We came, we saw, we donutted. And it was awesome. A huge thank you, from me and from all of us here at Metblogs, to everyone, who came out to the Donut Summit today! We had an fifty entries – so basically, a heck of a lot of donuts – and a great crowd, and a beautiful afternoon! I’m sure you’re all dying to know the voting results, and who reigns supreme as DONUT KING (!!!) but first, there are a few people who need lots of thanking:
To our readers, old and new, for coming out and supporting us!
To all of the writers here at Metblogs who helped out in all kinds of ways but most especially the following people:
Kevin Ott, for writing a hilarious voting guide (which I’m going to ask him to post here for everyone to read), for helping scout locations, and for hanging out with me in Griffith Park for three hours this morning so that nobody would steal our picnic tables;
Our intrepid captain Lucinda, for her publicity know-how, her event-running smarts, her megaphone, her fantastic donut hats, for making last-minute trips to Smart and Final, and for thinking this event was a good idea in the first place;
Julia Frey, our coffee maven;
Queequeg, who drove all the way to Glendora to make sure that we would have those fresh strawberry Donut Man donuts;
The minds who came up with the idea of the Donut Summit – ,as I recall, it was hatched over pastrami sandwiches during the Classic Eats visit to Langer’s – I was there, Julia was there, Robnoxious was there, I think maybe Will Campbell was there, and I don’t remember who else – and I think it was Robnoxious who first suggested we bring all of LA’s donuts to one central location. And thus the Donut Summit was born!
I also want to thank some of my non-Metblogger friends who drove me around to get Donut Summit supplies, and stayed up late with me spraypainting silver and gold donut medals. And special thanks to my friend Nikki who put her stage managerial skills to work and ran Donut Registration for us today. I’m sure I’ve forgotten other people who deserve a huge thank you, but please know that we appreciate all your help and support!
I was so excited at the number of donut shops represented today – we had very little overlap, and later this week I’ll post a full list of the donut shops who were represented. I want to give a nod to what I thought were some of the highlights of the competition: DK’s Donuts, from Santa Monica absolutely floored me with their blueberry apple fritters (I think they were robbed of the Best Fritter title!) and fresh whipped cream donuts; Babycakes’ vegan donuts were delicious and light and tasty; and Frygirl’s homemade mini donuts were totally to die for (and she does catering!) and I will admit to personally saving all of the leftover Frygirl donuts for myself.
And now the results!
BEST YEAST-RAISED DONUT: (a four-way tie) Moon Donuts, Redondo Beach; Frygirl; Huckleberry Donuts, Santa Monica; Spudnuts, Mar Vista/Canoga Park
BEST CAKE DONUT: Tasty Donuts, West Hollywood
BEST DONUT FILLING: Donut Man, Glendora
BEST FRITTER: Randy’s, Westchester
BEST FROSTING OR GLAZE: (yet another four-way tie!) Moon Donuts, Redondo Beach; Bob’s Donuts, 3rd and Fairfax; Donut Man, Glendora; Granny’s Donuts, San Pedro
BEST CHOCOLATE DONUT: DK’s Donuts, Santa Monica
BEST HERTZ DONUT: Our very own Robnoxious
MOST VISUALLY APPEALING DONUT: Frygirl
MOST UNCONVENTIONAL DONUT: Frygirl
ROUNDEST DONUT: Spudnuts, Mar Vista/Canoga Park
BEST VEGAN DONUT: Babycakes
WORST OVERALL DONUT: Dubious Donuts, Culver City? (these donuts were of mysterious origin, possibly homemade?)
BEST OVERALL DONUT and DONUT KING: The Donut Man!
Congrats to everyone who brought winning donuts and thanks again! Stay tuned as more of our writers post their reports and pictures from the Donut Summit!