Farm-to-Table Meal Challenge
Attention all foodies, eaters, cooks, members, prospective members and anyone looking for a reason to get in the kitchen and challenge your skills or learn something new. Starting on February 4th Full Circle will be hosting the first Farm-to-Table Meal Challenge; challenging you to make your best meal out of as many Farm-to-Table box ingredients as possible. Whether you need a challenge to get you learning more about preparation and cooking methods, want a little inspiration to get in the kitchen cooking healthier meals or just plain want to show off your culinary skills and knack for using every last bit of your farm to table box, taking part in the Meal Challenge will be a great inspiration with tasty rewards.
Here’s the scoop:
This challenge is open to all active Full Circle members. (Not a member yet? Click here to become one.) For the week of February 4th -11th place your box order and make whatever changes you normally would to your order contents. What you get in your box will be the base of ingredients you use for your meal. If you anticipate needing any other ingredients, add them to your order in Green Grocery as additional points will be awarded for Green Grocery items.
Sometime during the week set aside an evening, or a morning if brunch is your specialty, to prepare a five star meal using as many ingredients from your box as possible.
Submit a list of your Farm-to-Table box contents for that week and your recipes (don’t forget to highlight which items come from your Full Circle order) to us by e mail – check out our Facebook page for complete entry details and email address – and our panel of judges will select the first, second and third place winners.
Our judging panel includes a talented chef with 20 years of experience in the industry, a veteran gourmet foodie and baker extraordinaire, and a very special but extremely picky 6 year-old.
Winners will be selected on a point basis. Our creativity, edibility and simplicity categories will be judged on a sliding scale from 1-10. 5 extra points will be rewarded for submitting a photograph along with 5 points if our youngest judge deems your dish delicious.
A note to those who are tempted to throw your whole Farm-to-Table box in a pot, add water and call it a meal. Though simple, this will score low in the creativity category. Our simplicity category is intended to keep your recipes from being too extravagant or chaotic, so using your ingredients thoughtfully and simply will be to your benefit. At the end of the competition we are looking for some great recipes that we can share with everyone; recipes that can be re-created at home and will stand the test of time and ease.
The selection of prizes is well worth the work, check out our Facebook page for complete rules and prize listings. For me, even without a prize, a challenge that gets me motivated to plan, prep and cook a healthy meal is enough to get me going. Sometimes a bout of friendly competition can be just what it takes to put your resolution to cook more, eat better and make the best of local and seasonal produce into play.
Not to mention, the collection of great recipes we amass and share with you in the weeks following will come in handy next time you are at a loss for what to make for dinner.
Tie up your aprons and get cooking!
For all the rules, regulations and final details visit our Facebook Page!