Events: Quesoff Saturday at Mohawk

quesoffOne of my favorite Austin food events takes place Saturday at the Mohawk, and I don’t just say that because I have been a queso-pounding judge for several iterations of this uniquely Austin event.

The sixth annual Quesoff takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mohawk. Entry is two cans of food or a cash donation to the food bank, then $5 gets you chips to taste a dazzling array of a few dozen quesos from local home cooks and restaurants. Get there early to beat the line.

When this first started, I admit I was skeptical. But the contestants continually impress with their takes on meaty, spicy, veggie and avant garde quesos. Fancy hot dog purveyors Frank are always contenders and I have been seriously wow’d by the Cream Team (queso ice cream!), Chessus and The Strange Goo, even if some of them hate me.

Other restaurants participating this year include Vert’s Mediterranean Grill, Kesos Taco House, Micklethwait Craft Meats (!!), Pelon’s Tex-Mex, Trudy’s, Jack Allen’s Kitchen (!!), and Salt & Time (!!).

While I sadly won’t be around to judge – and steal the mayor’s drink tickets – this year, the fun panel of judges, bolted with cheese and Lone Star, will include¬†Jay Russell, Chief Creative Officer at GSD&M; John Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop and Joshua Bingaman, Founder & CEO of Helm Boots.

Quesoff is presented by the Central Texas Food Bank and entry will be free with a donation of two canned goods per person.

For more information about the event, click here.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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