Iron Chef, Dining Center Edition

Iron Chef, Dining Center Edition

  Dinner hour at the Dining Center saw a lively addition to the usual fare last Friday when Fords Against Boredom hosted this year’s DC Edition of Iron Chef, a cooking competition whose participants could only use ingredients they could find in the Dining Center. As a fascinated audience observed the action in the Sunken Lounge, where work stations with hot plates and supplies had been set up, the four competing teams worked to devise an appetizer, entree, and  dessert that all used the secret ingredient: apples. And they had to do it all in under 30 minutes. The panel of  judges, which included Miriam Abaya ’14, Dean Martha Denney, Associate Director of Dining Services Anthony Condo, and Dining Center employee Jeff Gladney, sampled the food and rated the dishes based on taste, presentation, and overall quality. One creative cookery team (made up of  Isabel Gross ’17; Carolyn Poutasse, Jade Andrade, Shana Burstein, and Leah Hollander, all ’15; as well as Evan Joslin, a visiting professor of chemistry) found a place for the mandatory apples in a spinach salad (with cranberries, walnuts, and feta cheese), a dish of penne pasta (with grilled chicken and parmesan), and as topping for vanilla ice cream (the slices coated with cinnamon and a honey-chocolate glaze). The competition was fierce, but Team 2, comprised of  William Tortorelli, a visiting professor of classics, and first-year students Sarah Betti ’17, Erin Lipman ’17, and Zak Oglesby ’17, emerged victorious.  Among the team’s culinary innovations was their interpretation of an Asian-influenced moo shoo pork style wrap (utilizing flour tortillas) that they assembled right on the judging table.  Their prize:...

Fog & Clarity

We recently revamped our eNewsletter to make it more attractive and useful — for you, certainly, and for us in that the software reports how many times each item is clicked, helping us to better program the piece going forward. Here’s how the early returns are shaping up for the issue shipped this week. Count is expressed as a percentage of all clicks, rounded: Tom Donnelly Video 21%First Snowfall Video 21%Haverblog Main Page 21%Nobel Prize 7%Iron Chef 6%Special Olympics 4%AIDS Quilt 3%18 in 08 Film 3%Literary Magazine 3%Haverford Fund 3%Treasure Island 2%Bronze Casting Video 2%Art Show 2%News Page 2% Looks like people go with what (or who) they know and for the newsletter’s audience, it doesn’t get much more familiar (and beloved) than Tom Donnelly and the first snow on Founders Green. Notably, those top entries were displayed low on the eNewsletter’s page, echoing my experience formatting Philly.com: people scan for appealing links, location on a page be damned. It’s almost as if perusing a web page taps into the same part of our brain that Neanderthals used in scanning the forest for glints of light and shadow and their associated message of “I will eat that/that will eat me.”...