DMD’s fourth annual doughnut eating contest

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.

The 2011 DMD doughnut eating champion

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts’ annual doughnut eating contest continues to grow. It’s turned into the premier competitive eating contest in our area. This year’s event will be on Thursday July 4th at 1:00pm. Four challengers have been selected to take on last year’s champion. You won’t want to miss this spectacle of extreme gluttony.

A children’s event starts at noon. Kids must consume a very gooey doughnut without the use of their hands. Bring extra towels.

What: The 4th Annual Independence Day Doughnut Eating Contest
Where: Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, 3075 Ronald Reagan Pkwy, across from The Avenue Forsyth The Collection at Forsyth
When: Thursday July 4th, 1:00pm
Why: Why not? Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

More info can be found on Dutch Monkey’s Facebook page.

4 Responses to “DMD’s fourth annual doughnut eating contest”

  1. malagrey July 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi Lee,

    Just wondering if you’ve ever done a review of the International Gourmet Food Market on Main. St. (Across from Breadtime). I grew up in a Bosnian/Croatian family and am somewhat familiar with this food and wanted to share some for my favorites with my American friends. I stumbled across this with market while eating a gyro at the Seven Seas restaurant this weekend and was thrilled to find a lot of my favorite Croatian/Bosnian products. Americans in this area aren’t familiar with our cooking as our food is rich in flavor and ingredients (high end meats like veal and lamb and lots of fresh veggies and fish) and our dishes are quite labor intensive. It’s difficult to make a profit in a Croatian restaurant as we wouldn’t be able to compete with the Mexicans and Italians who load Americans up on cheap pasta, rice, chips and beans. Also, Croatian/Bosnians as a culture don’t really eat out at all. If you ever visit Croatia, you won’t find a lot of restaurants (just a few mainly for tourists). They eat at home and in the evenings hit the streets lined with hundreds of ‘kavanas’ (cafes) and sip on a demi cups of turkish or espresso coffee for hours. Hence, these people are quite thin and healthy looking (despite their love of cigarettes).

    This store has food from all over Europe (Germany, Poland Hungary, Etc), but I can only speak to the Croatian/Bosnian products (which I estimate makes up about 20% of the store).

    (1) “Kras” Chocolates. This a famous chocolate maker from Zagreb, Croatia and I think they’ve been around for over 100 years. Croatians LOVE nuts (hazelnuts, almonds etc) and we believe chocolate and sweets are best with nuts. This market carries tons of bars and delicious boxed chocolates made by Kras (pronounced – “Krash). My favorite is also a rice puff bar covered in dark chocolate called “Dorino”. This is not your typical Snickers or Hershey bar. They also have other popular European brands that I love like “Milka” and “Mozart”.

    (2) “Burek” (found in the frozen section). This is a traditional Bosnian meat pie made with a delightful puff pastry that you just pop in the over. I make my own using my Baba’s recipe, but I bought this to give it a try. I think Americans would like it. This is made regularly in our households.

    (3) They have a large selection of fruit syrup. My mom makes this all the time. This is WAY better than Coke or sweet tea (IMO). She boils fruit from the garden (like raspberries, cherries or strawberries) with sugar for a long time and strains it to create a sweet rich syrup that she bottles and stores in the cellar. You then take an ice cold glass of seltzer and just add a tablespoon or two of this syrup for a natural and delicious soda that we call ‘sok’. The brand I bought this weekend was “Adriatic Sun” sour cherry flavor from Slovenia and my husband went nuts for it.

    (4) Veal: We love veal cutlets (as a result of once being part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). They had fresh veal for $5.99/lb and I made yummy cutlets using an all natural breading (used for cutlets) call “Fant”. I think I also saw lamb in the meat case too.

    (5) “Jamnica” natural mineral sparkling water. This brand has been around since the 1800′s and they source from a spring in Croatia. Croatians drink it everyday and will serve it plain, mixed with wine (to make a spritzer) or with ‘sok’ the fruit syrup i mentioned above. They sell them in 6 pack cases of 1.5L bottles.

    (6) “Frank” Turkish coffee. This brand is made in Croatia as well as we love Turkish coffee (in addition to once being part of the Hungarian and Roman Empires, Croatians were also under the Ottoman Empire, thus our love of their coffee). This coffee is like an espresso, but the grounds aren’t strained (they just sit at the bottom of a demi cup). After drinking, older ladies will over turn the cups over and read the patterns in the grounds (great fun). Americans will probably think it tastes like dirt, but Croatians think American coffee tastes like water. It’s would be an acquired taste, but my American husband over time has come to love it.

    (7) Pastries and Cakes – Look for cakes/cookies made with nuts. Our baking uses very little sugar (as years ago it was expensive to get sugar in this region so to add flavor we used lots of ground local nuts). Most Croatian households will have a hand nut grinder that grinds our favorites (like walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds) into the consistency of a pasty flour. This reduces the amount of unhealthy refined sugar, flours and butter/oil found in American type pastries. They had a walnut roll/bread in the refrigerator section which I would recommend and any nut based cake/cook is delicious.

    (8) “Cevapci” This is a cross between a meatball and nicely spiced sausage which you can grill on the BBQ. They sell them frozen and fresh in the meat case. My mom makes hers using a mix of beef, pork and lamb, “vegetal” spice, and garlic, but it varies slightly from family to family. Cevapci are also considered our ‘fast food’ (but healthier than a burger) and served either plain with a salad, with homemade bread, or in a pita. I like to top it with a condiment called “Ajvar”. Ajvar is a vegtable spread made with paprika and eggplant. I buy the Croatian brand from “Podravka” but they have Ajvar from other European countries too. I’ll even eat Ajvar spread fresh bread or a cracker.

    (9) Bread – I think their breads are fresher and more natural than what whole foods sells (which seems to have been previously frozen sometimes). The ingredients are minimal and the loaves are hearty and delicious.

    (10) “Mortadella”. Okay…this is an Italian deli meat, but Croatia neighbors Italy, so we love their food too. I grew up with this deli meat and my mom would make it with thick homemade crusty bread and topped with pickled red peppers. I would take this sandwich to school for lunch (when I didn’t walk home for my Mama’s hot lunch) and remember being jealous of my schoolmate’s PB and jelly on white bread. Now I see that I was actually the lucky one.

    So, these are my recommendations for Americans that want a taste of Croatia/Bosnia from the International Gourmet Market on Main Street in Alpharetta.

    My only warning is maybe the service at this market. I was there on a Sunday at 6pm and didn’t meet any of the owners, so not sure what it’s like on a regular day. The man and woman working that day seemed Eastern European, but weren’t very friendly. I asked if they were Bosnian hoping to engage them in a conversation about the food and they said they weren’t’. I find that Eastern Europeans in general are super friendly and great hosts/hostesses when you visit their homes (they’ll treat you like royalty with food and drink), but their retail/service skills are lacking. I grew up in North America, but visit Croatia/Bosnia often and the service over there is also so-so in the food markets. Not sure why as there is a lot to be excited about regarding the food. Anyway, if you go to this market and the service is so-so, don’t be discouraged and just chalk it up to a culture that was under communist rule for a long time where competition and customer service really didn’t matter. At a minimum, give free samples of chocolates and sausages a try!

  2. Brent "Guru of Glaze" H. July 2, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    It’s going to be a great event packed with intense competition, shocking surprises and dozens of delicious doughnuts. But the result is predestined; nobody will be dethroning the Guru of Glaze. It’s one champion versus four chumps on the fast-track to a stomachache.

  3. Lee July 3, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    @malagrey – Thanks for the tip about this place. I had no idea. Will check it out for sure!

  4. Bosnian bread? August 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    What is the bread in Bosnia called that is a white bread but has a thin layer of chocolate in and rolled up ?? I remember a name like siero crema? I am dying for a recipe and to try it again

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