It was a tailgating touchdown for Denise LaRoche of Hudson, NH, whose
recipe for spicy cranberry chicken sidekick sliders with spicy cranberry aioli
won bragging rights to the title Official Tailgate Recipe of the New England
Ms. LaRoche won over the judges with her creative use of cranberries using
"Ocean Spray" fresh cranberries and “Ocean Spray” whole berry cranberry
Ms. LaRoche was among three finalists who participated in Ocean Spray
Cranberries Inc.'s Tailgating Recipe Contest at Gillette Stadium in
The contest was held in conjunction with Ocean Spray’s Fall Harvest Weekend
Oct. 2-3 at Patriot Place, which included cranberry harvest and recipe
demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkin carving, a farmers market and the Taste
of Patriot Place.
The contest was open to New England residents with a passion for cranberries
and tailgating. The recipes had to be original and reflect the overall theme of
tailgating. Creations were judged on uniqueness, use of product, taste, overall
appearance and ease of preparation.
The panel of judges was comprised of celebrity chef Ming Tsai, New England
Patriots Hall of Famer Steve Grogan and Cindy Taccini, senior test kitchen
manager at Ocean Spray.
“Cranberries are more than a Thanksgiving staple,” Larry Martin, vice
president of marketing for Ocean Spray, said in an Oct. 4 press release. “Our
Tailgating Recipe Contest allows us to celebrate two fall passions — football
and tailgating — and inspires people to explore the versatility of our native
fruit, no matter the activity, party or gathering this fall.”
Mr. Tsai, host of public television’s Emmy-nominated Simply Ming and chef-
owner of the award-winning Blue Ginger, judged the contest and announced
In addition to bragging rights, Ms. LaRoche received a prize package
including two tickets to the Oct. 17 New England Patriots game against the
Mr. Tsai, a football enthusiast, also got in on the action by preparing several
of his favorite tailgate recipes, including cranberry-hoisin glazed barbecue
ribs using “Ocean Spray” fresh cranberries.
The winning recipe will be posted on the official New England Patriots web
site (www.patriots.com), delivered to thousands of Patriots fans via the
Patriots Now newsletter and will be featured on www.oceanspray.com.