Munch Madness set for Guthrie County
In nearly every popular sport across the globe, there is a contest, a tournament, a grand match up, all to determine who is the best of the best, the crème de la crème.
The United States alone boasts the Super Bowl, the World Series and the NBA Finals. Not to mention the international World Cup, and England’s tennis tournament Wimbledon, among others.
But when it comes to cooking and tasty treats, there is nothing. No way to determine whose cuisine reigns supreme. There is no Super Bread Bowl, no World Cup of Broccoli Cheddar.
That is, until now.
Starting on March 1, and running until the end of the month, readers of the Guthrie Center Times and the Guthrie County Vedette will have an opportunity like none other. Over the course of four weeks, Guthrie County non-chain eateries will have the chance to duke it out, battling to be named number one, all as part of the people’s choice culinary competition “Munch Madness.”
The rules of the game are simple. Every week, in true sports fashion, a bracket will be released, explaining who each restaurant will face off against. In a larger county, a preliminary vote would be held to determine which restaurants will enter the field, and how they will be seeded. But given the size of Guthrie County — and the number of dining establishments in it — the 16 restaurants that will enter the competition have already been compiled. The restaurants will be assigned a competitor every week with the help of an online random name generator, as opposed to the number of preliminary votes making that decision.
With every week that goes by, readers of both the newspapers, and our website, will have the chance to follow along with the action, and cast a ballot for which restaurants they want to see move on to the next round, giving new meaning to the “Hunger Games” films. In every voting cycle, readers will have the option of stopping by the office at 205 State St. in Guthrie Center to cast a paper ballot. Or, they can follow along online, and vote there. Voting will begin on Wednesday of every week, and close at 8 a.m. the following Monday.
When all is said and done, the last restaurant standing will be named the winner, and the Guthrie County Munch Madness champion. Plus, the winning restaurant will receive a free newspaper subscription, be featured in the Guthrie Center Times and Guthrie County Vedette with a front page photo spread, and claim other prizes.
So now, the choice is up to you. Break out your smart phones, grab your laptops and get ready to cast your ballots. The table is set, the menu is prepared and the competition is fierce.
Welcome to Munch Madness.
Editor’s note: The Munch Madness series, and the commentary in it, is completely fictitious, and is meant to be interpreted as such. The articles to come over the upcoming weeks, and the results, are not a reflection on any of the restaurants in Guthrie County.