Take the Party Outdoors with Sweet Vidalia “Flavors of Summer”
May 15, 2013
Famous Sweet Onion Makes Summer Shindigs a Breeze with Product Coupons and Chance to Win Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Package
Vidalia, GA (May 1, 2013) – Warmer weather means soon more days will be spent outdoors, firing up the grill and entertaining friends and family. To help everyone step outside and into summer, the Vidalia® Onion Committee (VOC) is kicking off its Sweet Vidalia® Flavors of Summer program on Wednesday, May 1 and launching a website (Flavors-of-Summer.com) with access to coupons, expert cooking and entertaining tips, a contest with compelling outdoor-themed prizes and recipes guaranteed to make any soiree a success.
“Sweet Vidalia Flavors of Summer offers something for everyone—whether it is entertaining tips, coupons for savings or a fun contest for them to exhibit their cooking skills,” said Kevin Hendrix, chairman of the VOC. “We are excited to highlight the seasonality of our sweet Vidalias with this interactive program for our customers!”
Party planners and home cooks will save plenty when shopping for their next event with downloadable coupons from Vidalia® onions, America’s beloved sweet onion, and similarly iconic summer brands such as Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices, National Mango Board, Avocados from Mexico, National Watermelon Promotion Board and Stemilt Cherries.
Along with money saving coupons, the VOC also is giving grill masters, home chefs and hostesses across the nation the chance to upload photos and submit recipes of their salute to summer for a chance to win cash and prizes. Contest categories include: Grilling Favorites; Salads, Sides and Desserts; Marinades, Sauces and Salsas; and Outdoor Decorating and Entertaining. A winner from each category will receive $1,000. One of the top four category winners will be awarded the grand prize — an outdoor entertaining package valued at $5,000 that includes an outdoor grill and furniture. All entries must be received by Thursday, August 15.
For those who need a little inspiration to get the party started, official campaign spokeswoman and cookbook author Rebecca Lang provides expert entertaining tips and exclusive recipes. Lang is also a cooking instructor, television personality and contributing editor for Myrecipes.com and Southern Living magazine. She is hosting several events to kick off the program, including social media activities and in-store appearances.
Four popular food and entertaining bloggers will likewise share delicious recipes, decorating tips and party theme ideas on the website as well as Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
Jamielyn Nye, iheartnaptime.net
Nye is the founder and managing editor of iheartnaptime.net. I Heart Nap Time is a creative site sharing DIY home projects on a budget, crafts, sewing tutorials, easy recipes, tips and techniques. She has been featured on many popular websites and media outlets, including Fox, ABC, NBC, Examiner, Huffington Post, Parents and more. Nye also shares ideas in a weekly column at Baby Center.
Courtney Whitmore, pizzazzerie.com
With a love of entertaining and food, Whitmore has quickly become a well-known stylist and cookbook author. Growing up in the South, she attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s in organizational leadership. Her expertise has been featured in HGTV.com, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, AOL’s DIY Life, Get Married Magazine, and MarthaStewart.com. She regularly works with food brands and entertaining products to develop recipes, style and photographs for her blog.
Stephanie Dulgarian, somewhatsimple.com
Dulgarian is the creator of Somewhat Simple, a creative website that features recipes, crafts and DIY projects for home and family. She is married to her best friend and together they are raising their four kids in sunny Arizona.
Angie Ramirez, littleinspiration.com
Ramirez is a Southern California resident. The 25-year-old created Little Inspiration to inspire others by writing about her journey through motherhood, crafting and living a healthier life by sharing recipes, craft tutorials and more.
About Sweet Vidalia® Flavors of Summer
The Sweet Vidalia® Flavors of Summer highlights and brings together iconic summer brands to provide the ultimate outdoor summer dining experience. The Vidalia® Onion Committee is partnering with Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices, National Mango Board, Avocados from Mexico, National Watermelon Promotion Board and Stemilt Cherries for this campaign. The “Sweet Vidalia Flavors of Summer” theme will be featured on thousands of retail store displays and Vidalia onion packages nationwide this summer. Flavors-of-Summer.com
About Rebecca Lang
Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born and raised in South Georgia, she is author of Southern Living’s Around the Southern Table, Quick-Fix Southern, Mary Mac’s Tea Room and Southern Entertaining for a New Generation. She has appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend, WGN America’s Midday News and numerous regional and local networks. A former assistant food editor at Oxmoor House, she earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. She apprenticed with southern cooking legend Nathalie Dupree. She resides in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, Kevin; their children, Camden and Adair; and their snuggly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miss Bea. For more information, visit rebeccalangcooks.com.
About Vidalia® Onions
Vidalia® onions are the pioneer of sweet onions and Georgia’s official state vegetable. Grown only in the mild climate and unique soil surrounding Vidalia, Ga., they’re loved by chefs and home cooks throughout the world. Vidalia® onions are hand planted and hand harvested each year, with sweet, juicy bulbs available seasonally from late April to late August. Vidalia® onions, with their mild, sweet taste, are versatile and can be used in a variety of amazing recipes. These Georgia sweeties are also a low-fat, low-cholesterol and sodium-free way to get a healthy dose of Vitamin C! For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.
About the Vidalia® Onion Committee
Because Vidalia® onions are sweetly unique, farmers united to seek legal protection for their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989, to stipulate where the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia® onions. The Vidalia® Onion Committee administers FMO No. 955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia® trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. So, you can try to grow a sweet onion elsewhere, but you cannot call it a “Vidalia®,” unless it is from Georgia! For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.
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"The only thing better than the onions in Vidalia is the people. They’re great cooks, and friendly."- Chef Bobby Flay, "Postcard from Vidalia, Georgia" Bobby Flay Cooks American