A Trio of Grilled Cheese Contests
If you are the marketing guru who came up with National Grilled Cheese Month, please identify yourself because we’d all like to give you props for designating April the cheesiest month of the year.
For those who agree with me that grilled cheese is a spiritual phenomenon, you’ve got an opportunity to show off your stuff (and spread the gospel) via three competitions around the country.
You’ve got only 24 hours to whip your sandwich into shape for the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Contest sponsored by Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro and Wine Bar in New York. Join the restaurant’s Facebook Fan page, and post your original recipe and contact info. Not on Facebook? No problem; e-mail the gooey details instead. Regardless, all entries must be received by tomorrow, April 17, at 5 ET.
The culinary stylings of 12 semi-finalists will posted on Artisanal’s Facebook page and on The Feed Bag next week, during which time the public can vote on their favorite.
Then, on April 29, six finalist-recipes will be prepared for a panel of celebrity judges including Eric Ripert and Tanya Wenman Steel, ed-in-chief at Epicurious. The winning sandwich gets a lot of gooey press and attention, some prizes, plus a guest spot on the restaurant menu.
For those who have Top Chef aspirations, you may want to consider the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles, which sounds like a blast. The showdown of 300 grilled cheese freaks gets underway April 25; you’ve got until April 23 to enter your sandwich in one or all of the three categories: Missionary Position (classic bread, cheese and fat), Kama Sutra (add-ons and exotic ingredients) and Honey Pot (dessert theme). Rules and regs are here.
It gets better: With the price of admission ($5), spectators have an opportunity to participate in the judging process and eat copious amounts of grilled cheese.
A few weeks remain until the deadline for the grilled cheese recipe contest at the upcoming Seattle Cheese Festival. E-mail your spell-binding recipe by May 1. The winner will be featured on the menu at gourmet emporium DeLaurenti, and if the creative genius happens to be in Seattle on the weekend of May 16, he/she will be invited to demo the winning creation.
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