Post-Thanksgiving food comas could do nothing to slow the potluck craze.
Eaters from far and wide gathered at Broken Compass on Monday for yet another phenomenal edition of Monday Night Potlucks.
But it was Seth Cohen's Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Stout Beef Stew that stole the show, thumbing its nose at critics who claimed the general public didn't need to eat so heartily following mass Thanksgiving feasting only a few days prior. Beer Beef Stew showed nothing particularly flashy as it cruised to victory with 32 points, utilizing a series of classic, old-man post moves to simply overwhelm the competition. The presence of three different kinds of bacon - not to mention two growlers of beer - aided Beef Stew on the way to victory.
While we're here, let's talk about bacon, because this bacon thing is becoming a little unfair. It's essentially the HGH of Monday Night Potluck. Throw bacon in your dish and you're guaranteed to be a contender. Which is a method I wholeheartedly support, because let's be honest, we all know bacon is the greatest food in the world. But still, it's essentially the HGH of MNP. It's like Mcgwire, Sosa and Bonds slugging it out for the home run title. It's also what I'm having for breakfast as I write this post, because again, it's the greatest food in the world. So by all means, please continue bringing this performance-enhancing drug to MNP. There, that's settled.
A feisty battle ensued for the final two spots on the podium. Pigs In An Electric Blanket (jalepeno cheddar smokies wrapped in, wait for it....bacon) put forth its best effort, tallying 16 points, but in the end it wasn't enough. Swedish Meatballs, made by Robby and Christi, and Scotch-A-Roos (Peanut Butter Rice Crispies), from Linsey put up 20 points to tie for third. The somewhat ambiguously titled Rhonda's Dish - Veggies, Almonds and Cheese! - snuck by with 22 points to claim second place, proving that it doesn't take a medley of unhealthy foods (and bacon) to win votes (editor's note: we are now receiving reports that Cream Cheese made its way into Rhonda's dish. We knew it was too good to be true).
The victory was Cohen's second in the last three weeks, following up on his Coconut Porter Ice Cream's dominant performance two weeks ago.
Broken Compass would once again like to thank all of those who brought food for another amazing potluck. Here's all the awesome people who brought food and the dish they brought:
LJ, Mary, Denny - Rhonda's Dish - Veggies, Almonds, Cheese! (wait, none of those people are named Rhonda...)
Bryan, Rachel, Emmett - Pecan Pie and Ice Cream
Chantal and Bill - Pig In An Electric Blanket
Nancy R. - Coconut Stout Chocolate Bundt Cake (How did this not receive more votes? How! I demand answers from you people)
Linsey - Scotch-A-Roos
Robby and Christi - Swedish Meatballs
Jake Lidard - Banana Bread Muffins
William Wallace - Quinoa Salad (wait a minute, William Wallace? Hmmmm)
Seth Cohen - Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Stout Beef Stew
Jason Lederer - Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates (undone by a limited supply)
Maria Galgas - Carrot Cake
Gillian - Carrot Muffins (what's with all the carrots around here all of the sudden)
Rory - Orange Mush
Lindsey and Amelia - Not labeled
Nick - Not legible
You guys and girls are awesome.
Monday Night Potlucks will continue next week (Nov. 24) at 6:30, with eating commencing at 7. We can't wait to see what you make next!
(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 dishes. 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!)