By Mark A. Stevens
Director of Tourism Development,
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce
It’s no small thing to win a Shrimp & Grits Cookoff in South Carolina, and two teams won big April 11 in the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Expo inaugural Shrimp & Grits Cookoff.
As more than 50 exhibitors displayed goods and information during the three-hour expo, eight teams were busy cooking Southern staple shrimp and grits. Expo presenters and the public bought tickets to taste–and judge–what each of the eight teams had prepared.
Special judges selected the overall winner, and attendees cast ballots for the People’s Choice.
Chamber President and CEO Beth Stedman presented members of the Morningside of Georgetown staff with the Judges’ Choice Award. Morningside staff members Danasha Anderson (cook), Renee Reed (lead cook), Madeleine Glynn (sales and marketing director) and Suette Mickel (memory care coordinator) were responsible for the award-winning dish.
Expo attendees cast ballots on who they thought had the night’s best dish, and, after all the votes were tallied, the People’s Choice went to Michael Keough, director of dining services at The Lakes At Litchfield in Pawleys Island.
Stedman presented Keoug with his award.
“We were so pleased with the great turnout tonight,” Stedman said, “and it’s clear from the number of tickets sold that attendees to our annual expo really enjoyed some great shrimp-and-grits dishes, too.”
Eight teams competed in the cookoff.
“The whole event was a great night for the community to come together to showcase their talents – be it in business or services or, in the case of our cookoff, great culinary skills,” said Julie Dyer, the Chamber’s community engagement manager. “It was a fun event, and everyone seemed to have had a really great time.”
The 2019 Business and Community Expo’s presenting sponsor was the Georgetown Kraft Credit Union. The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce staff hosted the event.
(Clayton Stairs contributed to this report.)