What can we do to forget about winter? Attend a cassoulet contest, of course! Jimmy Carbone, the American restauranteur and founder of Jimmy No. 43, is organizing the 10th annual “Cassoulet Cookoff” on Saturday, January 20th from 12pm to 3pm at The Brooklyn Kitchen cooking school in Williamsburg.
During this competition, professional and amateur chefs, both American and French, will have to present their best versions of the famous Languedoc dish, made from white beans and duck, pork, or even sheep meat depending on its region of origin.
A jury made up of cookbook authors, chefs, and restaurateurs specializing in the Southern dish as well as the participating guests will vote for their favorite dishes after tasting them all. Competitors will be rewarded in different categories ranging from the best “Ameri-cassoulet” to the best traditional cassoulet, including an honorable mention for the most creative cassoulet. Three big winners, from first to third place, will also be announced once the votes from the public are in.
For this anniversary edition, the event costs $45 per person. The price includes the meal, which includes portions from more than a dozen different cassoulets, and drinks (ciders, homemade beers, wines, and liqueurs). Tickets are available online, and must be reserved in advance.