Food Fight: Part Three

It’s a battle of the booze and we’re ready to continue this segment of Food Fight.  Each pairing incorporates palate-pleasing notes of grain, wood, sweet aromatics, spice, fruit/florals that make our taste buds sing, and the secret ingredient: Woodford Reserve bourbon. Without further ado, let’s continue this food fight of epic proportions!

26-28 West King Street, Lancaster, 17603
717.399.5400 |

Chef Kyle Witmer prepares a tender and flavorful Woodford-braised octopus dish chilled and dressed in a fermented pineapple bell pepper preserve and an elegant Woodford vinaigrette. Perfect in its simplicity, the dish focuses on fruit and floral notes, as does its cocktail counterpart, the Daisies Up. Bartender Steve Wood crafts a gentle infusion with citrus notes from the wine-based Cocchi Americano, floral notes from in bloom bitters, and a house floral
aperitif blend of génépi, gentian root, poppy, violet, and elderflower. Lovely and light, with a refined bourbon flavor, the cocktail is adorned with seasonal, foraged flowers.

50 West Grant Street, Lancaster, 17603
717.299.7090 |

Chef Ryan Stradley and bar manager Aaron Risser mirror elements of their eye-opening brunch pairing through fruit
notes of apple and orange, and spice notes of coffee. The dish incorporates strips of seared pork belly in a Woodford redeye gravy that’s reduced with apple and orange over tomato polenta and sauvtéed Swiss chard. It’s served with a quail egg, unny side up, and a homemade buttermilk biscuit with apricot butter. The drink blends Woodford, orange juice, and dashes of a house made Gala apple tincture with a perfect egg white foam from Risser’s reverse dry shake technique. Dark roast instant coffee and sugar coat the rim of the glass while an orange peel is flamed for its
aroma before joining a few apple slices for garnish.

Drumroll, please! The winners of this epic food fight are as follows:

Best Cocktail – Mulberry Social Kitchen + Bar


Best Pairing – The Belvedere Inn


Best Dish – The Pressroom Restaurant

Thanks for tuning into this epic food fight and be sure to taste these amazing dishes for yourself!