Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 28, 2013

A dogged competition for Brasserie 28

The Andover Townsman

---- — Brasserie 28 may not have come in as top dog a couple weekends ago, but the downtown Andover restaurant certainly had fun competing for the title of Best Dressed Dog.

The Hot Dog Battle at Dante in Boston pitted more than a dozen chefs in a competition for the most creatively concocted hot dog.

Brasserie 28 entered a hot dog on a thyme-scented buttermilk bun dressed with foie gras mousse, watercress, pickled mustard seed and charred red onion relish.

Chef Matt Morello, who owns Brasserie 28 at 2 Elm Square with his wife, Alison, says in an email the competition was tough and everyone was really creative.

The chefs all started with grass-fed beef hotdogs courtesy of Savenor’s, which they could then encase in a vessel of their choosing and top however they saw fit. First-place honors went to 51 Lincoln in Lexington, which served up a mock sushi roll.

“It was a lot of fun and although we didn’t take home the tiara this year, we made it to the end as one of the top out of 16 chefs,” Morello said.

Last year, the competition featured a calzone dethrone, and Brasserie 28 walked away with third place for its braised lamb and Tuscan kale entry done as a play on a French dip.

Brasserie 28 is one of close to 200 restaurants involved with the host organization, Boston Chefs, an invitation-only showcase of the area’s top chefs and their cuisine. The organization also hosts Boston Restaurant Week.

Morello, an Andover native, said Brasserie 28 tries to get involved locally as much as possible hosting charity events and working with what he says are many great Andover organizations. But he says his team also loves getting invites to Boston events, too, like the Best Dressed Dog contest.

“This one is a lot of fun,” he says. “The chefs are all really talented and everyone is friends who don’t get to see each other too often.”

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