Letter from the Editor: March 2019

A couple months back at an editorial meeting, I casually mentioned that the Feast Awards issue was coming up. I put a little feeler out to see what the team would want to taste-test and judge this year. Someone mentioned donuts might be fun, and I immediately decided that’s what we would judge.

SUGAR CRASH BOUND TO HAPPEN

A couple of months back at an editorial meeting, I casually mentioned that the Feast Awards issue was coming up. I put a little feeler out to see what the team would want to taste-test and judge this year. Someone mentioned donuts might be fun, and I immediately decided that’s what we would judge.

At the time, it sounded like the best idea ever. Try all kinds of donuts and rank them? I have a huge sweet tooth, so this should be no problem for me, I thought.

Fast forward to judging day. With at least two types of donuts from each of the six featured shops and restaurants, the tasting table looked pretty crowded and more than a little daunting. But we all powered forward.

We started by judging all of the glazed donuts. About three donuts in, and most of us were already feeling the sugar rush. Three more glazed donuts under our belts, and we were looking at the specialty donuts with a tiny bit of dread.

But again, we trudged forward. It was then that some of the staff decided to sit out on judging a couple of the donuts. I can honestly say I tried all of them … something I’m not sure that I’m proud of!

I definitely enjoyed the judging, but I wouldn’t recommend trying more than 12 donuts within a couple-hour window. That afternoon, I felt useless. As I sat at my desk and tried to work, I kept wanting to take a nap. It was a real struggle to stay focused. It truly was a sugar crash.

But it was worth it! Check out how the donuts stacked up in the Donut Wars feature.

A word from the wise: If you want to do your own judging, you better take it slow and have plenty of water to clean your mouth between sugary bites. Enjoy!

Until next month,
Kelsey Davis, editor

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