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Mighty Quinn Foundation Cookoff
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Mighty Quinn Foundation Cookoff

  • 320 Shore Road Stratford, CT, 06615 United States (map)
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In this, our 7th year of the annual Mighty Quinn Foundation Cook Off for friends and family, we are making a few important changes. They are:

            DATE:             June 22 1:00-6:30 p.m. (two weeks earlier than usual) 

            LOCATION: ROONEYS’ HOUSE (not the Shakespeare Theater Property)

PURPOSE:    MEET AND GREET OUR 14 NEW STUDENTS AND ENJOY A BURGER AND DOG . RAISE MONEY TO KEEP US GOING.

COOK-OFF OPTIONAL—If you want to be part of the cook-off, please let us know and we will make you part of a team. This year’s theme is Old Fashioned Burgers and Dogs (competition rules below)

WHAT TO BRING: A donation to The Mighty Quinn Foundation Inc. in any amount that you are able to support our many educational programs

 COMPETITION RULES

If you are participating in the competition, please make sure you have read and understand the rules.

COOKING EQUIPMENT—We supply the great-equalizer grill, the classic black 22.5 Inch Weber Grill, complete with Kingsford charcoal and a chimney to light the charcoal. You bring a other tools and additives such as wood chips for smoking.

 THE THEME –Old Fashioned Picnic (Burgers and Dogs)

 This year we honor the All-American combo of burgers and dogs served along with the humble potato.

BURGERS and DOGS—Of course there is a twist. These burgers must be Sliders and not full-sized burgers (easier to sample and share). To avoid a lot of jockeying on ingredients, we will provide the burger meat to make sure it is a true head-to-head competition on burgers. However, you will supply everything else that goes with the burgers (those cute little slider buns, anything you mix with the burger meat and toppings/condiments). You will supply everything that is part of the “dog. A “dog”  can be anything served in a casing such as a frankfurter, red hot, sausage, kielbasa etc.  You need a bun and condiments, just like the burger. As your main course, you must serve up both a burger and a dog and your score will be on the combined score (i.e. you will not get separate points for each).

 POTATO SIDE DISH—Everyone loves potatoes and everyone has a favorite way to prepare them. Your potato dish gets served along with your burger and dog. As always, the dish is judged based on the prominence of the potato part of the dish so if you chose to do potato latkes, where the potato is part of the dough, you would need to be sure that the judges can taste it or see it. 

             APPETIZER—You must make one. It can be anything. It must incorporate either mustard or ketchup (the two condiments that most often go with burgers and dogs). It must be done on site and must include a grilled item (not just one that you waved over the grill to warm it up).

             DESSERT—must have strawberries in it. Other than that, it is wide open.

             DRINK—Wide open category. Anything goes.

 THE SECRET INGREDIENT

 We will still have a secret ingredient waiting for you at the contest that you must incorporate as well. In contrast to prior years, the secret ingredient must be incorporated only in the burger and dog course.

 SCHEDULE

One point off for every minute you are late.

  • 1:00 –PEOPLE CAN START TO SET UP

  • 2:00-- TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING  --secret ingredient and burger meat given out    

  • 3:00    DRINKS AND APPETIZERS PRESENTATION--

  • 5:00    MAIN COURSE AND SIDE DISH PRESENTATION(Together)

6:30    DESSERT

  PORTIONING AND PRESENTATION

Each Team should bring enough other food to feed their team plus hungry Academy students. You will present the food on a common table so that everyone can enjoy it buffet style. Therefore, you should have one sample for the judged with “tasting samples for everyone else.

 JUDGING AND RULES COMMITTEE

The judges will be one non-student representative from your team and one of the students assigned to your team. Each team will have students assigned to work with you and to get to know.

THE RULES COMMITTEE

We have a Rules Committee of one. Chris Rooney. You are entitled to register a protest IN WRITING with the Rules Committee, which will be reviewed at our annual Rules Committee meeting held February 30th of each year.

SCORING

10 points per category with points for 1) Taste; 2) appearance and presentation, and 3) difficulty/complexity of execution. The judges will weigh these three factors as each judge sees fit.

ADULT BEVERAGES

We will provide beer, sodas and water.

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6th Annual Mighty Quinn Foundation Cook Off
Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

6th Annual Mighty Quinn Foundation Cook Off

  • 1850 Elm Street Stratford, CT, 06615 United States (map)
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Here are the rules for Cook Off -  

Welcome to the Sixth Mighty Quinn Cook Off, where teams of ten people compete using the universal cooking tool, the 22.5 Inch Weber Grill, using the secret ingredient, all for fun and to raise money for The Mighty Quinn Foundation Inc. We offer good food, good company and a tax deduction for your contribution.  

WHERE AND WHEN

·         Saturday July 7th, 2018 teams can arrive starting 1:00 p.m.  See times below at which each course will be served.

·         On the Grounds of the Shakespeare Theatre , 1850 Elm St. Stratford

THE COMPETITION

THE THEME –Fruits (of the Sea)

 We live near the water, yet we have never featured seafood as a category. Swordfish, tuna, salmon, shrimp, lobster, clams, oysters, calamari, --the choices are endless. Since we have had some vigorous participation from vegetarians in the past (including a main course winner last year and side dish the year before), we will interpret the term Fruits of the Sea to be anything that grows or is stored in the sea or in water (e.g. sea weed, tofu, rice, water chestnuts, cranberries). All you vegetarians check with the Rules Committee in advance to make sure your broad interpretation of our theme does not torture our rules beyond The Rules Committee’s ordinarily liberal views of language.     

 THE SECRET INGREDIENT

 It’s a secret. Your captains will be given the secret ingredient at the Captain’s meeting. You will incorporate the secret ingredient in the main course, the appetizer and the side dish. This one will be a challenge.

It must be incorporated in main course and either the appetizer or the side dish. When we say that it must be “incorporated” we mean that it must be part of the meal and not simply a garnish. It must be capable of being seen and tasted by the Judges. 

 PORTIONING

 Please bring enough food to feed your team, some hungry students and the judges. At least 15-20 portions of each course.

 THE PRIZE

 Because we do this mostly for fun and to help raise money for a good cause, you basically get nothing for winning except the adulation of the gathered multitudes. For those of you for whom that is not enough, there is a great big trophy that your team’s name will be added to if you win the total points.  

SCHEDULE

In the past we have tolerated a large amount of loosey-goosey whining when people did not hit the timing mark. This year there will be point deductions for each five minutes or portion thereof that the item arrives late to the table

·         1:00          PEOPLE CAN START TO SET UP

·         2:00          TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING 

The Team Captains will meet with the Rules Committee (Chris), get their last minute instructions and the secret ingredient.    

·         3:00          DRINKS AND APPETIZERS PRESENTATION

Drinks may be made and assembled off site. Drinks can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.  

Appetizers must be GRILLED on THE WEBER on site and must also include fruits of the sea. If you do not include the secret ingredient in this dish you must use it in the side-dish.

·         5:00          MAIN COURSE AND SIDE DISH PRESENTATION      (Together)

MAIN COURSE –You pick the type of entree and purchase it, prepare it but it must be GRILLED on the Weber grill ON SITE. It must incorporate the SECRET INGREDIENT.

SIDE DISH—Does not need to be grilled but must have the secret ingredient included IF you did not include it in the appetizer.

·         6:30          DESSERT

We do not think that either seafood or this year’s secret ingredient can be incorporated in a dessert so we are giving carte blanche; except that the dessert must include cream or cream substitute.  It can be whipped cream, ice cream or just plain heavy cream.  We need to balance off the healthiness of fruits de mare with an indulgence.

·         7:00          AWARDS CEREMONY FOLLOWED BY PERFORMANCE OF TAMING OF THE SHREW

Don’t go away mad if you did not win. Please stay to enjoy a performance by the performed by the Alumni Company of the Shakespeare Academy Stratford

JUDGING AND RULES COMMITTEE

Please note this change to the Judging format:

Two Shakespeare Academy students will join each team. Some will want to share in the cooking and some will want to judge. Each team will appoint TWO JUDGES, one who is a Shakespeare Academy student and one non-student. These representatives will jointly score each team’s product besides their own.

 

            JUDGING CRITERIA—each item will be judged on:

·         Appearance and presentation (does it look good)

·         Taste

·         Including  secret ingredient and fruits of the sea

·         Creativity and “reaching” to try something impressive (even if you fell a little short).

·         Preparation of ingredients on site (e.g. those who use prepared sauces or do all the prep off site should be scored lower for that.)

 

It is entirely up to the judges to weight these elements, but they must mark off if you do not include a mandatory ingredient.

 

PRESENTATION TO THE JUDGES AND SHARING THE WEALTH

PRESENTING TO THE JUDGES: EVERY TEAM WILL PRESENT A SAMPLE OF THE MEAL WITH FULL PRESENTATION ON A PLATE OR IN A GLASS FOR THE JUDGES

AFTER THE JUDGES HAVE RECEIVED THEIR PORTION, PLEASE MAKE THE REST AVAIALABLE TO BE SHARED WITH MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN AND OTHER TEAMS  We are trying to encourage sharing of food and mingling. By way of example, if your drink is a margarita, you would prepare one full sized glass with salt on the rim and a cactus floating in it for the Judges to look at and sip from a straw. Back at your table you would have a “display model” of your drink and then give out samples to others using small plastic cups.          

 QUESTIONS????

Any questions, please call world headquarters of the Mighty Quinn Fund at Sue’s cell 203-218-2838.  You probably all know better than to try to call Chris on his cell but if you are really desperate, dial 203-980-9997.

TEAM FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT

We are asking that each team raise a minimum of $1,000 from your guests and others. Contribution is not a “fee” and is tax deductible provided that we can have the donors’ names and addresses. The Mighty Quinn Foundations is a tax deductible contribution. We thank you for any contributions you have made in the past in advance for your contributions. On the Mighty Quinn Foundation Website http://www.mightyquinnfoundation.org there is a credit card/pay pal donation link.  For those that prefer to donate the old fashioned way, checks should be made out to the “Mighty Quinn Foundation.”

 

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Stratford Make Music Day
Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Stratford Make Music Day

The first annual Make Music Stratford, a wild and wonderful mix of free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21. Make Music Stratford is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music.  Make Music Stratford is actively looking for musicians and venues. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part by signing up at http://www.makemusicday.org/stratford/ registration closes on June 15th . Likewise, businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit the website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations.
A full schedule of events will be posted in June http://www.makemusicday.org/stratford/

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