Participants sample cranberry-based treats at Stock Culinary Goods on Hope Street during SNA's third annual cook-off.
About 40 people braved a beautiful night Oct. 29 for SNA’s third annual cook-off competition and neighborhood party.
Contrary to the last two years, there was no pouring rain or driving snow at the event, which was held in Stock Culinary Goods on Hope Street.
Cranberries were the unifying ingredient. There were seven entries judged by a panel of local experts, plus a People’s Choice and Halloween costume awards voted on by participants. In addition, there was wine tasting provided by Swan Liquors and olive oil tasting by Olive del Mondo, also Hope Street merchants.
The judges, Jan Faust Dane of Stock, Salvatore Fuccillo of Olive del Mondo and Denise Kammerer of The Sandwich Hut on North Main Street, awarded three prizes: First, to Sandy Kohring for cranberry rollup cookies, a gift certificate to Stock; Second, to Gailia Rutan for cranberry swirl cake, a certificate to Olive del Mondo; Third, to Lizzi Weinberg for cranberry coffee cake, a certificate to Swan.
The People’s Choice award, a gift certificate to Sandwich Hut, went to Anisa Raoof and her sons Dylan and Ethan Itkin for cranberry granola with yogurt. The best costume award, a certificate to Seven Stars bakery, went to three-year-old Bonnie Arrigo, dressed as an owl.
The winning recipes are below.
SNA President Dean Weinberg thanked members Sarah and Anthony Arrigo for organizing the event and encouraged everyone to trick or treat on Hope Street during business hours Thursday, Oct. 31 and to join the Hope Street Holiday Stroll Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The evening ended with people lingering to finish off the competition offerings, sip wine or cider and browse the store’s wares. Plans are already afoot to determine next year’s ingredient.