Updated 02/22/10- Our contest may be over, but there is always time to enjoy some Parmigiano Reggiano. Try the six winning recipes or pick from the thousand-plus contest entries in the comments below.
Parmigiano Reggiano is truly one of the incomparable cheeses of the world. We take extraordinary measures to work with a small group of artisan producers in Italy to hand-select the very best Parmigiano Reggiano. Our chosen wheels are carefully aged for 24 months to bring out the best of Parmigiano Reggiano’s nutty and sweet flavors and creamy and crystalline textures.
And now we want to know what you’ll prepare with this fabulous cheese when you get it home!
As part of our month long celebration of this fabulous cheese, we are holding an online recipe contest to find and share fresh and innovative ways to enjoy real Parmigiano Reggiano every day. Post your best, original recipe in the comment section below for a chance to win a $500 Whole Foods Market shopping spree, a gift basket chock-full of Parm and goodies to pair, and an authentic cheese knife set from Italy. Five runner-ups receive prizes too.
Comments must be submitted to this blog post between February 3 and February 10, 2010.
You may enter more than one recipe in the comments (but you can’t win more than one prize) — just make sure they are your original concoctions!
A panel of Whole Foods Market Team Member judges will select six finalists. Those finalists’ recipes will be prepared and served to a celebrity taste panel at our Austin headquarters in the middle of February to determine the Grand Prize Winner. The recipes will be judged based on flavor profile, culinary appeal and the innovative use of Parmigiano Reggiano. See all Contest Rules.
The finalists’ recipes will be spotlighted in this blog later in February so we can all give them a try!
We’ll share more tasty information about Parmigiano Reggiano and our in-store events throughout February, so check back. But for now, hit the kitchen and get creative! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Just enter your recipe in the comment section below.