La Fuji Mama’s Coconut Lime Potatoes Anna Comes Out on Top in Idaho® Potato Side Dish Challenge

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Meals On Wheels Program in Orem, Utah Receives $5,000 Donation

EAGLE, Idaho, May 9, 2014—The fans voted and the results are in! The winner of the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) first-ever Virtual Side Dish Challenge is Rachael Hutchings of the popular food blog, La Fuji Mama. As a resident of Lehi, Utah, Hutchings and her winning recipe for Coconut Lime Idaho® Potatoes Anna earned a $5,000 donation for her local Meals On Wheels program of the Mountainland Association of Governments in Orem. The donation will provide several hundred meals to homebound seniors in the region.

Rachael Hutchings of La Fuji Mama (left) presents the $5,000 donation to Scott McBeth, director of the Meals On Wheels program of the Mountainland Association of Governments in Orem, Utah.Rachael Hutchings of La Fuji Mama (left) presents the $5,000 donation to Scott McBeth, director of the Meals On Wheels program of the Mountainland Association of Governments in Orem, Utah.

“Our Virtual Side Dish Challenge was a win for everyone involved!” said Frank Muir, President and CEO, IPC. “Not only do we have six delicious new recipes to add to our database, we’re also happy to be contributing to a very worthy cause in Rachael’s neighborhood. We are grateful to all the bloggers who participated and to the fans who voted for their favorite recipes.”

Coconut Lime Idaho® Potatoes Anna is a unique twist on a classic French dish that Hutchings says was partially inspired by the song “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson. The recipe was among six in the IPC’s Virtual Side Dish Challenge, which launched earlier this year and challenged bloggers from across the country to each create a tantalizing new Idaho® potato recipe to vie for votes.

“I was delighted to learn that my recipe received the most votes – the donation to my local Meals On Wheels program was the best part,” said Rachael Hutchings. “I’d like to thank the Idaho Potato Commission for the opportunity for me to give back to my community in such an impactful way.”

Learn more about the winning dish on Rachael’s blog and get the recipe on the IPC’s website. To see the other blogs and recipes featured in the Side Dish Challenge, visit: http://www.idahopotato.com/virtual_side_dish_challenge

About the Idaho Potato Commission
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho Potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, that differentiates Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

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