It was fun having my name on a little place card. I was seated in the center with four other judges. Two of the judges are local radio personalities and podcast hosts. Susan Gayle, aka The Queen of Spoons, and host of Food Love Austin on KOOP radio was on of the guest judges. As was Cecilia Nasti host of Field and Feast. Jill and Kevin Lewis of Austin Slow Burn completed the panel of judges. They even dressed the part. Both wearing festive pepper prints on thier shirts. I wore green, the same shade of chile as the hatch being celebrated.
We tasted savory and sweet concoctions that ran the gamut from good old fashioned chicken & dumplings spruced up with the fiery heat of roasted chiles, to a delicate squash soup with just a hint of heat to even a vegan chocolate cupcake with chiles in the butter cream. Some were hits, and others were misses. The dumplings took home the ribbon. I took home some slight indigestion. As a gift for all those who participated Central Market graciously gifted us with a basket loaded with hatch chile snacks like chips, popcorn, jam and chile queso. Along with the goodie bag I received a $50 gift card. Thanks so much for the chance to be involved in the tasting and all the great swag! I wold love to do it again next year.