Saint Urho's Day Mojakka Cook-Off
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Northeastern Hotel, Cloquet, Minnesota
Entry form must be filled out and returned by 10:00 pm, Friday, March 12, 2010. Later entries, including on the day of the event, may be accepted only at the discretion of the organizers. There is no entry fee, though a contribution to the American Cancer Society is welcome.
CATEGORIES: Because there are many varieties of Mojakka, please list the primary
ingredients. There are three categories for judging:
- Fish (kalamojakka)
- Beef (lihamojakka)
- Potluck (pork, chicken, venison, etc.).
Also, we would like a brief description of how you came about
this particular recipe: Was it handed down from a relative or friend? Did it come from a cook book
or web site? Have you modified a recipe to suit your or
your family's tastes?
PREPARATION AND SERVING: All food must be prepared in a non-licensed kitchen
(in accordance with Minnesota statute, sec. 157.22, regarding Potluck Events).
Contestants must provide a minimum of 2.5 gallons (10 quarts) of mojakka, though you are encouraged to
prepare more (up to six gallons). One quart will be reserved for judging, the remainder will be
available for tasting by the public.
Contestants must provide their own heated serving kettle (Roasting pan, Crockpot, etc.) and a 12-foot extension cord, as well as ladles, aprons and any other equipment directly related to
serving food. Organizers will provide the tables and electricity, as well as bowls, spoons and napkins.
Soup should be maintained at a temperature of no less than 165 degrees F. This is hot enough to kill any bacteria,
according to government recommendations. (Note: An inexpensive styrofoam cooler lined with a food-grade plastic bag makes an excellent container for keeping mojakka hot.)
Side dishes, such as flat bread, are optional. Side dishes may only be served to the public
and will not be a part of the judging.
REGISTRATION: Registration at the event will open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Finland. No entries will be accepted after 12:00 noon. All contestants must be set up before judging begins. Judging and tasting will commence at 12:30 PM.
JUDGING: The Official Judges are generally, though not all, amateurs at evaluating
food. Expect their choices to be subjective. The decision of the judges is final. Remember that the
primary objective is to have fun.
In addition to the Official Judging, there will be an award for "People's Choice" based on a
vote by those in attendance. Awards will be announced at 3:00 PM.
DISPLAY: You are encouraged to decorate your serving area appropriate to the occasion.
There will not be a trophy awarded, but we would like to gauge interest in a Best Display Award for
future Mojakka Cook-Offs.
TROPHIES: Trophies will be awarded in the following categories:
1st Place Fish
1st Place Beef
1st Place Other
In case of a tie, duplicate trophies will be awarded.
For further information, contact Tim Winker,
(218) 729-0821 or (218) 213-8432.
Mojakka Cook-Off / Potluck
The Mojakka Cook-Off is called a "potluck" in order to comply with Minnesota statutes
regarding the serving of food to the public. Potluck events are exempt from licensing and inspection
under Minnesota law. The section of the law exempting potluck events is printed below.
We ask that every effort be made by those providing mojakka for the cook-off to maintain
their soup at a temperature of no less than 165 degrees F. This is hot enough to kill any bacteria,
according to government recommendations.
FOOD, BEVERAGE, AND LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS
(8) food not prepared at an establishment and brought in by individuals attending a potluck
event for consumption at the potluck event. An organization sponsoring a potluck event under this
clause may advertise the potluck event to the public through any means. Individuals who are not
members of an organization sponsoring a potluck event under this clause may attend the potluck event
and consume the food at the event. Licensed food establishments other than schools cannot be
sponsors of potluck events. A school may sponsor and hold potluck events in areas of the school other than
the school's kitchen, provided that the school's kitchen is not used in any manner for the potluck
event. For purposes of this clause, "school" means a public school as defined in section
120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, 13, and 17, or a nonpublic school, church, or religious organization at which a child
is provided with instruction in compliance with sections
120A.22 and 120A.24. Potluck event
food shall not be brought into a licensed food establishment kitchen.
Copyright 2004 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.
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