Readers of this blog know I am a sucker for creative, fun preparedness events that involve business, community groups, government and the public — and also educate on emergency readiness.
Thursday’s Canadian Red Cross “Disaster Dining” contest — in which competitors had 30 minutes to prepare their best dish using only foods that would be found in an emergency preparedness kit — fits that bill.Â The Toronto event launched a 3-week in-store campaign at Walmart in support of Canadian Red Cross local disaster relief operations.
When all the food had been tasted, Walmart District Manager Eeva Jalo took home (or to her office) the coveted 1st annual Golden Spoon award. Her dish — a combination of salsa, tuna, chickpeas, parsley, and cayenne and black pepper — beat out a group of aspiring top disaster chefs with a number from the first responder community.Â TheÂ other — apparently tasty Â – entries included Chief of Emergency Management Ontario Dan Hefkey’s ‘Tex-Mex’ corn, crab and salsa filling in a soft taco shell.
Walmart District Manager Eeva Jalo shows her prestigious Golden Spoon award.
The idea for the competition came from a Red Cross staffer, Jen Mayville, who initiallyÂ held a party “toÂ experiment to see what sort of dishes we could create in a disaster-type situation. We got together for a dinner party and each made one dish with the following guidelines:Â No electricity could be used in the cooking process,Â No tap water,Â Only non-perishable food.” The cook-off came out of that evening. The Atlantic Canada chapterÂ held a similar contest earlier this month.
Eeva Jalo’s Golden Spoon winner was made from tuna, chickpeas, salsa and spices.