Café Giveaway's Winning Essay

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Winter Park, CO, Oct. 30--Co-owners Kathie Kramer and Anne Goodfriend held an essay contest to find new owners for their Winter Park, CO business and to raise funds for the nonprofit organization, National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). The NSCD provides therapeutic recreation and competitive opportunities for approximately 3,000 participants annually.

After reading through all of the contestant's essays the owner's of Moffat Café awarded their casual breakfast and lunch venue to the author of the following essay. Contestants could submit as many 300-word essays as they desired with a $100 entrance fee for each submission.

The Essay Question:

I've always had this dream about owning my own restaurant in the Colorado mountains. I've been following this recipe for years now and I believe this dish is ready to be served:

The Winning Essay:

The Recipe For A Great Colorado Café Owner

Low Cal/ Low Fat/ Low Chol/ Low Sodium

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup smiles
2 sticks of elbow grease
1 tsp of patience
2 1/2 lbs of ambition
3 1/4 cups of creativity
1 sense of humor
A pinch of the spice of life
A dash of salt
2 1/2 cups of food service management experience
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) of bookkeeping skills
1 supportive husband
Cross-country skis
1 toilet bowl brush

Mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup of smiles. Refrigerate until serving.

Preheat oven to the average Colorado temperature: 50.3 degrees F.

Coat a square pan 9 x 9 x 2 inches with a generous portion of elbow grease. Dust with patience to keep the pan from sticking.

Sift together thoroughly in a large sized mixing bowl 2 1/2 lbs. of ambition, 3 1/4 cups of creativity, one sense of humor, a pinch of the spice of life and a dash of salt.

With an electric mixer on low speed, 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly, add 2 1/2 cups of food service management experience and one can of bookkeeping experience.

Beat on high-speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fold in carefully one supportive husband. Pour mixture into pan. Bake 30-32 years or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly.

This can be served on a bed of cross-country skis (hey, you have to have fun, too!) and don't forget to garnish this with a toilet bowl brush (a clean restroom is also very important). Top each serving with the sugary smiles.