The 11th Annual Carpenter’s Cook-Off was held on Sunday, April 28, 2013, from 11 to 3PM, at The Birchmere Music Hall. Foodie & The Beast (1500AM/WTOP) kicked off the afternoon broadcasting live during set up with chefs from The Majestic, Alexandria Cupcake, BRABO, and Cheesetique. Twenty three of the area’s best restaurants offered samples of their finest food to a packed house of 650 attendees. Thanks to the support of the community, Carpenter’s Shelter raised over $90,000 toward ending homelessness in Alexandria.

A panel of celebrity judges including: Kate Michael, Miss DC 2006, local celebrity chef Will Artley, Jeff Goldberg of ABC7/WJLA and Cori Sue Morris of the popular DC Blog, Bitches Who Brunch awarded three tasting awards. The Majestic won Best Appetizer for She Crab Soup, Pork Barrel BBQ won Best Entrée for their Ribs and BRABO won Best Dessert for the second year in a row for their Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. Chef Overmiller of the Majestic also won the People’s Choice Award for the third year in a row.