Our Thanksgiving cookoff was held on the 23rd of October at Blühaus. This was a rather unique cookoff for two reasons: first, dishes were assigned via random draw, and second, the food was eaten together instead of being served individually. We chose the most traditional dishes for the people we were certain would attend, and last minute competitors were given a choice of a few other things that are often seen at Thanksgiving dinners (this is how we ended up with two kinds of yams).
COMPETITORS AND ENTRIES
Allie S: protein centerpiece– rosemary rubbed seitan with bourbon caramelized shallots, roasted pears, and parsnips
Liang: potatoes– potato & spinach balls with green onion
Allie H: stuffing– walnut bread with carrots, celery, roasted pumpkin seesds, & cranberries
Malloreigh: brussels sprouts– roasted sprouts with pomegranate molasses, mint, and pomegranate seeds
Jen: sauces– mushroom gravy with rosemary & sage; cranberry blood orange fig sauce
Ash: pie– pumpkin apple pie with ice cream and pumpkin seed brittle
Jeff: yams– candied yams with cinnamon pecan butter
Chris: terrine– roasted yams, onions, & apples with tarragon mustard
CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
We opted to leave out the presentation and perceived effort categories because some dishes by default have an advantage or disadvantage.
seconds: Allie S/Allie H/Chris
best use of theme: Allie H/Malloreigh
overall favourite: Chris
overall winner: Chris