Hartford chef types will embrace the Connecticut Historical Society's Community Cook-Off, judged by local foodies MaryEllen Fillo (Hartford Courant), Kara Sundlun (WFSB), Chion Wolf (WNPR's Colin McEnroe Show), Krystian von Speidel (Hartford Magazine) and Caitlin Croswell (CaitPlusAte.com). Contestants compete in four categories: the Not-So-Secret Ingredient Challenge (the ingredients are bacon, chocolate and poblano peppers, which clearly need to happen in the same dish), From Grandma's Kitchen (yellowed page, family tree-style recipes), What's in that casserole, anyway?! and the always popular "I didn't know you could do that with Jell-O." Pros like the Pond House, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company and Diageo wines provide alternate grub (in case that bacon Jell-O chocolate casserole is a miserable flop).
April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, (860) 236-5621, chs.org.
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