Smith, Pok will team up for Taste of the Beach

By on February 18, 2014

Smith and Pok

The Outer Banks Restaurant Association announces the appearance of nationally known Chef Michael Smith at the 2014 Taste of the Beach event weekend, running March 13 through 16.

Smith is an award-winning chef and owner of two highly successful Kansas City restaurants, as well as appearances on the Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Along with appearances and competitive event judging, he will be participating in the Tapas Fusion Night dinner on Friday, March 14 at the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

It will be a Tapas style, multi-choice, multi-course dinner event with Brewing Station’s own award-winning beer pairings.

Smith’s co-chef will be Outer Banks’ own award-winning Chef Phongrit ‘Pok’ Choeichom. Pok is consistently one of the top-rated chefs on the Outer Banks and has recently been featured on Guy Fieri’s ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’.

Smith’s newest venture is a duo of restaurants under one roof at 1900 Main Street in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District. ‘Michael Smith’ and ‘Extra Virgin’ may share an address, but not much else.

‘Michael Smith’ is the epitome of fine dining and high class with a 500+ Wine Spectator awarded cellar, while ‘Extra Virgin’ is a trendy Mediterranean tapas restaurant with one of the city’s coolest al fresco dining areas and a spectacular bar that complements the adventurous menu.

Smith is still winning awards, with 2011 Pitch Magazine Readers Choice “Best Chef Kansas City” and now two years in a row, KC Magazine “Best Chef” 2012 and 2013.

He not only owns and operates two of Kansas City’s best restaurants, he has a busy schedule of guest chef appearances around the country and abroad and is sought after by the media as an industry spokesperson.

This kind of chef collaboration is a Taste of the Beach first. Smith and Pok, along with Brewing Station owners Eric Reese and Aubrey Davis, will also be doing an after-dinner “Meet the Chefs” reception party and Cava Celebration.

The creation of the Outer Banks Brewing Station and it’s accolade as America’s first wind-powered brew pub is an occasion on it’s own to meet and talk with this dynamic team of creatives.

The Outer Banks Restaurant Association, a non-profit organization, has been hosting the Taste of the Beach since the early 1980’s and in 2008 expanded to the current 4-day multi-event format.

Growing it from humble beginnings to become one of the most unique and loved food festivals on the East Coast.

The event was named one of the top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals in 2010 by Coastal Living Magazine and continues to push the limits of what a food festival is all about with the creation of new events and themes each year.

Tickets to these events as well as over 70 others are available for sale now at the website www.obxtasteofthebeach.com.

All centered around St. Patrick’s Day weekend each year, the festival also highlights the Irish holiday with parties and celebrations as well as complementing the longest-standing and one of the largest parades of its kind in the nation, the Kelly’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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