Grandma and me in Venice
Here's Grandma getting swept away by gladiators at the Colosseum:
Cute, but right after the photo one of the gladiators held out his hand and demanded 10 lire, which was the equivalent of about $6 at the time. (This was pre-euro.)
And Grandma throwing a coin in the Trevvi Fountain in Rome:
Finally, because everybody loves this photo, here's me getting attacked by pigeons in St. Mark's Square in Venice:
Now, obviously I reference my Italy trip because this is a giveaway of vouchers for Italian food. But I also bring up my grandma specifically because Grandma loved eggplant Parmesan.
And when I was at BlogHer, I sampled an eggplant Parmesan at the Michael Angelo's booth that immediately reminded me of Grandma Toni. I'd like to say that it was just like Grandma used to make, but Grandma wasn't really a big cook. So Michael Angelo's eggplant Parmesan could be more accurately described as "just like Grandma used to order at a restaurant."
Which is to say, it was really good. And, as I think we all know, not all frozen entrees are good. Michael Angelo's entrees are good. I went back to their booth and got a second sample the next day.
But what really made me reach out to Michael Angelo's and ask about doing a giveaway was that I felt like I made an authentic connection with the owners at the booth. So many booths were staffed by PR reps, and that's totally fine, because in the case of some huge conglomerates, it wouldn't make sense to have the original owner there, and that's assuming that owner is even still alive. But for Michael Angelo's, a company that prides itself in creating authentic, family-style entrees, it was nice to see the actual family behind the product. Here's a picture of the sweet Sara Agnello, who founded Michael Angelo's with her son:
She showed me old pictures of her family. Like my ancestors, her family came from Sicily.
So ... this week I am giving away a set of 6 vouchers for free Michael Angelo's foods: 2 single-serve entree vouchers, 2 family-size entree vouchers, and 2 natural line entree vouchers. You can go here and get a full list of the possible offerings and where they're sold near you, but just to name a few ...
Meat Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan, Four Cheese Lasagna, Shrimp Scampi, Baked Ziti and Meatballs, Spinach & Vegetable Pocket Calzones, Potato Gnocchi & Cheese Italian-Style Pie
All entrees are free of artificial colors, flavors, fillers, or chemical preservatives. Co-Founder Michael Angelo Renna says, "If you can't find it in Mom's kitchen, we won't use it in our food." Also, there are many vegetarian entree choices.
To win the set of vouchers, please leave a comment answering the following prompt:
Tell me about a special food or recipe that is significant in your family.
The contest is open until Sunday, September 4 at 11:59 p.m. CST. On Monday, September 5, I will ask random.org to select a random number, and the person leaving that comment number will win the set of Micheal Angelo's vouchers. I'll post the winner on Monday and ask that person to email me his/her address through the email link in my sidebar.
Bona Fortuna, everyone!