Battledish: Rochester

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Come meet us at Just Juice 4 Life on Park Ave to get tickets at the door! 

Rochester has been entered in an international Battledish: a competition between chefs around the world.

Six chefs have been chosen to compete in Battledish: Rochester this February in conjunction with the 48 other chefs competing in North America for King/Queen of Battledish.

Saturday, February 8th, from 2pm-6pm, the competition grounds of Park Ave are open to the public. Foodies are invited to vote with their taste buds and try all six chef creations.

Chefs will be creating smaller versions of their dishes priced at $5 each. Drink pairings are also available at $5. Can you dish and drink with all six chefs in four hours?

What is Battledish? Battledish is the world's biggest chef competition taking place in cities around the world. Local chefs compete by presenting their creations and having the public cast their vote on who will be crowned King. Check out the latest battlegrounds and competitions at

What is the Battledish event like? Think of it as a walking adventure through downtown restaurants where chefs are waiting with their creations. At check-in, you will receive a map and a menu of the Battledish. It is then up to you to decide who to vote for. Battlegrounds are open for four hours. Everything is within walking distance.

Check in at Just Juice 4 Life to get your tickets, map, and ballot. 

Chefs and Menu! 

Chef Steven Lara of Dorado, Behind the scenes

Dish: Gaucho Steak - Seared flank steak that has been marinated in Chef Lara's signature spices will be seared and served over a frisee salad with Dorado's house dressing and topped with a mint chimichurri sauce.  To add to the dish, Chef Lara will serve that with mashed plantains topped with braised pig tail.

Drink: Chilean Pisco Sour - Created to pair with Chef Lara's dish, the Chilean Pisco Sour starts with egg whites, Pisco Porton, simple syrup,  lemon juice, and muddled lemon shaken to perfection.  They then pour the mixture over Chilean cabernet and finish off with the egg white froth an orange garnish to bring out the citrus flavors.

Categories: Most Delicious, Most Authentic, Best Modern, Most Creative, Best Cocktail

Chef Tim Doane of Roam CafeBehind the scenes

Dish: Arancini Carbonara - Roam's signature arancini with a twist!  This arancini will be stuffed with bacon and topped with a house made carbonara sauce.  It's okay to go bacon crazy every once in a while!

Drink #1Espresso Martini - Vanilla vodka, Baileys, and freshly made espresso are perfectly shaken to be a delightfully delicious treat!  Topped with espresso beans makes for a visually appealing presentation.

Drink #2Rorschach - Cucumber vodka, soda water, and a splash of cucumber water on the rocks topped with cracked pepper and sea salt as well as a fresh cucumber.  Sure to quench your thirst!

Categories: Most Delicious, Most Authentic, Best Modern, Most Creative, Best Cocktail

Chef Ashley Swan of Cafe CibonBehind the scenes

DishHarvest Mussels - Prince Edward Island mussels are sauteed in a creamy butternut squash broth with bacon, shallots, and white wine topped with some fresh butternut squash.  The mussels are accompanied by a freshly toasted bruschetta rubbed with sage.

DrinkMeet Your Maker - Makers Mark bourbon, black walnut bitters, and pure maple syrup are shaken together and topped with hard apple cider with a touch of nutmeg dust.  The perfect compliment to Cibon's Harvest Mussels creation!

Categories: Most Delicious, Most Authentic, Best Modern, Most Creative, Best Cocktail

Chef Damaris Pinedo of Just Juice 4 LifeBehind the scenes

Dish: Kale Ale Smoothie with Rice Krispy Treat Ball

Fresh from the market apple, pear, kale, lemon will be blended to perfection with a little ginger for a healthy kick.  A vegan and gluten free Rice Krispy Treat Ball will be served on the side to satisfy the sweet tooth's at Battledish!

Categories: Most Delicious, Most Authentic, Best Modern, Most Creative

Chef Kevin Champion of Blu Wolf BistroBehind the scenes

Dish: Wolf Bites

Blu Wolf Bistro's signature Juicy burger bites are blended with crisp bacon and melted cheese.  This mouthwatering combination is sealed in flaky puff pastry, fried golden brown, and served with Wolf Sauce.

Drink: Park Ave Punch

Cranberries and mint are shaken with pomegranate, tangerine, and cranberry juices, as well as Prosecco to create this festive treat.

Categories: Most Delicious, Most Authentic, Best Modern, Most Creative, Best Cocktail

Chef Tom O'Brien of FuroshikiBehind the scenes

Dish: Pork Bone Ramen

Furoshiki's signature ramen made with pork bone broth, ramen, and roasted pork, topped with freshly sliced scallions and a hard boiled egg to bring out the flavors of the dish. 

Drink: Apple Umami Kiss

A house creation, not yet on the menu.  Fuji Apple Sake, Butterfly Kiss Pinot Grigio, and Organic Apple Infusion are combined and shaken then poured into a chilled glass for a deliciously sweet and satisfying cocktail. 

Categories: Most Delicious, Most Authentic, Best Modern, Most Creative, Best Cocktail

Ticket Packages

Teaser Package - Admission Plus 6 Tickets: $40 Admission, plus try six dishes (or drinks) with this package!

Gourmand - Admission Plus 12 tickets: $65 Admission, plus get your belly full by trying the full collection of dishes and drinks from all six chefs with this package!

VIP - Early Admission Plus 12 Tickets and Swag Bags: $125 Admission grants you full access to Battledish. The VIP package also includes 12 tickets good for food and beverage at each of the 6 stops, early admission to the event at 1pm and swag bags.

General Admission: $15 Admission only. This grants you admission to Battledish! Eat as you please with every dish and drink priced at only $5 the day of the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact: My name is Nicole, your Dishcrawl Ambassador for Rochester! You can e-mail me at

Are the dishes vegetarian friendly?: Check menu updates for details.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds. All Dishcrawl events are rain or shine.

Are tickets available day of?: Yes, but they will be $20 at check in and $15 online. Food & Drink tickets will be available the day of for $5.

Are kids welcome?: Yes, we love kids! Although, participating locations have the right to refuse service to anyone.

Do kids need a general admission ticket?: Yes, every child above the age of 10 needs a general admission ticket and we recommend, depending on the age of your child 2 to 4 dishes per child.

jane, Tim, melissa, Brendan, Nicole and 171 others are attending Battledish: Rochester

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