Cooking Contest Judges 2014

With so many amazing creations, it takes a whole panel of judges to taste and evaluate the culinary inventions.  Grand Prize winner of the contest is granted a tour of the Durkee Mower Marshmallow Fluff Factory.  Tops in each of the categories receives a one-of-a-kind trophy and a bag of awesome prizes.  After the contest judging is complete, visit the Fluff Fest Bake Sale to take home your taste!

Heading Up the 2014 What the Fluff?  Cooking Contest Judges:

Mari Levine is a Senior Editor at America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School, the food blogger for (Did you know Fluff is kosher?!) and an occasional contributor to Serious Eats. Until now, she’s only eaten Fluff recreationally, but has spent her entire life training for her foray into professional judging.


Kate Shannon is a former line cook and cheesemonger and a current member of the tastings and testings team at America’s Test Kitchen, where a typical day might find her sampling cheddar blindfolded and eating five types of cake all before 10am. Though she grew up in a Fluff-less household, she often traded lunches with a middle school classmate who always brought Fluffernutter sandwiches on a hamburger bun.

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams calls Needham, MA home so she’s grown up on the deliciousness of Fluff.  She’s now spreading that love across the globe, serving up Fluffernutters in the International Space Station.  Who knows, will beings from outer space stop by, intrigued by this exotic Marshmallow Fluff.



Scott Malone, a journalist for Reuters, is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith.


Monica Ng has dominated the Fluff Festival Cooking Contest for years now, wiping out dozens of competitors to take home the Grand Prize trophy for her original recipes.  The only way to stop her reign was to pull her to the other side of the table and to put her exemplary palette into service.  She knows  quality food so whip up something extraordinary !
brandy cookingBrandy Brooks is a resident of Union Square and long time friend of Union Square Main Streets.  She’s twice been crowned Queen of Somerville at the Somerville Local First prom.  An activist in the field of community food systems, she spends much of her time advocating for nutritious food and fitness. But that doesn’t mean she’s lost her sweet tooth. She leaps with the joy of Fluff ,when taken in moderation.

2016 Union Square Holiday Stroll

On Saturday, December 10th, Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with our local businesses to bring you our second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll.

We will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with great festive offerings from our local businesses, live music, a visit from Santa, a Holiday Display Contest and access to over 60 vendors from 11 AM – 4 PM.

The timing is just right to buy your tree, do some holiday gift shopping, and have a great meal while enjoying the pleasures of the season with our local decorations, music and Santa.

Enjoy free popcorn, cocoa and other treats.  Indulge in a deeply discounted spiked cider.  Shop for beautiful, handmade gifts: scarves, toys, jewelry, clothing and more…

Below is the current list of businesses participating:


Participating Business Description of Deal
Bantam Cider Free 22oz growler jar (empty, no alcohol – a $5 value) for anyone that stopped by for a flight
Bloc Somerville Coffee and tea brewing demonstrations, brewing equipment for sale and a knowledgeable barista to answer all of your coffee and tea brewing questions!”
Brass Union Craft vendors in lounge, free house made cocoa for kids, $5 spiked hot cider for adults and DJ spinning holiday classics & more
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville 10% off gift card purchases of $100
Cantina La Mexicana Hot Chocolate and Mexican Sweetbread
CasaB Restaurant Traditional Puerto Rican Holiday Tapas Medley for $12pp from 12pm to 11pm. You can also enjoy our Puerto Rican Coquito (eggnog)
Dance Union/Tango Society of Boston FREE variety of dance lessons throughout the time of the stroll and coupons for FREE dance classes t
El Potro Mexican Grill Free appetizer with purchase of entrée
Gracie’s Ice Cream Free Fluff Cone Upgrade, Two pints and fudge for $20, Free ice cream cone with $15 GC purchase.
Juliet Free Holiday ornament making for kids 3-4:30pm with mulled wine and other festive specials available for purchase. Juliet is also a Toys For Tots drop off location please consider bringing new unwrapped toys to support the effort.
Loyal Supply Co. Free Popcorn, select items on sale.
Nieghborhood Bakery Hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream with entrée purchase
NU Cafe and Juice Bar 50% off a juice or smoothie
Ricky’s Flower Market 10% off poinsettias
RiverDog !0% off all dog and cat toys, excludes daycare and pet foods. Spend $50.00 and get free Riverdog tote bag
Somerville Local Arts Mall FIRST 10 shoppers get their purchases in a limited edition SLAM tote bag, designed by one of our resident artists.
The Independent Local craft vendors, toddies and a DJ spinning holiday tunes!
Thunder Road 1/2 price cover charge, $2 fries and $.50 chicken wings
Union Press Pull your own print on a vintage printing press!
Union Square Tailoring 10% off handmade dolls, baby shoes and hairbands
Workbar Union FREE access for 2 weeks and schedule a tour
Yuki Shabu 10% off total purchase
Great Holiday Shopping
With over 80 vendors, you are sure to find the perfect gift.  See below for information about the vendors and locations:
Vendor Location
LollyCake Ladies Crossfit
Urban Kitchen Handmade Crossfit
Smitten Succulents Brooklyn Boulders
Elise Marie DeSigns Crossfit
Scentsible Soap Co Crossfit
Z Paper Studio Bloc
Nüssli118° Bloc
Camu Imports LLC La Cantina Mexicana
Upland Road | Eco-Boutique SCATV
La Petite Boutique Crossfit
Quantum Seahorse Crossfit
Tanzania School Foundation Crossfit
French Merchants SCATV
Annie Meyer Studio Bloc
The Jewelry Bx SCATV
Carland Cartography  Aeronaut Brewery
Rootseed Aeronaut Brewery
Labels that Matter Aeronaut Brewery
Studio Tessere SCATV
Charged Glassworks Brooklyn Boulders
Kendra Phillip La Cantina Mexicana
Vagabond Finery SCATV
Chartzie Brooklyn Boulders
Inda Creations SCATV
Somerville Local Arts Mall
Other vendor locations:
Gracies Ice Cream
Brass Union
The Independent