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.

Shop Local at 2nd Saturdays





Farmer’s Market shoppers love shopping local at 2nd Saturdays. Join us Saturday September 10th for our fifth 2nd Saturday!

There’s something for everyone at 2nd Saturday! Find us at our Union Square Farmer’s market community table to pick up a flyer — where you can also purchase Fluff Festival t-shirts, magnets, and bags to get you in the mood for this year’s Fluff Festival happening September 24th (rain date September 25th).

Let us know on our Facebook event page if you’ll be joining us.

Can’t make it? 2nd Saturdays run every month through December.

September 10th participating businesses and their offerings:

Bloc 11 – FREE Small Coffee with Purchase of Sandwich or Salad 9 AM -1PM

Brass Union – FREE T-Shirt with Purchase of Bloody Mary – 11am to 3pm

Cantina La Mexicana – Burro or Taco Plate with a soda for $8. (Chicken,Pork, Potato with Chorizo or Vegetarian Options)

Casa B – Select 1/2 Price Tapas (Special Nibble Offering) – 11am to 3pm w/ Cocktail or Wine

CrossFit Somerville – Pet Our Chickens & Get a Coupon for a FREE Trial Class

East Boston Savings Bank – Enter to Win $50 Union Square Donuts Gift Card

El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill – 20% Off All Food & Non-Alcohol Purchases

Gracie’s Ice Cream – FREE Hot Fudge

The Juice Union – FREE Tote Bag For Your Farmers Market Treasures

Juliet – 1/2 Sandwich & Soup for $10 & Raffle for 3 Course Dinner for 1 w/ Any Purchase – 8am to 3pm

Loyal Supply Co. – 20% off $50+ Purchases & FREE Popcorn

Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery – FREE Large Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice w/ Purchase

Polished Mane Salon – New Clients Receive 20% off Your First Haircut

Reliable Market – 10% Off All Goods Excluding (weekly special sales, rice, alcohol, meat, fish, and tofu)

Ricky’s Flower Market – 10% Off All Succulents

River Dogs – 10% Off All Dog and Cat Treats

Sally O’Brien’s – 1/2 Price Sandwiches and Burgers Until 4 PM

Slumbrew – FREE Pretzel W/Purchase of Beer Flight

Somervelo – FREE Air

Tango Society of Boston – FREE Dance Lesson 12am to 2pm plus 50% Off Monthly Pass

Taza Chocolate – 10% Off In-Store Purchases

The Independent – FREE Donut Holes w/ Purchase of Any Brunch Item

Yuki Shabu-Chinese Gourmet – FREE Crab Rangoon or Scallion Pancake Appetizer with Entrée

Workbar – FREE Day Pass or 50% Off First Month of Membership and Art Show