Sunday, May 30, 2010

Review and Giveaway (CAN only): Maple Leaf Foods products

At the Maple Leaf Food's blogger's roundtable event last Thursday, we were treated to dinner cooked in a professional kitchen by some proficient chefs. They made some starters from their new Natural Selections line of deli meats. They took the Dempster's Oven Fresh baguettes and topped them with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. They grilled some lovely vegetables, and made some nice potatoes. They roasted some delicious chicken - dijon mustard & herb chicken breast, and seasoned flattened chicken. It was really very good.

We were provided with a cooler bag to bring home with samples of these products. Over the weekend, my family tried them all.

I'm quite happy with the Natural Selections meat - it tastes good, the package re-seals possibly the BEST of any re-sealable package I've ever come across, and the ingredients (which are all recognizable) are stamped across the front. It's like someone did their market research and asked me what I wanted in a sliced deli meat.

I also like the Dempster's baguettes. When we lived in England, Mark always had packages of part-baked baguettes around. It means anytime you have a hankering for fresh bread, it's 8 minutes of cooking away. (which, is dangerous actually...carbs!!) The kids just adore fresh bread and butter. Who can blame them.

I wouldn't normally buy pre-seasoned chicken - I pretty much always buy plain chicken and season it myself. The dijon mustard & herb chicken breast cooked up quite nicely - quite moist, but I found the seasoning a bit salty for me.

My family, particularly Mark, adored the flattened chicken. Can we just say spatchcocked, though? Because that's an awesome word. We made it on the barbeque, probably over-cooked it a bit, but it was really very flavourful, and the meat was very good quality.

Would you like to try some of these? Thanks to Maple Leaf Foods, I'm giving away a cooler bag of the following products:
  • 2 white Dempster's Oven Fresh Baguettes (vacuum sealed)
  • 2 multigrain Dempster's Oven Fresh Baguettes (vacuum sealed)
  • a butcher's apron
  • a meat thermometer
  • a Maple Leaf Foods pen
  • a coupon for a FREE box of Prime Frozen Meat Products ($11.99 value)
  • a coupon for a FREE package of Natural Selections deli meat (~$5 value)
  • a coupon for $5 off your next purchase of any Prime Naturally product
I'm going to be covering shipping myself, so I'd really prefer if the winner was in Southern Ontario, but if not, we can work something out!

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on this post (just say hi, if you want)
  2. Make sure your comment includes your email address
  3. Only enter once, please
  4. Do it by Tuesday, June 8th at 7pm EST, please
Good luck.


daysgoby said...

Yum! I've been very impressed with Maple Leaf during and after the great commotion - they were honest and forthright and admitted problems quickly.

I'd love to win. (I'll help pay postage too)

melissa said...

I heard about this event while it was going on (thanks Twitter). I'm glad that the feedback coming out of it has been mostly positive.

I'm intrigued by some of the products I've heard about, and would love to try some.

mpricemitchell78 AT gmail DOT com

Samantha said...

Well you know I'm ALWAYS up for a contest! My moms coming out soon, so you can mail it to her and she can bring it to me! ;)

I do need a new apron in my life!

Webgrrl74 said...

I was totally impressed by Maple Leaf Foods and their actions after the big listeria outbreak.
It's rare to see a company step up and take action, let alone properly apologize! So we definitely knew that purchasing Maple Leaf Foods was not only supporting Canadian businesses, but supporting honest and hardworking businesses.
I'm glad the event went well! :)

Megan said...

Oven Fresh Baguettes do sound dangerously delicious. I'm worried that if I try them I'll never be able to resist their vaccuum-sealed taunting in the grocery store.

NC said...

Thanks for the great review of your evening at Maple Leaf foods. I'm happy to see that MF is showing how they are trying to improve safety.


thordora said...

mmmmmm MEAT. :D


What a great experience. And a great giveaway. I live in Toronto.

thriftycanucks at gmail dot com

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