The 13th Annual Grandma’s Cook-Off was held Saturday, September 10, at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort. 25 entrants competed in four categories: Soups, Sides, Main dish and Desserts. The winners of each category took home $300 cash and a trophy apron.
Each contestant brought their favorite “Grandma’s Dish” along with the recipe. The blind Judging began at 2pm as the contestants and family members watched, trying to gauge the judges’ favorites and maybe get a glimpse into who may be taking home the prizes.
After the judges had tasted all the dishes in their categories, all in attendance were allowed to grab a plate and utensils and share in fellowship and sampling all the delicious dishes! This part of the competition has always been held in high regard, because that is why grandma cooked our favorite dishes, so the family could gather around the table to eat and share in memories and time together.
As the sampling wrapped up, the envelopes were presented to Pat Day and Mark Genda to announce the winners. This year’s winners were: Soup – Lois Richardson, Bell Pepper Soup; Side Dish – Gloria Hite, Special Cheese Ball; Main Dish – Rhonda Harrison, Mammer’s Cabbage Rolls; and Dessert – Jan Gill, Hoosier Peanut Butter Pie.
Pat Day wants to shout out A special thank you to the judges, Mayor Judy Sheets, Stephanie Cooper (YMCA), Dawn Layton (Paul Phillipe Resource Center), Gary Gangwer (Gangwer Insurance), Kathy Gangwer, Barb Seager, Jan Shore, Connie Hinesley, Tammy Moss (The Farmers Bank), Joe Sheets, Jodi Purcell (Pekin Insurance) and Bill Gant (WILO). Also, thank you to Hoosierland TV for airing the event, Erick Dircks for the photos and video, and a huge thank you to all that participated in this year’s event.
The staff of Genda Funeral Home look forward to having everyone back next fall for the 14th Annual Grandma’s Cook-Off.
Photos by Erick Dircks can be seen by clicking the links below, And If you would like to see the event live you can go to hoosierlandtv from the drop down menu on Clinton County Daily News, The Cook Off is in the archives.
‘Story Contributor: Pat Day