Chef's Choice Recipe Contest

Tina's recipe, along with the 3 other recipes, are included below.  
Click on the link to see the recipes in full.

Nick Berg (Brookfield)  –  Duck Carbonara


Lee F. Loveall, Sr. (South Milwaukee)  –  Lemon-Cherry Sweet Ravioli


Kristina "Tina" Merwin (Milwaukee)  –  Tina's Prosciutto Double Cheese Calzones


Iskra Stoycheva (St. Francis)  –  Cavatappi with Roasted Garlic, Sage,
Fontina Cream, Prosciutto, Porcini Mushrooms and Spinach


On Sunday, July 20, at 2 pm, each finalist presented his or her dish to a panel of judges at the
Festa Italiana Cucina Showcase.  Entries were judged in front of a live audience, and the winner
received the first-ever, hugely coveted Golden Spoon Award, along with other food-related prizes.

Cucina Showcase spicing things up and inviting the public to participate! 


Top five Italian recipes
judged by a panel of local chefs and foodies
at the Cucina Showcase
July 20, 2014
for the chance to win the very first
Golden Spoon Award (il Cucchiaio d'Oro) !


   Whether pasta, soup (la zuppa), dessert (il dolce), or a dish passed down from
   nonna, does your recipe have what it takes to bring home the Golden Spoon Award? 
   Submit your Italian Recipe by email or by mail from now until June 13, 2014.  After
   the June 13th deadline, the Festa Italiana Cucina Showcase Committee will select
   the top five recipes based on the following criteria:
•    Ease in Preparation,
•    Creativity and
•    Presentation. 

Top five participants to present their dish in person, at Festa's Cucina Showcase, to a panel of local celebrities and chefs on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

The final Cucina Showcase Judging Panel includes:
     •    Joe Bartolotta, The Bartolotta Restaurants
     •    Peter Sandroni, La Merenda
     •    Maria Liberati, award-winning Italian cookbook author and
          Festa Italiana celebrity chef
     •    Lori Fredrich, leading food blogger for and Burp!
     •    Marilynn Mee, Host of mid-day WKLH radio

The contest will be led by a local celebrity emcee.  The judges will taste
each dish in front of a live Cucina Showcase audience, and each
participant will have the opportunity to explain the dish as the judges enjoy!
The winner of the first Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest will receive the first Golden Spoon Award, along with other food-related prizes!

   Deadline for Entry:  June 13, 2014

   2 Ways to Submit Recipe Form (attached below):
1.    Send Recipe & Photo by email to Marie Lieber at;  or
2.    Mail Recipe & Photo to:
Italian Community Center
c/o Marie Lieber – Recipe Contest
631 E. Chicago Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

   Must be 18 years or older to participate.


FORM - Chef's Choice Recipe Contest