2018 Neighborhood to Nation Official Rules

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WHAT CAN I WIN?

Five (5) Regional Recipe Winners (Regional Winners) will each win a Hometown Celebration Event in August 2018 during which cash prizes totaling $50,000 and charitable donations totaling $9,000 will be awarded by the General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Team. One (1) of the 5 Regional Winners will also be named the Grand Prize Recipe Winner (Grand Prize Winner) and win an additional cash prize, charitable donation and a trip to the the 2018 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) from October 11-14, 2018. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for Grand Prize Winner and guest from major airport nearest Grand Prize Winner's home, hotel accommodations consisting of one double occupancy room for three nights, ground transportation while in New York, entry to NYCWFF, dinner and events at NYCWFF as determined by General Mills—plus, $500.00 cash spending money (the “Grand Prize Trip Package”). Approximate retail value (ARV) of the Grand Prize Trip Package is $7,500.

PRIZE STRUCTURE 

Five (5) Regional Winners will receive $5,000.00 (awarded as a check) and a $1,000.00 donation by General Mills on Regional Winner’s behalf to a mutually agreed upon 501c charity, a Hometown Celebration Event that will take place at the Winner’s restaurant or food truck and a publicity package capped at $15,000. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Regional Winner’s Prize is $21,000.

One (1) Grand Prize Recipe Winner One Regional Winner will be awarded the Grand Prize and will receive an additional $25,000.00 cash and $4,000.00 donation by General Mills on Grand Prize Winner’s behalf to a mutually agreed upon 501c charity, for a total of $30,000 (awarded as a check) and a $5,000 donation to charity. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a Hometown Celebration Event that will take place at the Grand Prize Winner’s restaurant or food truck, a publicity package capped at $36,500 and the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Grand Prize Trip Package described above. Approximate retail value (ARV) of Grand Prize is $80,000.

Total value of all prizes: $164,000. Contest prizes are not transferable, except at the sole discretion of General Mills. General Mills reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute any prize or prize component with a prize or prize component of equal or greater value. Limit one Regional Winner prize per person. All taxes and other expenses, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winners. This contest is void where prohibited or otherwise regulated. All federal, state and local laws apply.

WHO CAN ENTER?

You are eligible to enter if you are 21 years of age or older as of March 1, 2018, are a foodservice operator, chef or line cook who develops recipes for menu items served to paying guests at an independent, commercial restaurant or food truck operation as your primary form of employment and are a legal United States resident residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of contest entry.

An independent, commercial restaurant operation is defined as a restaurant owned and operated by an individual, family, or group of people. Independent, commercial restaurant enterprises with nineteen (19) or fewer restaurant units are eligible to enter the contest.

An independent, commercial food truck operation is defined as a mobile vehicle equipped to cook and sell food that is owned and operated by an individual, family or group of people. A commercial kitchen may be used for food prep. Independent, commercial food truck enterprises with nineteen (19) or fewer trucks are eligible to enter the contest.

You are not eligible to enter and will be disqualified if:

  • Entering this contest is in violation of your employer’s policies;
  • You have previously won the Grand Prize in a General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest;
  • You have previously been a finalist or winner in 3 or more prior General Mills Recipe Contests;
  • You are an employee of a consumer and/or foodservice packaged goods manufacturing company;
  • You are an owner, operator, or employee of an independent bed and breakfast commercial operation as your primary form of employment;
  • You or a member of your immediate family (parent, children, siblings, spouse, regardless of where they live) are an employee of General Mills or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, or any promotion, advertising, judging or public relations company doing business with any of the above, or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, or you live in the same household of such employees (whether related or not).

HOW DO I ENTER?

To enter, go to www.neighborhoodtonation.com and submit your original recipe in one of the three recipe categories listed below using the online entry form. Fill in all information requested on the entry form completely and type your recipe, listing each recipe ingredient (including garnishes) with specific flavor, exact measurements and weights, equipment with exact dimensions or sizes and complete step-by-step preparation instructions. Your recipe must include at least one product from the list of eligible products as a recipe ingredient. Eligible product must be listed in your recipe ingredient list. Recipes using eggs, flour, cookie dough, General Mills baking mixes or frozen biscuits, or any other fresh dough products must include a baking step in the preparation instructions. Recipes may not contain ingredients with limited availability or that are otherwise cost-prohibitive for use in a foodservice operation. Entries will be assigned to one of the five national regions based on the address of the Entrant: West, North Central, South Central, Northeast and Southeast.

REGIONS BY STATE

West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming

South Central: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C.

Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

As part of the entry process, you will also be required to agree to receive emails from General Mills, including communication on the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest. If you do not agree to receive emails, your entry will not be considered to be an eligible entry.

Contest entries will be accepted from 8:00am PST on March 1, 2018 to 11:59pm PST on April 30, 2018 (the “Entry Period”). Each entry should be submitted only once. Use of automated processes and devices to submit electronic entries is not permitted. General Mills is not responsible for any changes or effects caused to the entrant's computer system as a result of submitting electronic entries.

RECIPE CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Appetizer

Small plates and appetizers are growing in popularity as more diners look to try new flavors in low risk, low cost ways. Savory dips, stuffed breads, mini cups—think sweet or savory, bite-sized or shareable.

Entrée

Now is the time to try it all. This includes breakfast, lunch or dinner—soups, salads, pancakes, scones, skewers, poke bowls or sandwiches. Get creative and turn your house special into a winning recipe.

Dessert

Take your dessert to a whole new level of decadence. Leverage the mini craze with a flight of small bites of chocolate cake. Mix sweet and salty to make a decadent cake or brownie bar.

Only entries submitted via the electronic entry form provided on the website listed above during the Entry Period will be accepted. Entries submitted via any other method, including but not limited to U.S. Postal Service, facsimile or other express delivery services, will NOT be accepted. General Mills and its promotion agencies are not responsible for phone, network, electronic or computer hardware or software failure, or technical failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by General Mills, entrants or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions which may damage a user’s system or limit a participant’s ability to participate in the promotion.

General Mills may prohibit any individual from participating in the contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said individual is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices; violates the Official Rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner at any time during the contest, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. By submitting your recipe, you accept all contest rules and agree to be bound by the decisions of the Judges, which will be final. You also agree that your recipe(s) becomes the sole property of General Mills, and General Mills reserves the right to edit, adapt, copyright, publish, transfer and use any or all of them, without compensation.

CAUTION -- ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

HOW WILL RECIPES BE JUDGED?

All entries must meet the requirements of the contest entry criteria. Recipes not meeting contest entry criteria will be disqualified. There are two optional entry form fields that do not need to be filled out to be qualified—the optional photo upload and optional recipe inspiration essay. Submissions without the optional items will not be judged less favorably than those that do submit a photo or essay.

Entries must be the original recipe of the entrant. Judging will be done by an independent judging agency and culinary professionals (collectively, the “Judges”) to confirm appropriate use of one or more eligible products in addition to consideration of the criteria outlined below (collectively, the “Judging Criteria”) and weighted equally:

  • Taste
  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Foodservice Viability

Judges will disqualify previously published recipes, such as but not limited to those in cookbooks, in magazines, online, from food companies, and winners in recipe contests, unless the recipe features changes considered significant by the Judges in their sole and absolute discretion. Finalists will be required to certify, on information or belief, that their recipes are their original creation and have not been published or publicized and have not been recognized as a winner in a recipe contest. Judges reserve the right to change recipe names or assign entries to the Recipe Category they deem appropriate. Decisions of the Judges are final in all matters relating to this contest.

HOW WILL FINALISTS BE SELECTED?

Judges will select one (1) recipe from all eligible entries received in each region, using the Judging Criteria listed above. The entrants whose recipes are selected by the Judges will become Regional Recipe Winners for their region (each a “Regional WInner”). In the event that fewer than five eligible recipes are submitted in a region, General Mills reserves the right to combine or alter regions. If your recipe is one of the five (5) Regional Winning recipes, you will be notified via phone and/or email on or about July 23, 2018.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I BECOME A REGIONAL WINNER?

Regional Winners will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, a confidentiality agreement and a liability release/assignment of rights giving General Mills and its nominees full rights to use the Regional Winner's name, likeness, image and voice for contest-related advertising and publicity, including such usage on the Internet, and return it within five (5) business days of receipt of notification. General Mills will advise Regional Winners of their status and of further contest procedures and policies after review of all documents submitted.

Once confirmed by General Mills as an official Regional Winner, General Mills may advise Regional Winners of further contest procedures and policies, and all Regional Winners agree to comply with such procedures. Regional Winners may not participate in any third party promotional efforts during the six months following their receiving notification of winning without General Mills’ permission. Regional Winners are required to participate in the Hometown Celebration Event and prize announcement in their hometown between August 6-31, 2018. Any Regional Winner who does not comply with these requirements, cannot be easily located at the address or phone number provided, or who is unable to attend the Hometown Celebration Event will not be allowed to compete and will not be eligible for any prize. If a Regional Winner becomes unable to compete for any reason, General Mills may attempt to replace that Regional Winner with an alternate, provided that the alternate can comply with the conditions stated above. General Mills in its sole discretion may also choose not to replace any Regional Winner.

HOW WILL REGIONAL WINNERS AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER BE SELECTED?

During the selection of the Recipe Winner recipes, Judges will score each Finalist recipe using the Judging Criteria, and the points assigned to each Finalist recipe by each judge will be combined for a total score (the “Total Score”). To determine the Recipe Winner winning recipes, the Finalist recipes receiving the three (3) highest Total Scores will each be deemed a Recipe Winner winning recipe (each, a “Recipe Winner”). The remaining three (3) Finalist recipes not deemed Recipe Winners will be deemed Honorable Mentions (each, an “Honorable Mention”). In the event of a tie between two or more Finalist recipes, the recipe receiving the highest score for the Creativity Judging Criteria will be designated a Recipe Winner or Honorable Mention. The grand prize recipe winner (the “Grand Prize Recipe Winner”) will be determined by comparing the Total Scores for each of the three Recipe Winner recipes. The Recipe Winner with the highest Total Score will be deemed the Grand Prize Recipe Winner. The Recipe Winner with the second highest Total Score will be deemed the First Place Recipe Winner, and the Recipe Winner with the third highest Total Score will be deemed the Second Place Recipe Winner. In the event of a tie between two or more of the Recipe Winner Total Scores, the Recipe Winner recipe receiving the most points for the Creativity Judging Criteria will be designated the winner of the tie.

HOW WILL THE REGIONAL RECIPE WINNERS AND GRAND PRIZE RECIPE WINNER BE ANNOUNCED?

The five (5) Regional Winners will be notified by General Mills of their prize-winning status on or about August 6, 2018 and a date will be schedule for each Regional Winners’ Hometown Celebration Event and check presentation on or about August 13-31, 2018. The Regional Winners will also receive a publicity package that includes a promotional video, a newspaper ad capped at $10,000, coordination of press releases with local media and will be featured in General Mills marketing.

The Regional Winner selected by the Judges as the Grand Prize Winner will participate in a Hometown Celebration Event and check presentation on or about August 13-31, 2018. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a publicity package that includes a promotional video, a newspaper ad capped at $10,000, a national magazine ad capped at $10,000 and a billboard capped at $7,000 if this is applicable to their region. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a trip for two (2) to the 2018 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) from October 11-14, 2018. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for Grand Prize Winner and guest from major airport nearest Grand Prize Winner's home, hotel accommodations consisting of one double occupancy room for three nights, ground transportation while in New York, entry to NYCWFF, dinner and events at NYCWFF as determined by General Mills—plus, $500.00 cash spending money (the “Grand Prize Trip Package”) and will be featured in General Mills marketing.

If the Grand Prize Recipe Winner resides within a fifty (50) mile radius of New York, NY (a “local resident”), in lieu of the round trip air transportation portion of the trip, the Grand Prize Recipe Winner will receive round-trip ground or air transportation of General Mills’ choice between Grand Prize Recipe Winner’s residence and the hotel. No compensation will be awarded in lieu of the difference in the approximate retail value for the trip. Travel must be made through General Mills’ agent, on a carrier of General Mills’ choice. Travel is subject to availability. Grand Prize Winner must possess United States government-approved travel documents. General Mills is not responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions, or any act or omission whatsoever with respect to the trip. Except as indicated, all taxes, gratuities, travel insurance, bag check fees, parking fees, laundry service, food, alcoholic beverages, incidentals (including mini-bar), phone charges, merchandise, souvenirs and other expenses not specifically identified are solely the responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize Winner must comply with all hotel check-in requirements, including the presentation of a major credit card. Unused components of the trip have no redeemable cash value. All airline tickets issued in connection with the trip are not eligible for frequent flyer miles or upgrades and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer. Lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates or similar items, once they are in a Grand Prize Winner’s possession, will not be replaced. Travel must be roundtrip. Any unclaimed and/or unused trip elements will be forfeited by and will remain the property of General Mills. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these official rules and those set forth by General Mills’ air travel prize supplier, as detailed in the passenger ticket contract issued by such supplier. In the event Grand Prize Winner and/or his or her guests engage in behavior that (as determined by General Mills in its sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, General Mills reserves the right to terminate the trip or other applicable experience early, in whole or in part, and send the Grand Prize Winner and/or his or her guests home with no further compensation.

All issues and disputes regarding any aspect of the contest, including, but not limited to the construction, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, shall be governed by the laws of the state of Minnesota, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws. All suits and claims shall be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction situated in Minneapolis, MN. General Mills reserves the right to cancel this promotion at its sole discretion. Winners will be posted on the Internet at www.neighborhoodtonation.com following the Hometown Celebration Events.

The Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest is sponsored by General Mills, One General Mills Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55426.