I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday than in the throes of fierce competition, especially when it involves viscous, melted cheese. The Grilled Cheese Invitational delivers on this front, providing an outlet for the creation of grilled cheese perfection en masse. Anything is game in this no-holds-barred match (except flame throwers, sadly), so I’m sure there’ll be some outlandish concoctions. “Can you grill like a butterfly and sting like a bee?” I’m not really sure what this means, but I hope to find out this weekend.

NorCal Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational, February 21, 2009, noon–5pm, Dolores Park, San Francisco.

If you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are also grill-offs coming up in Austin and Los Angeles, with “more to come” in other places. Or you could host your own grilled cheese competition at home and challenge your friends.

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