LUCCA & Provenance Host $1,000 Holiday Cookie Contest


cookieThis holiday season, LUCCA Cafe in Irvine and Provenance Restaurant in Newport Beach are joining forces to conduct a county-wide search for the Best Holiday Cookie. The public is invited to submit their most prized cookie recipe through Sunday, November 30thand Chef Cathy Pavlos, owner of both sponsoring restaurants, will select five finalists to go head-to-head in a cookie showdown in December at Provenance. With the help of a panel of judges, Chef Cathy will name one cookie the winner and award its baker a $1,000 cash prize!

This search is an opportunity for my guests to share a piece of their family history, beginning with the age-old tradition of holiday baking, comments Chef Cathy, whose cookies at LUCCA have grown a fan club of their own over the past decade. Growing up in Orange County, one of my favorite things about the holidays were the wonderful cookies my mom would bake. We couldn’t wait for them to cool before we sunk our teeth into their sugary, warm goodness.

The public is invited to submit a recipe and photograph (optional), along with name, age, and city of residence, via email [email protected] The entries will be collected through midnight on Sunday, November 30th. Five finalists will be notified and invited to a final judging during which their cookies will be evaluated on taste, appearance and holiday spirit. Finalists must be present at the final judging to qualify for the $1,000 prize.

A good holiday cookie can transport you to a simpler time, when all your problems could be solved with a freshly baked ginger spice cookie. This competition will boil down to a search for that one cookie that best evokes a sense of nostalgia with the perfect balance of flavors and ingredients,†added Chef Cathy.

Details about the final event and the judging panel to join Chef Cathy to determine the winning entry will be released in November. Those interested in following details may refer to the Facebook pages forLUCCAandProvenance.

Posted by Rachel Allan