I have a few thoughts here (and remember, these are my thoughts, I am not saying it should be this way).
- for me, I look at it that this is a virtual contest and not a one hour program where everything has to be conceptualized, prepared and served on the spot. I am thinking I will probably do one course at a time so that I can concentrate on that until I have it the way I want it, photograph it, share it with my hubby and make notes while it is fresh in our minds. Then on my next free day I will do another course. So that when the due date comes along I will have it all done and ready to post. But that is how I want to do things. This way I don't feel pressure to get it all done at once (the last thing I need in my life is more pressure - I am doing this for some fun).
Also here, I agree that it should be due BY not ON. A three day range for posting might be a good idea for those who like to do it and are too excited to wait to post or can't be confined to a certain day. This has to be convenient and positive for everyone.
- I like the idea of having the polls, as long as they are simple and allow for everyone to excel - it wasn't mentioned in the previous one that Betterthanabox actually won the dessert and there was a tie on the beverage! that is as important as the overall winner. The polls give non-participants a chance to actually participate. Comments are good, but the polls give them an opportunity to be "part of the game". That is really important.
- I don't think we should be discouraged to participate if we can't come up with all the courses. Mimiz, if I read it right, you are not entering because what you would do for a dessert is too expensive for you. Then just enter the other courses you want to - in the previous contest there were polls for the individual courses. Maybe in the overall poll someone may mark you down for not having it (and I am not saying they should), but you are still participating and having fun.
- For me, I wouldn't be able to do what I want if it was limited to just mushrooms; however, if this is the case, I will just do the courses I can and have a blast anyway!
Okay, I am a contestant and am only one person. What I have said here is just my own humble opinion and will go along with the general consensus.
I am just really looking forward to doing this. And to see what others have up their sleeve.
PS Sorry for the novel....but at least I put it in chapters