Here are the rules for Cook Off -
Welcome to the Sixth Mighty Quinn Cook Off, where teams of ten people compete using the universal cooking tool, the 22.5 Inch Weber Grill, using the secret ingredient, all for fun and to raise money for The Mighty Quinn Foundation Inc. We offer good food, good company and a tax deduction for your contribution.
WHERE AND WHEN
· Saturday July 7th, 2018 teams can arrive starting 1:00 p.m. See times below at which each course will be served.
· On the Grounds of the Shakespeare Theatre , 1850 Elm St. Stratford
THE THEME –Fruits (of the Sea)
We live near the water, yet we have never featured seafood as a category. Swordfish, tuna, salmon, shrimp, lobster, clams, oysters, calamari, --the choices are endless. Since we have had some vigorous participation from vegetarians in the past (including a main course winner last year and side dish the year before), we will interpret the term Fruits of the Sea to be anything that grows or is stored in the sea or in water (e.g. sea weed, tofu, rice, water chestnuts, cranberries). All you vegetarians check with the Rules Committee in advance to make sure your broad interpretation of our theme does not torture our rules beyond The Rules Committee’s ordinarily liberal views of language.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT
It’s a secret. Your captains will be given the secret ingredient at the Captain’s meeting. You will incorporate the secret ingredient in the main course, the appetizer and the side dish. This one will be a challenge.
It must be incorporated in main course and either the appetizer or the side dish. When we say that it must be “incorporated” we mean that it must be part of the meal and not simply a garnish. It must be capable of being seen and tasted by the Judges.
Please bring enough food to feed your team, some hungry students and the judges. At least 15-20 portions of each course.
Because we do this mostly for fun and to help raise money for a good cause, you basically get nothing for winning except the adulation of the gathered multitudes. For those of you for whom that is not enough, there is a great big trophy that your team’s name will be added to if you win the total points.
In the past we have tolerated a large amount of loosey-goosey whining when people did not hit the timing mark. This year there will be point deductions for each five minutes or portion thereof that the item arrives late to the table
· 1:00 PEOPLE CAN START TO SET UP
· 2:00 TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING
The Team Captains will meet with the Rules Committee (Chris), get their last minute instructions and the secret ingredient.
· 3:00 DRINKS AND APPETIZERS PRESENTATION
Drinks may be made and assembled off site. Drinks can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
Appetizers must be GRILLED on THE WEBER on site and must also include fruits of the sea. If you do not include the secret ingredient in this dish you must use it in the side-dish.
· 5:00 MAIN COURSE AND SIDE DISH PRESENTATION (Together)
MAIN COURSE –You pick the type of entree and purchase it, prepare it but it must be GRILLED on the Weber grill ON SITE. It must incorporate the SECRET INGREDIENT.
SIDE DISH—Does not need to be grilled but must have the secret ingredient included IF you did not include it in the appetizer.
· 6:30 DESSERT
We do not think that either seafood or this year’s secret ingredient can be incorporated in a dessert so we are giving carte blanche; except that the dessert must include cream or cream substitute. It can be whipped cream, ice cream or just plain heavy cream. We need to balance off the healthiness of fruits de mare with an indulgence.
· 7:00 AWARDS CEREMONY FOLLOWED BY PERFORMANCE OF TAMING OF THE SHREW
Don’t go away mad if you did not win. Please stay to enjoy a performance by the performed by the Alumni Company of the Shakespeare Academy Stratford
JUDGING AND RULES COMMITTEE
Please note this change to the Judging format:
Two Shakespeare Academy students will join each team. Some will want to share in the cooking and some will want to judge. Each team will appoint TWO JUDGES, one who is a Shakespeare Academy student and one non-student. These representatives will jointly score each team’s product besides their own.
JUDGING CRITERIA—each item will be judged on:
· Appearance and presentation (does it look good)
· Including secret ingredient and fruits of the sea
· Creativity and “reaching” to try something impressive (even if you fell a little short).
· Preparation of ingredients on site (e.g. those who use prepared sauces or do all the prep off site should be scored lower for that.)
It is entirely up to the judges to weight these elements, but they must mark off if you do not include a mandatory ingredient.
PRESENTATION TO THE JUDGES AND SHARING THE WEALTH
PRESENTING TO THE JUDGES: EVERY TEAM WILL PRESENT A SAMPLE OF THE MEAL WITH FULL PRESENTATION ON A PLATE OR IN A GLASS FOR THE JUDGES
AFTER THE JUDGES HAVE RECEIVED THEIR PORTION, PLEASE MAKE THE REST AVAIALABLE TO BE SHARED WITH MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN AND OTHER TEAMS We are trying to encourage sharing of food and mingling. By way of example, if your drink is a margarita, you would prepare one full sized glass with salt on the rim and a cactus floating in it for the Judges to look at and sip from a straw. Back at your table you would have a “display model” of your drink and then give out samples to others using small plastic cups.
Any questions, please call world headquarters of the Mighty Quinn Fund at Sue’s cell 203-218-2838. You probably all know better than to try to call Chris on his cell but if you are really desperate, dial 203-980-9997.
TEAM FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT
We are asking that each team raise a minimum of $1,000 from your guests and others. Contribution is not a “fee” and is tax deductible provided that we can have the donors’ names and addresses. The Mighty Quinn Foundations is a tax deductible contribution. We thank you for any contributions you have made in the past in advance for your contributions. On the Mighty Quinn Foundation Website http://www.mightyquinnfoundation.org there is a credit card/pay pal donation link. For those that prefer to donate the old fashioned way, checks should be made out to the “Mighty Quinn Foundation.”
The first annual Make Music Stratford, a wild and wonderful mix of free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21. Make Music Stratford is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. Make Music Stratford is actively looking for musicians and venues. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part by signing up at http://www.makemusicday.org/stratford/ registration closes on June 15th . Likewise, businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit the website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations.
A full schedule of events will be posted in June http://www.makemusicday.org/stratford/