Ten people ate a pomegranate-filled breakfast as they sampled 10 dishes made using recipes submitted by the public for the annual Stiebs Pomegranate Recipe Competition on Wednesday.
The contest is sponsored by Stiebs — a sourcing, processing and delivery company that also sponsors the annual Pomegranate Festival — and is precursory to the yearly celebration of the fruit.
The Vineyard Restaurant owner Chris Mariscotti opened the doors to his business early to host the competition. K.C. Pomering, representative of the Stiebs’ contest, read each of the 362 recipes entered and narrowed the final list to 10. She bought all the ingredients needed for each and delivered them to Chef Jace Milam, who cooked all the dishes.
Clips of the food tasting were broadcast live on KMPH Fox 26’s Great Day. Reporter Clayton Clark was part of the panel of judges who chose the top three winners, whose names will be announced at the Pomegranate Festival on Nov. 2 at the Madera Municipal Airport. Each winner will receive $500 and one of the winning recipes will be used during a cooking demonstration, whereupon samples will be given out in Stiebs’ booth. Stiebs will also provide recipe printouts...