03/01/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Evangelist of Hash and His Dining Escapades (video)

Clark Haass is bent on world domination, but not in the evil-overlord, bwa-ha-ha sense. He wants to bring the world to the table over a heaping plate of hash.

Haass had started meeting friends at restaurants to try different kinds of hash, gatherings he christened "Hashcapades," that soon became local sensations. Promoted over social media like Facebook and Twitter, they gave him the opportunity to see how local chefs were interpreting the humble hash and to brainstorm ideas for new hashes with fellow enthusiasts.

Collecting these ideas and rigorously testing them in his home kitchen, he assembled recipes that fit his criteria for a balance of flavors, ingredients and lushness. He released the book titled "Hashcapades: The Art of the Perfect Hash Adventure" in 2012. As for what his next quest will be, he's not thinking small.

"I'd like to see Hashcapades be something bigger," he said. To that end, he's donating a dollar for every book sold to Graph It Forward Today (GIFT), an organization that provides graphing calculators and educational support to underprivileged high school students.

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