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September 12, 2006

Stop Press: Closure Innovation at Stormhoek Dinner


Beth aka KitchenMage, went all out for number 92 of the 100 dinners a couple of weeks ago. The lawn at Lucky Mud Inn was the venue and by all accounts, the food was good and the Stormhoek went down well. Sunrise and SomoneElse, of The Wahkiakum Acoustic Guitar Society (WAGS), provided the music.

These may look like normal Stormhoek Dinner guests in Wahikikam County, but Open Source to these guys didn’t just mean someone had left the cap off the ketchup bottle…

As if focussing on their Curried lamb, Spicy pork cubes marinated with lemon, habanero, oregano; and 'infamous' blueberry habanero chutney, (Ah, those foodies are so obsessive) wasn't enough, these party people were engaging in R&D between sips in an attempt to devise a way to simulate the pleasing ‘pop’ sound of a cork when unscrewing the Stormhoek bottles.

What they came up with was the great idea of using an audio chip (the kind you see in greeting cards) to produce that 'pop' sound when you twist open the bottles. That way you benefit from the freshness of the wine, yet don’t miss out on the fun popping!

Genius. Why does it seem that the foodies have all the fun?

PS- Mrs. D lamented that Kitchenmage's geekdinner was cooler than hers. We think they both looked pretty cool. Would anyone be up for a Geek Iron Chef Stormhoek cook off?

Posted by Jason at September 12, 2006 11:11 AM

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Iron Chef Stormhoek! We are so there! Miz D even moved to just a bit over an hour away so I'll volunteer them for the gig too. Do we get the chipped bottles?

Posted by: kitchenmage at September 12, 2006 8:19 PM

Ha ha! You know, Jason... now you've tempted me. You realize, I now live just a short hop upriver from Beth, and if she's game, I say Round Two: Chopper Dave vs Kitchenmage Iron Chef cook-off! With Stormhoek wine pairings, of course! ::g::

Posted by: MizD at September 12, 2006 8:35 PM

Okay ladies, I think we are onto something here. Let's pick a date, make the rules (like no dishes that cannot be pronounced and read within 25 seconds), portions for 12 or more a must... etc.

We should allow any competent foodie in the blogosphere, (subject to Beth, Mrs. D and Chopper Dave and my agreement) join in to the competition.

We have to pick a date, time and venue- I suspect that a truckload of wine will be required and we will continue to do it as a benefit for WOSA, a charity based in Cape Town. Now that Hugh's prints are selling for $100 t0 $200 on Ebay, maybe we can convince him to do a special limited edition Iron Chef Stormhoek Cartoon?

Just need to resolve who the judges will be... Any suggestions? No husbands, brothers, sisters or kids, please.


Posted by: Jason at September 12, 2006 10:08 PM

You're on. Depending on the crowd (numbers) I may be able to get the Inn for a venue. Can we aim for mid-late November or early Dec since I'm tied up on a project until then?

Posted by: kitchenmage at September 12, 2006 11:15 PM

Can I have friends judge? Can I get them drunk first? Can I bribe them? Inquiring minds want to know!

btw, truckloads of wine... mmmmmm!

Posted by: kitchenmage at September 12, 2006 11:18 PM

KitchenMage, We don't condone bribery, but we do know that a bit of wine does lubricate things ;-).

And yes, of course, we meant truckloads in the Tonka sense, but you already know that we'd NEVER EVER let anyone go home thirsty...

Posted by: Jason at September 12, 2006 11:26 PM

Big dishes, benefit, limited edition cartoon? Sounds fantastic!

Lemme put on my thinking cap for a bit on this one -- oh, the crazy ideas I've got...

Posted by: MizD at September 12, 2006 11:40 PM

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