It was a day like any other at the Food Challenge office. We had just perfected "Saxony Redis-covered" - a delicious blend of chocolate, egg, ham and strawberry. We were flushed with excitement, and flavor. We were eager to share our findings with a jury of our peers.
That's when all hell broke loose. (As we said, a day like any other.)
City Editor Brandon Loomis, a longtime proponent of a bratwurst-Old Milwau-kee-cheese curd-whitefish-marzipan Food Challenge called "Wisconsin Holiday," was the first to blow the whistle.
"I am never talking to you again," he said, or something like that.
Managing Editor Lori Thomson echoed his sentiment.
"You have two things that are sweet," she said, referring to the strawberry and chocolate. "This one might be impossible."
Loomis and Thomson brought up Food Challenge IV, an all-out debacle. No one responded to our challenge to create a Juneau landmark out of gingerbread.
Your silence, our dying eyes. It hurt us more than you will ever know.
We stewed and silently typed up the police blotter. Then we had a revelation: Why not replace strawberry with apple! Yet another great taste that goes down good!
"It moderates somewhat," Loomis said.
"I think that works better because you can bake apples, but you can't bake strawberries," Thomson said.
Democracy worked again.
And thus, Food Challenge V was born. Enjoy its complex bouquet.