Jell-O; that wiggly jiggly dessert that probably gave you the giggles when you were a kid; was being used as a plaything by a group of creative and playful adults on Saturday night. Usually adult fun with the gelatin dessert can mean one of two things – Jell-O shots (done that) or wrestling in Jell-O (have not done that; yet) and I think the latter activity is greatly aided by the imbibing (or is it eating) of the former. This evening the adult fun was of a different sort. At the Gowanus Studio Space, adults were encouraged and rewarded for playing with their food. The art space was the site of a unique visual art and culinary art happening called “Jell-O Takes New York”. It was the 2011 Jell-O mold competition.
“Jell-O Takes New York” was a competition to use gelatin and its shape shifting and shape retaining properties to make edible art. The entries included the humorous to the horrific; the fanciful to the frightening, the sweet to the savory. There were 4 “professional” judges who awarded prizes in categories such as creativity, aesthetics, ingenuity, edibility/culinary appeal and best use and showcase of Jell-O. The audience was allowed to taste, touch and talk with the artists/chefs and cast votes to select a recipient of a “People’s Choice Award”.
It was an interesting Saturday night that turned into Sunday morning. The sugar, liquor and caffeine I consumed, in the name of fair judging, gave me a weird buzz that kept me awake until 3:00 am.
- Strawberries & Jello (muffintinmommy.wordpress.com)
- Check Out These Disgusting Recipes From The Glory Days Of Jell-O (businessinsider.com)
- Take a look at this interesting jelly mold http://lohpoh.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/st-pauls-cathedral-jelly-mold-by-bompas-parr/