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January 4, 2011 • 26 Comments

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Remember when Brita won the $1,000 Grand Prize in our 8 weeks of summer fun with Whole Foods? Ever wonder what she did with her winnings? Much to our delight, she recently wrote us the following letter and shared the video below, and we got all verklempt:

"This summer I was so overjoyed to win the mozzarella contest at Food52. When I received the gift certificate for $1,000 from Whole Foods, it was clear to me that I had to celebrate it in the most extravagant way possible. It only seemed appropriate that I should throw a dinner party and share my winnings with my friends, as an homage to what Food52 is all about: cooking at home. Plus I was curious how far 1,000 bucks would go at Whole Foods.

Turns out pretty far. I came up with an indulgent menu including lobster, truffles, oysters, filet mignon, not to mention tons of exotic cheese, and was able to feed 30 of my closest friends. It was a home cook's dream come true. I want to thank you for an opportunity to fund such an affair, as well as creating an website that embraces this kind of cooking and empowers me as a home cook." - Brita

Read all about Brita's $1,000 shindig over at her blog Things I like to look at, with more photos (including one of the hulking 4-foot-long receipt!), the incredible menu, and all the fun party planning details (Brita, we're totally stealing that menu-handwritten-on-candles idea for our next dinner party). And see the winning recipe that made it all possible here.

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almost 4 years ago safenervine

This is so dreamy. I am utterly jealous!

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almost 4 years ago vvvanessa

what a generous and fun splurge! that menu looks unreal. i hope you had a few bucks left over for some digestive enzyme chasers : )

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almost 4 years ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

Looks like a blast! The video is a nice memory too! :)

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almost 4 years ago Soozll

What a generous way to share your good fortune! Well done! Although, I would have bought one of those La Creuset 7 1/2qt dutch ovens with some of it..uh.. to use it to cook the party food! (cough, cough...yeah I would!)

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almost 4 years ago Brita

Oh dont worry I got that covered. A blue one for the fish :)

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almost 4 years ago nannydeb

Fantastic! Happy Birthday!

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

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Awe inspiring! I'm sure I wouldn't have survived the evening without my stomach bursting from eating so much incredible food!!

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almost 4 years ago JessieLK

What a great way to spend it Brita!

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almost 4 years ago Rhonda35

This is excellent! I am green with envy - wish I was one of your friends! Love your video - esp. the music and your mom. Thanks for sharing with all the Food52ers.

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almost 4 years ago strozyk

Brita -- where did you get those "eat local" plates? I am dying (DYING!) for them! They are beyond fun.

Has anyone else seen them?

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almost 4 years ago Brita

Thanks! I got them at Anthropologie about a year ago.

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Sweet video of a gorgeous party!

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almost 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Now that's living :)

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almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

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That's amazing!

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Possibly the best use of prize money EVER - nicely done! What a great party!!! Lotsa work, but the FUN kind!!!!

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almost 4 years ago Phoenix Helix

What fun! Happy Brithday!

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almost 4 years ago DanaD

I can't imagine how you could get close to spending $1000 without being way over or way under. Or how you could prepare so many dishes for 30 people. Or how you could be alive to clean up the next day. Congratulations!

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almost 4 years ago Brita

Its true. Full disclosure: my final receipt read $1119.63. So in my attempt to really indulge I went a little over. I definitely did not carry a calculator with me down every aisle, so pretty close I'd say!

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almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Except of course that the total price tag of the party is what was on the Whole Foods receipt, plus whatever is owed in income tax to the feds, state and city on the winnings, because that Gift Certificate is not a gift at all, but income subject to tax.

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almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

OMW - Oh My Word. Again I love food52 - it is a forum that draws out the deep desires of homecooks, gives them room to share their unique voices and makes everyone feel welcome. What a great movement for foodies. Well done Brita!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

How very great!

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almost 4 years ago Midge

I love it! What a blast that must have been.

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

So very cool!! I wonderful way to cash in on your prize!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

How fun! Thanks for sharing this. So nice to see all the help your mom gave, too! Very cool, indeed.