”, with competitively-themed, free-to-play arcade games to entertain guests. The Fair Weathered, OSU’s premier tailgate band will provide the soundtrack for the highly anticipated Throwdown. The Food Fort hopes to create a backyard barbecue feel to the event, allowing the competing businesses a new avenue to introduce their businesses to the thriving food scene in Central Ohio.
“I hope to gain some general awareness that we also cook some really good chicken,” Elvin Cooper, owner of Queen’s Table said. “People know us for our fish but since we’ve added fried chicken this season, we’ve seen the demand grow continuously.”
Columbus Underground food critic Rebecca Wagner, along with Robin Corsey of the popular local food blog, Cbus Local Love, will join SuperChef’s of Gahanna’s head chef Cleon Washington on the judge’s table. They will determine the winner, with the help of a fan vote, to see who will take home the culinary bragging rights.
For the $20 registration price, attendees will receive samples from each participating business, as well as refreshments such as sweet tea and other BBQ-themed drinks. For the 21 and up crowd, Old North Arcade promises to have beer offerings from one of the local Columbus breweries.