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August 6, 2009

Alizee, Brightons, Cafe Hon win Crab Soup Stakes

the judges, hard at work, sacrificing their waistlines for the good of societyThe results are in: Alizee (4 W. University Pkwy) and Brightons (550 Light St. in the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel) won the judge's award for best Maryland crab soup and best cream of crab soup, respectively, at the Crab Soup Stakes.

The winners of the people's choice awards were: Cafe Hon (for Maryland crab) and Brightons (for cream of crab).

Way to go, Brightons!

Held in the Inner Harbor amphitheater, the Crab Soup Stakes featured soups from 10 local restaurants (five had Maryland crab soups and five had cream of crab soups).

Three "celebrity" judges (pictured) -- WJZ weekend sports anchor Stan Saunders, Porkchop from 92Q and yours truly -- sampled all 10 soups, and picked the winners based on taste, consistency and presentation ...

The crazy part: When all the scores were tallied, there was a tie between Brightons and Eden West and Alizee and Ryliegh's. That launched us into a sudden death round (Porkchop demanded more samples), where Alizee and Brightons emerged victorious. Man, it was crazy.

free crab soup?!?! as you can imagine, there was a long lineA pretty decent-sized crowd had gathered to watch the proceedings. Halfway through the judging, the crowd was allowed to get free samples from the restaurants and vote for their favorites.

Thanks to the Downtown Partnership for hosting the event and inviting me to judge it.

Also, thanks to Elizabeth Large, the stellar Sun blogger who nominated me as a judge. Congrats to the winners!

(Photos courtesy of the Downtown Partnership)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:37 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Random stuff


I was in shock, that the Crab Soup tournament never invited me as a celebrity judge! Aint I the biggest thing in the history of Baltimore? Im bigger than Edgar Allen Poe...Did U know that? Probally not readers, because you had one too many to AAA

tim, be real. your not being shocked is like a labrador retriever not wagging it’s tail, when it isn’t happening, you’re asleep or dead.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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