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Food Lion has invited 12 bloggers in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to compete in the grocery chain’s second annual Frugal Cook-Off. Contestants must create nutritious, low-cost meals for a family of four using Food Lion store brands, in addition to fresh produce and meats available at Food Lion stores.
Taking place Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Talara restaurant in Baltimore, the event features contestants divided into four teams, with each team given a unique cooking challenge to complete. Teams will have 45 minutes to complete their meals. During the event, the bloggers will “shop” for products at an on-site pantry and will be permitted to use no more than $15 worth of store-brand products, along with fresh produce and meats. Food not used during the event will go to the Maryland Food Bank.
When the meals are prepared, the teams will present them to a judging panel consisting of Talara executive chef Kenny Hamilton, online guest judge and sweepstakes winner Anna Fernando, Maryland Food Bank director Leslie Marsiglia, Baltimore Magazine food and travel editor Suzanne Loudermilk, and Baltimore-based freelance writer Stephanie Citron. Meals will be judged on taste and creativity.
The three winners will receive two $250 Food Lion gift cards and a $25 Talara gift card. All other participants will get two $100 Food Lion gift cards. All contestants will also receive a custom gift bag of my essentials store-brand products.
Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion recently reinvested in the 35 stores it has in the Baltimore area, now offering customers lower prices on 6,000 items across all store departments, greater value in store-brand products, fresher produce, and an improved shopping experience including a faster checkout process.
A company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, Food Lion operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The chain employs about 57,000 associates in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.