Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan and The Henry Ford Launch Bread Lovers Recipe Contest and Sweepstakes

Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan has teamed up with The Henry Ford of Dearborn to launch the Bread Lovers Recipe Contest, taking place through July 27.

Residents from southeast Michigan are invited to submit original bread recipes online and find additional contest rules and details at:

Entry forms are also available at all of Panera Bread’s 41 metro Detroit bakery-cafes.

Visit for the location nearest you.

Recipes must include a type of bread purchased from Panera. Recipes can include, but are not limited to, casseroles, bread puddings, bread salads, stuffing, sandwiches, crostini, appetizers and bruschetta. Creativity is encouraged!

Following the July 27 deadline, Detroit-area culinary arts professionals and Panera bakers will pour over the entries to determine the three top finalists. The lucky trio will then compete in a “recipe showdown” on Aug. 7 with their original recipes at the Panera bakery-cafe located at 23719 Greenfield Rd. in Southfield. The judges will taste-test the three dishes to decide on the grand prize winner.

The contest grand prize winner will receive a $500 Panera Card and have their recipe featured on a recipe card in the Panera Bread bakery-cafe closest to their home the last two weeks in August.

Second place will receive a $250 Panera Card and third place will receive a $100 Panera Card. All three winners will also win a Greenfield Village Bakers Delight package, including a Panera branded hand-crafted bowl made by Greenfield Village artisans, historically-inspired baking tools, a Panera Bread apron, coffee mug and a free bread for a year certificate.

Those not interested in submitting a recipe still have an opportunity to enter the sweepstakes to win a Greenfield Village Bakers Delight package. Panera is inviting the public to stop by any metro Detroit bakery-cafe and fill out an entry form to be entered in the sweepstakes. Panera will randomly choose 30 winners from entries received from each of its 41 participating metro Detroit locations.

The Bread Lovers Recipe Contest and sweepstakes is part of The Henry Ford’s Saturday Baking Series at Greenfield Village, presented by Panera Bread. Every Saturday, June 20 through Aug. 22, visitors can enjoy culinary demonstrations inside the historic kitchens at Greenfield Village, where bread will take center stage. Visitors will learn the history and significance of baking bread and watch specialty baked goods being freshly prepared using 18th century techniques. Visit the Panera Bread booth in Greenfield Village on June 20, July 11, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 for fresh baked samples and giveaways.

The top three contest finalists will also have the opportunity to participate in the Saturday Baking Series to sample their recipes in Greenfield Village at the Panera Bread booth.


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