Congratulations to Harold K. from Corpus Christi, TX for being our #Pastapalooza2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! Harold not only won a year’s supply of #HealthyPasta, but also a $1,000 Visa gift card! We recently caught up with Harold to learn a little more about him and just how he plans on using his awesome prize.
Photo: Harold with his wife and grandsons enjoying his prize!
Besides being the Pastapalooza 2016 Grand Prize Winner, tell us a little bit about yourself!
Harold: My name is Harold and I’m 70 years old. I was self-employed in marketing for 20 years but now that I’m retired, I love to spend my time hunting and fishing. In 1978, I married my wife. We have one daughter and three grandsons who live just a few miles away! Another great part about being retired is I get to see my grandsons more. Next week we’re even going on a camping trip. Hopefully we’ll get in a lot of sightseeing and catch a lot of rainbow trout!
How did you first learn about Dreamfields Pasta?
Harold: My family loves pasta and we do try to stay healthy. When we first learned about a healthy pasta option, we decided to give it a try and we’ve been using Dreamfields ever since! I signed up for a coupon in 2008, although I was eating it well before that, and we loved the recipes that were offered so it’s been a great ongoing food relationship.
What is your favorite cut of pasta that Dreamfields offers?
Are you the cook in your family?
Harold: No, my wife is the cook. We eat out for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday but the majority of our meals are made at home by my wife.
How did you hear about the contest and what made you want to enter?
Harold: I’ve been following Dreamfields for years, so I’ve signed up for a lot of stuff including the newsletter and entered a lot of contests – but I never thought I’d actually win one!
Have you won any contests before?
Harold: This is the first thing I’ve won since 1979! I won a turkey from a girl scout group…but this is much better!
How did you feel when you found out you won?
Harold: I thought someone was pulling my leg! I was trying to remember who I told that I entered the contest to figure out who would have thought this was a funny joke to play on me. Then I remembered I hadn’t told anyone, and I couldn’t believe it was real!
Are there any recipes that you like to whip up for friends and family?
Harold: I like making beef tips with pasta, with individual cuts of pasta. I brown the steak and mix it with some soup and it’s really good. My family also loves tuna casserole!
How do you stay healthy and active throughout the year?
Harold: I’ve always been a big guy and I love to eat, but I also really enjoy staying active! We have a pool, and I’m in it a lot. My local YMCA also offers a Silver Sneakers program so I’m able to work out there a few times a week so I’m able to get in shape for elk hunting.
What is your absolute favorite thing to do in the summer?
Harold: I love when my grandsons come over to swim. We love making wings on the BBQ in the early afternoon, and later grilling some hamburgers. Growing up every big holiday was spent with family, and I like to carry that tradition on. I enjoy being surrounded by my family more than anything, and I’m so lucky to have them so close to me!
Any plans for the $1,000 gift card yet?
Harold: I’m going to go elk hunting in the middle of October! I’ll now be able to be one of the first ones out there so I’ll have the best opportunity and I’m so excited!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s #Pastapalooza2016 and congratulations to all our winners!! Don’t forget to visit the recipe section on our website for a variety of #HealthyPasta recipes all year round!