LIMERICK PA – Rocco’s Brick Oven Pizzeria of Collegeville was voted favorite restaurant of among 18 that participated Sept. 12 (2013) in the first “Farmer and the Chef” food tasting event conducted by the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) as a fund-Raiser at The Copperfield Inn on West Ridge Pike. More than 200 diners joined in the voting, the corporation reported Wednesday (Sept. 26).
“With more 40 selections … the guests’ biggest problem was pacing themselves so they still had room for yet one more plate as they worked their way around the (inn’s) ballroom and enjoyed it open bar,” it said.
Rocco’s operates as an Italian fine dining establishment with a full menu of Italian classics. “The secret to great Italian food is the finest and freshest ingredients,” owner Chris Ray told the CEDC. “We buy the best and stick to our original recipes,” which he called personal and family recipes developed over the years. His wife, Kim, continues to make all the desserts by hand.
Coming in second and third places, respectively, were DaVinci’s Pub in Collegeville and The Copperfield Inn, which are under the same ownership and both benefit from the original recipes developed by their talented executive chef. He’s “developed different amazing recipes for each restaurant, and we carry the top favorites from DaVinci’s at both,” says Sherri Sautner, one of four owners.
In fourth place was Shagun, Collegeville’s first Indian restaurant; it recently opened in the Collegeville Shopping Center. “We get authentic fresh Indian ingredients through our New York supplier,” manager Happy Grover said. “We brought not only our great food to the event but also our great hospitality.”
Placing fifth in the top five was ICED by Betsy gourmet cupcakes, made a complementary filling and topped with a generous mound of icing. Flavors ranged from pumpkin cheesecake to peanut butter and chocolate.
The event raised over $5,000 for operation of the CEDC-sponsored Collegeville Farmer’s Market.