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On the Record: Taste of F.C. Festival Judges Tell All

joan2From how to eat away a broken heart to the quick-fix remedy for any cold, the four official judges of this Saturday’s Taste of Falls Church answer the News-Press’ tough questions.

From how to eat away a broken heart to the quick-fix remedy for any cold, the four official judges of this Saturday’s Taste of Falls Church answer the News-Press’ tough questions.

 

joan2Joan Wodiska, Chairman, F.C. City School Board

1. What game-day preparation is in order for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?

I have been training for this fateful day since age three, when I first consumed two adult size entrées at dinner. However, my post-game plan includes extra training sessions with Tom Abbey at Vantage Fitness.

In addition to being a total foodie, I am a “meativour” or “meatarian.” I can frequently be caught eating an entire pork chop, a small rack of lamb or a steak at 2 a.m. as a snack. If it is dead, red and grain-fed, I’m eating it.

2. You are what you eat. True or false?

True. Even in our Little City, children go without adequate food or proper nutrition. For these reasons, I am a passionate advocate to end childhood hunger and obesity. Of the more than 13,000 school districts nationwide, less than 40 schools do what we do here in the City of Falls Church.  The School Board banned all junk food, supported efforts to improve school meal quality, and approved a forward-thinking policy to offer free school lunches to all low-income students.

3. What’s the strangest food craving you’ve ever had?

In addition to being a total foodie, I am a “meativour” or “meatarian.” I can frequently be caught eating an entire pork chop, a small rack of lamb or a steak at 2 a.m. as a snack. If it is dead, red and grain-fed, I’m eating it. 

4. Name the oddest place you’ve ever consumed food.

I will eat most anything, anywhere.  However, I once consumed a living white worm-like grub in the outback of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest on some ridiculous survival expedition never to be repeated again. The story still makes me shiver.

5. What’s the best food for a broken heart?

A meat snack, of course. For example, a double bacon cheeseburger and a real frozen Coke (and a side of wings, fried chicken gizzards and ketchup on everything). Rounding out this instant heart stopper, you guessed it, a cheese plate.

 

mfc-color-head-shotMichael Curtin, CEO, DC Central Kitchen

1. What game-day preparation is in order for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?

Some Grateful Dead to clear the mind, some lemon sorbet to clear the palate, and an empty tip jar to clear the way for encouragement from the chefs.

2. What’s the strangest food craving you’ve ever had?

A few years ago, I was on what turned out to be a eight-day hunger strike to help move the District of Columbia forward in its commitment to providing healthy meals to its homeless shelters. Sleep was one way I tried to use to deal with the hunger. One night, I had a dream that I was in the middle of a mountain of Doritos and was eating my way out. What is really odd is that I haven’t eaten Doritos since college.

I’ve never met a diet I wouldn’t gladly through out the window, so the bar is pretty low. My favorite desserts, however, are my mom’s apple dumplings and any pie that my amazing wife makes.

3. What’s the one thing “makes” a meal?

The people you share it with.

4. What dessert would make you throw a diet out the window?

I’ve never met a diet I wouldn’t gladly through out the window, so the bar is pretty low. My favorite desserts, however, are my mom’s apple dumplings and any pie that my amazing wife makes.

5. What food is your cold-season remedy?

Hot, hot, hot Miso soup.

6. Name the oddest place you’ve ever consumed food.

On the back of an elephant along the Thai-Burmese border.

7. What’s the best food for a broken heart?

Probably skip the food and go straight to after dinner drinks.

 

melissateatesMelissa Teates, Vice Chair, F.C. Planning Commission

1. What game-day preparation is in order for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?

Some calisthenics, a little meditation and gargling to clear the mind and palate.

2. You are what you eat. True or false?

True-ish. We do alter the food molecules we eat to make what we need or don’t need.

Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Crunch – chocolate ice cream with white, milk and dark chocolate chunks plus nuts. All the chocolate and crunch you need to forget a man.

3. If you had to choose, would you rather eat at home or dine out for the rest of your life? Why?

If I have the money, dine out. There are so many fabulous restaurants and cuisines I would like to try. But the best of both worlds is to learn from dining out then experimenting at home.

4. What dessert would make you throw a diet out the window?

A really fresh, luscious éclair.

5. Name the oddest place you’ve ever consumed food.

Soup at 9,000 feet on Mauna Kea, while waiting to acclimate before heading to the 12,000-foot summit to see the observatories.

6. What’s the best food for a broken heart?

Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Crunch – chocolate ice cream with white, milk and dark chocolate chunks plus nuts. All the chocolate and crunch you need to forget a man.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A roasted beet, walnut and goat cheese salad. Sweet, crunchy, bitter and creamy – all the best flavors and textures.

8. It’s Thanksgiving. What’s on your table?

A traditional turkey with all the trimmings and homemade pies.

 

barbaracramBarbara Cram, F.C. Community Organizer

1. What game-day preparation is in order for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?

Zantac.

2. You are what you eat. True or false?

False, or I would be dark chocolate with a head of lettuce.

3. What’s the strangest food craving you’ve ever had?

Chocolate-covered pickles.

4. If you had to choose, would you rather eat at home or dine out for the rest of your life? Why?

It’d be easier to marry the chef.

5. What dessert would make you throw a diet out the window?

The old-time SuperHeater from Baskin-Robbins. Two scoops Vanilla Bean ice cream, hot fudge, marshmallow cream, chopped walnuts then whipped cream and cherry. (Note: they will look at you crazy if you ask for a SuperHeater, so you have to tell them how to do it … and you will need to tell them to start with their biggest sundae cup)

6. What food is your cold-season remedy?

Chicken soup with sesame oil, hot red peppers, gobs of onions and fresh minced garlic. Not only does it cure your cold if you can get it down, but no one else will get sick because you have incredibly bad breath and they won’t get near you. You will break out in a sweat if you can even swallow it. No germ has survived “the cure” in our family.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fresh spinach, eggs, bacon, butter, fresh-baked bread, skim milk, lemons and water. That could do me for a very long time.