Temple Beth Emeth Sisterhood in Ann Arbor just had a fantastic Brisket BakeOff and Fundraiser this last weekend. This was our 3rd one.
And fun! We had ten contestants who entered recipes and briskets for our panel of judges. Judging was like that on Iron Chef, though no one knows whose brisket is being judged at any time. The judges take this very seriously. Our judges were Justin Hiller, VP of Hiller’s Market, Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor’s “Food Floozie” and contributor to AnnArbor.com, and Lisa Saulles, last year’s winner. We had great prizes for the winners– we give first through 4th prize (nice inducement for buying and cooking a 6-8 lb brisket). The value of the prizes we are able to offer gets better each year.
Then we all had a great meal. There were around 90-100 people (number of drop-ins, people from A2 don’t seem to believe in RSVPs) who came. It was open to the whole congregation.
Dinner was brisket as the main course (of course), colcannon (Irish, it was St. Patrick’s day after all- made of mashed potatoes, cabbage and leeks), kasha varnakas, green beans, salad, a barley lentil stew (vegetarian option), challah, dessert. We also had wine with the meal.
And on top of this– we had a concert by the Balkanos. Check out the video.
We lucked into this group. They are out of Chicago, the singer is the daughter of a member of our congregation, and they were on the way to a “gig” in the Detroit area. Hope you caught them in Detroit, if you were able to.
I’m very pleased to say we made around $1400. 3% of the “ticket” sales for the dinner is going to Mazon. The rest is designated as our commitment to the YES Fund.
I’m attaching our brisket booklet. Great recipes in here, but note we also raised much of our money by selling ads in the booklet.
Great fundraising and congregational event.