After winning a national contest via Facebook, Patrice Judge of Kettering and five hand-picked friends will be treated to dinner tonight at Captain D’s restaurant, prepared by the seafood chain’s executive chef, Jason Henderson.
“I mean, who wins contests, right?” Judge asked. “But I’m a fan of Captain D’s — I’ve been eating there for seven years — so when I saw the contest on Facebook, I just clicked on it.”
About a month ago, Judge came home from work and found a notice in the mail that she had, in fact, been chosen at random as the winner of the Captain D’s contest, in which the chain’s executive chef would travel to the Captain D’s of her choosing to cook a custom dinner for her and five friends, among other prizes. Captain D’s operates restaurants in Kettering, Huber Heights, Middletown, Fairfield and Greenville among the more than 500 it operates nationwide.
The Captain D’s chef’s table is set up for 6:30 tonight, June 20, at the store at 1401 E. Dorothy Lane. Henderson, aka “Chef Jason,” said in a telephone interview Wednesday night just before boarding a plane to Cincinnati on his way to Dayton that he’ll cook the entrees of the contest winner’s choice, and will also prepare a sneak peek of new menu items for Judge and her friends.
Although fried battered fish is still the traditional mainstay of Captain D’s, the chain’s menu is expanding. Henderson said a new grill will be installed at the Kettering location by the end of the year that will allow the restaurant to offer grilled salmon and grilled tilapia along with the fried menu items. The new menu also will expand soup, appetizer and dessert offerings, Henderson said. Breaded pickles and fried green tomatoes were recently added to the menu, along with cornmeal-breaded catfish.
Tonight’s promotional event comes one day after news broke that the parent company of Captain D’s has put the chain up for sale, according to Dow Jones & Co.
The chain has rebounded since it was acquired by Sun Capital in 2010, recording sales increases in each of the last two years, according to Dow Jones.