Contest Rules

THE GRILLED CHEESE CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF Eligible SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED. 

SPONSOR: Parrano (“Sponsor”)

ELIGIBILTY: This promotion (“Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and who are age 18 or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older at the time of submission. No purchase is necessary to participate.  Participants must provide proof of age acceptable to Sponsor.  Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, co-branded partners, consultants, contractors, advertising, public relations, promotion and fulfillment and marketing agencies, and the their immediate family members of and persons domiciled with such persons are not eligible to participate in the Contest.  The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. Participation constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

HOW TO ENTER: Participants may enter the Contest by visiting www.parrano.com and submitting an original grilled cheese recipe, along with his/her name, email and state of residence (the “Submission”). The “Grilled Cheese Contest” opens March 14 at 12:01 AM (Eastern time), and closes April 15 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) (“Contest Period”).  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, stolen, incomplete, misdirected, or illegible Submissions. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Contest. 

No limit on number of entries. Multiple Participants are not permitted to share the same email address. Any attempt by any Participant to submit more than one Submission, by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods, will void that Participant’s entry and that Participant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute as to any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Participant.

PRIZES: One of five finalists will be deemed the winner by the Facebook voting process to receive the following prize package:

Magazine subscription to Culture Magazine
$100 Gift card to Sur La Table to stock pantry 
Grilled Cheese Please! Book by Laura Werlin
Cheese basket from Best/Coach
$100 food retailer gift card of choice

Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen prize packages or certificates. The prize holds no cash value.  The prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Odds of winning the prize are dependent on the number of eligible Submissions received during the Contest Period.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: After the close of the Contest Period, Sponsor will review and judge all eligible Submissions received. Sponsor will select 5 finalists to be voted on by the public via Facebook (once they have like Parrano’s Facebook Page) from April 18, 2014 through April 28, 2014. The winner will be determined by the number of likes each finalist’s grilled cheese creation photo receives. The finalist’s grilled cheese creation photo who receives the most Facebook likes will be deemed the winner and announced on or around April 30, 2014. Winner will be notified by email from Sponsor and must claim prize within five (5) days. If selected winner does not claim prize during this time, another winner will be selected, notified by email and must claim the prize within five (5) days from the email notification.  Winner will be announced on or around April 30. The odds of winning depend entirely on the number of Participants to the Contest.

THE WINNER IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST. A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND PARTICIPANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE. SPONSOR WILL NOT ACCEPT SCREEN SHOTS OR OTHER EVIDENCE OF WINNING IN LIEU OF ITS VALIDATION PROCESS. ANY SUBMISSION THAT OCCURS AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED FOR ANY REASON IS DEEMED A DEFECTIVE PLAY, IS VOID AND WILL NOT BE HONORED.

GENERAL: Liability for any applicable taxes will be the sole responsibility of the winner. Any required tax reporting must be completed and returned in order to receive the prize. All expenses not specifically provided for by Sponsors in these rules are the sole responsibility of the winner. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission to use winner’s name, photograph, and/or likeness for promotional purposes without additional compensation.

Submissions.
By entering the Contest, Participant grants the Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the Submission with or without a name credit, in whole or in part, in any manner, now known or hereafter developed, determined by the Sponsor in its discretion.  Participant will not be paid for any use of your Submission for advertising, commercial or non-commercial purposes.

By accepting the Prize, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the winner irrevocably grants to the Sponsor and each of their licensees, successors, assigns, and sub-licensees the right and permission to use the winner’s name, likeness, image and home state (as provided by the winner), including, without limitation, for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity, all without compensation.

The decision to use, reproduce, distribute, display and/or create derivative works of a Submission or to use a winner’s name, likeness, image or home state information is solely within the discretion of the Sponsor, neither the Sponsor have any obligation to make any use of any of the foregoing.   

By entering the Contest, you agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Official Rules or the Sweepstake itself, and agree to be bound by the Official Rules and by all decisions of the Sponsor, whose decisions are binding and final.

Participant’s Representations and Warranties.
By participating in the Contest, you warrant and represent that the content of your Submission is original to you, has not been previously published or won any award, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe upon the rights of any third-party, including copyrights (including, without limitation, copyrighted images or text), trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity.  You must be able to provide, on request of the Sponsor all appropriate clearances, permissions and releases for any Submission, including releases from everyone who assisted in the creation of the Submission.  In the event you cannot provide all required releases, the Sponsor reserves the right, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Submission.  You hereby agree to indemnify and hold the Sponsor and The Plaza Hotel harmless from and against any and all third-party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements herein.

Social Media.
This Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook or any other social media platform.  All information submitted by Participants is submitted to the Sponsor, not to Facebook or any other social media platform.  

All Submissions must comply with any and all terms, guidelines and policies of Facebook and any other applicable social media platform.  The Sponsor shall not be responsible for any decision(s) by Facebook or other social media platforms, including but not limited to the removal of any Participant’s posts or deactivation of any Participant’s social media account.  To the extent of any conflicts between these Official Rules and the terms, guidelines or policies of Facebook or any other applicable social media platform, the Official Rules will govern. 

Additional Terms.
In case of dispute as to the identity of any Participant, the Submission will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Facebook account at the time the Submission was submitted. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address.  Any potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that such winner is the Authorized Account Holder of the email address associated with the potentially winning Submission.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Contest should any virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized human intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the Sponsor’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Contest.  In such case, the Sponsor may select the winner from all eligible Submissions received prior to the termination action taken by the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual tampering with the submission process or the operation of the Contest or its web site. The Sponsor may prohibit a Participant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that the Participant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Participants or the Sponsor, and/or its representatives.

Caution: The Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) to the fullest extent permitted by law from any person who attempts to deliberately damage its website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest.

Release; Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer of Warranties.
PARTICIPANTS AND WINNER AGREE TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the SPONSOR AND each of ITS respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, successors, assigns, employees, AGENTS, officers AND directors (COLLECTIVELY “released parties”) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR LOSS, HARM, DAMAGE, INJURY, COST OR EXPENSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH WHICH MAY OCCUR IN CONNECTION WITH OR PARTICIPATION IN THE Contest, OR POSSESSION, ACCEPTANCE AND/OR USE, MISUSE OR NON-USE OF ANY PRIZE ELEMENT OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY Contest-RELATED ACTIVITY AND FOR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, MERCHANDISE DELIVERY, and/OR breach of any warranties, representations or agreementS hereIN. PARTICIPANTS AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE PRIZE AND/OR THE Contest, AND UPLOADING TO, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY WEBSITES ASSOCIATED WITH THE Contest. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED [$5.00].

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THIS Contest AND ALL PRIZE ELEMENTS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TYPOGRAPHICAL OR OTHER ERROR IN THE PRINTING OF THE OFFER OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE Contest OR THESE OFFICIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANY PRIZE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE RELEASED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INABILITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNER OF A PRIZE TO REDEEM THE PRIZE AS SCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, FIRE, NATURAL DISASTER, INDUSTRIAL OR LABOR DISPUTE, WAR, TERRORIST ACTIVITY, HOSTILITIES, POLITICAL UNREST, RIOTS, CIVIL COMMOTION, OR ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE RELEASED PARTIES.

Certain jurisdictions prohibit the limitation of liability for certain types of damages or prohibit waivers against future fraud, and accordingly, such limitations or waivers may not apply to you.  In such jurisdictions, the RELEASED PARTIES’ liability is limited to the greatest extent allowable under applicable law.

Disputes; Governing Law.
The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party, to the fullest extent permitted by law. The arbitration shall be conducted in New York, New York.  Each party shall bear its own fees, expenses and costs.

THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF New York WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Contest, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in the City, County and State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

Force Majeure.
In the event the Sponsor is or may be unable to perform under the Official Rules in whole or in part as a consequence of events beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, acts of God, fire, explosion, accident, floods, embargoes, epidemics, strikes, boycotts, or riots (a “Force Majeure Event”), such failure to perform shall not be considered a breach of the Official Rules.  In the event of any Force Majeure Event as set forth in this paragraph, the Sponsor shall use its best efforts to meet obligations set forth in the Official Rules.

Severance. 
If any provision of the Official Rules is held to be invalid of unenforceable, all remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.


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