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Mara’s Pasta Spring Recipe Contest – WIN BIG!

Mara's Whole Wheat Penne with Roasted Vegetables

The photos of delicious pasta dishes featuring Mara’s Pasta keep rolling in!  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 Penne with Roasted Vegetables from fans, Jackie and Mike.

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, 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 are THREE gift certificates to the Mara’s Pasta online store (1st prize – $75, 2nd prize – $50, 3rd prize – $25),  your recipe and photo being featured on our website, and of course, bragging rights. Do you realize how much pasta $75 buys you? A lot. That’s how much.

Two words of advice: original photos submitted with recipes and those featuring seasonal, SPRING ingredients receive bonus points. Just saying.

The Fine Print

  • Recipe must use a cut of whole wheat pasta that Mara’s Pasta comes in (spaghetti, fettuccine, farfalle, macaroni, rotini, or penne).
  • Recipe must be tested, with correct ingredients and measurements.
  • Recipe must use real ingredients (i.e., real butter, not margarine; real eggs, not egg substitute; no artificial anything).
  • Photos must be taken by the submitter or the submitter must own the copyright to the photo. Use of photos owned by someone who has not given permission to have them published is prohibited, and subject to copyright laws.
  • Recipes are accepted and published at the sole discretion of Mara’s Pasta and will be edited before publishing.
  • Contest runs through 11:59 pm PST on June 3, 2012.

Now that we’ve gotten those details out of the way, have at it!  Fill out the form below and send a photo attachment to info@maraspasta.com:

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Recipe Title

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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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Mara’s Pasta Receives 2012 Food & Beverage Product Innovations Award!

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Healthy FINALLY tastes good in Chicago, where today, the Food & Beverage Product Innovations 2012 Awards, presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, were announced. And the winners included…drum roll please…Mara’s Pasta, the healthy AND delicious whole wheat pasta!

This year, the award recognizes consumable products that deliver significant restaurant operator benefits ranging from new flavor concepts to better-for-you nutritional profiles and operator flexibility. Awardees were selected by an independent panel of experts who represent a broad variety of both commercial and non-commercial segments.

“We are thrilled that the pleasing taste and texture of Mara’s Pasta has been validated by the judges for the Food & Beverage Product Innovations 2012 Awards,” states Brendan McEntee, President and CEO of Mara’s Pasta. “We’re changing the way people think about whole wheat pasta, proving that healthy does taste good!”

The complete list of recipients can be viewed on the National Restaurant Association website.

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