5/22/18 – Weddings


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.

*checks watch* Wow, it’s been a month?

Over the weekend, Harry and Meghan got married, and of course, food is pretty central to the event. So, let’s go over some trivia about wedding food. To the happy couple!

1. It is very traditional for the royal wedding cakes to be fruit flavored. What two fruits were used in the flavor for the cake picked by Harry and Meghan? One of the two fruits is cooked in whole inside of a Sussex pond pudding (and hey, they’re the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!), and the other fruit is the original of the etymology of the Italian anise-drink sambuca.

Question 1 (the actual cake)

2. A tradition I think the rest of the country should pick up on, the cookie table is a large table of cookies found at the wedding reception. What American city is the idea of a cookie table popular? This city is the home of the Primanti Brothers sandwich chain, which popularized the kielbasa sausage in the US.

Question 2

3. Wedding soup is an Italian soup, whose name comes from the soup’s “marriage” of meat and vegetables. The meat is usually sausage/meatballs, and the vegetable is what green? Similar to escarole, its Belgian variety is the best known variety of the vegetable.

Question 3

4. Often used as wedding favors in Europe and also called dragée, the sugar-coated almonds seen here share their name with what country? Most likely a coincidence, as the name is probably derived from a French word.

Question 4

5. What name is given to the Russian/Ukrainian/Bulgarian bread seen here? A type of braided bread, the bread is very ornate with lots of different meanings, and the bread is shared by all of the guests, including the central two figures.

Question 5

6. What European wedding food comes from the French for “something that crunches in the mouth”?



1. Lemon & elderberry (the flavor was technically lemon elderflower)
2. Pittsburgh
3. Endive
4. Jordan almonds (probably from French for “garden”)
5. Korovai
6. Croquembouche


4/19/18 – Two-Ingredient Cocktails


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.

Been a minute, but a new post is here.

You’re the bartender of a brand new bar here in town called “Duo”. For some reason, your bar specializes in cocktails that only take two ingredients. I mean, I’d serve something like beer, but you do you.

This is your current stock:
Dark rum
Dry vermouth
Gin (x2)
Ginger beer
Grapefruit juice
Grapefruit soda
Light rum
Orange juice (x2)
Peach puree
Scotch Whisky
Vodka (x2)

And, as it turns out, you’ve got 11 customers, and your stock matches up perfectly to their orders! Your job is to find the correct pair, and make their cocktail. Good luck!

Black Russian
Cuba Libre
Dark ‘n’ Stormy
Rusty Nail


B&B = Cognac / Benedictine (Cognac is also brandy, thus B&B)
Bellini = Prosecco / Peach puree
Black Russian = Vodka / Kahlua
Cuba Libre = Coca-Cola / Light rum
Dark ‘n’ Stormy = Ginger beer / Dark rum
Greyhound = Gin / Grapefruit juice
Martini = Gin / Dry vermouth
Mimosa = Orange juice / Champagne
Paloma = Tequila / Grapefruit soda
Rusty Nail = Scotch Whisky / Drambuie
Screwdriver = Orange juice / Vodka

4/3/2018 – Easter


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.

While we are still in the season, Sunday was Easter, so let’s take of some Easter foods while the leftovers are still in the fridge. Enjoy!

1. In Russia, curd cheese is formed into the pyramid seen here, and eaten on Easter day. What is the name of this dish, whose name is one letter away from the Greek/Latin name for “Easter”?

Question 1

2. Similar to a torta pasqualina, name this popular Italian Easter dish that’s a pie from the country that contains cheese, meat, and two crusts.
3. Over 1.5 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made daily in a factory in the village of Bournville, found on the south side of what city, the largest British city after London?

Question 3

4. The original eight flavors of Jelly Belly which were introduced in 1976 were Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Grape, and what two flavors that both start with L?

Question 4

5. Associated with Eastern Europe and Judaism, what cake seen here is the yeast version that Poland creates for Easter each year? Chocolate and cinnamon versions of this dish are found all year round.

Question 5

6. For the last 1000 years or so, the Pope’s traditional Easter Dinner features what meat?

7. What are these?

Question 7


1. Pashka
2. Pizza rustica
3. Birmingham
4. Lemon and Licorice
5. Babka
6. Lamb
7. Peeps

3/30/18 – Drink Mix


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.

The season is over! Congrats on making it all the way to the end. I hope you found success in the season, but more importantly, I hope you learned something new and made your knowledge a little bit wider. We’ve got a two more F/D questions left, so let’s take care of one now.

LearnedLeague precedent (LL76, MD22) – Raspberry, cherry, grape, lemon, orange, and root-beer were the original six flavors of what drink, which was developed in 1927 and is now owned by Kraft Foods? Currently available flavors include tropical punch, strawberry, mixed berry, black cherry, and—oh yeah!—blue raspberry lemonade.

Fun question, and fun use of “Oh yeah!” in the question. That’s the kind of nonsense I love to see in questions. My Player Tracker informed me that the people I follow who missed it are all British, so I guess British folks aren’t aware that the Kool-Aid Man breaks down walls.

Let’s mix it up with a few questions on drink mixes. Enjoy!

1. While we’re talking about Kool-Aid, name the word removed from this photo, which represents what all the cool kids were drinking in the 90s.

Question 1

2. Certainly the most popular lemonade powder mix is what brand owned by Kraft, whose name invokes pastoral living?

3. This is a screenshot from a 1966 television ad for what product?

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Question 3

4. Name the word blocked out in this photo.

Question 4

5. What flavor what the Nesquik Bunny promoting when it first appeared on a can of Nesquik in the 1950s?

6. One more word blurring picture: what type of orange is featured in the most common flavor of Emergen-C?

Question 6


1. Burst
2. Country Time
3. Tang
4. MiO
5. Strawberry
6. Super Orange!

3/29/18 – Boxes


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 the last day of LL76, we still have food review to do. Here a previous question:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL76, MD20) – Pictured here is a meal from what fast food restaurant?

LL76, MD20

Man, I’ve never eaten at a Jack In the Box! I was super confused at the picture, because we have a picture of a strange-looking burger, curly fries, Coke, and tacos? What restaurant serves all of those things? I knew it wasn’t one of the A-list fast food places, but couldn’t decide which one. I put Dairy Queen, because I knew that they have a bunch of weird things on their menu that isn’t ice cream.

And also a bummer, the very left part of the box (which I assume all food at Jack in the Box comes in), has a tiny little Jack mascot.

I’m not really feeling a quiz about Jack in the Box, so how about a quiz on boxes? Enjoy!

1. Although it can hold any number of Chinese food items, the box known for Chinese takeout has a name that calls itself a “pail” of what kind of food? The box itself was created by Americans, and doesn’t really have any Asian heritage. In the 1940s, the box was repurposed to be Chinese takeout box, as Americans now had a taste for Chinese food, and the box was pretty perfect for the task.

Question 1

2. The first lunchbox that depicted a TV character was made in 1950 by Aladdin Industries (who still makes lunchboxes today) depicted what Western hero? This cowboy hero was played in many movies in the 30s and 40s, as well as a TV show in the 50s by the actor William Boyd.

Question 2

3. What portrait design, which is very ubiquitous as art on the medium where it appears, was the design of cartoonist Gill Fox, creating the design for a clip art agency back in the 1950s? His 2004 New York Times obituary mentions this design, and this design partly features a gesture called “al bacio”.

4. This cardboard box design is associated with what company?

Question 4

5. Name the rooster seen here, which has been the mascot for the cereal since 1958 when he was introduced. Future boxes of the cereal has featured him wearing a red bandana with his name on it.

Question 5

6. What Nabisco brand features a box that unusually features a string? The string was introduced in 1902 as a way to hang the box on a Christmas tree.


1. Oyster
2. Hopalong Cassidy
3. The chef on pizzas making the OK sign (seen below)
4. Blue Apron
5. Cornelius “Corny”
6. Barnum’s Animals Crackers


3/28/18 – Lamb


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.

Let’s keep covering the F/D questions, and go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL76, MD17) – A single word has been redacted from the top of each of these three posters (covered by red boxes). What is the word? (The blue boxes conceal examples of the word in question.)

LL76, MD17

Wow, this is a question. The answer is Gyros, and the screen shot above comes from this website from Kronos, where you can apparently create your own gyros poster featuring your face.


I determined it was food or drink, but had no idea what it was. I put Pepsi, thinking that the red and blue might be a hint. I have never seen these posters. If they are famous, that’s hard to prove. Only 4% of the website got it right, and honestly, that seems high to me. I guess the only way to get this right is by attending a bunch of cheap Mediterranean restaurants and seeing if this poster is hanging on its wall. With this question, I went 2 for 5.

While this gyros question might be the hardest question in recent history, at least we can make this a learning moment. I couldn’t find a good list of food posters to make a quiz on, so instead, a quiz about lamb might be good for a food blog. Enjoy!

1. Associated with the Cornwall area, what pie is seen here, which is made with mutton and apples, and not pigeon as its name would suggest?

Question 1

2. A staple of Persian and Kashmir cuisine, name the dish seen here made with lamb braised in gravy and the root of the alkanet plant, giving it its red color?

Question 2

3. Give the eleven-letter word marked out of this diagram.

Question 3

4. You know how Rocky Mountain oysters aren’t really oysters? Well, the lamb equivalent, which is a popular dish in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, is called lamb what, which also is a food that is not what it is?

Question 4

5. Derived from Urdu possibly meaning “rice” or “to roast”, what dish seen here popular amongst Muslims in India is rice dish with lamb with spices?

Question 5


1. Squab pie
2. Rogan josh
3. Forequarter
4. Lamb fries
5. Biryani

3/27/18 – Cheesemaking


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.

It’s been a quick sec, but I’m back. Had an off week last week, but it’s time to return and talk about the food questions that’s plaguing the trivia people. Let’s go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL76, MD13) – What is the name of the extract from the stomach of a young animal (particularly a calf or lamb) that contains an enzyme that causes the milk protein casein to curdle, and is therefore used in the manufacture of some cheeses?

Ugh. Didn’t get this, but I knew I knew it. Rennet is the answer, and I’ve even been to a trivia night in Columbia where it was asked that rennet is primarily used in the making of what. Disappointing not to get it. With that, I was 2 for 4 for F/D on the season.

We’ve asked plenty of cheese questions here on the site, including cheeses from England, France, and Italy, but now we go to the dairy farm and make some ourselves. Enjoy!

1. Although chymosin is the main enzyme found in rennet, what other enzyme is found in rennet, which helps break down its namesake proteins into its namesake bonds? Despite the similar name, this enzyme was never an ingredient of the product once called “Brad’s Drink”.

Question 1

2. Name the 19th century scientist seen here, whose contributions are important to the cheesemaking process, who was buried in 1895 in the Cathedra of Notre Dame.

Question 2

3. Name the cheese seen here. The cave pictures is founded in the commune of ___-sur-Soulzon, where the blank fills in the name of the cheese.

Question 3

4. Both byproducts of the cheesemaking process, name the two substances seen here, each with a one-word name.

Question 4

5. According to the USDA, what two-letter grade is the highest grade given to cheeses like Monterey, Colby, or Cheddar?

6. What specific cheese feature is the result of the heterofermentative bacteria like Lactobacillus helveticus creating carbon dioxide gas?

7. Give the brand name of the processed cheese seen here. The Kraft brand known as “Cheez Whiz” has basically only ever been sold in jars, and even the cheese in “Blues Brothers” was a brand of this.

Question 7


1. Pepsin
2. Louis Pasteur
3. Roquefort
4. Curds and whey
5. AA
6. The eye holes in Emmental/Swiss cheese
7. Easy Cheese (or Snack Mate, which was renamed in 1984)