There’s not much time left to gather and submit your favorite recipes for the annual Leader Holiday Recipe Contest. The deadline for submitting is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Recipes are sought in five categories: appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts.
A finalist will be chosen in each category, and that recipe will be featured on the menu of the seventh annual Leader Holiday Dinner, set for Friday, Dec. 13, at Jefferson College.
Diners there will vote on their favorite among the finalist dishes, and the winner will receive a grand prize of $300. The other finalists will each receive $50.
Jefferson County and Eureka residents of all ages are invited to submit a recipe in any category, up to a maximum of five per reader.
Recipes that are family favorites or that have a history or story attached are preferred.
Readers are discouraged from simply copying recipes from online or other sources.
Recipes may be submitted by mail at P.O. Box 159, Festus, 63028; in person at 503 N. Second in Festus; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be eligible for the contest, entries must include the submitter’s full name, address, and contact telephone number. For more information about the contest, call the Leader at 636-931-7560.
Leader Publications has sponsored an annual recipe contest since 1999. The Holiday Dinner is sponsored by Leader Publications and the Jefferson College Foundation. Over the past six years, the event has raised more than $15,000, which has been used to help defray the cost of sending students in the college ATS programs to competitions.