Everything South City Eats and Cooks with Chef Ava Marie: GAME ON Contest Sponsored by South City Grocery Outlet

South San Francisco, CA   March 29, 2021 by Chef Ava Marie

Everything South City Eats and Cooks with Chef Ava Marie has teamed up with

South City Grocery Outlet for an exciting game on recipe contest!

We have an exciting addition to my weekly column!! Each month I will host a Recipe GAME ON Contest, sponsored by South City Grocery Outlet, and give you ONE SECRET INGREDIENT that can easily be purchased there, and at other stores too. I do a lot of research to be sure you will find the secret ingredient because I use these in my cooking too. .South City Grocery Outlet has tons of great items, you won’t believe it!

One entry per person please, residents and employees working in South San Francisco. We will judge and select the winner of the #gameon recipe contest next Monday April 5th so get your recipes and photos to me by emailing me at ChefAvaMarie@hotmail.com

Top recipe will receive a $25.00 gift cert to South City Grocery Outlet and will be featured in Everything South City Eats and Cooks with Chef Ava Marie next edition!


Now our contest!!


The secret ingredient that is required is… drum roll ……

Kamu Japanese Soba Noodles!


INSIDER TIP: They can be purchased at South City Grocery Outlet for only 99 cents!


There are so many things you can make with it and I want to see all the creative uses in noodling our neighbors try!

I am so excited to see what everyone makes!!



I made a example dish called Tomato Mozzarella Soba Pesto Caprese to step out of your comfort zone-

and this dish is all about it – and that’s what award winning competition home cooks do.





Chef Ava’s Tomato Mozzarella Soba Pesto Caprese

Tomato mozzarella soba pesto caprese

1 pkg kamu Japanese soba noodles

1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

1 ball mozzarella cheese cubed

¼ cup pesto

2 tbl hellmanns mayonnaise

In a large bowl mix pesto and mayonnaise together and set aside. Add tomatoes and mozzarella and toss to coat

Bring a pot of water to a boil add noodles and cook for 5-6 minutes as directed or until cooked through

Drain under cold shocking water and shake

Add to the bowl, and toss with tongs to coat evenly into the pesto

Divide among plates and eat and enjoy!!



So good luck, and get creative in the kitchen, and post a full recipe and photo on Facebook and Instagram and tag me @chefavamarie and @everythingsouthcity using hashtag #Gameon or email to me ChefAvaMarie@hotmail.com

Entries will be judged by the team at Everything South City and myself, your local celeb Chef Ava Marie!! For other great ideas and recipes check out my blog ‘Recipes from an Autistic Chef’ HERE




Chef Ava Marie


Ava Marie is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco and lives in Winston Manor with her family. Born with autism, Ava Marie has never let that, or anything else, get in the way of her goals. Her passion for cooking and teaching is contagious and she’ll have you cooking and baking up a storm in your own kitchen like a pro in no time! Chef Ava Marie has won several awards, authored cookbooks and offers live cooking demonstrations on her Facebook page. To read Everything South City articles on Chef Ava Marie CLICK HERE. To read her blog, full of great recipes, CLICK HERE. And follow her on Facebook CLICK HERE. If you have suggestions for recipes or have questions, please email Chef Ava Marie CLICK HERE.


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