TAUNTON — Two area businesses are teaming up for a contest and the results are sure to be delicious.
Wood Palace Kitchens is holding a recipe contest, and the winning recipe will be prepared at their showroom, located at 7 Mill St. in Middleboro, by the chef from La Familia Restaurant in Taunton. Better yet, the winning recipe will be featured on La Familia's menu for a week.
"We're all about education," said Joe Zinni, marketing director at Wood Palace Kitchens, ticking off a number of events that they host during the course of the year, from monthly cooking demos to international nights to hosting students from Bristol Plymouth and Old Colony.
Zinni said Tim Holick, the owner of Wood Palace Kitchens and a host of the "Food-A-Holicks" radio show on WVBF 1530 AM, has always loved to cook and was trying to think of ways to get more people into his showroom for the cooking events.
He said they have had a lot of guests on their food show over the past four years, including Deb Amaya, who owns La Familia with her husband. When they discussed their idea for a recipe contest, Amaya jumped aboard.
"We're all about shop local, help local businesses," Zinni said of the partnership.
For her part, Amaya said she's "honored and flattered" to be included, and her cousin Alex Amaya, the head chef, is excited to see which recipe he gets to cook up.
"You see those foodie social media pages. I think there are a lot of people that stay home and cook, so hopefully they'll get a chance to submit [a recipe]," Amaya said.
The contest began on July 10 and goes through Aug. 31. Recipes can be for anything — soup, appetizer, entree, dessert.
"We always do special desserts," Amaya said. "Alex would be psyched to do a dessert."
The contest is open to anyone 18 or older, and multiple entries may be submitted, though the recipes must be original and be able to be prepared relatively easily, using readily available ingredients.
Recipes can be sent via email to [email protected]; or visit the WPK Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WoodPalaceKitchens to fill out a form.
First place winner will receive a $250 American Express gift card, as well as a chance to have their recipe featured on La Familia's menu; second place will receive a $100 Amex gift card; and third place a $50 Amex gift card.
Guests can sample the winning dish at an event Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wood Palace Kitchen. The event is free and will feature a variety of foods, as well as a bartender on hand to serve guests. To register to attend, call Zinni at 508-947-1975 Ext. 21 or email [email protected]
"It's just something fun to do," said Amaya. "We're just really excited. It's not often you get an opportunity to do something fun like this."