The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 25, 2014

Dutch oven cook off part of 175th celebration

KEOSAUQUA — As part of the 175th birthday celebration, the Keosauqua Chamber will be hosting a Dutch oven cook off on July 5. The event will be held along the riverfront starting at 2 p.m. with the presentation of their tasty food items ready for the judges at 6 p.m. The headquarters for the cook off will be under the shelter across from the Senior Center.

“Bob Muir remembers his mother cooking him dinner in a Dutch oven 175 years ago,” said Virgil Morris.

If something can be cooked in a oven, it can be cooked in a Dutch oven. Each Dutch oven cook-off team will be able to cook their favorite dishes. It then becomes the responsibility of the judges to select the best of the best. The distinguished panel of judges is headed up by an internationally known food consumer. The rest of the team is made of a highly placed city official who cannot be bribed, a citizen who has been in numerous kitchens, both residential and commercial, who knows what a Dutch oven is, and an extremely knowledgeable food expert who graduated from a culinary institute and knows the difference between a hotdog and polish sausage. The judging team is 100 percent gender balanced. The top three cook-off teams will receive prizes.

However, it is not over until it is over. The public will be able to participate in the judging by purchasing a sampling spoon and getting samples of the outstanding food. The public will then have the awesome responsibility of choosing a people's choice prize winner.

More information on the cook off, cook off rules, cook off registration and all birthday events can be found at www.keosauqua.com under "event calendar.”

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