Every year on the last Sunday in February, waffles get heated.
Culinary school grads and friends Jeremiah Jackson, Shona Jason-Miller and Ferris Camp mix up a big batch of batter, warm up their waffle irons and cook it out for the title of Master of the Waffle Iron And Supreme Potentate Over All Creation.
But the title is just a small part of the waffle-off. The meal as a whole is the real prize. It’s a stone-soup style community gathering. Attendees bring something to contribute (plus a $10 donation) and receive the full bounty of the brunch. “The true fun of this event is that all the people bring something,” says Paul Van Heden, who organizes the meal. “If everybody does that … we have an amazingly magical brunch.”
Van Heden recommends bringing real maple syrup, a gallon of organic orange juice, a bottle of sparkling wine or pre-mixed Bloody Marys, a bowl of fruit salad or some pre-cooked bacon. (Bacon must be pre-cooked as diners don’t have access to a kitchen.) Groups and families need bring only one item, plus the donation. If you don’t have time to bring something, a $10 donation is acceptable. The donation amount is flexible, so if the cost is prohibitive, just pay what you can, Van Heden says.
The cost of admission covers ingredients. The proceeds will be donated to a local charity, which will be announced at the event.
The waffle-off happens, rain or shine, on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in Hanger Hall on Park Avenue in WECAN. (This location should not be confused with the Hanger Hall School for Girls west of town.)
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or contact Paul Van Heden at 279-8198.
The photo, from Jackson’s blog, Simply Done Cuisine, features some of last year’s waffle contenders.