CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For countless generations, family and friends have gathered around the kitchen table to share stories and bond over their favorite foods. Now Sargento, a family-owned company, wants to give those same people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their cherished recipes published in a cookbook by inviting them to share their stories with the rest of the country. Co-sponsored with Bon Appetit, and in cooperation with Emmy-winning chef Michael Chiarello and the celebrated Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in California's Napa Valley, Sargento is searching for the best kitchen chronicles. Whether it's about making homemade pizza for friends, or the best mac 'n' cheddar recipe served at the annual potluck gathering, the Wisconsin-based company wants to hear how your culinary creations bring family, friends and the community together. "Our family is passionate about gathering to share good food and great company," said Lou Gentine, Sargento chairman and second-generation family owner. "We're excited to help others document their own favorite food experiences." The nationwide search, which participants may enter beginning April 8th through May 31st, will be narrowed to three finalists. That trio will each receive round-trip airfare for two to St. Helena, Calif. and hotel and ground accommodations to participate in a live cook-off before a distinguished panel of judges including Chiarello. People may enter the search on their own, as a family or even as a community. All entries should highlight a favorite original recipe that uses Sargento sliced or shredded natural cheese, with an essay limited to 400 words describing what makes your cheese recipes special and who they bring together. The winner of the search will be declared the grand prize winner, and have their personal cheese favorites published in a cookbook bearing the winner's name, courtesy of Sargento. The winner will also receive copies of the book to share with family and friends, plus bragging rights for a long time! "I'm delighted to serve as judge and host for the Kitchen Chronicles search," said Chiarello. "My own family recipes are my favorites, and I love to share them with my guests." To enter and for complete rules for the Sargento Search for Kitchen Chronicles go to http://bonappetit.com/promo or receive a complete set of rules and entry information by calling 1-800-CHEESES or mailing a request to: Sargento Kitchen Chronicles, One Persnickety Place, Plymouth, WI 53073. Details are also at http://sargento.com along with a variety of Sargento recipe favorites. Sargento Foods Inc., based in Plymouth, Wis., is the leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients and sauces. Founded in 1953, Sargento has demonstrated its passion for providing the best cheese with the introduction of many industry firsts including ready-to-use shredded cheeses, peg bar merchandising, vacuum packaging and resealable packaging. Owned and operated by the Gentine family for more than 50 years, Sargento has net sales in excess of $500 million. For more information contact Rory Swikle at 312.794.1955 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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