By Niesha Lofing
Sacramento's Poor Girl, Kimberly Morales, is going knife-to-knife (and keyboard-to-keyboard) with food bloggers nationwide in the hopes of winning $10,000 and some major bragging rights.
Morales, who pens Poor Girl Eats Well, ihas made it to the third round of Project Food Blog, a contest open to Foodbuzz Featured Publisher Program bloggers. One other area food blog, Spicy Green Mango, also remains in the running.
The contestant pool grows smaller each week as industry judges and readers cast their votes for the bloggers who most successfully navigate the 10 challenges, which are designed to test the bloggers' culinary knowledge and writing skill, the contest website states.
The latest challenge asks bloggers to host a luxurious dinner party for guests.
Morales had an added challenge, however - do it on an extremely limited budget.
It's not just that she's trying to stick to her blog's roots. Morales was laid off last week.
"I was lucky enough that one of my readers sent me a gift card for Trader Joe's, which helped me go shopping," she said.
Her feast, which she dubbed "For the Love of Chocolate" and featured savory and sweet dishes centered around white, dark and milk chocolate, cost about $16 per person. Voting is taking place this week and the 100 contestants who make it through to the next challenge will be announced Friday.
A $10,000 grand prize would mean many things for Morales, most of all a financial lifeline.
"It would mean getting caught up on my rent and being able to have a little breathing room. Not always living on borrowed time," she said.
Click here to visit Poor Girl Eats Well.
Click here to go to Project Food Blog, where you can cast your vote for your favorite food blogger in the third challenge.
*Bee file photo by Randall Benton