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2019 Monthly Recipe Contests

Each monthly recipe contest will begin on the 1st day of each month and end the last day of each month at midnight. Recipe entries must be submitted in the actual month of the contest. Advanced submissions will not be judged. Contest is open to all SDA professional members.

Monthly Contest Themes

Don't forget the audience for the contests are the guests you serve daily!


January 2019

Do you have a signature sandwich that your community loves?

If so, don't hesitate and enter "The Sandwich" contest today!


Grand Prize -

Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen.

$230 Value                  

Second Place - Echo Plus 2nd Gen. 

$99 Value

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



February 2019

February is the month of romance—think candles on the table and crooners on the hi-fi. Send us your go-to recipe for keeping the romance alive!




Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.


March 2019

Toaster pastries and Cap’n Crunch are history, replaced by the farm-to-table world of fresh flavors and nutrition. Send us your best healthy breakfast specialty!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



April 2019

Jennings Cox concocted the Daiquiri and Ferdinand Petiot brought us the Bloody Mary. Send us the libation that will put you in the history books!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.

 


May 2019

Everyone is entitled to a tasty meal—even your residents with swallowing problems and similar challenges. Let us know how you keep mealtimes joyful.

Send us your best puree dinner menu entree. Don't forget to include your recipe and pictures.  

 


Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

 

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



June 2019

Is there anything better than a dessert featuring the explosive flavors of summer? Help us celebrate nature’s bounty by sharing your own masterful recipe.



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

 

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



July 2019

Are you the Memphis dry rub type? A Kansas City sauce adherent? Or have you created the next big thing in barbecue? Send us your own primo barbecue recipe!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

 

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



August 2019

From the healing power of chicken soup to exciting specialties from around the world, soup has the power to comfort and unite. Send us your best!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



September 2019

There are many brilliant approaches to small plates—tapas, dim sum, antipasti and more. Send us your small plate masterpiece for this month’s contest!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon


Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



October 2019

There’s more to Halloween than a handful of bite-sized candy bars. Help add a little style to the ghoulish festivities with your best Halloween treat!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.


November 2019

There’s more than one way to cook a turkey, concoct a dressing, create a cranberry sauce. Send us your best recipe for making Thanksgiving exciting!



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.



December 2019

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Eggnog sitting in your cup. What is your favorite recipe for making winter special?



Grand Prize - $150 Gift Card to Amazon

                

Second Place - $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Judging Criteria

Serving Method & Presentation: Fresh and colorful, hot/cold serving plate, stylistic but practical.

Menu & Ingredients Compatibility: Does the recipe ingredients compliment each other in color, flavor, and texture? 

Creativity & Practicality: Is the dish creative, showing something new or an old idea modernized? 

Flavor, Taste & Texture: Do the specified major ingredients carry the dominant flavors? Do the components fit together? Are the temperatures correct? Is it easy to eat?

Recipe Accuracy: Can the recipe be recreated easily and consistently?

Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.




Contest Rules

Each monthly recipe contest will begin on the 1st day of each month and end the last day of each month at midnight. Recipe entries must be submitted in the actual month of the contest. Advanced submissions will not be judged. 


1. The contest is open to all SDA professional members in good standing. Entries must be designed and produced by the member/organization entering the contest.


2. Entries of organization-wide promotions/menus/concepts that are for use at multiple locations, must be submitted by the organization corporate office.  

3. All entries must be received by the deadline of the last day of the month by midnight. Entries not received by the deadline will be disqualified and will not be judged.

4. The SDA staff will review all entries upon receipt for accuracy, submission requirements, judging criteria, and completion. The SDA reserves the right to entries if deemed appropriate.

5. All entry forms must be entirely completed before submitting. Partially completed forms will not be included in judging.

6. The decision of awards by the judges are final.

7. For an entry which uses copyrighted materials and/or trademarks of others, the entrant institution must first have obtained written permission from each copyright and/or trademark owner, for the purposes reflected in the entry and for further publication and use by SDA. Certification that these written permissions have been obtained is required on the award submission entry form.

8. By entering, permission is thereby given to the Senior Dining Association (SDA) to publish and/or use in any way the material so submitted.

9. Recipe Requirements: Each recipe submission must include a entree title, menu description, yield, portion size, measured ingredients, procedure, plating technique & picture of the dish.

Submit Your Entry Today! 

Each entry must be submitted during

the current contest month




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