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Calling all Dutch oven cooks!


Nevada State Dutch Oven Championship set for Sept. 15, 2012 in Reno, Nev.

Do you savor the flavor of rustic foods cooked the cowboy way – in traditional Dutch ovens? Are you a top dog in cast iron cuisine? Then the Nevada State Dutch Oven Championship is the place for you!

On Sept. 15, the Reno-based Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Group (NSDOG) is hosting the Nevada State Dutch Oven Championship at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3306 Kietzke Lane in Reno, Nev. The competition will be a three-pot format with breads, main dishes and desserts prepared and judged on site. Set-up for the competition begins at 8 a.m., with a cooks meeting at 8:30 a.m. Breads must be completed by 11 a.m., main dishes by noon, and desserts by 1 p.m.

Two divisions will compete: Youth (ages 10 – 17) and Adult (ages 18+). Competitors may compete individually or as teams. Cash prizes will be awarded in each division as follows: Adult 1st place $500, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $100; Youth 1st place $150, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50. There are no entry fees, but competitors must provide their own ingredients, charcoal, and equipment.  Out-of-state residents are welcome to participate. Winners may be invited to the International Dutch Oven Society’s world championship in March 2013.

To learn more about the competition, its rules and how to register, visit NSDOG’s website (http://www.meetup.com/Northern-Sierra-Dutch-Oven-Group/events/54956272/) or contact Eric Zavala, store manager, Sportsman’s Warehouse, at (775) 828-1500.

Founded in 2009, the Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Group (NSDOG) is a volunteer group of Dutch oven enthusiasts of all levels (beginners to “seasoned”) with the goal of learning and enjoying the traditional style of Dutch oven cooking. Members participate in group and community activities, share recipes and tips, and generally promote a passion for Dutch oven cooking. NSDOG has been featured at the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Carson City Rendezvous, and in the upcoming fall issue of the Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine.

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