Classic beats loaf-come-lately in first Aspen Loaf-Off taste test
September 10, 2002
The Red Onion was the overwhelming favorite of the more than 200 participants in the first-ever “Loaf Off.”
The Loaf Off pitted the Red Onion’s century-old meatloaf against Cooper Street Pier’s meatloaf-come-lately offering.
Each restaurant provided ample supplies of their meatloaf lunch special, and samples were handed out by KSNO radio program director Don Chaney and news director Scott Bayens at the corner of Galena Street and Cooper Avenue over the lunch hour yesterday. After blind test tastes the participants were asked to choose their favorite, Sample A or Sample B.
After wiping his mouth and informing the scorekeeper of his favorite, Bob Nix told The Aspen Times that Sample B (from Cooper Street) had the best flavor, but Sample A the best texture.
“Sample A would be better with ketchup,” he said, before adding, “but none of them can make it like an Irish grandmother.”
Nancy Beavers of Carbondale said, “I like A [from the Red Onion] because it doesn’t have spices in it that overpower the other flavors.”
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But her friend, Kollene Sublette, also of Carbondale, disagreed. “B is best,” she said. “The best meatloaf in the world is my mother’s, and that one reminds me of hers.”
Chaney from KSNO said the Red Onion’s variety was the clear winner. He declined, however, to reveal the final score for fear of hurting people’s feelings.
Chaney said he hoped Loaf Off 2002 was just the beginning of an annual event. “Loaf Off 2003 is already in the planning stages,” he said.