Steelite International Holds “La Batalla 2012” Culinary Competition As Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration Sponsor

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38 Chefs battle for chance to sit on jury panel at International Tapas Competition – Valladolid, Spain

A proud sponsor of the July 21st, 2012 Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration, Steelite International announces “La Batalla 2012,” a heated culinary showdown of 38 chefs battling for a much coveted seat on the jury’s panel at the 2012 International Tapas Competition in Valladolid, Spain.

Taking place at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, OH, Steelite’s yearly culinary showdown helps pay tribute to the many high-profile chefs volunteering their time in support of the Veggie U children’s program at the food & wine event. Participating chefs are judged on presentation, taste and plating, among other criteria. The victor is set to be announced at the annual Steelite After-Party the evening of July 21st. Runners-up will receive $1500 Steelite product credit, with the winner being awarded an all-expense paid trip to Spain, highlighted by jury panel privileges at November’s International Tapas Competition.

Previous competition winners have been awarded trips to the world’s #1 rated restaurant, El Bulli, Chicago’s Alinea and Napa Valley’s French Laundry.

Tickets to the Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration may be purchased online at http://www.veggieufoodandwine.com/ or by calling 419-499-7500.

About Veggie U Food & Wine Celebration
The Veggie U Food and Wine Celebration is a unique opportunity to sample culinary masterpieces and wine pairings at the Culinary Vegetable Institute’s rustic riverside retreat. This annual fundraiser benefits Veggie U, a non-profit children’s education program that teaches the importance of nutrition and sustainable agriculture by providing interactive lesson plans with a classroom garden kit to elementary schools and special needs students.

About Steelite International
Steelite International is a world leading manufacturer of ceramic tableware products designed and developed specifically for the global hospitality market. Their core brands, ‘Distinction’ and ‘Performance’ are complemented by collections from specialist partners including La Tavola, Bormioli Rocco USA, Pillivuyt, Rene Ozorio, Narumi, Anfora, Rona, Roselli Design, Crucial Detail and Worthy, Noble & Kent. Steelite’s product portfolio remains at the leading edge of foodservice presentation.

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