October may not be a successful month for the Chicago Cubs (RIP), but Monday Night Potluck continues to thrive as the days grow shorter and the snow flies (and as we're still mourning the Cubs here at Broken Compass, expect this to be baseball themed).
This week brought another excellent array of dishes to the table, as eight foods battled it out for potluck supremacy. Piggy Poutine, Beer Cheese Bread and BBQ Pork With Peach Jalapeño Sauce all took cracks at the plate but came up empty (really though, what does mankind want in food that Piggy Poutine doesn't provide? Fries, cheese curds and pork, covered with a hefty dose of gravy? That wins this humble potluck blogger's vote).
In the end, it came down to three dishes - Beer Pumpkin Ginger Soup, Braised Pork With Apple and Chipotle Apple Cake - battling for the top spot. Braised Pork With Apple put together some strong at bats and Chipotle Apple Cake even put runners in scoring position on multiple occasions, but neither could come up with the clutch hits necessary to keep them in the game, as Beer Pumpkin Ginger Soup raked home run after home run to take home the top spot, finishing the night with a whopping 49 points.
It was another MNP victory for acclaimed potluck chef Seth Cohen, and a victory for the taste buds and stomachs of all potluckers in attendance on the evening.
We would also be remiss if we didn't offer a huge thank you to Maria and Rick Galgas, who didn't enter the actual potluck proceedings, but made a beautiful and delicious birthday cake for your regular MNP bartender, emcee and blogger Daniel (Dr. Buckets) Miller-McLemore. You guys are totally awesome.
As always, our phenomenal MNP chefs and their delicious dishes:
Seth Cohen - Beer Pumpkin Ginger Soup (1st Place)
Abbe and Mike - BBQ Pork With Peach Jalapeno Sauce
BJ - Beer Cheese Bread
Jay - Guinness Beef Stew
Eric, Steph, Ellen, Warren - Piggy Poutine
Ronda Westoff - Chipotle Apple Cake (3rd)
Megan Drew - Tabbouleh
Mike Spies - Braised Pork With Apples (2nd)
Potluck will continue next Monday night (Oct. 26) with eating commencing at or around 7 p.m., but we recommend showing up early to get a table. It will be our Halloween-themed potluck, so we're giving away an extra first place prize to the most creative use of pumpkin in a dish. 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!)