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Bertogliat wrote:

Zwak wrote:

Here is your list of the new State Fair foods coming this year


We may have jumped the shark. Nothing on this list sounds great to me. It seems with each dish, the vendor adds some odd ingredient that screws it up. And with several of them they just go full on add more ingredients until it’s so gross, people have to talk about it.

They put cotton candy on top of a fruit pie that is infused with vodka. People over the age of 7 don’t eat cotton candy….because it’s gross. Maybe this is meant for the Carnies.

I think this is fair criticism (no pun intended). I will say there is a lot that goes into what they are going to sell at the fair. I worked at The Blue Barn three years in a row. I talked to the head chef about how they came up with what they were going to sell.

Cost and availability of ingredients is an issue. Since they own several restaurants in town, they want to try to use ingredients that they can use at their other restaurants. I joked with the chef once that they should sell saffron encrusted king crab legs. :D

Another is preparation. There are several different “stations” at The Blue Barn (deep fryer, griddle, etc). They don’t want to sell something that makes them have to run all around the kitchen to prepare it. The first year I worked there, EVERYTHING was made right on site and since everything was made from scratch the kitchen area was crazy and crowded. For the second year I was there they had since purchased Mercury in downtown Mpls which also had an event space. They were able to make a lot of the products off site and then deliver them each day. Not sure what they will do this year as Mercury has closed. For those smaller spaces they really need to be creative with what they they sell.