Grocery games, for the win

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Marla Ortega -- chef/owner of the Illium Cafe in Troy -- was the winner on the Food Network show Guy's Grocery Games Sunday night. Over at Table Hopping, Steve has a recap of the episode.

Ortega won $18k -- you can watch the final dash around the store at that first link above.

The episode replays tonight (Monday) at 7 pm and this Saturday at 4 pm.

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Bravo, Marla! This is so deserved. My boyfriend and I make a point to visit the Illium at least twice a month (and I sneak down there with my girlfriends when he is unavaible but shhh!) So nice to see them get this recognition as I myself watch Food Network regularly and always think to myself: Why in the world is the Illium Cafe not on here? They have such exciting menu items and and constantly changing and getting better. As always I like to keep my business local (a born and raised Troy girl) and Marla just makes the decision that much easier. Congratulaion to her and the cafe. Also I suggest if you have not had the pleasure of having a meal there- you get down there ASAP. Im willing to bet it will not dissapoint.

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