Over 100 people attended the final event of the Potsdam Summer Festival on Sunday afternoon, July 13th, in the Potsdam Food Co-op's Carriage House.
For three hours, GardenShare staff and board members, and Co-op working-owners served up sample sized portions of a luscious array of treats, all prepared by community members. Children and adults alike filled their plates with tidbits of such things as crème brûlée, chocolate zucchini cake, raspberry clafoutis and tomato pie. Folks voted for their favorites and also made bids, hoping to take those favorites home with them. $624 was raised for GardenShare through the bidding process and cash donations.
The winning cooks with the most votes in their respective categories were; Rose Rivezzi, whose lemon mousse with raspberries won the “Simply Wonderful” category (no more than five ingredients); Janet Learned's entry of a mouth-watering assortment of beautifully labeled preserves, won in the “Local is Best” field; Maliah Wright took top honors with her gluten-free vanilla macaroons submitted under “Special Diet”; and Linda Myers was the winner for having black beans as “The Secret” healthy ingredient in her amazing brownies. Pam Maurer was the hands down winner for having the highest number of local ingredients (30) in her dish - local bounty crustless quiché.
Each of the winners receives a $25 gift card from the Potsdam Food Co-op. Heartfelt thanks goes to the many generous people who gave their time and culinary talents to make this first time event the success that it was.