IGA Hometown Holidays Recipe Challenge Prizes Awarded

CHICAGO -- A panel of culinary chefs from the Illinois Institute of Art here selected the winning recipes from among eight finalists vying for top honors in IGA's Hometown Holidays Recipe Contest.

Each contestant traveled with a guest for a three-day/ two-night prize package stay at the Chicago Hilton May 4-5, during which time the finalists prepared their original recipes in the Art Institute's professional kitchen. A panel of the program's chefs then evaluated the recipes based on four criteria: taste, ease of preparation, creativity and number of sponsor products used.

More than 500 original recipes were submitted to IGA supermarkets across the country during IGA's fifth annual Hometown Holidays marketing event, held in participating stores last November. Valid recipe entries were required to be original creations and include at least two products from Hometown Holidays promotional sponsors. Sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods, Minute Maid Juices, Kraft Foods, Nestlé USA and The J. M. Smucker Co.

"We were incredibly pleased to bring the fifth annual Hometown Holidays
event to our IGA Supermarkets again last fall," said IGA marketing events coordinator Zorona Chapman. "As awareness of the event has grown, so has the prestige. Over the years we've had a number of recipe challenge veterans, this year being no exception. I would like to thank The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago for offering their prestigious Culinary Arts facility as the venue for our cook-off, as well as the generous Red Oval Family partners who made the entire event possible," Chapman noted.

Prizewinners included:
Grand Prize - $3,000
Athena Russell
Quinby IGA, Quinby, S.C.
Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with Feta Cheese Sauce

1st Place Winner - $300
Nikki Norman
Nashville IGA; Nashville, Tenn.
Coffee-Crusted Caribbean Pork Tenderloin with Citrus-Scented Shallot Garden

2nd Place Winner of $200
Lisa Keys
Town Plot IGA, Waterbury, Conn.
Chocolate Raspberry Frangipane Torte

Roland S. Ormrod
Griffin's IGA, Longs, S.C.
Carolina Crabmeat Cheesecakes

Allison Luxenburg
McCowan's Market IGA
San Pedro, Calif.
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cheesecake

Michaela Rosenthal
McCowan's Market IGA
San Pedro, Calif.
Mustard-Herb Crusted Beef Tri-Tip with Crispy Orange Potato Pancakes and Parsley Crème Fraiche

Hank Schriefer
SPD IGA, Nevada City, Calif.
Lemon and Garlic Chicken Thighs

Barbara Estabrook
Save More Food Market IGA
Minocqua, Wisc.
Baked Squash Bowl with Cornbread 'n Sweet Potato Stuffing

IGA, the only global supermarketer based in the United States, is the world's largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $21 billion per year. The IGA alliance includes more than 4,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 36 distribution companies and more the 55 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has operations in 48 of the United States and more than 40 countries, commonwealths and territories on all six inhabited continents.

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