Saturday was the 70th running of the International Gold Cup races out in The Plains, Virginia. The weather was perfect for a day filled with gourmet tailgate parties, fancy hats, and good old fashioned steeplechase races.
After tasting little bites of everything from an Alsatian tart to lobster bisque to pumpkin cheesecake, Bonnie Benwick from The Washington Post, Alyson Browett from the Edible Complex, Michael Birchenall from Food Service Monthly and I decided the winner of the gourmet tailgate competition to be Kathryn Sandhoff’s group out on the North Rail. Serving dishes such as Lebanese potato salad, endive with caramelized pears and blue cheese, pumpkin shooters and deconstructed guacamole salad (see below), they were the clear winners as their creativity and originality out-shown the competition.
Not to forget their college days at Penn State, Jenny Cahill prepared their usual “gin bucket” and brought along the serving pieces (otherwise known as turkey basters).
Consisting only of gin (and any gin will do), Fresca, lemons and limes, this drink is to be consumed only by filling and shooting the liquid out of the turkey baster into your mouth. How fun!
The group’s mixologist extraordinare, Kathryn Corneilus prepared a delightful punch – check back this afternoon for the recipe.
The prize for the winning team – a free tailgate location at next year’s race! Congrats to the Sandhoff Party!
Click below for a few more of my favorites from Saturday’s festivities…
Nancy Novak’s Fabulous 40’s Party came in second using old family recipes to make molasses oatmeal raisin cookies, meatloaf and cream cheese stuffed dates. Fritos and canned ham also made an appearance at their table as they both debuted in the 1940s. They even went so far as to dress the part!
The single best thing I tasted all day may have been the lobster bisque from Donna Creese’s St. Supery party. Donna – are you willing to share the recipe?
Though the well-dressed group below entered the competition, they weren’t serving up much more than drinking games and dates with their single friend.
For more information on how to enter the contest next year, email Dianne Murphy at email@example.com
Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered!