I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m not loyal to one grocery store. Before Hailey I’d go to 3 different stores to get the best prices. I’ve also sung the praises of Charlotte’s new Whole Foods, but on a weekly basis, I can’t make it down to South Park to shop there and it wouldn’t make fiscal sense for me to by ALL our groceries from there. That’s why I shop hop.
There is a Food Lion close to where I live and a few months ago they revamped it into a really nice store. It’s a Carolina company, starting it Salisbury, NC and their prices can’t be beat when I need to pick up some basics.
…like wine. Their private label cabernet was delish!
Last night, I was invited with several other bloggers to a Food Lion Cook Off Challenge hosted at Flex and Fit, an amazing fitness facility in uptown Charlotte. Yes, we call it uptown… sounds a little pretentious, huh?
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the event was SO much fun. Ever watch Top Chef and wish you could be a part of it? Me too!
They divided us into teams, then gave us our scenario: we had to create a dinner for 4 in under 30 minutes and under 15 dollars using the Food Lion stocked pantry and fridge.
Chaos erupted in the kitchen as we all scurried to the burners and started to prep.
It was hectic, but everyone worked really well together, sharing the crazy equipment, including the fancy microwave I couldn’t figure out how to work. I literally pushed random buttons until it turned on.
My awesome teammate, Alessandra, were quite impressed with ourselves for pulling our dish together with only two of us (the other teams had three members), and most importantly had so much fun!
Chicken and mozzarella roll up with a mushroom cream sauce over sautéed mushrooms and onions in a white wine sauce and baked curry apples.
Enough to serve 4 people for $13.01 (!!!)
We then presented our dish to the judges, had them taste, then sipped wine and mingled while waiting for the results.
Though we didn’t win first place, we made off with a haul of goodies, a $100 gift card and the experience of meeting the amazing people of Food Lion.
Everyone there was incredibly personable and welcoming. I love chatting with Cathy, president of Food Lion about her surfing injury. Surfing? Yes, she is cool.
Oh, did I mention my mom and dad were there too?
I think I was the only blogger who brought my parents – haha. They just arrived in town. My dad has a conference to attend and mom is helping me prep for Hailey’s party, so on that note, I’m off to go meet her!
Do you shop at Food Lion?
Let me know, because I miiiiiight just have a little something to give away to you from the awesome folks of Food Lion!