The Best Empanada Challenge
We are excited and proud at the success of Chelsea Neighborhood’s third annual food contest- The Best Empanada Challenge decided from the offerings of ten competing neighborhood restaurants.
Every Day in the month of September 2022 was an opportunity for food lovers to visit each of the restaurants participating in the challenge, during regular business hours, and buy an empanada of their choosing from the menu.
The goal was to try out one or more empanadas from each of the participating restaurants and then vote for your favorite selection here on the Chelsea EDC website.
The contest and voting begin at the start of business on September 1, 2022, and ended at the close of business on Monday, September 30, 2022.
The winners were celebrated at a public Empanada Party at our farmers market at O’Donnell Park on October 8.
About the Empanada Challenge
The empanadas we enjoy in this community are said to have originated in Galicia, Spain. They made their first appearance in the Western Hemisphere in the kitchens of Argentina from northern Spain immigrants. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, which means to wrap in bread. These delicious stuffed pastries could be fried or baked and stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. During celebrations, empanadas' convenient pocketed-shaped pastries have a universal love among all.
With the completion of the Chelsea Neighborhood Plan, organizers wanted to continue to engage the community by implementing projects that reflected their priorities.
Supporting local businesses and highlighting diversity were two of the top goals, and to that end, ACDEVCO and the Chelsea Economic Development Corporation are sponsoring this inaugural empanada contest.
The Competing Restaurants
The restaurants participating as challengers for the Best Empanada in Chelsea Neighborhood, Atlantic City, New Jersey, are well known and frequented by neighborhood residents and workers.
Chelsea’s many Latin and South American restaurants are truly multi-cultural, reflecting the flavors and customs of El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Honduras, and Colombia.
The challenge also introduces the restaurants to those outside the neighborhood looking for authentic Latin food as well as a rich, vibrant, multicultural local experience.
The competing restaurants are: