Calling all you green thumbed gardeners! Or, maybe you can't grow anything, but you sure can cook with the bounty! If either of these describe you, and you are in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, get ready to jot down some info!
The 2014 NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato & Chef's Challenge will be held in Indy on August 9th. Between now and July 31st, you can go online and enter! It's completely free to enter, open to amateur "homegrown" chefs, with a shot at winning the $2,000 cash grand prize and then two $200 Kroger gift cards will be issued to the two runners up.
When entering, you will be asked to submit a short answer (200 words or less) as to why you love cooking with tomatoes. The top three answers (the most original, creative, appealing, etc.) will be invited to perform a tomato recipe of their choosing LIVE in front of an even crowd Saturday Aug. 9th at 11 a.m. under the Chef's Challenge tent in the parking lot of Kroger at 8850 S. Emerson Avenue in Indianapolis. (NatureSweet provides EVERYTHING, they just have to show up ready to compete!)
There will be a panel of local celebrity judges who will taste and rate the recipes created by our three finalists and they will pick the $2,000 grand prize winner and the remaining two finalists will be recipients of the $200 Kroger gift cards.
Also that same day, contestants may bring three large, five medium, or ten small homegrown tomatoes, of the same variety, to the Kroger location listed above between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Entry deadline is 11:30 a.m. Tomato size will be confirmed at registration. All entries must be in a clear zipper-closed bag, labeled with name, phone number, tomato variety and quantity entered. There is no pre-registration for homegrown tomatoes prior to August 9. ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD PER YEAR.
So, come on out and show off your tomato skills for NatureSweet. If I were closer to Indy, I would definitely be there! Think you have a killer tomato recipe, enter online today!