Cholent and Dessert Bake-Off Highlight In Shabbos
Avrumi Weiser Cleans Up in Annual Competitions
This week’s in Shabbos with Rav Shmulewitz was highlighted by the annual cholent cook-off and the first-ever bake-off. Eleven cholents—some sweet, some spicy and some just really fatty—and 16 desserts were entered into the competition. As with the popular and electoral votes that don't always match up, defending champion Avrumi Weiser won the people's vote for top cholent and walked away with the "Golden Crockpot," but Rav Shmulewitz, the discerning but fair judge, declared a tie between Weiser and Clarence Wilcox, for which they split the $100 Visa gift card.
After already trying 11 cholents, poor/lucky Rav Shmulewitz tasted all 16 desserts, including a pareve cheese cake, truffles, roasted nuts, peanut butter cake and chocolate mousse. He ruled that Yonah Laster was the baker extraordinaire with his "Death by Chocolate" mousse cake, for which he took home a $100 Visa gift card. The people's vote went to Weiser once again for his Oreo cream pie, and he can place a "Golden Pan" next to the Golden Crockpot on the mantle above his fireplace. Or he could if there were any fireplaces in the dorms. Rav Shmulewitz gave a shiur on emunah: buy one lottery ticket or buy 20? It doesn’t matter. If Hashem wants you to win, you’ll win. When Shabbos ended we reconvened for a chill Melavah Malkah of pizza and board games. After the raucous Chanukah Chagiga from last week—not to mention all the cholent—low key was probably the way to go. Anyone up for dinner at Avrumi’s?