Dining With Denise Neil

A delicious way to build morale

I’ve been asked several times to judge employee cooking contests. Earlier this year, I went helped Davis Moore judge an employee chili cookoff for charity. And today, my friend Jill Laffoon, marketing manager at the Kansas Masonic Home, asked me to come help judge an employee hummus contest.

Well, you know me. Anything for a friend.

Although I now have garlic breath to spare, I was amazed by the creativity the Masonic home kitchen staff displayed.

All the entries were good and ranged from red peppery to bursting with tahini flavor. Jill and I ultimately awarded first prize to the hummus prepared by Aaron Wurtz, director of dining services. It was citrusy and well balanced, even if it wasn’t the most beautiful of the entries.

I’m thinking about proposing some sort of cookoff throwdown here at the Eagle.

But I’m thinking something sweeter, like Chocolate chip cookies or apple pie or cupcakes.

Who’s in?