Phoenix resident Annalyn Varalla Wills Takes the Crown in Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery’s Unbelievably Good Gluten-Free Recipe Contest

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Wills will star in a gluten-free online cooking show and national Rudi’s Gluten-Free advertisement

Boulder, Colo. — June 24, 2011 — Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery today announced Annalyn Varalla Wills from Phoenix as the grand-prize winner in the Unbelievably Good Gluten-Free Recipe Contest. Wills competed in Boulder against two other aspiring gluten-free chefs to win the grand prize of a spot in an online cooking show and a feature role in a national Rudi’s Gluten-Free advertisement. Wills’ Prickly Pear Rudi-fied Goat and Rhubarb Treats made with Rudi’s Multigrain gluten-free bread, gluten-free gingersnap cookies, rhubarb, strawberries and prickly pear cactus syrup beat out the Rudi’s Pocket Pies and Rudi’s Unbelievably Good Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto to take home the gold. Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery encouraged aspiring gluten-free chefs to share their culinary masterpieces in the Unbelievably Good Gluten-Free Recipe Contest.

“I’m excited!” said Wills. “It solidifies that this is what I should be doing. I’m grateful that Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery exists because this recipe wouldn’t be the same without it.”

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Facbook fans voted from April 18 to June 6 to determine the top ten gluten-free recipes, and a panel of judges, including Chef Jeffrey Barbour from Restaurant 4580; Martin Hammer, owner of Restaurant 4580; Chef Dan Kohler from Renegade Kitchen and Alternative Appetites; and Jane Miller, CEO of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery selected the top three finalists who competed for the grand prize today in Boulder. The same judges selected Wills as the grand-prize winner based on her presentation, gluten-free story, taste and creativity of the recipe.

All the finalists shared their personal gluten-free story and got creative with gluten-free bread to create ter-RUDI-ific gluten-free recipes, which all include a product from the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery line. The two runners up are:

  • Terra Fox from Conover, N.C. — Fox’s recipe, “Rudi’s Pocket Pies,” is a flavorful gluten-free recipe that can be adapted to include any fillings, from savory to sweet, to create a tasty gluten-free meal or snack.
  • John Inderdohnen from Centereach, N.Y. — After his family went gluten-free, it became Inderdohnen’s goal to find healthy recipes packed with flavor, including his creation “Rudi’s Unbelievably Good Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto.”

The finalists won a trip for two to Boulder, home of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, to compete in the Final Recipe Cook-Off at Restaurant 4580. Wills will star in a National Foundation for Celiac Awareness — Alternative Appetites cooking show with Chef Dan Kohler of Renegade Kitchen and be featured in a national media advertisement for Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery.

“We were amazed by the passion and creativity we saw here today,” said Doug Radi, vice president of marketing for Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. “This recipe exemplifies Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery’s belief that you don’t have to give anything up to go gluten-free.”

The additional top 10 finalists, who received a $250 gift card to Williams-Sonoma and an assortment of Rudi’s Gluten-Free products and swag, include:

  • Jennifer Daskevich from Los Angeles — “Rudi’s Milanese — Better Than Any Chicken Finger Ever Hoped to Be”
  • Merry Graham from Newhall, Calif. — “Fan-RUDI-astic Yammy Quiche”
  • Laurie Lufkin from Essex, Mass. — “Cinnamon Spiced Apple & Bread Pudding Parfaits”
  • Melissa Mostowy from Escondido, Calif. — “Rudi’s Fruit Spring Delight!”
  • Elizabeth DeHart from West Jordan, Utah — “Rudi’s Easy Caprese Sammy”
  • Dorothy Kieffer from Yardley, Pa. — “Rudi’s Gluten-Free Olive Pepper Parsley Bruschetta”
  • Lorin Young Cook from Alpine, N.J. — “Rudi-Tudi Filled French Toasty”

For complete contest and prize details, visit the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Facebook page and click on the Recipe Contest tab. To learn more about Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, visit www.rudisbakery.com.

About Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc., founded and headquartered in Boulder, Colo., is the only nationally available brand offering a full line of certified organic bread and baked goods. Rudi’s Organic Bakery has a long history of baking bread a better and brighter way, by using simple organic ingredients that contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat. Since 2005, Rudi’s Organic has been a part of Charter Baking Company, Inc., a portfolio company of Charterhouse Group, Inc.  Rudi’s Organic is a premier organic brand with distribution throughout the U.S. in both natural foods stores and mainstream supermarkets. Founded in 1976, Rudi’s Organic offers small batch organic artisan breads, sliced sandwich breads, wide pan sandwich breads, hamburger and hot dog buns, wraps and a popular line of organic spelt breads, buns and tortillas. In July 2010, Rudi’s Organic Bakery launched a new line of natural gluten-free products under the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery brand. Follow Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery on Facebook, Twitter, and Rudi’s Gluten-Free Blog, Baked on the Bright Side.

Dayna Davis, Linhart PR, 303-951-2564 (office), 719-237-4678 (mobile),
ddavis@linhartpr.com

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