Have you ever cooked with grapes? We asked our team mem­bers, and most of them said, “No, I just eat them fresh,” so as you might imag­ine, we were met with a lot of skep­ti­cism when we decided to host a recipe chal­lenge with grapes. Seven brave chefs took on the chal­lenge, and supris­ingly, not one of them made a salad.

Fruits from Chile kindly spon­sored this recipe chal­lenge, and pro­vided 3 Ama­zon gift cards for the 3 win­ning recipes. Account Man­ager Romana Har­ris won first place with her Grape Cookie Bars and Zesty Grape Ice Cream. The two dishes she made com­ple­mented each other very well; the grape fla­vor was there but not over­pow­er­ing. Buyer Gina Back­ovich brought her top-​notch gourmet taste to the table once again, craft­ing a Chardon­nay Grape Pep­per­corn Tar­ragon Broil that won her sec­ond place. Direc­tor of Pro­cure­ment and queen of hor d’oeuvres & hos­pi­tal­ity Traci Ennis won third place with her Roasted Grapes on Bal­samic Cros­tini.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ners & thank you to all of the par­tic­i­pants. We enjoyed a very tasty Tues­day thanks to you!

Check out all of the recipes & pho­tos below:

Romana Harris Grape Cookie Bars with Zesty Grape Ice Cream
First Place: Grape Cookie Bars w/​Zesty Grape Ice Cream

Romana Har­ris

Gina Backovich Chardonnay Grape Peppercorn Tarragon Broil
Sec­ond Place: Chardon­nay Grape Pep­per­corn Tar­ragon Broil
Gina Back­ovich

Traci Ennis Roasted Grapes on Balsamic Crostini
Third Place: Roasted Grapes on Bal­samic Cros­tini
Traci Ennis

Leah Hazzard Roasted Grape Goat Cheese Honey Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese & Honey-​Stuffed Sweet Pota­toes
Leah Haz­zard

Dian Wiley Roquefort Grapes
Roque­fort Grapes
Dian Wiley

Adrienne Chan Grape Apple Strudel
Grape Apple Strudel
Adri­enne Chan

Linda Luka Grape Nuts
Grape Nuts
Linda Luka