deep fried potato goodness

It sounded like a title The Onion would publish, but it’s actually completely legit.

Yesterday marked the 58th annual Latke-Hammentaschen debate (58 years of this??) at U Chicago, where it has been held every Tuesday before Thanksgiving since 1946, and has since spawned other such debates nation wide.

Thankfully, after years of agonizing curiosity, long time mediator and Professor of Philosophy, Ted Cohen, broke down this year and admitted his preference “It is not my opinion. It is a fact: hamentashen are pretty good, but latkes are perfect. I teach philosophy; I used a metaphysical argument and mathematical logic to prove latkes were perfect.”

“The Latke-Hamentash symposia have become legendary for their lighthearted wit and the audacity of their participants’ tactics,” reports the University of Chicago News

Audience members are encouraged to support for their preferred foodstuffs by coming to the debate dressed in a latke-or-hamentash-related costume.

Hilarious as it all seems, I really don’t know what the argument is here really. It’s apples and oranges. On the one hand, you have crumbly, jelly filled unenlightened cookies, and on the other you have deep fried potato-y goodness. Why don’t they argue Latke’s vs. Sufganiot? which is the better oily Hanukkah treat? Now that’s a debate.

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