Foodie Challenge

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Night for the Mad Ones
April 12th from 7 - 8:30pm

Tickets: $10 for Reception and Movie
In honor of Cinema Center opening the film based on Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road April 12th, we are celebrating with a Foodie Challenge and poetry readings!  Movie starts at 8:30pm.
Foodie Challenge
In December of last year, New York chef Dave Santos created a culinary roadmap of Kerouac's America. Each dish was influenced by locations featured in the novel and film On the Road.
Inspired by Santos’ tribute to Kerouac, we’d like to challenge the foodies of Fort Wayne to see what they can come up with. Individuals, caterers, and professional chefs are all welcome to enter our “On the Road Foodie Challenge.”
The rules for entry are simple:
  1. Propose a small plate inspired by one of the locations and passages listed below. You may also use any other passage from On The Road that inspires you.
  2. Prepare at least 100 servings for our “On the Road” event on April 12, 2013. These do not have to be full servings. Bite sized servings will do. Be sure to indicate which passage inspired your dish. You will also need to prepare three judges’ plates.
To enter, please email your name, phone number, and company affiliation (if applicable) to
Please note: You do not need to know your exact dish to enter now.
A description of your dish will be due by April 1st.
All entrants will receive two tickets for our opening event for the film On the Road. Our panel of Kerouac experts will vote for their favorite plate, and the
winner will receive a Dual Membership and six months of on-screen sponsorships!

Find your inspiration in the following passages from On the Road:
Inspired by San Francisco
"I smelled all the food of San Francisco. There were seafood places out there where the buns were hot, and the baskets were good enough to eat too; where the menus themselves were soft with foody esculence as if dipped in hot broths and roasted dry and good enough to eat too. Just show me the bluefish spangle on a seafood menu and I'd eat it; let me smell the drawn butter and lobster claws...that's my ah-dream of San Francisco."  


Inspired by New Orleans
"The air was so sweet in New Orleans it seemed to come in soft bandannas; and you could smell the river and really smell the people, and mud, and molasses, and every kind of tropical exhalation with your nose suddenly removed from the dry ices of a Northern winter. We bounced in our seats."  
Inspired by the Midwest
"The bus roared through Indiana cornfields that night; the moon illuminated the ghostly gathered husks. I made the acquaintance of a girl and we necked all the way to Indianapolis. She bought my meals; my sandwiches were all gone. In exchange I told her long stories. "  


Inspired by Mexico
"Shirt-sleeved Mexican cabdrivers and straw-hatted Mexican hipsters sat at stools, devouring messes of tortillas, beans, tacos, whatnot. We had finally found the magic land at the end of the road and we never dreamed the extent of the magic."


Inspired by New York
"Suddenly I found myself on Times Square. I had traveled eight thousand miles around the American continent and I was back on Times Square; seeing with my innocent road-eyes the absolute madness and fantastic hoorair of New York with its millions hustling forever for a buck among themselves, the mad dream.

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