I got this in an email (on my blog account) and decided to share it with you.Â I mean, who couldn’t use a million dollars?Â I sure could.Â I bet a lot of you have a favorite sauce recipe that you’ve created over time.Â Maybe it’s time for yours to shine (and win you a lot of moolah!).
I clicked the link and headed over to their site, and realized, incidentally, that I actually have their butternut squash sauce on my shelf – bought it last time I went to Costco (I haven’t tried it yet.Â It’s on the bottom shelf, lol).Â That sauce already says “gluten free” on it, so we know that Dave’s has a clue and cares.Â Let’s send them a bunch more gluten-free ideas!!
Pasta Sauce/Hot Sauce Maker Willing to Pay to Find Out
Daveâ€™s Gourmet Looking to Home Chefs and Food Professionals for Next Great Sauce.
Have you ever tasted a pasta sauce from the supermarket and thought, â€œI can do better then thatâ€ or do you make a fantastic sauce, salsa, dip, etc.?Â That is what Dave Hirschkop of Daveâ€™s Gourmet thought, which is part of what motivated him to start his company that manufactures and markets award-winning sauces to millions of Americans every year.
The thing is, heâ€™s pretty sure heâ€™s not the only one in America who has a great sauce. Thatâ€™s why Dave is putting his money where your kitchen is by creating a national contest to determine where Americaâ€™s next great sauce, salsa or dip will come from.
â€œI know that somewhere someone is home making their own sauce because they know itâ€™s better than anything they can get at the supermarket,â€ said Dave, whose sauces have won best in the industry awards two years running. â€œWell, I want that sauce. I want to manufacture it and bring it to people around the world. The only problem Iâ€™ve had in that equation was how to find it.â€
Enter Daveâ€™s brainchild: the Daveâ€™s Gourmet Recipe Challenge, which carries a grand prize of up to $1,000,000 in sales royalties. Hereâ€™s how it works:
- Send Dave your recipe at www.davesgourmet.com by December 31, 2011.
- Entrants have to warrant that they own that recipe and that they did not swipe it from their sister-in-law when she wasnâ€™t looking.
- From January 1-4, 2012, Daveâ€™s team will test the recipes and choose a bank of semifinalists.
- Sauces will be judged in five categories â€“ taste, appearance, creativity, consumer appeal and the recipeâ€™s ability to be mass-produced. In other words, if Dave has to hand-cut bay leaves from trees found only in the southernmost tip of Italy in order to make your sauce, it might be too difficult for him to mass-produce.
- Those semifinalist sauces will be taste-tested by a panel from Daveâ€™s Gourmet and finalist sauces will be chosen and their owners notified between January 12-14.
- On January 15 to 17, hundreds of food professionals attending the Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco will taste the finalistsâ€™ entries and will vote for their favorite.
- On January 18, the winner or winners will be announced and notified.
- Within two weeks of being notified, winners must sign some paperwork and collect their advance of $2000.
- The sauce will be produced for Daveâ€™s Gourmetâ€™s retailers and might have the winnerâ€™s name right on the label.
- The winner will receive royalties for 6 years, up to $1 million.
Dave said, â€œNow, I wasnâ€™t anyone special when I started my restaurant and then moved into manufacturing sauces. Iâ€™m just like everyone else and thatâ€™s why I know that somewhere out there, someone just like me is standing in their kitchen stirring a sauce that could very well be the best one in America. So, Iâ€™m going to find out where it is.â€
About Dave Hirschkop
Dave Hirschkop is married with three children, and graduated from Boston University back in the 80s. Shortly thereafter, he opened a mom and pop restaurant called Burrito Madness. It was there he first started experimenting with hot sauces, later moving into pasta sauces. He started Daveâ€™s Gourmet 18 years ago, and now has products in major retailers like Safeway, Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods and Costco.