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Chefs battle for ‘best sauce in Roseville’

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Some of Roseville’s best amateur cooks went head to head Friday night at the inaugural pasta “Sauce-Off.” Bragging rights were awarded to the chef who made the “best pasta sauce in Roseville.” Nineteen chefs competed for the top prize in five categories: individual, nonprofit/community group, business, restaurants/caterers and the coveted people’s choice award. The Rotary Club of Roseville came away with top honors winning two categories by making a roasted garlic and rosemary cream sauce with sundried tomatoes and mushrooms. Several head-to-head competitions were the talk of the night, including a challenge from the Roseville Police Department to the Roseville Fire Department. In the end, it was the latter which ended up on top. “Firefighters are known for their cooking,” said Jeff Carman of the Roseville Fire Department. “We told them they were out of their league, but they persisted.” Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn was one of three honorary judges who blindly tasted 19 different sauces made mostly by amateur cooks with some local restaurants and caterers getting into the mix. “Of course if we are going to do it, we’re going to challenge the fire department to it,” Hahn said. “It’s only right.” Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci was also an honorary judge and said nobody left the event hungry. “It was a very fun event,” Roccucci said. “It was festive, people seemed to enjoy themselves.” Dominick Casey, director of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department for the city of Roseville, was the third and final judge and said one of his favorite sauces was made by the Roseville Fire Department. “It was really fun being a judge,” Casey said. “I actually had a little bit of a stomach ache the next day. But not because of anyone’s cooking, but just because that many different flavors and seasons on your palette in one day is a lot.” The fire department sauce was made by captains Scott Milligan and Rick Edgar. “They are both good cooks,” Carman said. “I would put Rick Edgar up there in the top three cooks in our department.” The event raised money for Roseville Crime Stoppers and senior programs offered by the Roseville Parks and Recreation department, although final numbers were not yet tallied as of press time. Other winners included Sunflower Farmers Market, Allan Archuleta and Fran “Grannie Frannie” Leroy and Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors. “I think we all won because it was so much fun and everything tasted so good,” Roccucci said. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT. ---------- And the winners are: Individual Category Allan Archuleta (Parks and Recreation commissioner) and Fran “Grannie Frannie” Leroy Red Sauce with Italian Sausage Nonprofit/Community Category Rotary Club of Roseville (Shauna Bambino and Aaron Rice) Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms Business Category Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors Meat Sauce Restaurant/Caterers Sunflower Farmer’s Market Red Sauce People’s Choice Rotary Club of Roseville Garlic Cream Sauce