NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE | Hotdish Revolution is April 22


What is a great family event that is truly northeast?  The Hot Dish Revolution of course!  Now in its eighth year, the Hotdish Revolution gives everyone including the kids an opportunity to show off their culinary talents by submitting a favorite hot dish or jell-o dish for judging. People attend from as far away as Duluth and Hudson.

Sponsored by the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Hotdish Revolution is more than just another fundraiser for the neighborhood.  It is a community event. This year the activities will take place at the Edison High School Gym, 700 22nd Ave. NE.

Celebrity judges like local chefs Ian Pierce, Joe Hatch-Surisook, Matt Paulson; local politicians Kevin Reich, Jill Davis, Jenny Arneson, Kari Dziedzic; NE legend Walt Dziedzic.  Mohamud Noor.  Local artist Marko Fields, Pastor Craig Pederson, Erika Skiba (teacher of the year finalist from Edison), Edison AP Carly Jarva, Gretchen Bierbaum (owner of SIP), and more will be on hand to judge the dishes.


Hotdish categories include:



Tatter Tot Excellence

I Made It!! (kids)

Darn Good (beef, pork, other)

Fins and Feathers  (New this year!)


 An inside hint for those who have not participated in the past:

Try preparing a larger dish so that more people will taste it giving you a shot at winning the People’s Choice award.

Anything goes when it comes to Jell-o too. Jell-o is judged on creativity as well as taste.  In 2010 the winning entry depicted Moses parting the Red Sea.  Last year’s winner was a Barbie themed creation.

Even if you do not want to compete, come for the food and visit with your neighbors.  

According to Holland Board Member, Adelheid Koski, organizers are returning to their winning formula of hot dish and jell-o.  This year there will be no silent auction, raffle or loud band.

But local musicians Alicia Corbett and Dan Turpening will be providing background music for the event. There will plenty of beer and wine along with other tasty items from local restaurants to complement all the hot dish offerings.  

“One of my favorite years was when we had the youngest and oldest competitors take home prizes.  A woman in her 90s won “Darn Good” and a 12 year old won “I Made It!”  The young lady also won the people’s choice,” she said adding that they are always looking for more kids’ entries.

“I think Hotdish Revolution is successful because it’s about community-building in a fun, quirky way.  Yes, it is a fundraiser but really it’s about having fun with our neighbors and geeking out on Hotdish and jell-o,” she  said.


Admission price is $10 for adults, ($5 if you enter a hotdish or jell-o,)

$5 for kids 5-12, 5 and under free. 


Entries are accepted from 4-4:30 ONLY 

Judging takes place from 4:30 – 5 pm.

Dining: 5:00 pm

You can find them on facebook ( and twitter (@HotdishRev2012).


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