WHAT CAN I WIN?
Ten (10) Regional Recipe Winners (Regional Winners) will each win a Hometown Celebration Event in August/September 2019 during which cash prizes totaling $50,000 and charitable donations totaling $10,000 will be awarded by the General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Team. One (1) of the 10 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 2019 New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) from October 10-13, 2019. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for Grand Prize Winner and guest from the major airport nearest Grand Prize Winner's home, hotel accommodations consisting of one double occupancy room for three nights, ground transportation between the New York airport and the hotel, entry to NYCWFF, 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.
In addition , the contest will recognize one (1) of the Regional Winners with the “People’s Choice” award and an additional $1,000.00 to the local charity of their choice if their recipe is chosen as a favorite on our social media Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GeneralMillsConvenienceAndFoodservice/) .
Ten (10) 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, and 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 each 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 $5,000.00 and $1,000.00 donation by General Mills on Grand Prize Winner’s behalf to a mutually agreed upon 501c charity, for a total of $10,000 (awarded as a check) and a $2,000 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 $30,000 and the New York City Wine and Food Festival Grand Prize Trip Package described above. Approximate retail value (ARV) of Grand Prize is $50,000.
Total value of all prizes: $239,500. 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, 2019, 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 using the online entry form. Fill in all information requested on the entry form completely, listing each recipe ingredient (including garnishes) and step-by-step preparation instructions.
- Recipe must be original.
- Recipe must use at least one product from the list of General Mills eligible products as a recipe ingredient.
- Eligible product and the amount used must be listed in your recipe ingredient list.
- In the ingredient list, include amounts of any toppings, garnishes or accompaniments used in the recipe.
- Recipes using eggs, flour, General Mills baking mixes or frozen biscuits or any other dough or batter products must include a baking step in the preparation instructions.
- Recipes must use ingredients that are easily accessible and not cost prohibitive in a foodservice operation.
- Contest entries will be accepted from 8:00am PST on March 1, 2019 to 11:59pm PST on April 30, 2019 (the “Entry Period”). You may submit as many recipe entries as you like, but each entry should be submitted only once.
For each eligible recipe entered General Mills will make a $5 donation to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, up to a maximum of $10,000. The donation will have no effect on the judging or chances of winning.
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.
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. 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. 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, modify, copyright, publish, transfer and use any or all of them, without compensation. If a Regional or Grand Prize Winner requests their recipe be kept confidential General Mills will not publish the winning recipe ingredients and preparation. General Mills reserves the right to publish photos and descriptions of the confidential recipe.
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 entry form fields that do not need to be filled out to be qualified — the optional photo upload and the optional recipe inspiration. Submissions without the optional items will not be judged less favorably than those that do submit a photo or inspiration.
Entries must be the original recipe of the entrant. Judging will be done by culinary professionals (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:
- 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, edit, adapt or modify entries as they deem appropriate. Decisions of the Judges are final in all matters relating to this contest.
HOW WILL REGIONAL WINNERS BE SELECTED?
During the selection of the ten (10) Regional Winner recipes, Judges will score qualified recipes submitted using the Judging Criteria and the points assigned to each recipe by each judge will be combined for a total score (the "Total Score"). This Total Score will be used to determine the two (2) Regional Winner winning recipes (each, a "Regional Winner") in each region. Entrants whose recipes are selected by the Judges will become Regional Recipe Winners for their region (each a “Regional Winner”). General Mills reserves the right to combine or alter regions. If your recipe is one of the ten (10) Regional Winning recipes, you will be notified via phone and/or email in July 2019.
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 during the months of August and September 2019. 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 THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER BE SELECTED?
Judges will score each of the ten (10) Regional Winning recipes using the Judging Criteria, and the points assigned to each recipe by each judge will be combined for a total score (the “Total Score”). The Grand Prize Recipe Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be determined by comparing the Total Scores for each of the ten (10) Regional Winner recipes. The Regional Recipe Winner with the highest Total Score will be deemed the Grand Prize Recipe Winner. In the event of a tie between two or more of the Regional Recipe Winner Total Scores, the Regional Recipe Winner recipe receiving the most points for the Creativity Judging Criteria will be designated the winner of the tie.
HOW WILL THE “PEOPLE’S CHOICE” AWARD BE SELECTED AND ANNOUNCED?
Photos taken by General Mills of all the Regional Winning Recipes will be posted on the Neighborhood to Nation Facebook page on or about August 1, 2019 for a one (1) week period. The public will be encouraged to “like” their favorite Regional Winning Recipe photo. The photo that receives the most “likes” during that one (1) week period will be awarded with the “People’s Choice” award and an additional $1,000 for their designated charity. Winner will be announced on the Neighborhood to Nation Facebook page on or around September 1, 2019.
HOW WILL THE REGIONAL RECIPE WINNERS AND GRAND PRIZE RECIPE WINNER BE ANNOUNCED?
The ten (10) Regional Winners will be notified by General Mills of their prize-winning status in July 2019. A date will be scheduled for each Regional Winners’ Hometown Celebration Event and check presentation during August and September 2019. The Regional Winners will also receive a publicity package that includes a promotional video, a newspaper ad capped at $5,000, 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 during August and September 2019. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a publicity package that includes a promotional video, a newspaper ad capped at $5,000, 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 2019 New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) from October 10-13, 2019. 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 between the New York airport and the hotel, entry to NYCWFF, 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 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.
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