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Kudos to the Picnic Winners!

Melanie Wong | Oct 10, 200312:33 AM

The crack reporting and photography team is hard at work on creating the “official” report of last Saturday’s “The Hundred Hound Picnic” in Golden Gate Park. In the meantime, here’s the list of the winning entries in the food contest.


Janice won for the Smokey Blue Tapanade
Jen Maiser was runner up with Marinated Fresh Anchovies


Janet Lafler won for the Chard and Feta Calzone
David H. was runner up with his Horchata with Cantaloupe and Walnuts


Mark Seiden won for his Morel Potato Gratin
Ruth Lafler was the runner up with Pumpkin Kaddo


Rochelle "Shellfood" Foles won with Chile Verde
Karen "RWCFoodie" was the runner up with Chicken Corn Cheddar Chorizo Chowder (note: say that fast five times!)


Wendy Lai won for her Meyer Lemon Brulée Tart
Matthew Austern was the runner up with his Frangelico Cheesecake


Chocolate Rum "Dildeaux" from Dianda Bakery,"discovered" by Derek "chowfun" Durst
Runner up: Pastrami from Langer's in LA, "discovered" by Russell “Sp00nyBard”


Rochelle “Shellfood” won again for her Chile Verde
David H. was runner-up for his Oaxacan Tamales

PRIZES for the winners included

- Books from the Imponderables series, autographed and donated by author (and fellow hound) Dave Feldman.

- Meyer lemon thyme marmelade (last year's best in show winner) and preserved heirloom tomatoes, made by committee members, Ruth Lafler and Rochelle “Pssst”, with donations of materials and talent from Rochelle Foles.

- The best discovery and best in show winners also received, respectively, a notebook and note cards donated by Jennifer “chowfish”.

Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to the donors for making their moment of glory that much sweeter! Of course, the real winners in this friendly food competition were all of us in attendance who had the privilege of tasting all the delicious dishes and voting for our favorites.

The day’s festivities were organized by The Picnic Hounds. This hard-working (and even harder eating) core committee planned and executed the day’s events ably assisted by chowhound volunteers. We would like to acknowledge the following team leaders for their service – many thanks to you all.

We are especially grateful to Chairwoman Rochelle “Pssst” McCune for her incredible organizational skills, fanatical focus and inspiring leadership, and for extending her term through next year. We can’t wait.

Chairwoman and Picnic Mistress: Rochelle “Pssst” McCune

Webmaster: Michael Alderete

Graphic Design: Wendy Lai

Communications: Jane “anti-foodie”

Finance and Picnic Store Shopkeeper: Joel “jaweino” Weinstein

Reservations: Michael Alderete

Food Contest: Ruth Lafler and Jen Maiser

Food Coordination: Ruth Lafler and Jen Maiser

Tastings and Demonstrations: Jeanne “Ciaogina”

“Wish List” and Purchasing: Cynthia “Cynsa”

Equipment Runners and Set-Up: Karen T. and Ken Rich

Recipes and Cookbook: Wendy Lai

Welcome Desk: Cheryl “Celery” Pochapin and Felice Lu

Safety: Peter Yee

Clean-up: Nick “nja”

Lost & Found: Cheryl “Celery” Pochapin

Reporters and Photographers: Jane “anti-foodie”

Chairwoman Emerita and Founder: Rochelle “Shellfood” Foles

Thank you to all who attended in person or in spirit for helping us celebrate our community of dedicated eaters. Bravo!

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Now let’s get back to the chow. Linked below is the earlier thread discussing the picnic. What other dishes found favor with you?

(For other inquiries and non-chow comments, please direct them to



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