Tropical Foods Announces Winners of Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest

  Tropical Foods Announces Winners of Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest

Johnson & Wales culinary students recognized for creativity and cooking skills

Business Wire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- November 19, 2012

Tropical Foods, a food manufacturer that specializes in premium snack mixes,
raw and freshly roasted nuts and seeds, has just announced the winners of its
Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest. The contest was open to current Johnson &
Wales Charlotte students and challenged them to create an original recipe
using one of Tropical’s snack mixes as an ingredient. The competition offered
culinary students a chance to win over $1,200 in cash prizes in addition to
gaining exposure to the local culinary community.

Tropical Foods Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest Finalists (Photo: Business Wire)

Tropical Foods Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest Finalists (Photo: Business Wire)

The grand prize winner of the Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest is Dominic Towe.
His original recipe for Mexicali Black Grouper, which featured Tropical’s
Mexicali Fire snack mix, was awarded the grand prize due to its creativity,
beautiful presentation, and unique combination of ingredients.

"We are pleased to announce our Flavors of Fall Recipe Contest winners and
thank all the finalists who submitted their creative and original recipes,"
says Tropical Foods Marketing Director Chad Hartman. "These culinary students
are at the beginning of their professional careers and Tropical Foods is proud
to showcase their talents and bring them the exposure they deserve.”

Ten finalists competed in the live event tasting and prepared their dishes for
a tasting audience and panel of culinary expert judges. Judges include Jon
Fortes, Executive Chef at Mimosa Grill; James Satterwhite, Executive Chef at
Charlotte Country Club; Tessia Harman, Pastry Instructor at CPPC; Amy Tormey
with Compass Group; and Carolyn Bennett, owner of Tropical Foods and creator
of the Tropical snack mixes.

Additional winners include 1^st runner-up Elizabeth Vestal for her Fall-n-Fire
Wontons featuring the Mexicali Fire Mix and 2nd runner-up Sally Foster for her
Buffalo Bleu Tailgate Bars featuring Buffalo Nuts. The Tropical Foods Facebook
page was very active during the competition with fans voting for their
favorite recipe. The Facebook Fans Favorite, announced at the live
competition, is Bella Bartha for her Apple Pie with PB&J Streusel, featuring
Tropical’s PB&J Mix. The final award was given to the finalist that had the
highest score from the tasting audience at the live competition. Agreeing with
the judges, The Audience Vote Award goes to grand prize winner Dominic Towe.

The rest of the recipes along with photos and videos can be found at
www.facebook.com/tropicalfoods. The finalists’ recipes with full ingredients
and cooking directions will be featured in a recipe book early next year.

About Tropical Foods

Tropical Foods specializes in premium snack mixes, raw and freshly roasted
nuts and seeds, dried fruit, and hundreds of bulk and packaged candies,
spices, grains and specialty foods. Tropical Foods has an extensive line of
retail branded products, including Grabeez®, Buffalo Nuts® and Christille
Bay®. The company was founded in 1977 with an original product line of 100
items which has grown to include more than 3000 today. Privately-owned,
Tropical is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, with additional operating centers
in Atlanta, Memphis, Washington DC and Dallas.

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Contact:

Tropical Foods
Chad Hartman, 704-602-0631
chartman@tropicalfoods.com
 
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