Ladies and fellas: It is with dreadful anticipation that I kick off the twenty-four hour countdown to what I surely hope becomes the risotto event of the year. Big words, huh? But I am confident that our 18 contestants’ entries will dazzle the crowds; and that our astute judges’ decisions will be wise.
First, I’d like to offer my deep apologies to those enthusiastic folk who had wanted to compete, but for due to space limitations, we had to turn away. This was not an easy thing to do, being home cooking competition fanatics as Karol and I certainly are. (I also apologize if it was not clear in my first post, but if you did not RSVP to the instructed email address and receive a confirmation from us, then we sadly cannot accommodate your dish.) That said, I warmly welcome those people and everyone else with an appetite for amateur delights to come and enjoy the fun and rivalry that will take place at Loki Lounge Wednesday night, beginning right at 8pm. We’ve finagled $1 off all wines, so as to encourage wine pairing examinations with all those risottos in competition. Karol and I are even offering our own homemade risottos not for competition to ensure that everyone is well fed.
What will the prizes from our generous local sponsors be (Brooklyn Kitchen, Urban Rustic, Thirst Wine, Stinky Bklyn, McClure’s Pickles, and a couple surprises)? What will the secret, to-be-announced categories include? And how will our competitors handle the oft-remarked problem of maintaining their dishes’ textural integrity in transit from the their homes to the bar? (We didn’t call it a “challenge” for nothing!) The excitement awaits. Come on down. Eat some free grub and shoot some free pool with us. Best of luck to the brave contestants!
Loki Lounge is located at 304 5th Ave. (at 2nd St.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the R train to Union St.
Related: risotto recipes, from the archives!