by Valerie Schroth
Jun 7, 2013
01:28 PMTable Hopping
It's Win-Win-Win at Octagon
When the Mystic Marriott’s Octagon Restaurant took first prize in the Most Creative category at the 32nd Annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport last weekend, chef Paul Krawic was jubilant. “It’s a great honor for our culinary team to be recognized for its creativity amongst such a prestigious group of competitors,” he says. The Great Chowder Cook-Off is open to local, regional and international chefs and this year offered nearly $15,000 in prizes and awards. Octagon was the only Connecticut restaurant that entered. Krawic’s winning Dragon Chowder, a regular menu item at Octagon, is an Asian-inspired combo with alligator, lobster and skate wing.
But that’s not all: In recognition of their triumph, the Mystic Marriott decided to treat their culinary team to a day of fishing on the Sound aboard The Black Hawk out of Niantic. That led to anotherbright idea. “We’re proud of this award and wanted to reward chef Krawic and the team for this outstanding accomplishment,” says General Manager Farouk Rajab. “What started out to be a leisurely day of fishing has turned into a great idea—to serve a fresh and delicious Father’s Day special at Octagon.”
Krawic will be making Citrus Ginger Baked Bluefish with Lemongrass Jasmine Rice and Jicama Slaw for the occasion. And let’s hope the crew catches plenty of bluefish—the first 100 dads in the door on Father’s Day get the bluefish special for free!
Octagon Restaurant, Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Rd., Groton, 860/446-2600, octagonsteakhouse.com.It's Win-Win-Win at Octagon