A Succinct Survivor Summary

My mom said today that all these Gourmet Survivor rules are too much for her to read. She doesn’t really get it. I imagine that may be true for many of you too—I was so concerned about covering all the bases, I forgot to keep it simple and therefore I am stupid. So here’s a very simple breakdown of how this works.

(1) There is a photo scavenger hunt. You have ’til Sunday to play. You take pictures of you with up to 50 objects and post them on Flickr. Then you go to the donation page, donate $10 and in the comments for your donation put the link to the Flickr page you made. Four winners will be announced Sunday night.

(2) These four winners will be paired with four food blogging coaches. (Unfortunately one of our coaches can no longer do it (Louisa of Movable Feast, for those keeping track)—I’m working on a replacement!) The coaches will advise the players on how to best cook whatever they have to cook for each competetive cooking round. They will also host the player’s submissions on their sites.

(3) There will be three competetive cooking rounds. Each round will require the contestants to cook a New Orleans staple dish. Readers will vote for their favorite entries by donating $5 on the donation page and saying who their favorite was in the comments next to their contribution. Every $5 = 1 vote. If you donate $20 that equals 4 votes. It’s that easy!

After three rounds, we’ll be left with one winner. I will send them a cookbook of their choice and maybe more! But remember, the reason we’re doing this is to help Katrina victims. Which is why I want as many of you as possible to participate in the scavenger hunt! Even if you just take one picture of yourself with pepper on your head, your $10 will really help people in need. Tonight we had our first submission. Look how much fun this guy had:



This is Jason Sholar’s Flickr page and he gets 20 points for turning it in tonight. He was the only one! Where are all the other overachievers in the group?

Actually, would you please post in the comments here whether or not you’re going to participate? We need at least 10 people to make this worthwhile! Thanks everyone. Happy scavenging.

20 thoughts on “A Succinct Survivor Summary”

  1. I’m participating! Two rather small children at home here, so I’ll be at the tail end of things. Surprising how many specifics I already have at home. Not sure what that says about me…

  2. I would love to participate, but I’m swamped with work and school and a wedding out of state this weekend. I will probably end up donationg $ though…looking forward to seeing everyone’s pics!

  3. Adam, I really wish I could participate, especially since I went to N.O. earlier this summer and feel a real affinity with the culture, the cuisine, and also tremendous empathy for the current situation. The problem is that having a demanding day job makes it difficult. I know I’d still have at least a part of Saturday to run around and try to do this if I were going to try, but by then the point system isn’t really operating in my favor. Maybe next time (if there is a next time) something like this should be announced on a Friday night, giving working people 2 full days to get it together…

  4. I’ll be participating by voting like mad once competitions begin. ’till then, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s scavenger hunt pictures!

  5. I’m definitely going to participate! Although, I won’t be trying to make the top four (or ten) like last year. I have to work today so my entry will go up tomorrow.

  6. Please, everyone who has a camera (which I don’t!) participate – I am sure that a lot of us lurkers will donate!

  7. Margot,

    It is probably on the same page you were reading with this post. But, if you click on the header image of the site (with Adam posing) that will bring you to the main page of the blog. Just scroll down that page and you will see it. The items are all in bold lettering. It is under the graphic of the guy with the binoculars.

    Or just click on “Gourmet Survivor II: The Scavenger Hunt” under “recent posts” at the right.

  8. Ooo – I wanted to do it, but I also had the weekday issues. (I’m not sure a vegetarian contender in a N’Orleans-cuisine contest would garner many votes, aka funds, anyway!)

    Okay, I know we technically do have the weekend to participate, but I teach high school and therefore am a product of a daily culture of lame excuses. ;)

    (I mean, geez, I’m sitting *right next* to the New Yorker’s Food Issue and a digital camera.)

    However, I have really high hopes that someone will bring a hyphen and some imagination to Item #7 on the list…

  9. That was a lot of fun! I have a feeling that I won’t be able to wear a particular blue shirt around town without getting some weird looks… (;

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