Sunday, May 2, 2010

Have a strawberry salad and join me in L.A. for a huge giveaway from Bertolli Foods

That's right. Bertolli Foods is sending me to Los Angeles for a "meet and greet" Celebrity Chef Event with Rocco DiSpirito (it's fate - we were both born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York City) and a culinary tour of the City of Angels. Better yet, they want one of you to come with me. Are you free May 10-12? (Yes this May 10, 2010). Feeling adventurous? Wanting new sights, new sounds, new aromas and new tastes? Bertolli foods is taking care of your transportation, hotel and meals.

What do you need to do? It's simple - for four days, I will be airing a webisode of Bertolli's Into the Heart of Italy. You simply watch the webisode and then leave a comment telling me:

a. your favorite part

b. the "clue"

And whether or not you are interested in participating in this Bertolli giveaway! If you are, please make sure your comment includes a way I can reach you. Four days of comments will be combined and then one will be picked at random.* The giveaway closes Thursday at 8 p.m. when a "comment number" is picked (at 10 p.m.). Then, get ready to pack your bags!

*I am sorry, my international friends, but the giveaway applies to the continental United States only. Winner must be available to travel May 10-12.

The webisodes are easy on the eyes - it's a few minutes a day under the Tuscan sun. I travel vicariously through cooking, why not through webisodes?

If you cannot view the video, follow the link

And below is all you need for a Sassy Strawberry Salad.

1 pint strawberries, cleaned and hulled, cut if huge

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

4 cups combination of baby spinach and mache lettuces

2-3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

a few brave turns of the pepper grinder

Toss and serve. Watch the video and dream of Italy. Comment and come to L.A.


Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

another great opportunity for you~ wish I had time off, but my full time job of retail awaits me....salad sounds awesome, have a great time!! I will wait another 15 years to retire before having spare time to travel freely like you do, your so lucky~ congrats on this fine opportunity....

Claudia said...

Oh Claudia, wish you could enter. I will work like a demon at home (am very much not retired) to be ahead of myself. Changed meetings, changed rehearsals... but yes, am very lucky to be able to schedule myself!

Jen_from_NJ said...

What an amazing opportunity!

a) I love Vito's Mom.

b) Cheese - parmigiano reggiano

Wanda..... said...

How very exciting for you, Claudia! I will have to try the Bertolli Dinners!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Where to start? This is such a fun chance for you and a reader. I love the whole episode - especially making the farfalle. And the clue of parmigiano reggiano - yes, yes parmigiano - the king of cheeses.

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chow and chatter said...

have loads of fun !!

Anonymous said...

You know my husband is in LA that week and it would have been so much fun for me to be there too but I do have to stay with my little one here. I'm looking forward though to virtually living this experience through you :)

Barbara GF said...

Another exciting culinary adventure for you, Claudia. Best of luck. I wish I could be free to join you, but, alas, work and life beckons. (And it would have been nice to meet you in person!) How lucky for you to meet up with Rocco; he's a CIA grad and has been back to the valley on occasion.
Safe travel; I look forward to reading all about it.

Angie's Recipes said...

Strawberry salad! wow The recipe comes just in time, as I have some fresh strawberries in the fridge...and I gotta put lots of the pine nuts in it!

Have a lovely Monday!

theUngourmet said...

Marisa is so darling. I've always liked her. I loved seeing the beautiful!

The clue was cheese.

Oh yes, I would love to play along! ;)

janet said...

I hope you have a wonderful time Claudia!! Love that you put pine nuts in that salad, I never think to use them that way. It looks yummy.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I am thrilled for you Claudia. I'm thrilled for them as well. I can't think of anyone who would be a better spokesperson or representative than you. I hope you are having a great day up there on cloud nine. Blessings...Mary

figtree said...

Wow I cant wait to hear about this exciting trip! Im stuck in Philly.... :( that weekend, in the mean time Ill be eating strawberry sadad!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Perfect timing, Claudia! I bought a big container of strawberries at Costco this weekend and a strawberry salad sounds good!

Marisa Tormei lived in Brooklyn as a child and attended the same junior high school as my son! My favorite part of this flim clip was Rocco helping her flip the pasta in the large fryng pan to help incorporate the delicious sauce. I have to learn how to do that myself.

I'm retired so I could go those dates if I were lucky enough to win!
The clue(s)were cheese hammer, and parmigiano reggiano cheese.

OysterCulture said...

What a fun adventure - I can't wait to see what you have to say about it. I'll have to watch the video but in the meantime I just wanted to wish you so much fun on your trip.

What a yummy sounding salad!

Unknown said...

Oh, I love salad of strawberries, balsamic and basil... never thought of adding pine nuts! Thanx :)