SOUTHFIELD, MI (July 8, 2010) – There’s no shortage of delicious Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables in the summer, and all year round wonderful locally produced cheeses, meats, grains and other grocery items take a starring role on Michiganders’ plates. Now Hiller’s Markets and the Buy Michigan Now campaign, which is holding its 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival August 6-8 in Northville, are running a competition to find the best Michigan-ingredients chef.
The final cook-off will be held at the fest on Saturday, August 7th with local celebrity chefs doing the judging, including Hiller’s own Chef Peter Julian.
The primary ingredients of the recipe must be Michigan-grown or produced, with at least 75 percent of the total ingredients stemming from Michigan. In addition to a $250 Hiller’s Markets gift card, the grand prize winner’s recipe will be sold at all seven Hiller’s locations for one month with profits benefitting a Michigan charity of the winner’s choice. Second and third place winners will each receive $100 Hiller’s gift cards, while fourth place takes home a $50 Hiller’s gift card.
Last year, thousands of people attended the Buy Michigan Now Festival, aimed at promoting Michigan’s myriad of products and encouraging people to support the state’s economy by buying locally. This year’s event includes live music, kid-friendly activities, sidewalk sales, a variety of Michigan vendors, and of course, plenty of great local food.
Hiller’s Markets is an avid advocate of Michigan products, labeling items in its stores to help customers choose home-grown fare - anything from gourmet ice-creams and desserts to fresh salsa and tortilla chips.
“Supporting our own—the wonderful produce and products that Michigan has to offer—is one of my personal mantras,” says Justin Hiller, vice-president of Hiller’s Markets. “I hope this competition will give some of our state’s cooks a real chance to explore all the great food options available locally. It’s good for our environment and good for our economy.”
Lisa Diggs, founder of Buy Michigan Now, adds: “We’re excited to be partnering with our friends at Hiller’s once again to highlight local foods. Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, and that means there are a lot of opportunities for creative cooks to have fun with Michigan foods, while simultaneously helping a critical industry grow. I’m really looking forward to discovering tasty new ways to mix and prepare Michigan’s finest ingredients.”