Monday, July 20, 2009

Y'all Better Hurry Up and Start Slow Cooking

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 9:32 AM

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It's time to braise your game! As part of the upcoming Food Network Southern Food & Wine Festival at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Hamilton Beach is sponsoring the search for the best slow cooking home chef in America. With home kitchen advantage, it's time for Bites readers to step up.

The Food Network Southern Food & Wine Festival at Gaylord Opryland Resort is July 31 through Aug. 2. The competition will begin on Friday and continue on Saturday, with the finals taking place on Sunday, Aug. 2. Each day, 25 percent of the contestants will advance toward the finals. The recipes will be judged by Gaylord Opryland's executive chefs, along with guest chefs from other establishments in Nashville. Only the first 80 people to register will compete, so don't dawdle.

It might also be an excellent opportunity for a staycation (even though I hate that word). There is a reduced entry fee for resort guests and special room rates of $119 per night during the competition. Full contest rules and details can be found here.

With $1,000 for first prize, $650 for second and $350 for third, you could buy a lot of pot roast. Add to that the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the Southern Food & Wine Festival, and it sounds like a great weekend of fun for a foodie. Watch this space for more details on how you can meet Alton Brown, the Neelys and Paula's progeny, Jamie and Bobby Deen.

Until then, get to stewin'!

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