Sonoma, Calif.-based Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards and “Top Chef” star Brooke Williamson have teamed up to discover the “most glorious appetizer recipe” in the country through its first-ever "Glorious Bites Challenge." Starting today, the company is encouraging consumers 21 and older to channel their inner-foodie and submit their signature appetizer recipe best paired with Gloria Ferrer's Sonoma Brut through Aug. 31.
"For our first 'Glorious Bites Challenge,' appetizers will be judged on originality, perceived taste appeal and perceived ability to pair with our Sonoma Brut," said Eva Bertran, vice president of marketing at Gloria Ferrer, in a statement. "Our Sonoma Brut has been produced since our winery was founded in 1986. It's a lively and tremendously versatile wine. In that spirit, we have given our fans total creative control, so don't be afraid to sparkle and perfectly blend your ingredients."
Each recipe will be reviewed by a panel of wine and food experts to select the Top 10 semi-finalists who will participate in live cook-offs judged by Williamson either in New York or San Francisco in September. Regional semi-finals are scheduled to take place in the following locations:
• New York, New York
Institute of Culinary Education - Demonstration Kitchen
225 Liberty St.
• San Francisco, California
Williams-Sonoma Cooking School
340 Post St.
Only four competitors will move on to the national finals, which will take place Oct. 10, at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma, Calif., in which Williamson and the expert panel will award the grand-prize winner with a $5,000 cash prize, the company says.