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Recipe contests
March 21, 2007
By Jennifer Chandler

The Weekly Dish

By Jennifer Chandler


Ever thought about entering a recipe a contest?


What could be better than cooking your favorite dish and getting large sums of money and great prizes for it?!


The folks at Southern Living, who by the way hosts one of the largest contests in the U.S. (see below for entry details), have shared the scoop on how to enter an award winning recipe. 


Check out the following tips from their Test Kitchen professionals and past winners.

  1. Test Your Recipe. Make your family and friends your guinea pigs and tweak it until it is perfect.
  2. Have a friend make it. Once you have perfected your recipe, write it up and give it to a friend to make. Chances are if they can follow the directions, you have a well written recipe.
  3. Enter more than one recipe. You can increase your chances of winning by entering multiple recipes.  For most contests there is no cost to enter, so you have nothing to lose!
  4. Don't forget to garnish. While most cooks don't think about including garnish as a part of the recipe it can greatly enhance the appearance of your dish.
  5. Don't Procrastinate. If you are thinking about entering now - go ahead. Before you know it the deadline will be here and you will have missed the chance.

So get cooking and get paid for it!


Elfo’s Annual Game Dinner


Elfo’s is hosting its 4th annual Game Dinner on Saturday, March 24, at 6:00p.m. (cq)


“We started this dinner a few years ago as just a casual event among hunting buddies,” says Alex Grisanti of Elfo’s Restaurant, “but then everyone wanted to come so we moved it to the restaurant.”


For this 5-course dinner, Grisanti will be preparing such game as elk, boar, rabbit and quail. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person, wine included.  For reservations, call (901)888-0402. (cq)


In the Mood for Oysters?


Back by popular demand, The Grove Grill is hosting its second Oyster Dinner in the Kitchen.  Paired with wines from the Sonoma winery Kunde Estate, the menu will be comprised of a delicious array of courses featuring succulent Gulf oysters.

The dinner will be on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30p.m.  The cost is $75 per person.  For reservations, call (901)818-9951. (cq)


Sushi on Almost Every Corner


Jimmy Ishii has added another Sekisui to his sushi empire.  I am sure that when the first Sekisui opened back in 1989 no one would have ever imagined that one day there would be a market for seven (cq)– yes I said seven! -  Sekisui’s in the mid-South.


The newest addition, Sekisui Collierville, celebrated its Grand Opening on Monday.  Located at 2130 West Poplar Avenue, Sekisui Collierville is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner seven days a week.  Reservations are accepted and take out orders are welcomed. The phone number is (901)850-8423. (cq)


Southern Living Cook Off 2007


Are you a great cook and could use $100,000?


Cash in on your best recipe and win the $100,000 Grand Prize in America's largest annual recipe contest – the Southern Living Cook-Off 2007.


Categories include: Your Best Recipe, Quick Weeknight Favorites, Sweet Endings, Good For You, and Party Starters. There is no cost to enter and no limit to the number of recipes one may enter. Entry forms and complete contest rules are available at www.southernlivingcookoff.com. Entries must be postmarked by June 6, 2007. (cq)


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