Friday, October 5, 2012

Contests, Contests, Contests!

Sandwich cookies

This past week I’ve been seeing all sorts of awesome food contests online— Scharffen Berger and TuttiFoodie’s Chocolate Adventure Contest is back with a $25,000(!) grand prize, Serious Eats has a win a trip to New York Puff Pastry Contest and my fav geeky fun site, Instructables is running both a cupcake contest and Halloween food contest (there are iPads and stand mixers on the line, people!). Here’s how to enter and what you can win…

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest: This is my white whale of cooking contests. I’ve entered at least twice, but come up empty. With $25,000 on the line the competition is bound to be TOUGH. Still the challenge—using Scharffen Berger chocolate with at least one adventure ingredient –you pick from their list of 12 items from coconut milk or coconut cream to tequila to chili pepper to yerba mate tea—is always fun and exciting. This year there won’t be a second or third place but there will be 10 culinary honorees who get engraved iPads. Pretty sweet. Full rules here. Deadline to enter: 11:59:59 PM PST, January 2, 2013.

Serious Eats Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Contest: I grew up in CT and I’ll always have a soft spot for the Norwalk based Pepperidge Farm. They are sponsoring a Halloween baking challenge over at Serious Eats. The winner will travel to SE HQ in New York City “for a pastry crawl where he or she will eat some of the very best pastries in the city along with Ed Levine and the Serious Eats gang. The winner will also score a 5.5 quart stand mixer from Cuisinart and some great baking gear from Pepperidge Farm.” The guidelines are pretty open. You can do sweet or savory, just get creative. This one is closing pretty soon, so roll up your sleeves, if you want a chance at winning! Full rules here. Deadline to enter: 11:59 p.m. EST, October 15, 2012.

Instructables Cupcake Challenge: This is another quick one. The deadline is actually Monday. Best decoration gets an iPad 2. Best recipe gets a stand mixer. I know some of you are very creative cupcakers. Get to it. There’s only 128 entries so far. You’ve got this one! Full rules here. Deadline to enter: 11:59pm PST, October 8, 2012.

Instructables Halloween Food Challenge: There are two grand prizes that are going to be awarded from all six Halloween contest categories, so you’ll be competing with epic costumes, easy costumes, props, decorations, photos and of course, food. The grand prizes are suitably grand—your choice of a 15-inch 2.6 GHz Retina display MacBook Pro OR a Full Spectrum 40W Laser New Hobby Laser Cutter with a 20”x12” cutting bed. Each individual category will also have first, second and third place winners. And first place for each category is a WiFi 16GB Apple The new iPad. Full rules here. Deadline to enter: 11:59pm PST, November 7, 2012.

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