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April 18, 2004

The Results Are In

Ed Levine might have been scientific and organized with his thirty days and four dozen cheesecakes worth of research, but we NYC bloggers still felt as though we needed to take things into our own hands.

This Sunday, a healthy smattering of bloggers/non-bloggers made their way to Park Slope, cheesecake in tow, for the Cheesecake Challenge. It was quite a spread despite the beauteous weather outside. In all, there were about eleven cheesecakes representing three of the four five (yeah, I guess Staten Island still counts) boroughs, several fruit toppings, and two pretty tasty homemade endeavors.

The beginning. Everything was so neat and orderly.

After a minimal amount of “Hmm, how should we do this?” we all just dug in, attempting to remember where each of our samples had come from. Despite the hoopla over “Should we drink, and if so, what?” no one had qualms with draining a good four bottles of wine, several Rheingold, and a healthy dose of whiskey. Not bad! And they say one needs to clean her palate during food a tasting. Hmph, I say.

The aftermath.

Three rounds of cheesecake tasting later, Michael and I tackled the issue of scoring. After some debate over the validity of scoring rubrics (and a definition of rubrics to those not forced to use them on a daily basis in the education world), we settled on the excel spreadsheet route, engaging guests in the very un-scientific method of hand marking their votes on a piece of lavender paper. Good thing we’re not running the New York State presidential election process.

The final scores.

Our outcomes, you ask? Fort Greene’s Jimmy Legs, took an easy first, followed by Michael’s “Famous Homemade Ginger Lemon Cheesecake” (Dude doesn’t have a blog…yet…Michael, you should really consider keeping one) and Paris Bakery.

Cheesecake Challenge guests digest.

So there you have it—the bloggers vote is in. I’d like to thank participants for giving up some of their beautifully sunny Saturday to eat mass quantities of cheesecake in the name of blogger science.

I do not think, however, that I will ever eat another slice if cheesecake again!

Tien on "The Cheesecake Challenge"
Joe on "The Cheesecake Challenge"
Linus on "Smile and Say 'Cheesecake'"
José on "Cheesecake and circadian rhythms"
Jimmy Legs on "You Got Served"

Posted by callalillie at April 18, 2004 7:18 AM | City Life , Food


Despite the skewed rubric, I reiterate: cheesecake and Rheingold is fookin' delish.

Posted by: LOD at April 18, 2004 11:38 AM

Cake Man has a website here:
i wonder if i can get a free slice of red velvet cake off him for all the free publicity his work is getting. hmm, it's kind of a shame that the price of all this cheesecake education is never wanting cheesecake again.

Posted by: Jimmy Legs at April 18, 2004 12:33 PM

so there are only 4 borough in NYC?

And here's the link to the Paris Bakery (Delices de Paris):

Posted by: dahl at April 18, 2004 1:02 PM

thanks again for hosting the event corie.

Posted by: tien at April 18, 2004 4:31 PM

What Tien said. It was great fun.

Posted by: Linus at April 18, 2004 6:02 PM

Oof! FIVE boroughs. That's what I get for blogging at about 6:30am...besides, SI is pretty easy to forget sometimes.

Thanks for coming!

Posted by: corie at April 18, 2004 6:08 PM

Wait! There was cake from SI? That's AMAZING. Thanks for having us over. It was great to finally meet you.

Posted by: josé at April 18, 2004 10:10 PM

hey corie, thanks for the invite!!! Had fun
ummm...I'm concerned about the prevalence of non-blog bashing amongst blogger kind

Posted by: jenn at April 19, 2004 3:05 PM

thanks for having us over! It was a lot of fun. So, has anyone eaten any cheesecake since saturday?

Posted by: joe s at April 19, 2004 4:13 PM

yeah right. i think i'll be even eating my bagels plain for a while.

Posted by: Jimmy Legs at April 19, 2004 5:57 PM

My kitchen table smells like cream cheese. After four washings, I'm beginning to fear that the scent is permanent. Lesson learned: use a tablecloth...

Posted by: corie at April 20, 2004 8:56 AM

i think i'm going to make an attempt at the leftovers tonight. it's not too far removed from the event, is it?

Posted by: tien at April 20, 2004 11:02 AM

It was great fun :-)

Posted by: mikeD at June 5, 2004 7:39 PM

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