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Winner Winner Pasta Dinner! Mara’s Pasta Spring Recipe Contest Winners Announced!

Mara’s Whole Wheat Farfalle with Fennel, Baby Spinach & Pine Nuts

When we announced the Spring Recipe Contest, we had no idea how many responses we’d get. Who knew people liked pasta so much!? We kid, we kid. You LOVE pasta! After pouring through all of the delicious and mouth-watering entries, we had to decide on only three winners. Not easy, especially when it’s lunch time.

Without further adieu, the winners are:

1st: $75 Mara’s Pasta Online Store Gift Certificate

Mara’s Whole Wheat Farfalle with Fennel, Baby Spinach & Pine Nuts

Submitted by: Amy Pendergast from Brooklyn, NY

2nd: $50 Mara’s Pasta Online Store Gift Certificate

Fresh Mediterranean Spring Pasta Salad Featuring Mara’s Whole Wheat Penne

Submitted by: Crystal Schmidt from Altoona, WI

3rd : $25 Mara’s Pasta Online Store Gift Certificate

Mara’s Whole Wheat Fettuccine Spring Vegetable Primavera

Submitted by: Melissa Leinhart from Clinton, TN

Please join us in congratulating these fine chefs on a job well done and (more importantly) contributing to your recipe arsenal! Who knows? They might invite you over for dinner.

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Mara Makes Her Debut at the 35th Annual New Bedford ½ Marathon!

It was a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and it was unseasonably warm. It was a PERFECT weekend to run 13.1 miles through historic New Bedford, Massachusetts.

That’s what the ~ 2,800 runners who ran on Sunday, March 18th thought too.

Mara’s Pasta was on hand to carbo-load (and reload) the athletes pre- and post-race with samples of our healthy and delicious whole wheat pasta. And while this was the first time that many (ok, ALL) of the runners had heard of Mara’s Pasta, they were very pleasantly surprised to learn that healthy could actually taste good. Can you blame them?

 

These athletes LIVE for healthy carbs to fuel their intense workouts and races. Could Mara’s Pasta quite possibly be the perfect food for the distance runner? We like to think so.

At the end of the weekend, and nearly 3,000 samples lighter, we packed up our table and went on our merry way, inspired by the commitment and athleticism that every runner displayed. We even took the streets on Monday morning for a quick run around the neighborhood and quickly realized that muscle memory is not instant. Sadly (for you, our readers) there are no photos of this experience.

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Calling All Cooks: Mara’s Pasta Recipe and Photo Contest!

Boy, we sure have been getting LOTS of photos of delicious pasta dishes featuring Mara’s Pasta!  If you haven’t seen them, check out our Facebook page (and be prepared to drool). Check out this one featuring Mara’s Whole Wheat Rotini with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, peas, and chicken with a white wine and roasted garlic oil from fans, Heather and Tito:

Yummy, right?

So we figured this might be a good time for a fun contest and provide our fans with some culinary inspiration. What better way than to have a photo and healthy and delicious whole wheat pasta recipe contest?  That’s what we thought too.

So here it is, and the stakes are higher than ever. Up for grabs is a $100 gift certificate to the Mara’s Pasta online store, being featured on our website, and of course, bragging rights. Do you realize how many pounds of our healthy and delicious whole wheat pasta $100 buys?  A lot.

The Fine Print

  • To enter, post a photo AND recipe to our Facebook wall. Then SHARE it on your own wall, making sure that the privacy setting at the top right hand corner is set to “public”.
  • The person with the most “likes” and/or comments for their photo and recipe post, wins.
  • “Likes” to your photo and comments will both be counted, but multiple comments will be counted once (i.e., Susan “likes” your picture and then makes two separate comments below the picture, that counts as two votes – not three).
  • All submitted recipes and photos are subject to future publication via the Mara’s Pasta website and other forms of media (with appropriate credit).
  • Contest runs through 11:59 pm PST on January, 22, 2012.

Aaand go!

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Mara’s Pasta Joins an Iconic Cast for Some Winter Fun at The Silverbrook Farm!

The next stop on the Mara’s Pasta East Coast Tour was The Silverbrook Farm, the second retailer on the East Coast to carry Mara’s Pasta. Located in the beautiful countryside of Acushnet, Massachusetts, The Silverbrook Farm has quickly become the “go to” farm for fresh local produce (in season), local, free-range meat and poultry, homemade jams, relishes, pickled veggies, fresh bakery items hot out of The Pereira Bread Company oven (a tasty little division of The Silverbrook Farm), and good old-fashioned farm fun for the whole family, offering hay rides, a petting farm, and various events throughout the year. Last Saturday, December 10, was no exception.
Mara’s Pasta was among the esteemed guests invited to take part in Santa’s Winter Farm Follies at Silverbrook. Also included, The Grinch, and Mr. (Santa) and Mrs. Claus.
 
Guests toured the farm, got their faces painted, took part in pony and hay rides, sipped on hot chocolate and feasted on tasty samples of Mara’s Whole Wheat Pasta in the General Store.
 
Here’s Taylor, enjoying some Mara’s Pasta. Isn’t she cute?
 
On the menu were three easy and healthy pasta recipes:
 
 
Neveah gobbled it up!
 
 
Isabella was a big fan!

That was Eamon’s favorite!

For many guests, young and old, it was the first time being introduced to our unique and nutritious whole wheat pasta, including The Grinch, who despite his best efforts, couldn’t deny the sweet, smooth, and delicious flavor. We consider this pretty victorious.

 
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Mara’s Pasta Lands on the East Coast!

After spending over a year primarily on the shelves of San Francisco Bay Area retail shelves, Mara’s Pasta, the only whole wheat pasta of its kind that tastes great, has landed in the Northeast. Kitchen & Bath Details, a one-stop-shop for kitchen and bath design needs, located in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, is the first (of three) retailers on the East Coast to carry Mara’s Pasta.  We celebrated this momentous occasion on Saturday, December 3rd during their Holiday Open House and Food Drive, where delicious dishes featuring Mara’s six varieties of whole wheat pasta were prepared (and devoured by guests) by Kristen Boucher, RN, founder and health & wellness coach with MIX | Wellness Solutions for a Balanced Life and founder of For The Love Of Fiber in the Details fully operational demo kitchen.  

On the menu, were six quick and simple whole wheat pasta recipes:

Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad with Mara’s Whole Wheat Farfalle

Greek Pasta Salad with Mara’s Whole Wheat Rotini

Mara’s Whole Wheat Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce

Fresh Basil Pesto with Mara’s Whole Wheat Spaghetti

Pumpkin Mac ‘N Cheese with Mara’s Macaroni 

Four Cheese Baked Ziti Florentine

For many guests, this was the first time tasting Mara’s Pasta and the sentiments were a consistent and resounding, “Wow, this really IS good!” Even the kids enjoyed it!

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