Corn on the Cobbit (in 3D), by Ben
This entry included corn cobbettes skewered, steamed and seasoned three different ways: garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley; chili powder and salt; and cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and cilantro. I saw the prep; it was formidable.
Best Art Direction
Thirty Dark Zeroes, by Joe
So, yeah — I go, ‘are there 30 of them?’ when Joe shows up. I get merely a look. i know. I know there are 30 truffles – plus a few Army men.
Redemption, by Shawn and Rachel
Inspired by the short-form documentary of the same name, this entry was cool and artsy – a basket full of coins (i.e. ‘nickels’) surrounding a (redeemable) growler of Berkshire Brewing Company Steel Rail Ale.
Frankenweenies, by me
Pretty self explanatory. I found the Franken-heads here – they’re actually printable Halloween masks that I printed out at a reduced size. Fun tip: people still love pigs in a blanket. These were gone in 30 minutes flat and cost me $4.29 to make for a party of 15.
Best Supporting Act
Zero Dark Chocolate Cake with a Silver Lining, by Chris
Also co-winner of the Longest-Traveled Award this year, Chris is an accomplished pastry chef who graced the party with a chocolate cake and ganache creation for the stars, garnished with spiced orange zest and silver sprinkles.
Aphrodisiac D’Amour, by Leslie
A Lady-finger encircled torte with whipped cream, cocoa, cinnamon, and as it seems, fairy dust. A light, creamy, dream of a dessert.
Key Argo Lime Pie, by Justine and Tim
If you’re thinking, ‘I don’t really like Key Lime Pie,’ you’re wrong. You just haven’t had Teeny’s yet. The sign for this entry isn’t too shabby, either.
Best in Show
Lincoln’s Log, by Justine
The Pre-Oscar Food Smackdown’s reigning champion took top honors again with a homemade swiss roll, covered in from-scratch frosting and a graham cracker roof. The whole entry was rounded out with a frosting lawn, kale trees, swiss roll logs, and a pretzel-rod split-rail fence.
This year’s awards: In the front, small picture frames with vintage illustrations that I cut from a sample book I got in the mail from a graphic design company. (I get a lot of those – they are awesome for scrapping and other craftiness). Winners also received cocktail-flavored petit fours – bagged in cellophane behind the frames. I just thought the candies were the cutest treats, festooned with Jelly Belly jelly beans in four flavors: Strawberry Daquiri, Peach Bellini, Margarita and Piña Colada with pineapple.
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