Cornfield to Host the Grilled Cheese Invitational


The location has finally been announced for the 1st 7th Annual (so, the 7th) Grilled Cheese Invitational taking place this Saturday. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you…downtown’s L.A. State Historic Park, aka the Cornfield.

I have been attending/judging this bizarre grilled cheese cooking competition since the, er, 3rd 2nd annual, when it was held in a little warehouse in the artists district. Back then, judges lined up to taste what was maybe 30-or-so different grilled cheese sandwiches while scantily clad women passed out vodka-soaked pickles and a 20-foot torch was used as a cooking device. How things change…

Last year’s event—sponsored by Kraft (as is this year’s)—took over Griffith Park and starred pros like Eric Greenspan of the Foundry competing alongside hundreds of soccer moms and burning man alulms. The biggest drag from the 1st 6th annual? No booze. This year features a full beer and wine garden courtesy of the stellar Lagunitas brewery and Trinchero Family Estates winery, with proceeds benefiting Black Rock Solar, a non-profit aiming to curb climate change.

This will be the year that my dear friends and Digest blog contributors Hot Knives won’t be competing. (Winning gets old, I suppose.) But they will be there giving a grilled cheese presentation and and acting as celebrity (?) judges.

Admission to taste/judge is $5. But if you hope to be able to yell “I am a [email protected]#king grilled cheese champion™!”, the competition fee is $10, and registration is still open.

Hope to see you there.

Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory!

Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012