1/10/18 – Games


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

On Thursday, I head to Boston to be a part of the MIT Mystery Hunt, a massive event involving puzzles for a full weekend. A popular theme to these hunts are board games, whether it be the theme of the entire weekend, or if individual puzzles are based on games themselves. Nevertheless, I’ve got both food and games on the mind, so here’s a little quiz to see if you do too!

1. There are two pizza chains that feature the name of a game in their name. What are those chains? One of the games is played tabletop, while the other is a card game.

2. Name the Southern dish seen here, made with eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, and corn meal.

Question 2

3. Which of the Battleship ships shares its name with this vodka drink, an alcopop known for its bright colors and fruit flavors?

Question 3

4. The Big Buford is a signature item of what restaurant chain, which has the slogan “Crazy Good Food”, and is a sister chain to Rally’s?

Question 4

5. Finish this analogy. Frubes : UK :: Yoplait Tubes : Canada :: ______ : US.


6. Not sharing a name, but close enough. What is the name of the dish seen here, a popular Pennsylvania Dutch dish combining scraps of pork with cornmeal and wheat flour?

Question 6



1. Domino’s and Uno Pizzeria
2. Chess pie
3. Cruiser
4. Checkers
5. Go-Gurt
6. Scrapple


1/4/18 – Truffles

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Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Welcome to 2018! We made it! Let’s start Year 3 of Five Course Trivia! Today, we start about as classy as possible, and here’s some questions about truffles. Enjoy!

1. Harvested in autumn and winter, black truffles are named after what historic region in France, found in the Dordogne department? Many of France’s foie gras producers live in this French region.

Question 1

2. On the other hand, white truffles are found in what Italian region, home to varieties of truffles found in cities like Alba and Asti, and in the areas of Langhe and Montferrat? Turin is the capital of this region.

Question 2

3. While the word is more commonly associated with foods like yams or rutabaga, what is the genus that contains all truffles?

4. Italian for “cutters”, what name is given to the dish seen here, with thin noodles made of semolina, flour, and salt, and served with butter and truffles?

Question 4

5. Not appearing on a value menu any time soon, name the dish seen here, a filet mignon base panfried in butter, topped with a slice of foie gras, pieces of black truffle, and drizzled in Madeira sauce. It is probably named after the composer who wrote the “Largo al factotum” aria.

Question 5

6. While hogs have been completely phased out of use, dogs are now used to hunt for truffles in the ground. Name the Italian dog breed seen here, that is the dog that is recognized to be truffle hunters. Seen here are cute puppies that are learning the scent of truffles at a young age.

Question 6


1. Périgord
2. Piedmont
3. Tuber
4. Tagliolini
5. Tournedos Rossini
6. Lagotto Romagnolo

12/29/17 – Those We Lost in 2017


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

In this last weekday of 2017, I want to thank all of you who made Five Course Trivia such a great place to operate. At the end of 2015, my average on F/D was .289, and a year ago it was .436. And now, that value is up to .518! Let’s all hope that in a year, I can break a .600 batting average.

I also want to thank the eight people who authored a post on Five Course for one of the two Guest Weeks we had on the site. I’m sorry we only had two, and I hope we have all four next year. But to you eight folks, thank you for the time you put in to share your expertise. All guest chefs are found on the Guests tab at the top of the page, BTW.

Year 2 of Five Course Trivia is now complete, and thank you for being a part of it. Have a great New Year’s, and we’ll be back for 2018!

Like last year, I think it is appropriate to have a memorial to names in food that passed away in the previous year, and celebrate how they contributed to cuisine.

1. Sam Panopoulos (age 83), a Canadian restauranteur and immigrant from Greece, was the creator of what dish that includes meat and fruit, and is named for a region that is certain not either Canadian or Greek? Creating it at his Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario in 1962, his invention was credited to him until someone edited Wikipedia with his creation until 2009.

Question 1

2. Called “the godfather of Italian cooking”, name the chef seen here (age 80), born in Salerno but moved to London, where he became a landmark in England. He appeared on a number of BBC cooking programmes, authored more than 20 cookbooks, and was the chef where Jamie Oliver first worked under.

Question 2

3. Joe Rogers (age 97) and Tom Forkner (age 98) both died about a month apart from each other in 2017, and were the two founders of what restaurant chain, the first which was founded on Labor Day weekend in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia?

Question 3

4. Alain Senderens (age 77) was a French chef and chief practitioner of what style of presenting French cuisine, characterized by lighter, more delicate dishes and an increased emphasis on presentation?

Question 4

5. San Antonio businessman Frank Liberto (age 84) is credited with creating concession stand nachos, as he created what brand of nacho chips and cheese in 1976, named after a shortened version of his Siciliy-born father? The name has been edited out of Frank’s hat.

Question 5

6. Carol Field (age 76) is best remembered for her numerous Italian cookbooks including “The Italian Baker”, where she introduced what Italian bread, made flour, water, salt, and yeast invented in Verona, to the United States?

Question 6

7. Felicia A. O’Dell (age 59) was better known by what name on her popular YouTube cooking show, where she prepared foods like her “good ass chicken”?

Question 7


1. Hawaiian pizza
2. Antonio Carluccio
3. Waffle House
4. Nouvelle cuisine
5. Ricos
6. Ciabatta
7. Auntie Fee

12/27/17 – M&Ms (2000 Questions!)


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

And we start to round out the 2nd year of Five Course Trivia, the site gets another milestone: 2000 questions! The first 1000 was written in 9 months, so apparently I had some lulls since. Nevertheless, we’ve made it, and I look forward to hitting 3000!

We toasted with Champagne after 1000, but this time there’s more wordplay involved. Because the Roman numeral for 2000 is MM, it seems appropriate to ask about M&Ms! Enjoy!

1991. The name M&Ms comes from the two people that co-created the company in 1941. The first is Forest Mars, Sr., the son of Mars Company founder Frank C. Mars. What does the second M stand for, representing either William, the Hershey president who had a 20% share in the new company, or his son Bruce?

Question 1

1992. M&Ms were inspired by Mars after seeing soldiers in the Spanish Civil War eat what brand of British candies, made with chocolate covered with a shell? The candy has the same name as a brand of candies in the US, which has been owned by the Dee family since 1949?

Question 2

1993. Finish this analogy. Regular : Brown :: Peanut : Yellow :: Peanut butter : ________.

1994. What two colors in the current bag of M&Ms was not found in the original 1941 bag?

1995. …and what two colors have been fazed out of the bag in total? One of the colors was a part of the original set, but was out around 1949, and then was replaced with a color that would eventually be fazed out in 1995, and then was replaced by one of the answers in Question 4?

1996. Name the two voice actors of Red and Yellow. Red is a longtime voice actor with tons of TV appearances, and Yellow is an Oscar-winning actor.

Question 6

1997. What is the official name of the chain of stores that sell overpriced M&Ms in major metropolitan areas, the most famous being the one in Times Square?

Question 7

1998. In what kind of container would you find an unopened set of M&M Minis?

1999. On the official McDonald’s website, a McFlurry is one of the two varieties of McFlurrys listed. The other variety of McFlurry contains what instead?

Question 9

2000. What band famously included this entry in their concert rider, which specified what should be prepared before they arrive to do a concert?

Question 10

Thanks everyone for helping me get to 2000! I’m off tomorrow, and then I’m back for Friday for a 2017 memorial!


1991. Murrie
1992. Smarties
1993. Red (bag color)
1994. Orange and Blue
1995. Violet and Tan
1996. Billy West and J.K. Simmons
1997. M&Ms World
1998. Plastic tube
1999. Oreos
2000. Van Halen

12/26/17 – Restaurant Staff


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Happy Boxing Day everyone! This is now my second year of not doing a quiz about packaging boxes, but now I’m taking care of a subject I ought to know more about: restaurant staff.

There are tons of names of people that work in the kitchen, and this quiz will take care of a few of them. Enjoy!

1. The maître d is the person in charge of welcoming guests, leading the waiting staff, taking reservations, and possibly preparing food at the table. However, the term is an abbreviation. What word fills in the name maître d’_____, which describes the type of facility where you might find the maître d’?

2. What is the French word for “under”, as in “under-chef of the kitchen”, as in the person that serves under the executive chef or chef de cuisine?

3. In castle days, what rank was below kitchen maid, named after the room where racks of pots and dishes would dry after being scrubbed?

Question 3

4. What name is given to a cool, ventilated area where food and dishes are stored and prepared, as well as the person in charge of the area? This person would be known as a pantry chef.

Question 4

5. On an episode of “Bastard Chef”, Chet Manley (aka Cyril Figgis) is listed as the garçon de cuisine, which Archer says means “kitchen boy”. While a garçon de cuisine is often in charge of doing menial things like dishwashing and mopping, it also often entails being the communard for the kitchen staff. What task would a communard perform for the staff?

Question 5

6. In the Brigade de cuisine system developed by Auguste Escoffier, the person that ranks third in the kitchen, behind the chef de cuisine and the answer to #2, is in charge of making what?



1. Hotel
2. Sous
3. Scullery maid
4. Garde manger
5. Preparing a meal for the staff
6. Sauce (called the saucier or sauté chef)

12/25/17 – Holy Week – Christianity


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Merry Christmas! I hope you and your kin are happy and safe this holiday season. Due to some reasons back in August, I was not able to finish my Holy Week series, where I discuss holy foods eaten by Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, and Hindus. Today, I wrap up the holy quintilogy and discuss Christian foods on Christmas. Enjoy!

1. Name the bread products seen here, often values at either 1¢ or 2¢, and name the Christian holiday where they are traditionally eaten in Commonwealth nations.

Question 1

2. What name is given in the Catholic Church for the belief that when bread and wine are taken together in the sacrament of Eucharist, the two elements actually become the body and blood of Jesus?

Question 2

3. Shrove Tuesday, celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is also known as Mardi Gras, is typically celebrated in Christianity by eating what food item, in a celebration of eating fat before the fasting season of Lent?


4. In Greece, baklava is supposed to have how many layers of filo dough, representing the number of years Jesus was alive? (This fact would have been great for the Higher or Lower quiz).

Question 4

5. In France, the religieuse is a pastry made with two choux pastries, filled with cream, ganached, and then decorating with buttercream frosting. This pastry is supposed to look like what kind of religious figure, as its name suggests?

Question 5

6. Stollen is a traditional Christmas bread made with dried fruit and powdered sugar. Its yearly creation is celebrated by Germans, and it commemorates when the Pope allowed the use of butter and oil during the Advent season, which was traditionally a fasting period. In 1490, the 8th (VIII) pope of what name was found not guilty of hating Christmas, by writing the “Butter Letter” which let the prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire in Saxony make the bread with all of its butter goodness?

Question 6

Merry Christmas everyone! More questions tomorrow!



1. Hot cross buns, Good Friday
2. Transubstantiation
3. Pancakes
4. 33
5. Nun
6. Innocent

12/24/17 – Gingerbread


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

On this eve of Christmas, it seems appropriate to ask about the sweet stuff, and ask about gingerbread. Enjoy! Tomorrow is Christmas!

1. According to legend, the monk Gregory of Nicopolis brought gingerbread to Europe, by teaching how to make it in Bondaroy, France. Gregory was from what modern-day country, whose national dishes include the thick porridge harissa, and the boiled cow head khash?

Question 1

2. The gingerbread men seen here are iced with what type of icing, a hard icing made of beaten egg whites, icing sugar, and sometimes lemon? Also used on wedding cakes, an untrue rumor about this icing’s name comes from pictures of Victoria and Albert’s wedding cake from the 1840s.

Question 2

3. Parkin, a gingerbread cake made with black treacle and oatmeal, is often eaten in the UK, and particularly Yorkshire, is often eaten on what month and day, in memorial of a 1605 event?

Question 3

4. Native to Franconia, what German gingerbread cookie, often eaten at Christmas, is flavored with honey, and is often formed into heart shapes and have messages for the rest of the year?

Question 4

5. The first gingerbread houses are believed to have been created in the early 1800s in Germany, who were probably inspired after the popularity of what specific piece of literature, which was published in 1812?

Question 5 (just a gingerbread house)

6. The Muzeum Piernika, or Museum of Gingerbread, is a museum dedicated to gingerbread found in the city of Toruń, known for its own gingerbread, which is in what country?

Question 6



1. Armenia
2. Royal icing
3. November 5th (for Guy Fawkes Day)
4. Lebkuchen
5. Hansel and Gretel
6. Poland