And The Winner of the Small Bites Throwdown Is ….


Maria Reina with her Chipotle Black Bean Burger!

The Small Bites Throwdown challenged two of our food bloggers, JL Fields and Maria Reina, to create recipes that showcased summer onions from Amawalk Farm in Katonah. Fields, who writes the “I Eat Plants” column, created the a Cucumber-Onion-Quinoa salad, and Reina, the “Seasonal Chef” blogger, came up with the burger. The plan was for people to taste samples of the food at the farmers market at John Jay Homestead in Katonah, normally one of the busiest in Westchester, and cast their votes on Small Bites.

Here’s a link to JL Field’s recipe and video.
Here’s a link to Maria Reina’s recipe and video.
And here’s a link to the contest announcement.

A downpour at the farmers market cancelled the cooking demonstrations, but Fields (left in the photo with me in the middle) and Reina (right) still handed out samples of their food, and we still had people voting online. Reina took home the title of Throwdown winner with 62 percent of the vote. Congratulations!

Here’s a link to the article with a photo gallery from the morning: A downpour didn’t dampen the Throwdown.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Maria’s burger was fantastic! I had a blast participating and, regardless of the rain, loved passing out samples of quinoa salad for three hours!

Leave A Reply