Lou and I were among the judges at the annual Meatball Gala, where there were over 50 meatballs of all kinds from top chefs and restaurants at the shore. Here's who won, plus some fun pictures from last night.

With 8 official judges plus hundreds who attended and voted, here is the list of winners whose meatballs are so delicious that you will probably want to try them yourself!

BEST TRADITIONAL MEATBALL: Dominick's Pizza in Wall

BEST TRADITIONAL MEATBALL RUNNER UP: Jimmy's Cucina in Brielle

BEST IN SHOW TRADITIONAL MEATBALL: Ponte Vecchio in Old Bridge

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: The Drunken Pork Meatball from Brick House in Neptune

BEST VEGETARIAN MEATBALL: The Quinoa Meatless Vegetarian Ball from Fratello's in Sea Girt

BEST APPETIZER MEATBALL: The non-meat Mediterranean Eggplant Ball from Esposito's in Manasquan

BEST ASIAN FUSION MEATBALL: The Sweet and Sour Meatball from Kathy and Lou's Kitchen in Manasquan

BEST SOUTHWEST MEATBALL: The Jalapeno Cheddar Mac and Cheese meatball from Jersey Shore BBQ in Belmar

BEST POULTRY MEATBALL: The Jerk Turkey Meatball with Sweet Plantains served with Rasta Sauce from FINS in Wall (although my personal favorite from FINS was the Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatball with Thai BBQ Sauce.)

BEST COMFORT FOOD MEATBALL: The Mac and Cheese Stuffed Meatball from Hink's Turkey Farm in Wall/Manasquan

BEST STAND ALONE MEATBALL: The Meatball Slider on Parmesan Crusted Bread from On Third Cafe in Spring Lake

BEST NON-TRADITIONAL: The Matcha Green Tea Dessert Ball from Sweet Tease in Belmar

BEST DESSERT BALL: The Fireball Truffle from Jimmy's Cucina in Brielle

For info on this fabulous Meatball Gala and why it's held, CLICK HERE!

(Lou judging meatballs, photo by Liz Jeressi)
(This is Ian, who sat at our table and indulged in all the meatballs, photo by Liz Jeressi)
(The judges joining Lou and Liz: Wall Township Chief of Police Robert Brice, Wall Township Mayor Ann Marie Conte, Wall Township Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Dyer, Wall Township Police Lieutenant Sean O'Halloran, Wall High School Principal Rose Sirchio, and from the Wall Township Board of Education, Robin Zawodniak. Photo from Liz Jeressi)
(photo by liz jeressi)
(Diane and Lou Russo, photo by Liz Jeressi)
(Guests at the Meatball Gala, Photo by Liz Jeressi)
(Meatball Gala Sponsor (Denise Wegeman, MSW, LCSW, Sea Girt, with Liz Jeressi, photo from Liz Jeressi)
(Dominick's Pizza in Wall took First Place for Best Traditional Meatball, photo from Liz Jeressi)

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