This year, the annual food event for the New Shul, was a soup contest. There were 2 categories, Chicken soup and any other soup you want. The judges today were Akhtar Newab of E.U., Marco Moreira of 15 East and Tocqueville and the infamous Julian Gerson.
There were a variety of chicken soups from An Italian and a Jew (third place), Penicillin Chicken Soup (the number one winner), Chicken and Cabbage, and a few others. I will toot my own horn as I came in second with my Asian chicken soup with Asian matzo balls. Recipe to follow.
The other category was very eclectic. Carrot ginger soup ( winner ), bean soup, minestrone soup, pistachio soup ( really interesting ), butternut squash soup, mushroom barley and a few others. I am most proud of my win here which is the mushroom barley that won the peoples choice award.
My Mom was saying what would be really interesting is to do a study on taste buds. She is so right. As everyone goes around the room trying everything, the tastes buds are all over the place. I like something that someone thinks is too salty or bland. As I learned in the wine class that I took a few years back, the resounding theme was do not listen to Robert Parker, listen to your own palette.
A wonderful community event and perfect for a synagogue. Food related. Love that.