Thursday, May 23, 2013

Southern cooking authority Rebecca Lang to appear in Newport with Vidalia onions

The Vidalia® Onion Committee (VOC) recently named cooking and entertaining expert Rebecca Lang as Vidalia® onion spokesperson for 2013. Vidalia onion fans nationwide now have the opportunity to connect with Lang for tips on summer holiday planning, entertaining, grilling and unique Vidalia onion recipes developed by Lang. A cookbook author, cooking instructor and TV personality, Lang will host kick-off events, in-store appearances and social media activities throughout the Vidalia® onion growing season, April through September.

“Rebecca is that perfect combination of personality and expertise,” says Wendy Brannen, executive director of the VOC. “She brings a wealth of talent and knowledge about both cooking and entertaining, and she’s the type of person you’d want at your own outdoor events.”

As the VOC introduces its 2013 Flavors of Summer contest, Lang will offer tips on how to have a flawless outdoor party and will share her recipes using the prized Vidalia onion. She’ll also help inform the public about the Vidalia onion, Georgia’s official state vegetable, which grows seasonally in South Georgia each spring through late summer.

“I was born and raised in Georgia’s Vidalia growing region and have a long respect and love for the Vidalia onion,” says Lang. “I’m thrilled to support what I consider to be America’s favorite sweet onion this summer.”

June 28 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Kroger- Newport Marketplace
130 Pavilion Parkway
Newport, Kentucky 41071

For events, recipes and other information on Rebecca Lang and Flavors of Summer Contest, visit

About Sweet Vidalia® Flavors of Summer Contest
Vidalia® onion is partnering with iconic summer brands Johnsonville® mild Italian sausage links, National Mango Board, Avocados from Mexico, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices, National Watermelon Board and Stemilt Cherries to find the most delicious dishes and picture-perfect table decorations. Grill masters, home chefs and hostesses across the nation are invited to submit photos and recipes of their salute to summer for the Vidalia® Onion Committee’s first-ever Sweet Vidalia®

Flavors of Summer Contest.
The first day to enter the Sweet Vidalia Flavors of Summer Contest is Wednesday, May 1. Visit daily for unique recipes and decorating tips and to upload a submission for one of the following categories: Grilling Favorites; Summer Salads, Sides and Desserts; Marinades, Sauces, & Salsas; and Summer Table-scapes. A winner from each category will receive $1,000. The top five from each category also will be considered for the grand prize—an outdoor entertaining package valued at $5,000 that includes a grill and furniture. The deadline to submit entries is Thursday, August 15.

About Vidalia® Onions
Vidalia® onions are the pioneer of sweet onions and Georgia’s official state vegetable. Grown only in the mild climate and unique soil surrounding Vidalia, Ga., they’re loved by chefs and home cooks throughout the world Vidalia® onions are hand planted and hand harvested each year, with sweet, juicy bulbs available seasonally from late April to late August. Vidalia® onions, with their mild, sweet taste, are versatile and can be used in a variety of amazing recipes. These Georgia sweeties are also a low-fat, low-cholesterol and sodium-free way to get a healthy dose of Vitamin C! For more information, visit

About the Vidalia® Onion Committee
Because Vidalia® onions are sweetly unique, farmers united to seek legal protection for their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989 to stipulate where the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia® onions. The Vidalia® Onion Committee administers FMO No. 955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia® trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. So, you can try to grow a sweet onion elsewhere, but you cannot call it a “Vidalia®,” unless it is from Georgia! For more information, visit

About Rebecca Lang:
Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born and raised in South Georgia, she is author of Southern Living’s Around the Southern Table, Quick-Fix Southern, Mary Mac’s Tea Room and Southern Entertaining for a New Generation

She has appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend, WGN America’s Midday News and numerous regional and local networks. Rebecca and her cooking have been featured in more than 50 nationally televised Southern Living food segments and in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast,, Glamour and Fitness. A former assistant food editor at Oxmoor House, she earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. She apprenticed with southern cooking legend Nathalie Dupree.

Lang serves as a contributing editor for Southern Living and, teaches cooking classes across America and writes a blog at that has been featured on the James Beard Foundation blog, Delights and Prejudices, and noted in Food News Journal’s “Best of the Blogs.” Her writing has appeared in many publications including Disney’s Family Fun, Taste of the South, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Flavors magazine and Edible Atlanta.

She resides in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, Kevin; their children, Camden and Adair; and their snuggly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miss Bea. For more information, visit

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