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A fun contest with amazing prizes! It’s for the  race goers that love to really “do up” their tailgate food & presentation and for those that just love to have fun at the Races.
There is no entry fee, the judging is fun and there are great prizes!
Sponsored by Piedmont Virginia Magazine

This year our celebrity chef judge is JASON DANIELS, chef at the newly remodeled Inn at Willow Grove.

Grand prize from the Inn at Meander Plantation is a two night stay including a dinner for two at their renowned restaurant. A truly Virginia experience at a historic inn just minutes from Montpelier.

The Inn at Meander Plantation

Other Prizes include overnight accommodations at the Middleton Inn with dinner at the Blue Rock Inn, a gift basket from CASPARI and more.

Grand Prize -  Best Use of Locally Grown Products
Runner-up – Best Use of Locally Grown Products

Grand Prize – Chef’s Choice,
Runner-up – Chef’s  Choice

Grand Prize – “Having Most Fun”
Runner-up- Having Most Fun”

Remember to be part of the fun you must enter by Nov 1. Click here for entry form!

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Another new competitor in 2009, Meadow Farm even brought the oriental rug to the tailgate. Delicious food, wonderful presentation & good fun!

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These first time Tailgate competitors really have it all together – great food – great theme & attention to detail! We look forward to seeing them again next year!

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T.R.U.E.G.R.I.T.S – this group of friends just plain knows how to have fun. Everyone contributes to the day with a wide range of cheer & food from ‘Montpelier Raspberry Champagne’ to ‘Oyster Shooters’.

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Pat Price tailgate of elegant homemade traditional fare won the hearts & tastebuds of the judging team. Details included homemade condiments and desserts.

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Grand Prize Winner Best Theme

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Chef's Choice Award Winner

The first Saturday in November always brings out the best of times in Orange Virginia! As we made our way around the Race course our judging team was blessed by excellent weather, outstanding food and great fun.

Grand Prize Best in Theme: Hats off to Tradition – Douglas Ponton and the 2 Elaines
Winner of weekend for 2 at the Boars Head Inn & 2 julep cups and a 1 year subscription to Piedmont Virginia Magazine  (Thank you Competition Sponsors Piedmont Virginian Magazine for this wonderful prize!)
Runner up Best in Theme: Howell Taylor – Meadowlark Farm
Winner of delightfully abundance gift basket from Its About Thyme in Culpepper VA

Grand Prize Chef’s Choice Award: Pat Price – Pat wowed Chef Patrick O’Connell with her superb traditional menu.
Winner of dinner for 2 and overnight accommodations at the Inn of Little Washington.
(Thank you Chef Patrick & the Inn at Little Washington!)
Runner up Chef’s Choice Award: Donald Laffert
Winner of Two Tickets to a Featured Event of your Choice at the 2010 Castleton Festival
(Thank you Lorin & Dietlinde Maazel, Artistic Directors)

Most Fun! Award: Hands down winners: T.R.U.E. G.R.I.T.S, this group of friends knows how to enjoy the races!
Winner of  AmTrak travel miles. (Thank you AmTrak)
Runner up Most Fun! Award: Tim Wheeler and ‘olremus’  Fun Beach Party style!
Winner of selection of VA Wines.

All Winners presented with Subscription to Piedmont Virginian Magazine.  All entries recieved certificate of appreciation & copy of Piedmont Virginian Magazine featuring Chef Patrick O’Connel.

Pat Price with Patrick O'Connel, Candy Lynn & Thom Pellikaan Grand Prize Best Theme - Elaine & Elaine

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The Boar's Head InnEnjoy a weekend for Two at the historic Boar’s Head where history and charm meet. Located in historic Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson. Join us for a weekend that includes two nights of Deluxe Accomodations for two; Buffet Breakfast for two on Saturday and Sunday Brunch for two. Winner will also recieve 2 Julep cups for the day’s beverages.

Compliments of Piedmont Virginian our sponsors for the Tailgate Competition

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“Celebrating the Tradition”
2009 Tailgate Competition Theme

Special Food Theme – Virginia Foods – Local Foods!

Mark your calendar November 7th to join the fun & celebrate 75 years of Tailgating at Montpelier Hunt Races.

Make sure to sign up for the Tailgate Competition (info in your ticket package) so the Judges can visit your Tailgate.

Prizes include:

  • GRAND PRIZE : A weekend for 2 at the Boars Head and 2 Julep Cups from Piedmont Virginian
  • CHEF’s Choice: Dinner & evening stay at the Inn at Little Washington for two
  • Two Tickets to a Featured Event of your Choice at the
    2010 Castleton Festival Lorin & Dietlinde Maazel, Artistic Directors
  • A gift basket from It’s About Thyme
  • AMtrak Travel
  • Runner’s Up  will receive subscriptions to Piedmont Virginian Magazine

2009 Tailgate competition is sponsored by Piedmont Virginian
The Piedmont Virginian

Look for the entry form included in your ticket mailing or call the office for details.
There is no entry fee, judges travel to your parking space.
You must fill out an entry form & follow the simple rules.

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News Flash!
The 75th running of the Montpelier Hunt Races will be held November 7th at President Madison’s home in Orange County, Virginia. We are pleased to have lured one of the world’s greatest chefs, Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington will be our head judge for the Tailgate Competition. The Judging Team is rounded out by Thom Pellikaan (multi-winner of the competition) & Candy Lynn (founder & former owner Cooks & Connoisseurs and C&C Cooking School).

Chef Patrick O'Connell

Chef Patrick O'Connell


Chef/Proprietor – The Inn at Little Washington

Patrick O’Connell, a native of Washington, D.C., is a self-taught chef who pioneered a refined, regional American cuisine in the Virginia countryside.  He has been referred to as “the Pope of American Cuisine”.  Selecting The Inn at Little Washington as one of the top ten restaurants in the world, Patricia Wells of The International Herald Tribune hails O’Connell as “a rare chef with a sense of near perfect taste, like a musician with perfect pitch.”

The Inn at Little Washington was created by Patrick O’Connell and his partner in 1978.  It became America’s first 5 Star country house hotel and the first establishment in the Mobil Travel Guide’s history to ever receive two 5 Star Awards—one for its restaurant, the other for its accommodations.  The Inn also received AAA’s highest accolades: two 5 Diamond Awards and is rated number one in all categories year after year by the Washington D.C. Zagat Restaurant Survey.  Patrick and The Inn have won a total of five awards from the James Beard Foundation including Restaurant of the Year in 1993, Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the prestigious Outstanding Chef Award for 2001.  O’Connell was one of the original inductees into “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America” and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in the Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University.    In 2008, The Inn celebrated its 30th Anniversary by commissioning a film documenting the evolution of American cuisine over the last three decades and honoring thirty American Culinary Pioneers who helped make this transformation possible.

Patrick O’Connell is the author of the best selling cookbook, The Inn at Little Washington Cookbook, A Consuming Passion. His second book, Patrick O’Connell’s Refined American Cuisine was released in the Fall of 2004 and nominated for an IACP Cookbook Award.  He has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, the CBS Early Show, the Martha Stewart Show, the Diane Rehm Show, the Charlie Rose Show and is a frequent guest speaker at The Smithsonian Institution and The Culinary Institute of America.

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