In this, our 7th year of the annual Mighty Quinn Foundation Cook Off for friends and family, we are making a few important changes. They are:
DATE: June 22 1:00-6:30 p.m. (two weeks earlier than usual)
LOCATION: ROONEYS’ HOUSE (not the Shakespeare Theater Property)
PURPOSE: MEET AND GREET OUR 14 NEW STUDENTS AND ENJOY A BURGER AND DOG . RAISE MONEY TO KEEP US GOING.
COOK-OFF OPTIONAL—If you want to be part of the cook-off, please let us know and we will make you part of a team. This year’s theme is Old Fashioned Burgers and Dogs (competition rules below)
WHAT TO BRING: A donation to The Mighty Quinn Foundation Inc. in any amount that you are able to support our many educational programs
If you are participating in the competition, please make sure you have read and understand the rules.
COOKING EQUIPMENT—We supply the great-equalizer grill, the classic black 22.5 Inch Weber Grill, complete with Kingsford charcoal and a chimney to light the charcoal. You bring a other tools and additives such as wood chips for smoking.
THE THEME –Old Fashioned Picnic (Burgers and Dogs)
This year we honor the All-American combo of burgers and dogs served along with the humble potato.
BURGERS and DOGS—Of course there is a twist. These burgers must be Sliders and not full-sized burgers (easier to sample and share). To avoid a lot of jockeying on ingredients, we will provide the burger meat to make sure it is a true head-to-head competition on burgers. However, you will supply everything else that goes with the burgers (those cute little slider buns, anything you mix with the burger meat and toppings/condiments). You will supply everything that is part of the “dog. A “dog” can be anything served in a casing such as a frankfurter, red hot, sausage, kielbasa etc. You need a bun and condiments, just like the burger. As your main course, you must serve up both a burger and a dog and your score will be on the combined score (i.e. you will not get separate points for each).
POTATO SIDE DISH—Everyone loves potatoes and everyone has a favorite way to prepare them. Your potato dish gets served along with your burger and dog. As always, the dish is judged based on the prominence of the potato part of the dish so if you chose to do potato latkes, where the potato is part of the dough, you would need to be sure that the judges can taste it or see it.
APPETIZER—You must make one. It can be anything. It must incorporate either mustard or ketchup (the two condiments that most often go with burgers and dogs). It must be done on site and must include a grilled item (not just one that you waved over the grill to warm it up).
DESSERT—must have strawberries in it. Other than that, it is wide open.
DRINK—Wide open category. Anything goes.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT
We will still have a secret ingredient waiting for you at the contest that you must incorporate as well. In contrast to prior years, the secret ingredient must be incorporated only in the burger and dog course.
One point off for every minute you are late.
1:00 –PEOPLE CAN START TO SET UP
2:00-- TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING --secret ingredient and burger meat given out
3:00 DRINKS AND APPETIZERS PRESENTATION--
5:00 MAIN COURSE AND SIDE DISH PRESENTATION(Together)
PORTIONING AND PRESENTATION
Each Team should bring enough other food to feed their team plus hungry Academy students. You will present the food on a common table so that everyone can enjoy it buffet style. Therefore, you should have one sample for the judged with “tasting samples for everyone else.
JUDGING AND RULES COMMITTEE
The judges will be one non-student representative from your team and one of the students assigned to your team. Each team will have students assigned to work with you and to get to know.
THE RULES COMMITTEE
We have a Rules Committee of one. Chris Rooney. You are entitled to register a protest IN WRITING with the Rules Committee, which will be reviewed at our annual Rules Committee meeting held February 30th of each year.
10 points per category with points for 1) Taste; 2) appearance and presentation, and 3) difficulty/complexity of execution. The judges will weigh these three factors as each judge sees fit.
We will provide beer, sodas and water.