It isn't a potluck if it isn't full of surprises. 

For the first time ever (a significant achievement considering our Monday Potluck's extensive, three-week history), a foreign power has prevailed on our shores, as Bruce Lederer's Gougeres (aka a French cheesy puffy bread, and don't ask me how to pronounce it because I've mangled it seven times already, in fact autocorrect is trying to tell me it's actually "gougers," which sounds awful, and whoops this parenthetical rant has gone on far too long and you are probably now "gouging" your eyes out. Get it? OK, I'll shut up now) took a convincing victory in the third Monday Night Potluck. 

Gougeres easily outpaced Erica Ohmes' runner-up Gluten Free Soft Pretzels With Beer Mustard Sauce and Becky Walter's third-place Asparagus Beef Roll-UP (which should, however, be commended for its admirable strategy of disguising itself as a vegetable when in fact it was small parts vegetable large parts roast beef and cream cheese), while Italian Sausage In Tasty Tomato Sauce, Deviled Eggs and Spicy Sweet Potato And Bacon Pancakes* rounded out the field. The Gougeres (can't believe I'm still spelling this correctly) employed a sophisticated game plan, using exotic foreign tactics to run away with the victory. 

"They were just so puffy. And cheesy. And glorious," an anonymous source (that may also be writing this post) said. "It was like eating a cloud. Made of bread. And cheese."

Bruce Lederer's win was the second straight for the Lederer family, as Bruce followed up on his son, Jason's victory from the previous week. The Lederers now have an opportunity to go where no one else has gone before - a three-peat. The father-son duo declined to give any indication of what dish to expect next week, but assured the adoring masses that it would be delectable. 

Broken Compass would like to thank everyone who participated in this edition of Monday Night Potlucks, whether they brought food or simply drank beer and voted. Congratulations to Bruce, Erica and Becky on their excellent food, and join us next Monday at 6:30 p.m. as the Lederers attempt to etch their names into the history books!

*Spicy Sweet Potato And Bacon Pancakes, it should be noted, were excessively delicious and garnered enough votes to podium, but were disqualified as a result of being prepared by Broken Compass's own The Muse.

(Editor's note: Broken Compass Brewing's Monday Night Potlucks are popping off every Monday night, with eating starting between 6:30 and 7. We encourage everyone to contribute a dish every now and then, but everyone in the brewery is welcome to sample the food and vote for their favorite dish. First place wins a 64 oz growler and fill, second place a 32 oz. growler and fill and third place a free pint. See you there!)