An unlikely hero emerged from potluck Monday night, laying claim to the 13th Monday Night Potluck title.
In a shocking victory, Madeleine Tayer's Breck Brussels vanquished challenges from 17 other excellent competitors, including three separate bacon dishes, on its way to 38 points and a potluck victory. Brussels eked out the win over another healthy dish, Nick Schaffer's Yammyons (sliced sweet potatoes with onions and (maybe other vegetables?) on top), who finished with 37 points. Perennial potluck power Brian Munger's Sticky Wings finished third (26 points), preventing a never-before-seen sweep of the potluck podium by healthy, vegetable-based dishes.
It was a classic David vs. Goliath tale, with 2014's potluck king, Bacon, throwing everything it had at Breck Brussels. But when the smoke settled, neither Candied Bacon, Chocolate-Covered Bacon (yes, this exists) or Open-Faced Jalepeno Grilled Bacon Cheese was able to mount any type of comeback in what may be the end of a bacon-flavored era.
"I think we just witnessed history," one anonymous potlucker said. "This could be a changing of the guard that forever changes the potluck landscape."
In a remarkable performance, Breck Brussels (which I'm not entirely sure how they were cooked since I was shoveling each delicious bite into my mouth too fast to think. But I think there were cranberries involved. Definitely cranberries) also defeated various deliciously unhealthy options like Buffalo Chicken Dip, Sausage Dip, 7-Layer Dip and Tres Leche Cake on its way to title (the carnivore inside me is crying right now).
It remains to be seen whether Vegetables can continue this run of potluck supremacy, but for one week at least, Breck Brussels and Yammyons earned the glory and adoration of potluckers everywhere.
Broken Compass would once again like to thank every awesome potlucker who brought food this week. It was another epic turnout, with 18 dishes tying a potluck record. Here's the awesome people and the food they brought.
Brian Munger - Sticky Wings
Jake and Erin - Turkey Sandwich Bites
Jake and Erin (these awesome potluckers brought two things) - Blueberry/Pumpkin Muffins
Mason Kelley - Chocolate-Covered Bacon (which, again, exists)
Dave and Rob - Fudge-Brownie-With-White-And-Milk-Chocolate-Chips-Peanut-Butter-Chips-And-Oreos (this...this was amazing)
44-Red Feather (I think that's what the sign-in sheet said?)- 7-Layer Dip (we had 5-Layer Dip last week. I'm expecting at least a 9-Layer Dip next Monday)
Nick Schaffer - Yammyons (2nd Place)
Arjun - Candied Bacon
Madeleine Tayer - Breck Brussels (1st Place)
Redner - Open Faced Jalepeno Grilled Bacon Cheese
Seth Cohen - Grown-up Cracker Jacks With Coconut Porter And Bacon
Warren and Samantha - Puffy Pesto Pocket Pillows (easily wins the award for best named dish)
Rick and Maria - Penne With Breck Distillery Vodka Sauce
Andy and Hannah - Buffalo Chicken Dip
Kaitlyn and Marc - Sausage Dip
Lyndsey and Vin - Tres Leche Cake
Katie and Christina - Cornbread
Mark Stone - Garlic Chicken And Couscous
Monday Night Potlucks will pick back up next week (Jan. 26), with eating commencing at or around 7 p.m. We can't wait to see what you bring next!
(Editor's note: Broken Compass Brewing's Monday Night Potlucks are popping off every Monday night, with eating starting around 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!)