The recipe contest ended on August 23, 2015 with nearly 200 submissions. Right away, our contest judge and recipe tester Wendy Perry got to work. She poured over each recipe and narrowed them down to the best of the batch. After a few days of work, she chose the top three recipes submitted.

See all the recipes below, and view the photos taken by Felicia Perry from the testing session.

First Place

Beer-Poached Shrimp and Pumpkin Grits
Submitted by Nicole Hood

Second Place

Chocolate Stout Brownies

Submitted by Heather Houghton Smith

Third Place

Slow-Cooked Pork Roast with Figs
Submitted by Mary Leverette

About Lowes Foods

Lowes Foods LogoFounded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs nearly 9,000 people and operates over 100 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong focus on exceptional customer attention with services like Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts. To learn more, visit or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.

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