Sunday, November 8 was my first experience cooking and serving oats to a bunch of muddy, hungry cyclocross racers and their fans. My only experience with Cyclocross up to that point had been gathering all the supplies needed for a “day at the races” – bag after bag of steel cut oats, raisins, brown sugar, walnuts, and date crumbles; milk and butter; big stainless steel cook pots; and all the little stuff like spoons, bowls, and salt, along with tents, propane stoves, folding tables and chairs.
The weather was relatively good for November; in other words, it wasn’t raining (until later). The comment I heard most often from the appreciative folks waiting in line for a bowl of steaming oats was, “We love you guys!” Several people came back for refills. Everyone was amazed that we were giving oats away. Of course, we had a jar on our table for donations to the Community Cycling Center, and it filled quickly.
It was great to be able to explain that Bob’s Red Mill makes the world’s best steel cut oats, proven at the Golden Spurtle competition in Scotland just a month ago.