Challenge Accepted!!! When Chef George Noujaim of Noujaim’s Bistro said he made the best Maryland Crab Cakes, I took this statement to heart. For a Maryland girl who loves her Mama’s cooking and grew up eating plump handcrafted Maryland Blue Cakes, this was a bold statement!! Standing strong on his word, Chef George took on my mom head to head for a Crab Cake Challenge in his Bistro located in Winsted, CT.
My Mom working her magic in Chef George’s kitchen where the two of them whipped up 28 plates (56 Crab Cakes) in a blind tasting for customers on June 21st, 2019.
Set in the heart of Winsted, CT you can find a cozy Bistro filled with love and life from owner and Chef, George Noujaim! His sister, Noha, is a burst of sunshine working away hand crafting treats like Kibbieh, Maamoul and Baklava! Kibbieh, is made of bulgur (cracked wheat) stuffed with ground beef, onions, and spices!
In the main dining room you will find local artist’s creations, treasures from Lebanon, and often live entertainment! Dining with Noujaim is more than tasting a meal packed with traditional Lebanese flavors, it’s a meal crafted with passion, love, and a story behind each dish coming out of his cozy space. Chef George steps from behind his kitchen to greet his customers and takes time to remember what’s most important about enjoying a meal … the good company that should follow.
The Crab Cake Challenge was no disappointment to anyone who was able to reserve a table for this sold out event! In the end, both Chef George and my Mom brought passion and love to every deliciously handcrafted Crab Cake that left the kitchen! Two very different style’s of Crab Cakes but, again I say, “Don’t mess with this Maryland Mama who knows her way around a traditional Crab Cake!” Winner Winner Mama’s Crab Cake Dinner!
Noujaims Bistro is a Restaurant with Lebanese heritage located in the heart of Winsted, Connecticut. Chef George offers both catering, take out, and reservations for dinner – all information can be found here!