Dan LaBrie of Clermont won the Santa Rita Wine 2013 Grand Prize for the Kick it Up a Nacho Two Sweepstakes! His recipe for Summer Veggie Nachos with Grilled Chicken and Warm Fig and Jalapeno Salsa paired with Santa Rita 120 Merlot not only wowed the judges, but the recipe appears to be wooing fans of the winery's Facebook page with hundreds of "likes." LaBrie and his wife, Mary Kay, will travel to the Santa Rita winery in Santiago, Chile, in 2014.
In 2012, LaBrie was featured on a steak grilling challenge that aired on "The Cooking Channel." That summer, he was the Grand Prize winner in a competitor winery's rib recipe contest, and this year, he won first in another contest for his shrimp wonton recipe with "Creole Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce."
"Test Kitchen Saturdays" are part of LaBrie's winning strategy. "My wife also enters recipe contests, although not as many as I do. She has had more luck with getting recipes published. We take turns being 'sous chef' for each other."
For information on Dan LaBrie's winning nacho recipe, contact Santa Rita wines through the winery's Facebook page.