Archive for Monday, June 20, 2011

City approves Iron Chef-style competition for Fourth of July celebration

June 20, 2011


Get ready for some fireworks in your mouth.

City officials gave the green light Monday for an Iron Chef-style competition and party to be hosted by downtown restaurant Teller’s at this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Watson Park.

Parks and Recreation officials met with restaurant owner Tom Wilson on Monday to hash out concerns over the footprint the extravaganza could leave on the park.

“Ultimately we just want to make sure the park looks the same when they leave as it did when they arrived,” said Tim Laurent, the city’s facilities operations supervisor.

Wilson agreed to find parking spaces on the street for a large refrigerated truck containing food products instead of driving it into the park, Laurent said. The 2,000-square-foot enclosure will also hold stadium seating for viewing the fireworks show put on by the Lawrence Jaycees.

The Teller’s event, featuring an attendee-judged competition among the restaurant’s three chefs, is part of an attempt to make the annual celebration bigger and better.

The Lawrence Originals, a group of 21 locally owned restaurants, will host the festival in Watson Park for the third straight year from 2 p.m. until the fireworks display at 9:45 p.m., including food booths, family activities and live music.


AnonymousBosch 6 years, 11 months ago

Are you planning to tell us the DAY on which this event will occur? I would naturally assume that it would occur on the 4th, but the "Fourth of July celebration" surely includes more days than just the 4th. And I'd rather not risk assuming. Thanks.

wmathews 6 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, it will be on July 4.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

Dan Thalmann 6 years, 11 months ago

I've always thought the Independence Day celebration could be on several days, but any Fourth of July celebration would be on the Fourth of July.

TheStig 6 years, 11 months ago

And the secret ingredient is "Possum!"

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 11 months ago

"Get ready for some fireworks in your mouth"

Really? No one thought that one out?

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 11 months ago

maybe someone can teach the Teller's chefs how to cook

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 11 months ago

Is that what I am supposed to be comparing Teller's to? In that case, I'd say Teller's is about average. For $40 a plate, I would think we could do better than hamburger helper.

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