Winners of 30th Anniversary Essay Contest to Receive 30 Complimentary Meals
Sweet Tomatoes is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in July with an essay contest to find and reward its most remarkable patrons. Guests are asked to draft a 200-word essay describing why they or someone they know is remarkable using a memorable story related to Sweet Tomatoes restaurants (known as Souplantation in some other areas of the country). Winners will receive complimentary meals at Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation and the honor of being named one of “30 Remarkable Guests.””
“Our thirtieth anniversary should really be a celebration of our guests because it’s their loyal patronage that has kept our company going strong for so many years,” said Michael Mack, CEO of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., parent company of Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation. “I can only imagine what a challenging task it will be to narrow it down to just thirty winners since each of our guests is amazing and have truly made the last three decades remarkable for us.”
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The “30 Remarkable Guests” contest, which will take place July 1 through July 31, will be judged by Sweet Tomatoes’/ Souplantation’s Kitchen Cabinet advisory panel, comprised of 10 influential moms from around the country. The essays will be judged on originality and creativity, appropriateness to subject matter, composition and sincerity.
“Maybe you transformed your body by changing your eating habits at Sweet Tomatoes, or maybe you raised money for an important local cause through the company’s fundraiser program, or who knows, maybe you met your spouse at one of the restaurants,” said Kate Wilkins, a member of the Kitchen Cabinet from San Diego. “We are looking to be inspired by your stories. We can’t wait to read them!”
From July 1 to July 31, all adults over the age of 18 are invited to enter a 200-word or less essay, and will be competing for a prize of 30 free meals at Sweet Tomatoes and the chance to have their essay posted on the Sweet Tomatoes website. All contestants must be United States residents. Winners will be announced by September 15, 2008. Entries are limited to one sheet of 8.5-inch by 11- inch paper and only one entry per person is allowed.
To participate, complete the entry forms found at any Houston-area Sweet Tomatoes restaurant or www.sweettomatoes.com and submit completed essays to a restaurant location or mail to Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., Attention: “2008 Essay Contest Entries,” 15822 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92127, no later than July, 31, 2008. Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2008.
Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation was founded in 1978 in San Diego, California and currently operates 110 salad buffet-style restaurants across the western, southern and eastern portions of the United States. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes features an everyday selection of made-from-scratch soups and salads and hand-crafted muffins, focaccia, breads and desserts. The concept is built around freshly made, great-tasting, recipes with a salad bar full of seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. Restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner and also for a special Sunday Breakfast featuring a variety of wholesome breakfast favorites in addition to regular selections. Sweet Tomatoes provides its guests with an excellent value by offering unlimited access to its entire menu of high quality fresh items at a fixed price.
There are four Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in the Greater Houston area at 8775 Katy Freeway, 713/365-9594; 17240 Tomball Pkwy., 281/890-1133; 12540 Sugardale Dr. in Stafford, 281/240-1400; and 1717 Lake Woodlands Dr. in The Woodlands, 281/292-0556. Sweet Tomatoes is also expanding into the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area: Dallas, Addison and Arlington locations are currently open; Irving will open this year; and Plano/Frisco in 2009.
For more information, visit www.sweettomatoes.com or call (888) 374-8358.
Source: Paula Murphy, Patterson & Murphy Public Relations