T.G.I. Friday's® Restaurants Feature 'Ultimate' Pasta Salad

Carrollton, TX | March 17, 2008

After a nationawide contest to determine the Ultimate Pasta Recipe, an entree inspired by Elizabeth Morath, a 45-year-old insurance specialist from Amherst, New York, will be featured at over 600 US T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants beginning today.

Morath's recipe was judged to be the best of the best on Food Network's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown," a six-week series featuring America's greatest home cooks battling head-to-head for $25,000, culinary supremacy and a spot on T.G.I. Friday's menu.

"This is a perfectly fresh, chilled pasta salad and the warm, crispy eggplant will blow your taste buds away," said Scott Randolph, senior director of culinary, R&D for T.G.I. Friday's. "It's the ultimate blend of crispy, tangy and fresh."

Randolph and his R&D team were challenged to transition Morath's "Summer Eggplant Salad" into a dish that would fit a strategic need for the Friday's menu without sacrificing the spirit and flavors of the original recipe.

Friday's "ultimate" result: Caprese Lasagna Salad, curly lasagna noodles tossed with tomatoes, Mozzarella, basil and an Herbed Vinaigrette served on a bed of warm, crispy breaded eggplant.

"We are committed to bringing our guests the best tasting food in casual dining," said Mike Archer, president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's USA. "We now feature five best-in-class recipes as determined by food experts from Food Network that you can experience only at Friday's."

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