One of my most favorite periodic gatherings with friends, the Food Throwdown (the first one of this year) took place last weekend. What exactly is a Food Throwdown? My good friends Katina and Justin open the doors to their home and host these Food Throwdowns which are culinary competitions where a specific dish and cocktail are selected for the event. Anyone from our social network of friends is free to prepare that particular dish and/or cocktail for everyone in attendance to taste, publicly offer their taste buds’ critique ala Bravo’s Top Chef and then anonymously vote for their favorite dish and cocktail. (Fun Fact: Katina still holds a grudge from the very first Food Throwdown where I criticized her BBQ Short Rib’s pasta for tasting like Chef Boyardee despite voting for her winning dish.) What’s fun is that anyone tasting the food is completely unaware of who concocted any of what’s being served. What’s not fun? The Food Throwdown winner only wins bragging rights. (C’mon people, can’t we all throw money towards a prize already?)
Previous Food Throwdowns have involved a pasta dish with all ingredients including the pasta and sauces made completely from scratch, and a very fun quesadilla and margarita challenge. This past Food Throwdown had my friends competing by making their favorite tacos and sangria. While Rayda’s AMAAAZZZING beer-battered chipotle tilapia tacos with homemade peach salsa and tartar sauce did not come out on top with the other guests, Stephanie’s St. Germain white sangria did win proving that there was some palatable justice after all!
And since I’ve been told that I can typically be a bit harsh on my table comments (Chef Boyardee anyone?), I am making a vow to
obliterate the competition enter my very first Food Throwdown as a contestant the next time around to prove that I can take the feedback as much as I serve it. (You hear that Katina?! I’m coming for ya!)
Congratulations to Jesse & Stephanie who won this season’s Food Throwdown and a very special THANK YOU as always to the lovely hosts Justin and Katina! Bon Appetit!