Bean Cooking Contest to Be Held at Westport Farmers’ Market

Boxcar Cantina Bean Cooking Contest

A Search for the Best-Kept Bean Recipe

Boxcar Cantina of Greenwich, CT, is searching for the best-kept bean recipe. They’ve been experimenting in their kitchen with a variety of heritage beans from Cayuga Pure Organics (from NY) and Rancho Gordo (from CA) and created a “Bean of the Week” program which encourages diners to try beans, an arguably healthier meat alternative.

Boxcar Cantina is now on the search for an exceptional bean recipe. With so many bean varieties to choose from,  each with a unique taste, texture and flavor, they’ve decided the best way to discover an outstanding bean recipe is to host a good old fashioned cooking contest. Perhaps you have a killer bean dip that everyone raves about, or a bean soup, maybe a salsa–if the bean is the star of your dish, Boxcar Cantina wants to try it…and you will be rewarded.

If bragging rights to having “the best bean recipe” isn’t enough, there are great gifts. The winner receives a $75  gift certificate to Boxcar Cantina and their winning recipe will be featured on Boxcar Cantina’s specials menu for one month. The winner will also receive a beautiful gift basket filled with unique items from vendors and farmers of the Westport Farmers’ Market.

All ages and culinary levels are welcome to enter. To become a contestant go to Boxcar Cantina’s Facebook Wall and write the name of your bean recipe, or simply state “I have the best bean recipe!”  Judging takes place on Thursday July 28th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Westport Farmers’ Market where contestants should bring enough of their prepared bean dish to provide a small sample to a panel of 5 judges. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded that day.

There is one rule – the recipe must include at least one local Connecticut grown ingredient, but contestants are encouraged to use as many local ingredients as possible. If the contestant cannot make it to the Westport Farmers’ Market on the day of judging, they are allowed to send a friend with their prepared bean recipe.

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Link to Boxcar Cantina’s Facebook Wall

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