The Food Obstructions II is December 6

A second helping of fun! You asked for it, and we’ve come to serve: Karol, David and I will be manning the mic and passing out plates at the next Food Obstructions, the only cook-off (we know of) based on a little-known film experimentation called The Five Obstructions. It’ll be held once again at The Gutter, on Sunday, December 6th, right in time for your awakening from that post-turkey roasting slump.

The five obstructions to everyone’s cooking this time around are:

-Must contain an ingredient beginning with the letter “K”
-Must not contain butter
-Must contain an ingredient grown or produced in Brooklyn
-Must contain rosemary
-Must contain an ingredient with seeds

The event starts at 7:30pm at Brooklyn’s oldest indie bowling alley, The Gutter (200 N. 14th Street). Same as last time, it’s $5 to attend, eat and vote for your favorite dish, and it’s free to compete. To enter the cook-off, send an email to [email protected] Plan to make enough of your dish to serve at least 50 sample-size “bites.” If you need equipment like a chafing dish, or require anything other than a flat plate and fork for service, please say so in your message.

And a quick photo recap from the October 18th inaugural event! Also, check out Big Girls, Small Kitchen bloggers Phoebe and Cara’s awesome write-up of the event, on the Huffington Post — their eggplant crostini was to die for, too!

proud chicken owners Ben and Arin fried some jelly donuts made with Estelle’s eggs

Kate Bryant came pretty close to placing with a biscuit dish

Heather Cahill went to plenty of local farms for her “Beets for Obama”

other entries went crazy with copy, too!

Fourth Place: Jordan Goldstein with a home-smoked bluefish and radicchio salad

Third Place: Spencer Beggs (left) with a Thai coconut curry squash soup

Second Place: Andrey Ayr’s smoky pea soup topped with watermelon crudo, wakame salad and “jalapeno marjoram crisps” — really

I didn’t grab a photo of the first place winning entry, but it was a peppercorn beef dish with gingery plum sauce, made by a first-time cook-off contestant Christine Collins! Each of the winners won a stash of the cash collected from everyone’s $5 entry, so it was $100 for the first place winner, $75 for second, $50 for third and a $50 bar tab for the fourth. We hope to give away the same this time or more, depending on how many folks come.

We also pulled a dirty trick by having attendees vote for their five favorite dishes on ballots, in which everyone’s picks got a score (five points for their favorite, four points for their second favorite, etc.,). When it came down to determining the winner, we proceeded to draw score sheets blindly from the box and read them aloud — but only five of them. And these five annonymous voters turned out to be the secret jury of the entire event. I’ll bet you’re wondering how results would have turned out if we’d counted them all instead. Well, we did count them eventually, and there were some surprises, but like those five random ballots that we chose, the favorites were well spread out. In fact, in those five random determining ballots, each of the entries were listed at least once — so all twelve contestants got a shout-out! And obviously, they all cooked really well. I’ve never seen such an impressive array of home-cooked dishes at a cook-off before, across the board. These twelve contestants were varsity, even those who were new to the sport. And nobody made anything close to the same thing, despite working within the same restrictions (or “obstructions”).

We expect no less determination from the cooks and hope to see many new ones on December 6th as well. We’re not going to say just how the voting will be tallied this time, but the audience will definitely have a hand again. Sign up today, or come to taste and see it for yourself. There’s nothing like overcoming the obstacles. I mean, obstructions.

7 Responses

  1. Kitchen Butterfly

    What fun….Fantastic idea. This diversity and creativity is what I love about food! Too far for me though 🙂

  2. Ambitious

    Sounds like so much fun!

    Where/how would I find things that are grown or produced in Brooklyn?

  3. cathy

    Ambitious: Oh boy! There’s lots of artisanal foods made in Brooklyn, from Salvatore Cheese to Mast Brothers Chocolate, tons of craft beer and even Rooftop Farms produce… check out Brooklyn Flea, Greenpoint Food Market and specialty food shops in the borough. Incidentally the Martha Stewart show just did an episode all about Brooklyn made food:

  4. Betty Roderick

    Good luck with your second cooking contest, I wish I could be there.
    Dave’s Mom

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  7. Molly

    Is there a Food Obstructions III planned for anytime soon?

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