Calling All Home Cooks: Flavors of Fall Cooking Contest

September 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

During the month of October, Chicagoland’s best at-home cooks can become contestants in the Flavors of Fall Cooking Contest by creating a dish incorporating a secret ingredient chosen by the food people at, an artisanal food delivery service, and, an online lifestyle magazine.

Cooks will incorporate this secret ingredient into a fall flavor dish — it could be soups, chilis, slow-cooked meals or baked goods.  Then, all the contestants need do is to upload a photo of their dish to the contest’s Facebook page, where people can vote on their favorite dishes. (Of course, contestants will be encouraged to share their dish with their personal social networks to get more votes.)

The three dishes with the most votes move on to the “Flavors of Fall Showdown” Party on November 11 at Centered Chef Studios for a chance to win the Grand Prize – $500 to, a farm-to-table dinner for six at City Provisions, and a chance to demo the winning dish live on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. The final will be judged by Jeanne Sparrow of WCIU, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions, Amanda Skrip, chef and wellness consultant, Patty Erd of The Spice House, and Art Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery. The two runners-up won’t walk away empty handed, and will receive $250 credits to All participants will receive a $25 credit to

If you want to attend the Flavors of Fall Showdown party, it is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased here for $10. Food and drink are complimentary with a ticket purchase, and kids are welcome. A portion of the proceeds from the Flavors of Fall Showdown Party will benefit the Lakeview Food Pantry.