Caramelpalooza 2013: Wanna Be a Judge?!

With just a week to go before the fourth annual Caramelpalooza, the candy makers are busy boiling sugar and over here at Chow Bella, we're tightening up the dental work in anticipation.

What about you? Do you have your tasting tickets yet? Get 'em quick online or wait til the night of. Or -- enter our contest to join the official judging panel for this year's Caramelpalooza.

See also: - Caramelpalooza 2013: Buy Tasting Tickets Now - Announcing the Caramel Makers for Smeeks & Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013!

In years past, we've chosen judges for Chow Bella's food contests based on your poetry skills -- specifically, we've asked for limericks or haiku. This time we're opening the door wide.

Write us a poem in whatever style you choose -- including free verse -- and our favorite will win you a spot as an official judge for Caramelpalooza 2013.

Here are the rules:

First, before you enter, be sure you are free between 6 and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 and that you don't work for any of the participating chefs.

Then write your poem -- the only rule is that you must mention the word "caramel" -- and email it to Amy Silverman at [email protected] by noon on Tuesday, April 2 with the subject line: Caramelpalooza 2013 Poetry Contest.

We'll notify the winner the following day.

Good luck!

Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at