Submitted by Kerrie Sparks:
Chipotle Mexican Grill launched its “What Does Real Food Mean to Me?” essay contest.
Five winners will be selected to attend the April 19 “Real Food Real Joel” farm-to-table dinner event with farmer and award-winning sustainable foods activist, Joel Salatin.
Participants are asked to submit an essay up to 500 words answering the question “What does real food mean to me?” to MeetJoelSalatin@chipotle.com.
Entries will be collected through April 11, and five Tampa-area winners will be announced on April 12. Each winner will receive a ticket to the dinner event featuring a meal of locally grown ingredients prepared by Tampa-area chefs and a keynote address from Salatin, who will speak on the future of food in America.
The evening, held at The Roosevelt 2.0 at 1812 N. 15th St. in Ybor City, will serve as a fundraiser for the Tampa Urban Food Forum and Tampa Bay’s local food initiatives.
“Joel Salatin is a true leader in the sustainable food movement and a longtime partner of Chipotle,” said Kim Higgins, marketing strategist at Chipotle. “In our shared mission to build a better food supply and change the way consumers think about and eat food, we’re pleased to offer the Tampa community an opportunity to add their voices to the discussion and participate through this event and contest.”
Essay participants must be 18 years of age or older. For more details on the contest go to chipotle.com/meetjoelsalatin.
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top-performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,225 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.