Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Ferraiuolo ‘Best-of-Show’ Cook!

Left to right are Krista McKee (2nd place with Blueberry/Peach Pie), David Ferraiuolo (2nd place with Italian Sweet Sausage & Rice), Cassie Ferraiuolo (Best of Show with tiramisu), Judge Chef Keith Erickson of Colusa Casino Resort, Kelly Hoppin (3rd Place with Green Rice Salad) and Bonnie Emery (Honorable Mention for Fruit Salsa and Rice Casserole). (Submitted Photo)

WPR Report

It was a family affair for David Ferraiuolo and his daughter Cassie Ferraiuolo at the Colusa County Fair Commodity Cook-off, and the dad couldn’t be more proud that his daughter came out the top winner.

Cassie Ferraiuolo with her tiramisu claimed the Best in Show prize of $250. Her dad took home 2nd place in the entrée category for his Italian sweet sausage and rice. David Ferraiuolo said he was pleased to receive a second place for his rice dish, but he was more pleased to see his daughter win best in show.

“That is very exciting for me to see her do so well,” he said.

The second annual Fair Cook-off was once again sponsored by Colusa Casino Resort and held on the Premier Mushrooms L.P. Demonstration Stage.

Chef Keith Erickson, executive chef at the Casino was the primary judge for the cook-off with the assistance of two volunteers he selected from the audience.

Five cooks entered in this year’s event in variety categories including main dish, side dish, appetizer and dessert. All entries were required to include California-grown rice and/or nuts.

Cassie Ferraiuolo’s top prize came after winning first place for her dessert entry of tiramisu. Second in desserts went to Krista McKee for her Blueberry/Peach Pie.

McKee was especially pleased to win because she said it was the ‘first-ever’ pie she had baked.

Third place side dish was won by Kelly Hoppin for her green rice salad, and Bonnie Emery took home honorable mention for her appetizer entry of fruit salsa and a side dish entry of rice casserole.

Erickson commented on each of the dishes. He explained that the judging was based on professional food judging criteria.

Not every category received a first, second, or third award.

Awards were $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. ■


Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
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Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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