Serving up a good time [Culpeper Star-Exponent, Va.]
(Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 13--Peter Kenaga is the fastest server in Culpeper.
The longtime Copper Fish and It's About Thyme attendant won Sunday's inaugural Waiters' Race held during the Taste of Culpeper event in the Depot District on Davis and Commerce Streets.
Six waiters balanced a bottle of red wine and two wine glasses on a tray while hoisting it in the air during the race, featuring hay bales and a tire obstacle.
During the competition, participants had to open a bottle of wine and pour both glasses before dropping them off at the opposite end of the obstacle course.
It took Kenaga 57 seconds to complete the race.
"It was a tough race, but I knew I was going to take it down," a confident Kenaga said immediately following the event while sporting his new hardware around his neck. "I just went out there and did what I had to do."
During his heat, Kenaga -- a server at It's About Thyme for about 10 years off and on -- competed against Addison Hoff, a server at The Restaurant also located in downtown Culpeper. When Hoff was having trouble uncorking his wine bottle, he resorted to breaking the wine bottle on the pavement before pouring his two glasses of wine in an attempt to catch up with Kenaga, who had a sizeable lead at the time.
For his win, Kenaga received a medal and $100.
The five other competitors in Sunday's Waiters' Race included: Jodi Yarnall, Addison Hoff, Spencer Stone, Adriana Antezana and Cory Weigmann.
In addition to the brief obstacle course, the six participants didn't let the steady rain put a damper on their performance as they tentatively completely the course in a timely manner.
More than 900 people filled the downtown district for Sunday's Taste of Culpeper, many of them holding umbrellas and wearing raingear to protect themselves from the elements.
"I think this is a great turnout considering the weather," said Kelsey Carlson, owner of the Green Roost in downtown Culpeper. "People are in good spirits and they were ready to get out of the house and so they are happy to be here."
And the more than 40 vendors appreciated the business and publicity.
Robbie Peck of Commonwealth Joe Virginia Roasted Coffee welcomed some eager, wet tasters as they visited his temporary tent Sunday.
"Since we are not located in a store and we have really good coffee this event is a great way to get our name out there," he said, while pouring several small cups of coffee. "So by Culpeper organizing an event like this, it allows us to really get good exposure and to share our product with everyone."
Cousins Rhonda and Amanda Martin braved the cool rain to attend Sunday's event.
Asked what brought them out in the inclement weather, in unison they said, "the wine."
"We like the wines from Notavia Vineyards and Horton," they concurred. They also agreed that it was pretty awkward holding wine glasses and an umbrella at the same time.
"It's tricky, but it works," explained Amanda Martin.
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