Monday, November 12, 2012

My day in pictures at The Great Sugardale BAC-ON Competition & GIVEAWAY


Do I look serious?  
 
Actually, I think it was the only time during the entire competition I wasn't smiling!! I had the best time EVER!!! 
I reunited with fellow foodies from last year, and I was honored to meet new foodies that even though I have talked to online, I had not met till this past Saturday.  It was a love fest, literally - all around!!
Let me tell you a little bit about the competition and then on to the pictures and the fabulous GIVEAWAY!!
 
There are 9 finalists for the Sugardale BAC-ON competition.  Three (3) in each category.  The three (3) categories are; Appetizers/Entertaining, Ready Bacon & Entree
All three (3) of the finalists from each category compete with each other.  There is a "category winner", and then they move on to the grand finals.  This is where the winners from each category compete against each other.  That is how the grand champion is chosen.
So if you are a winner in your category, you have to make your dish twice (2x). Once for your own category, and then again for the finals.
Makes for a long day... but ultimately your a winner nevertheless!!
 
I was a winner in more ways than just winning my category.  As said above, I reunited with my foodie friends, and met new ones!!  Plus we had a ball interacting with celebrity chefs and samples and demos and freebies... I COULD OF CAMPED OUT THERE, seriously, no problem!!
We saw Guy Fieri, Ann Burrell, Jeff Mauro and a few other celebrity chefs to which honestly their names escape me.  We did not see Michael Symon, he wasn't there on Saturday "darn it all"... I had an extra stash of DROOL FACTOR stored up just for him!!!
I do have to tell you though, Marina (my ROCK STAR ASSISTANT AND SOUS CHEF) and I were clearing out our area at the end of the competition.  We both had our hands full and we turn around, Marina kept walking and I FROZE IN PLACE!!!  Who is standing less than 5ft from me??  KNOW I'M NOT JOKIN!!!
Sara Moulton!!!  She was having makeup applied, and was getting ready to go onstage, the same one I just got off from!!
The look of pure SHOCK on my face, literally caused to her first giggle, and then she waved at me!!  I was still frozen, and she could tell I was torn in asking for a pic.  She was as sweet as sweet can be (so petite and pretty), and was getting ready to talk to me and call me over, I could see it in her face.  Her "assistant" had other plans though, she turned her around and looked back and literally glared at me! 
To which I did the only thing I could do with my hands full... I stuck my tongue out at the assistant and glared back, and then proceeded to walk away!!  Yes, yes I did.  I know childish...
I actually felt like stomping my feet, dropping the boxes and running back over.  I didn't though, I stopped myself, even though I kept looking back!!  Sarah Moulton is one of my original idols!!  Her and EMERIL!!!
 
So, are we ready for some pictures??
 
We were so excited as we were pulling up
 
It's actually and old airplane hanger, revamped..
 

 Marina and I just arriving outside
 
When you first walked in... and yes that is a "real car"
 
Marina and I backstage getting ready to prep... first thing we did was pull out our canister of Clorox wipes, I'm teaching her right I say!!
 




 
Our categories were getting ready, and where were we??
 
Taking pictures!!!!
Left to Right: Sherri Williams, Didi Dalaba & Merry Graham
 
Left to right: Jeanette Nelson, Sherri Williams, Didi Dalaba, Kim Biegacki
 
Okay... back to the competition!!

Me on stage
 

Cooking...
 
Being asked a zillion questions...
 
Were getting ready for the showdown
 
Their keeping us in anticipation
 
OMG, I WON!!!!!  Can you tell I'm about to burst out crying??
 
Tahini Chicken Bacon Bites prior to cooking... 
 
Round two!!  I was next to the judges this time, ugh....
Notice my gloves?  Brought a whole box and shared with everyone!!
 
Final showdown!!!  Brandi won!!  YOOOHOOOOOO
She has participated 3 yrs in a row, 3rd time is a charm, and so well deserved BRANDI!!!  Your shrimp recipe rocked!!
 
The two (2) category winners and Bacon Grand Champion!!
 
AND JUST BECAUSE I HAD SO MUCH FUN, a fun pic of me after the competition... right before my BFF Kimmie R (from Cleveland, GO CLEVELAND)and I hit the wine tastings!!!
 
 So as you can see my friends I had the best time... literally!!!  Cleveland OH is indeed a "foodie town" and if you are ever in the neighborhood.  Do try to hit a few hotspots, their downright delicious!!!

That being said, I would love to present you with a gift!!! 
I have 10 coupons for free bacon that I would love to give you... plus a little extra lovin gift from me, think "chutney" my friends!!!
Yes, that is 10lbs of bacon and a little something, just because I LOVE YOU!!!
Trust me, I'm a lovie dovie person... I hug EVERYONE!!!  Do you think it's the Greek in me??  Anyway, here is some very pertinent information.

1. Make sure that Sugardale Bacon is sold at your local stores. I would hate for you to "win" and find out that your local stores do not carry Sugardale products.
2. Have to be 18 yrs old or older and a resident of the USA to participate.
3. Five (5) chances to win.

Here is how you enter:
 
1. Leave a comment to this post telling me what you found most interesting or  funny.  Leave the comment with your first name, initial of your last name and the state that you are from.  Tell me what you enjoy most about my blog.
That is entry #1

Extra Entries:

2.  Like my page on Facebook:  Leave me a separate comment stating as such.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/DishinWithDidi


3. Add me to your circles on Google +:  Leave me a separate comment, stating as such.
https://plus.google.com/103059298371173567802#103059298371173567802/posts/p/pub
 
 4. Follow me on twitter:  Leave me a separate comment stating as such.
https://twitter.com/Dishinwithdidi

5. Follow me on Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/DishinwithDidi/

The winner will be drawn using "Randomizer.org" on November 18th and announced on November 19th.  Just in time for the holidays!!
Imagine how many amazing delicacies you can make using 10lbs of bacon and the delicious unique gift from me??  You will be the rockin festive house to be sure!!!


These are what the winning Tahini Chicken Bacon Bites with Ancho Chili Blackberry Dipping Sauce look after cooking...


You can find my recipe and all the finalists recipes at the Sugardale Bacon website.

HERE.

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

66 comments :

  1. Very Nice! I got a picture with the cupcake boy too. LOL I also shot a pic of Sarah. It was so nice seeing you and my other foodie peeps! ♥ya

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    1. You so know I had a zillion more pics with you and me right sissy? I had to cut some out... otherwise the post would go on for days!!!!

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  2. Congratulations!!! Looks like a wonderful time! xo Colleen Sowa

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  3. Didi- I love your blog because your personality jumps out and kisses me every time I read it. You are such a winner, and I'm glad you had so much fun. Connecting with other foodies is the best. And Sarah Moulton? Love her from the early days, and love her still. So happy for you!!

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    1. I'm telling you Linda sweetheart... it took my every will not to go over and just squeeze her to death!!!

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  4. So, was that a cupcake boy or a cupcake girl? I wasnt sure. :)
    I love drooling on my computer, thats what I love most about your blog.. :)

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    1. Ummmm that would be "cupcake boy" for you and me... up close an personal... LMAO

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  5. I already like you on Facebook, I just followed you on Twitter, & I already follow you on Pinterest. ;) Heck, I even "like" you in real life! haha..

    Had a blast with you & yours, Didi.. So glad we both made it. ;)

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    1. Kimmie!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how relaxed and "zone like" I felt with you... heck, I felt like building a campfire, and getting some of those gourmet marshmallows to roast!! Of course with more wine that is!!! I LOVED SPENDIND THE afternoon with you... above all, I can't thank you enough for coming out and cheering me on!!! xoxoxoxo

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  6. Hello Didi !! I saw your pictures an comments about Sugardale BAC-ON . I love it , and I so happy for you !! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you Daniela!! Twitter didn't work love, but thank you!!!

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  7. Woohoo!!!! I'm glad I can now get the recipe for these little yummies...

    I've followed you on Pinterst from the git-go, now on Twitter and you've been in the circle for a while too...:)

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    1. ♥ My Jan!!!! Your "alway's" #1 in my book!!!

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    2. thanks, sweetie...you're #1 here too! ♥

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  8. Oh my gosh - Guy Fieri was there? We went to ne of the diners he featered on Triple D & I took a photo of the plaque that says 'Guy Fieri sat here'.

    I love your blog because you always make me happy (even if youare cooking something I might not care to eat LOL)

    Teresa Y, NY

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  9. I'm following you on Pinterest (yum!)

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  10. Didi I loved everything about your blog - the recipes, the people you met and most of all your great friendly personality

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  11. Didi, I loved hearing about your reaction to your idol Sara Moulton. I love your blog because your love for food and sharing recipes always comes across in your posts. LeAnn V, NY

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  12. Like you on Facebook (leann brandner voyer)

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  13. Following you on Twitter @dancersmom69.

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  14. Following you on Pinterest. LKVOYER.

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  15. Most interesting ... always you, sweetheart hehe
    I really love the photos the most. It gives me/us a little glimps into what happened for you! Love it! And congrats!!

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  16. And well, you now I follow you on FB already.

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  17. And google too lol Man a few years ago all of that would have been considered stalking ... these days - not so much! lol

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  18. I'm not sure they sell sugardale bacon around here though. Have to check at Fry's (Kroegers elsewhere) next time I'm there :)

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  19. Oh my gorgeous friend Didi... what an awesome tme you must have had! You describe it so well as you dowith everything...and that is what I love most about your blog... your vivid descriptions! Congratulations!! MichelleK

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  20. We are - of course - friends on facebook!
    MichelleK

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  21. I am following on pinterest and as far as twitter and google+...agh, how many more vices can I have?? LOL MichelleK

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  22. Didi, I thought it was hilarious that you stuck your tongue out at Sara Moulton's assistant and I love your blog because I can see your personality shining through. You are an absolute delite!!

    Diane S, Georgia

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  23. You've been liked on FB for a while now and I've been following you on Pinterest.

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  24. Your article was interesting and I was most surprised by the celebrity chefs that were there. What a nice bonus!
    Holly W. New York

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  25. I like your page on Facebook.
    Holly W. New York

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  26. Follow you on Twitter!
    Holly W. New York

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  27. I love to read your blog with real life stories in them! You keep it real, love that!
    Lea Ann W. from NY

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  28. "Like" you on FB- Lea Ann Coupons

    Lea Ann W. from NY

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  29. Follow you on Twitter- Leaannw

    Lea Ann W. from NY

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  30. Didi, what a great write up about the Sugardale contest. I have to be honest and say that I didn't know who Sara Moulton was. LOL Had to go and check out a pic of her. I thought it was so cute how you said that when her assistant glared at you that you stuck your tongue out at her. I could see you doing that. haha....that's what she gets. LOL --What a wonderful weekend getting to meet you all. I am so happy you had such a wonderful time.

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  31. I am now following you on Twitter.

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  32. Already friends with you on FB. :-)

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  33. Didn't know you were on Pinterest, but now following you on there too.

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  34. I also added you to my friends list on Google and look forward to reading your blogs.

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  35. Congratulations! What a great experience for you! I really enjoyed reading all about it and would have loved to have been able to be there to cheer you on!

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  36. Wendy d NY

    Didi, i am so glad that I have had the chance to meet you!Your blog reflects you, is always interesting and funny!I'm not a foodie. Maybe you will make me one. I was at a foodie restaurant in Hamburg and didn't know what to order at all. I took a chance on a chicken sandwich with spinach, mushrooms and cheese. It was delicious.

    I am so glad for you that you find joy in your cooking!

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  37. I liked you on Facebook Donna Clookey

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  38. Didi I know I am not eligible to the competition but I just wanted to congratulate you girl for all your effort and win! I can see you had a marvellous time and I am sure they all enjoyed your creations!

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  39. Love your write up about Sugardale and all the fun you had!!! And love your photos too...I almost feel like I was there with you all!!! So much fun!!! Congrats again on your win Didi! :)

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  40. I loved looking at all of your photos!. Congratulations on your WiN!

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  41. I liked your Facebook page....I thought I had before!

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  42. Following you on Twitter now....:)

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  43. Felicitaciones por el logro los polpete lucen deliciosos,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  44. It's nice to see a Greek cooking something other than breakfast with Bacon. But then I think Bacon belongs in every meal. Ooooompa!

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  45. Congratulations Didi! What I loved best was the look of surprise on your face when you won!

    Precious M.

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  46. Didi. pal since llvlc days.. maybe before. I love your blog. seeing you in your element makes me so happy.... Cathy k. candler nc

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  47. I follow on facebookand I see birgit here!!!
    Cathy k.

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  48. added on pinterest a while ago
    Cathy k

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  49. DiDi honey I follow you all the time and find it amazing that you aren't afraid to make the videos of yourself and put them out. I know you had a blast with the girls at the Bac-on Cynthia M from AL

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  50. I'm not in it to win it, just to tell you how great you are ;P Your personal pictures make your blog so much more relatable! I should probably post more often.

    Who doesn't love BACON!?!

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  51. Didi - you rock, girlfriend! I'm so proud to be your friend!! I just signed up and follow you with Pinterest, and you're already my Facebook bud... We gotta get together soon soon soon. Love you!!

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