Kansans know there are two things that always to together: Kansas State University football and great food cooked up in the parking lot before the game.
This year, the state agriculture trademark program, From the Land of Kansas, sponsored a pre-game tailgate contest for the best food ahead of the K-State vs. Auburn football game.
First place in the main dish category went to Melissa Wahl, Manhattan, with her tailgate brisket. Pam Paulsen, Hutchinson, earned first placed of the side dish division with mashed sweet potatoes with an apple cider glaze. The dessert category was an entry by Wahl with caramel apple cheesecake strudel.
"What better way is there to get Kansans interested in Kansas agriculture and agriculture products than to provide them with food and football?" said Stacy Mayo, From the Land of Kansas director. "We work to promote the production, manufacturing and selling of Kansas products. This is an excellent opportunity to make everyday activities educational for Kansans."
Focused on using ingredients from Kansas, competitors battled their way to game day victory before the kickoff of the K-State vs. Auburn game. Five judges collaborated to reveal the winner.
They evaluated dishes presented by the challengers in this year's inaugural competition. The judges represent wide aspects of the food industry and were as follows: Chef Alli Winter, Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen; Dr. Fadi Aramouni, Kansas State University Value Added Foods Lab; Russ Loub, chef and owner of Little Apple Brewery, Manhattan, Kansas; Kit Maxfield , Original Juan's Director of Business and Product Development; Megan Moser, Manhattan Mercury, Executive Editor.
"The dishes provided by the competitors today were superb. Knowing all of the fare came directly from our great state was the most rewarding part of the day," said Chef Alli. The three winning dishes earned them the title of From the Land of Kansas Tailgate winner. They received an assortment of goods From the Land of Kansas trademark program and member companies.
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