By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT
[PHOTOS] From time-to-time I get “save the date” reminders about upcoming events. Normally they have to do with weddings or anniversaries. Here’s a “save-the-date” reminder that’s a little out of the ordinary.
I’m inviting everyone to come to our annual Squashtoberfest on Wednesday, October 21st. So what is Squashtoberfest? It’s our autumn celebration in honor of all things squash and pumpkin. In conjunction with Pioneer Sugar and WSGW Radio, Zehnder’s proudly hosts this one-of-a kind quirky competition. It’s an all day three event cooking competition where we invite all home cooks, aspiring amateur chefs and TV Food Network “foodies” to submit their favorite squash recipes and pit their culinary skills against other squash aficionados for cash and prizes. If you don’t want to compete, just come for all or part of the day to see what the excitement is all about. We’ll also have demos and other activities to keep you entertained.
We have three categories; savory main dishes, soup and sweet surprise deserts. Okay, you ask, desserts from squash? A good friend and fellow chef once told me that squash are like dogs. His logic was that the gourd family, of which squash is a member, comes in many varieties, colors, shapes and sizes – just like dogs. You know, he’s right! Summer squash, winter squash, hard & soft shell, some have edible seeds and others have seeds you dry or roast.
I’m always amazed at the creativity of our contestants!
We start at 9 a.m. with the Great Soup Challenge, then move on to the Savory Main Dish at noon and finish up with our Sweet Surprise category at 1 p.m. Wonderful aromas fill our main dining room throughout the day as our contestants perform their magic! We’ll have demonstrations and drawing for prizes, along with commentary from Art Lewis and Sue Smith, hosts of WSGW’s “Listen to the Mrs.”
Best of all, you get to taste all of the dishes and judge for yourself whether or not the judges got it right. And…at the end of the day you’ll get copies of all the recipes to take home to try for yourself. So, save-the-date and be a part of something unusual and delicious.
For more information call Zehnder’s Guest Services Office at 989 652-0450 or click here to download a registration form.
Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT