Emily Farris, author of the 2008 cookbook Casserole Crazy, will appear on KCUR-FM's weekday call-in radio program, Central Standard, this morning at 10 a.m. with host Jabulani Leffall to discuss her second annual Casserole Party.
The party, which will raise funds this year for Harvesters, marks the second time that Farris -- the former editor of the now-defunct website kcfreepress.com -- has hosted a casserole competition in her home town. She's held a similar party in Brooklyn since 2005.
The party will be held Saturday, November 6 at the Scionlab at 18th and Oak. The event is free, but only if you register as a contestant. Last year's competition -- which was covered for The Pitch by crack casserole reporter Nadia Pflaum -- featured seventeen different casseroles.
Farris is expecting twice that many this year. (And yes, I was somehow convinced to be one of this year's three judges, although I'm much more comfortable making casseroles than eating them). Last year's winning entry was a Mexican-inspired number made with chicken, cheese and beans called "Cluck, Cluck, Toot, Woo."
"This year we're passing the Pyrex to raise money for Harvesters," Farris said. "We've never done that before."
It's not too late to register for the competition as either an individual or a team (of two people). Farris said that in Brooklyn, the gathering attracts more of a hipster crowd, but last year's party in Kansas City encouraged a few "little old ladies" to enter. This year, Farris says, she's predicting a more varied audience. Pryde's of Kansas City is donating the prizes for the top three vote-getters.