If you’ve eaten at any respected restaurant along the Eastern seaboard in the past year, chances are you may have seen Craig Rogers or Travis Croxton’s names on your menu. The lamb Craig raises at Border Springs Farm and the oysters and clams Travis cultivates at Rappahannock River Oysters are some of the finest products anywhere – just ask the cadre of chefs who proudly serve their products.

Charleston is home to many such chefs, and Travis and Craig were ever-present at the Wine + Food Festival last March. We were determined to get them even more involved for the 2013 Festival, and with their help, the Lambs + Clams Original Recipe Contest was born! The contest challenges eight of the country’s best food and recipe bloggers to create four original recipes using products from Craig and/or Travis. The winner or each challenge – determined by voting by a panel of judges and also by public votes on the Festival’s Facebook page – will receive a piece of Le Creuset cookware to add to their kitchen, and the overall winner will receive a trip to the 2013 Festival and will have one of his or her recipes prepared at Pinot Envy Uncorked presented by Charleston GI + The Local Palate at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The contest kicks off the week of October 8. Visit the Festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chswineandfood to vote for your favorite recipes. Want a taste of the contest? Tickets to Pinot Envy Uncorked are available on the Festival’s website at http://charlestonwineandfood.com/events/pinot-envy-uncorked/.

Let’s meet the bloggers who will be participating in the contest!

Lynda Balslev, Taste Food Blog, California

Lynda is a writer and recipe developer living in Northern California. She left her home in Boston to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and returned 17 years later with a Danish husband, two children and previous addresses in Geneva, London and Copenhagen. Lynda’s cooking is inspired by her travels, her friends and her family. Her motto is “home is where the kitchen table is” – and wherever that table is, there is always something good to eat.

Peter Barrett, A Cook Blog, New York

Peter is a painter, the Food & Drink editor for Chronogram, an arts and culture magazine in the Hudson Valley, and a contributor to Edible Hudson Valley. He feels strongly that more people should make more of their food from scratch, and out of ingredients they grow or source themselves.

Olga Berman, Mango Tomato, Virginia

Olga created her blog – named for her favorite fruit and vegetable – as a way to share her kitchen creations, restaurant experiences, and anything and everything food-related in her life. She’s one of those people who thinks about dinner while still having breakfast and is constantly creating recipes in her head and in her kitchen inspired by her childhood in Russia and her travels throughout the US and abroad.

David Dadekian, Eat Drink RI, Rhode Island

David is a writer; photographer of food, weddings, portraits, commercial work and fine art; work-at-home father; food and wine fanatic; PR Director for Blackbird Farm; board officer for Slow Food RI; dislikes writing in the third person.

Gwen Pratesi, Bunkycooks, Georgia

Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award nominated food and travel writer.  She resides in Atlanta, Georgia and focuses on unique culinary experiences throughout the Southeast.  More recently, she has become involved in the food cultures in other parts of the United States and various places in Europe and the Caribbean.

Heather Scholten, Farmgirl Gourmet, Washington State

Heather began her blog in 2006 while living on a farm in Eastern Washington State. While she, her husband and two children no longer live on said farm, eight years of farm life stays with Heather in her kitchen and her approach to cooking: buying local and sustainable meat and produce and using them to create delicious meals.

Cecilia Stoute, One Vanilla Bean, Washington, DC

Cecilia grew up in Panama in a large and culturally diverse family. She loves traveling, visiting markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with her for inspiration. Her blog reflects her taste in food: home cooked meals made with wholesome ingredients.

Vivek Surti, Vivek’s Epicurean Adventures, Tennessee

Vivek believes that the concept of food is one that encompasses the preservation of life, tells a story about cultural traditions and heritage, allows creativity and spontaneity to flourish, and brings family and friends together to break bread. He writes about his epicurean adventures because food is one of his greatest passions.

The first recipes will be posted the week of October 8, so be sure to check the Festival’s Facebook page to view all of the recipes and vote for your favorite!