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Episode #14 assignments & theme.

9 Mar

Theme nominations have been trickling in.  We’re going to have a quick poll, and we’ve already drawn straws for courses — all we need is a theme.  Here is the cast and the courses:

  • 6pm: Prep-time snacks & cocktail: FrancineO
  • 7pm: Appetizer: NinaG
  • 7:30pm: Soup: Reid
  • 8pm: 1st Main: RichardM
  • 8:30pm: 2nd Main: JDavid
  • 9pm: Small dish or salad: Alicia
  • 9:30pm: 3rd Main : LisaS
  • 10pm: Desert: BrianH

And here’s the poll:

We’ll announce the winning theme monday.

Episode #13 theme poll

30 Jan

Here are the nominations so far… if you are attending and haven’t nominated a theme, you’re still welcome to; comment below and I’ll add it.

Anyone in the FMC is entitled to vote, and you can vote for more than one theme.  We’ll cook the theme with the most votes.  Vote early, vote often.

Down to the wire

27 Jan

Tie ballgame.  The poll has been revised to include only the top four choices.  Also, there are two seats left at the table.  Voting will remain open through the weekend.  Monday, polling closes.  Have at it.

Comment here to claim the last two seats of FMC episode #10.

2/11/12 Episode #10 Theme voting

18 Jan

Remember, themes are nominated by event participants, but ALL FMC members can vote.  Vote early, vote often.  You can vote for more than one theme.

Poll closes Jan 27th, or earlier if there’s a clear winner.

01/07/12 Episode #9 theme voting

14 Dec

The table is full!  Quite the response, I must say.  Well, here’s the line-up — in no particular order (course assignments will be determined at a later date):

Francine, JDavid, NinaG, MarcJ, JoannaM, LaurentL, CassieA, PJ, KiriM, Guy

While theme nominations can only be submitted by episode participants (still not to late to suggest ’em), voting is open to all FMC members.   So vote early, vote often.  Voting will close and the winning theme announced by Dec 28th, or sooner if there is a clear people’s choice.

 

By the way, on an administrative note, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the FMC blog is now advertisement-free.  Yeah!

April 30th winning theme & course assignments

15 Apr

When 6 of the 8 participants nominate the same theme, is it really worthwhile to put it to a poll?

Didn’t think so.  The South it is.

Episode #6: The South will rise again: Southern and soul food inspired dishes.

SarahL & I drew the names out of an official Georgia Bulldogs baseball cap this morning.

Cast:

  • Snacks & Cocktails: CarolineB
  • Appetizer: JimK
  • 1st Course: SarahL
  • 2nd Course: FrancineO
  • 3rd Course: JDavid
  • 4th Course: DavidP
  • 5th Course: StuartC
  • Dessert: LiamP

The AdventureLoft™ officially will be for prep by 5:00pm (earlier works too), cocktail hour (with snacks) is from 6:30-7:30, and we’ll aim to serve the appetizer course between 7:30-8pm.

Check out the details page for, well, more details, and the Batterie de cuisine page for what we gots to work with.  See y’all then!

Poll to choose the dinner theme for March 19, 2011

1 Mar

Episode #5!

Notes:

  • Themes have been nominated by the March 19th participants (If you’re cooking in the event, you can also write in a nomination for any additional theme you’d like to be listed in the poll, and I will add it so others can vote for it.).
  • Voting, however is open to ALL Collective members, not just those cooking for the event.
  • You can vote for more than one theme, and as many times as you like.
  • We will cook with the theme with the most votes.
  • The poll will close once a clear winner is established or on March 7th, whichever comes first.
  • Poll results will be hidden until then. In the event of a tie, the winning theme will be determined by the flip of a coin, or roll of a die, or spin of a roulette wheel, or some other random method.

Poll for the Feb. 19th Theme

3 Feb

Themes have been nominated by Feb 19th participants (If you’re cooking in the event, you can write in a nomination for any additional theme you’d like to be listed in the poll, and I will add it so others can vote for it.).

Voting is open to ALL Collective members, not just those cooking for the event.  You can vote for more than one theme.

We will cook with the theme with the most votes.

The poll will close once a clear winner is established or on thursday, 2/10, whichever comes first.

Poll results will be hidden until then.  In the event of a tie, the winning theme will be determined by the flip of a coin, or roll of a die, or spin of a roulette wheel, or some other random method.

Feb 5th theme winner & course drawing

26 Jan

**** Note: Read the comments of this post to follow along with the discussion regarding the details of menu planning.****

Chinese New Year won as the theme.  DavidP & I conferred this morning and made the following executive decisions:  With 9 people, besides the usual appetizer + 6 courses + dessert, one person would be assigned pre-dinner cocktail + snack to be consumed while we’re prepping.  Because we would also need nine total conceptual inspirations, we used the traditional 5 chinese elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) and added Air, Rabbit (incoming Chinese year) Tiger (outgoing Chinese year) and Yin / Yang.

We drew the inspirations out of a hat first to establish the sequence, and then drew names out of the hat to make the assignments.  Here are the results:

  • JohnW — Pre-meal Cocktail & snack; inspiration: Wood
  • JoannaM (superhorsefeathers) — Appetizer course; inspiration: Rabbit
  • LaurentL — 2nd course; inspiration: Fire
  • FrancineO (francineo1) — 3rd course; inspiration: Air
  • RichardM — 4th course; inspiration: Earth
  • AliciaA (thatgirlinnewyork) — 5th course; inspiration: Yin / Yang
  • JDavidR (jdavidar) — 6th course; inspiration: Water
  • KellyR — 7th course; inspiration: Metal
  • VitoP (vitovino) — Dessert; inspiration:  Tiger

Some comments:

  1. Course trading is allowed. (Horse trading is not.)  Let the group know what you’ve arranged.
  2. Participants assigned sequential courses can collaborate to plate them together (ie; protein + side).
  3. Don’t feel obligated to make Chinese food (or rabbit)… (or tiger!) the inspirations are just that, inspiration.
  4. Don’t forget to plan your beverage pairing.
  5. To avoid duplication, please post (or comment) letting the group know in as general terms as possible what you’re planning (soup, salad, greens, starch, etc.).
  6. Also, give a heads-up if you’ll be tying up all 4 burners, or need the oven at 550 for 3 hours, etc. — if necessary, we can re-arrange the sequence.
  7. Also, let everyone know if you have a food allergy or phobia, (you know, so we can make sure we have adequate epinephrine and benzodiazepines on hand).
  8. We have plenty of cooking equipment, ingredients, spices, and serving-ware.  Post questions and requests regarding specific items.
  9. Amuse bouches are welcome, encouraged, and completely open season.

Vote early, vote often.

23 Jan

Ok, technically you can only vote once, but you can vote for as many of the themes as you like.  Themes are nominated by participants, but voting is open to ALL Collective members, not just those cooking for the event.  If you’re cooking in the event, you can write in a nomination for any additional theme you’d like to be listed in the poll, and I will add it so others can vote for it.

We will cook with the theme with the most votes.  The poll will close once a clear winner is established or on thursday, 1/27, whichever comes first.  Poll results will be hidden until thursday.  In the event of a tie, the winning theme will be determined by the flip of a coin, or roll of a die, or spin of a roulette wheel, or some other random method.

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