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Nashua Rainbow Cook-off 

Where: Children’s Dyslexia Center of Nashua, 4th floor, 200 Main St., Nashua 
When: Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $10 for tasters. Contest entry is $10 per dish. Entry forms are available at facebook.com/dyslexiacenternashua. 
Contact: Email Jackie at jmd114@hotmail.com for more information. 




Cooking for a cause
Nashua Rainbow Girls hold their first community cook-off

11/10/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Whether you’re curious about how your prized family recipe would do in a competition or you’re looking to taste others’ recipes and get inspiration for your own kitchen, you’ll have the opportunity at the Nashua Rainbow Cook-off happening Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Children's Dyslexia Center of Nashua. It’s open to everyone for both competing and tasting, and entrants can submit one or more dishes in three separate categories: entrees, appetizers and desserts. 

The cook-off is a fundraiser for the Dyslexia Center, hosted by the Nashua sector of the New Hampshire Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a leadership and service organization for young women. The idea was suggested by Nashua Rainbow’s youth president, 16-year-old Jackie Desrosiers, who said she was inspired to create and coordinate a cook-off on the local level in Nashua after New Hampshire Rainbow held a state charity cook-off last year. 
“I think it’s a good time to meet new people and talk with old friends about something that basically everyone loves, which is food,” she said. 
Upon arrival, chefs will be assigned to individual tables where they can set up their food. Creative table decorations are also welcome and encouraged. Tasters can enjoy up to 10 samples for a $10 admission fee and vote on their favorite dishes by putting a dollar in the cup set on each chef’s table. The chef in each category with the most money in his or her cup will win the people’s choice award. 
“Last year there were cupcakes, peanut butter pie, Swedish meatballs, hamburger stew, all kinds of different things,” Desrosiers said. “And since this is right before Thanksgiving, it would be a good opportunity to get ideas for different dishes to make in your own home.”
Each category will also have a panel of three judges that will include food-savvy individuals from partnering organizations and possibly some local restaurant personalities. The judges will score the dishes based on appearance, taste and general quality and will choose one winner for their respective categories. Winners of the people’s choice awards and judges’ picks will receive trophies and bragging rights.
If you’re interested in competing, you’ll need to submit your entry form by Sunday, Nov. 13, along with the registration fee of $10 per dish. Chefs can compete as individuals, pairs or teams of up to four people. To ensure that there are enough samples for the tasters and the judges, you should make a minimum of 20 servings for each dish. A setup area, serving vessels, drinks and seating for tasters will be provided at the cook-off. 
“If you like to cook or bake, it’s a good opportunity show off your skills and raise money for a good cause,” Desrosiers said. 





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