The White Trousers Garden Party and Deviled Egg Pageant hosted 20 unique deviled egg recipe entrees last Sunday - all with “Miss” in front of their names, naturally - in a benefit gala for Urban Ministries of Durham.
The chefs and guests were invited to the fire station at Rogers Alley across from City Hall – most donning white trousers or equally summery attire – to partake in judging the entrees and their drink pairings on poise and personality, among other categories. Celebrity judges, including Andrea Weigl from The News & Observer, Noah Ranells of Fickle Creek Farm, Dave Artigues of Elodie Farms, Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery and Debbie Moose, author of Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes From Simple to Sassy, also voted on the entries, which included a few from local professionals. Phoebe Lawless of Scratch Bakery, Seth Gross of Bull City Burger & Brewery and Charlie Deal of Dos Perros all entered the pageant with their own variations on the appetizer.
Phoebe’s Miss Pickled Pink won the professional division, with Miss Fermentation Sensation taking the Audience Award. Miss Smokey was second runner-up and Miss Nicoise took first runner-up overall, with Miss Smoke & Fire winning the coveted Eggcellence Award for best deviled egg.
Hosts Emerson Beyer and Michael Bruno hope to double the size of the party next year – do you think you have the makings of eggcellence?