Old Spice Contest at Marczyk rubs salt in old wound

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Did you resolve to clean out your kitchen cabinets for the new year? Your time spent sneezing your way through your messy spice shelves could pay off: Marcyzk Fine Foods is holding its annual Old Spice Contest, and you can enter until 8 p.m. today.

Here's the deal: Bring your old spices to one of the two Marczyk stores (either the original on East 17th Avenue or the second store on Colfax) , and the oldest of all wins a Pete's Picks Pack of a dozen spices from Spicely Organic Spices , which the markets now stock, as well as a $10 gift card.

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I've already submitted my ground oregano with the expiration date of 1990, but in some ways, I've already won -- or lost, depending on how much you enjoy embarrassing stories. Because at a potluck dinner party several years ago at my house, when Pete Marczyk asked for pepper, I handed him some Scotch Buy ground black pepper -- expiration date 1988. The humiliation of handing such an accomplished cook that particular item was only partially assuaged by the fact that it gave rise to the Old Spice contest.

Here are the rest of the rules:

All entrees must be in their original containers with a "use by" or "sell by" date clearly marked.

There must be some spice in the container.

Deadline: 9 p.m. January 7 at Marcyzk Fine Foods for a January 9. announcement

May the oldest spice win!

Location Info

Marczyk Fine Foods

770 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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I have a spice rack, pre-filled with spices, that we received as a wedding gift...in 1998. And we still have some of those spices! None of them has a sell-by date, though, so they wouldn't have qualified even if the contest was still running.

Mantonat topcommenter

I, however, must be a slacker or a hoarder, because I found some turmeric with a best-by date of 2004 nestled between some lame Celestial Seasonings samples and a honey bear whose innards had completely crystallized. Wish I'd had the time to get to Marczyk's, but I'm guessing that my stale container was a baby compared to the winner. Any word on who actually took the prize?

ScubaSteve topcommenter

I, too, am also up-to-date. I cleaned out my spice rack when I moved this past September.

davebarnes topcommenter

I am very happy to say that I am unable to participate in this contest.

Since discovering Savory Spice years ago, my spices are all up-to-date.

ScubaSteve topcommenter


According to the article, the winner will be announced on January 9th.

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