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Tailgating at Gold Cup: Not a Barbecue In Sight

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Twice a year at Great Meadow, tailgaters at the Gold Cup races dust off the stuffed foxes, shine the crystal and in the fall round up a few pumpkins. You will find in the FOTO GALLERY examples of entertaining with gusto and style … and entertaining with gusto and well let’s say more gusto. At Saturday’s 70th running of The International Gold Cup, Kathryn Sandhoff’s North Rail gathering took top honors from the judges that included Sarah Meyer Walsh, The District Domestic, Alyson Browett, personal chef, and Bonnie Benwick from the Food page of The Washington Post … yours truly served as the photographer.

While judges were tasting the foods, I found the “gin bucket” of the Sandhoff party. At the time the group’s beverage specialist Kathryn Cornelius from DC, was pouring me a cup of the most refreshing drink I found on the grounds … she calls it an Apple Cobble Party Punch. The recipe is at the end. While I’m sipping on the bourbon based libation, I saw a bucket of ice and floating lemons and limes. Jenny Cahill owned up to being the creator of this gin (any gin will do) and Fresca based refreshment with the turkey basters tucked in the liquid. I suspect that she majored in tailgating at Penn State. After Jenny, with her assistant/fiance Jason Shoemaker, demonstrated the technique — I quickly learned to coat the inside of my mouth with this adult beverage.

You couldn’t help but love the tailgate of Sharon Galzarano and Richard — with a bright yellow Mercedes and the Red Chevy Blazer truck … and Richard’s obligatory and most requested macaroni salad. Sharon showed off her hand written signs for the foods and the purple stemware picked up colors in her dress. Of course Richard’s polo shirt had to match the car. Remember you can see all of this in the FOTO GALLERY.

St. Supery was not to be outdone with their luxury lineup for the day … Donna Creese, Mid-Atlantic manager for the winery had the magnums of the winery’s red wine Meritage Elu on the buffet table. With a past career stop at the Inn at Little Washington, Creese’s food display looked like a fine dining experience — including the photographed orzo and shrimp salad.

I even have some race pictures set against the backdrop of Pignut Mountain … on a spectacular Saturday at Great Meadows.

Kathryn Cornelius shares her Apple Cobbler Party Punch with Sauce on the Side fans:

Apple Cobbler Party Punch:

1 gallon container of Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Juice
1/2 bottle of Trader Joe’s Sparkling Apple Cider
3/4 bottle of Maker’s Mark (750ml)
2/3 bottle of Laird’s Apple Jack (750ml)
1- 2 liter bottle Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale 
2 red apples, sliced
2 green apples, sliced
10-12 dashes of ground cinnamon (*this is essential! really makes the taste)

As with most party punches, this is a make to taste creation … taste test it til you get it to the way you like it … write down your favorite proportions and then serve with ice in a punch cup or rocks glass.

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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