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Win a Trip to LA with Me, Bertolli….and Rocco DiSpirito!

Contest is Now Closed.Β  Thanks!

Hi Friends, this is a crazy fun last minute kind of trip, but if you are free next week as in May 10-12th listen up!!Β  Bertolli is sending me and one of my readers to LA for a culinary inspired day around LA and some time to meet and chat with Rocco DiSpirito πŸ™‚Β  Bertolli is taking care of your flight, hotel and food the day of the event!!Β  So, if you think you can take some time off next week, keep reading…..

Here’s how to enter:

1.Β  Watch the following video (with 3 more coming for the next 3 days) and simply tell us your favorite part of the video in a comment here. You can leave a comment for each video that will be coming throughout the week, having 4 chances to win πŸ™‚

2.Β  Support Bertolli by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

3.Β  Winner must be traveling from within the continental US and be available to travel May 10-12th.Β  Winner will be chosen Friday May 7th!!

Good Luck!!Β  Come back tomorrow for Video #2 and a second chance to enter!!

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  1. 1
    Barb McLaughlin says:

    I loved the whole adventure – very Amazing Race-ish! Also loved the Italian scenery, since I’ve never been.

  2. 2
    Sonya says:

    I love how natural they all seemed. Not stuffy celeb types.

  3. 3
    cara says:

    Picking out the 3 different cheeses… cow,goat, or sheep! That was a fun part! I think it could/would be hard to do!

  4. 4
    Hope says:

    I’m pretty much here in LA already, but a a couple days would be soo fun.

    I loved to find out that cheese is used as collateral. That’s cool.

  5. 5
    LinzLieb says:


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    stacey says:

    I’d never heard of cheese being used as collateral before, and it was great fun to see them pinching the farfalle. That is on of my favorite kinds of pasta but I’ve never tried making it before – now I know the secret. πŸ™‚

  7. 7

    Ohmigosh!! I want to hang with you, Jenny!!!

    I must say cheese. It may sound cliche, but goat cheese? Hello lover!

  8. 8
    Stacy says:

    First of all, I love Bertolli frozen meals! They’re awesome when you’re in a pinch for a fast and good meal! Second, in regards to the video – um….I just freaking love cheese! I got excited watching them head into the shop – all that delicious stinky cheese just waiting to be eaten! Haha

    And OMG, watching them cook and eat that pasta….my mouth is watering!

  9. 9
    Molly says:

    Oh my gosh, Jenny! I’d love to win this trip and come hang with you on the West Coast. My favorite part of this video was when Vito’s mom was macking on Dan…she’s too cute!

  10. 10
    Kelli says:

    WOW what an awesome giveaway! I loved the little cafe they were sitting at when they got their first clue– but I have to admit, after she put the cheese hammer in her hair and then I saw the man at the cheese shop using it…. Let’s just say thank heavens she at least looks clean! πŸ™‚

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    Colleen Gallagher-Sullivan says:

    I loved the idea of finding clues in a beautiful city to put together your meal. I would have loved doing that with my friend, Kelsi. We love wine, cheese & cooking together for both our families.

  12. 12
    Lisa says:

    I love Marissa! Seeing her flip the pasta was hilarious

  13. 13

    What a wonderful trip! I loved the part when Marisa put the “tool” in her hair! Hello…cheese as collateral? Wow!

  14. 14
    L says:

    What an awesome giveaway….I would have loved to taste that cheese with them, that was the best part

  15. 15
    Heather says:

    Wow, what fun! I loved that Marissa’s mom showed up.

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    Ashley says:


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    Heather says:

    The whole video was so much fun…the beautiful Italian scenery, the cheese, the pasta. I would have to say my favorite part was watching them prepare dinner and making the pasta. So amazing!
    What an amazing giveaway and I would love to hang out with you in sunny LA.
    Looking forward to seeing what’s next in the Italian adventure!

  18. 18
    gina says:

    LOVED seeing the Italian countryside!! It’s been 4 years since I’ve been to Tuscany…and OH how I’d love to go back! {sigh} Someday.

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    Kara says:

    This is awesome! I loved the cheese shop and the 250+ types of cheese – so yummy. πŸ™‚

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    Tammie says:

    Wow! What a fun giveaway! My favorite part was watching them all work in the kitchen and learning how to pinch the pasta. At dinner they all looked like they were having a fabulous time together!

  21. 21
    Ashley says:

    That’s soooo cool!

    I love them making the pasta. Super fun πŸ™‚

  22. 22
    Pam Shank says:

    I loved the whole adventure. The Italian scenery,the laughing and friendship,and of course the food. What a fun and memorable giveaway.

  23. 23
    Debbie R. says:

    Wow, Jenny, what a great opportunity!!

    I have to say I thought the fact they had to carry that big wheel of cheese to Vito’s was funny! I bet that weighed a ton!! Also loved pinching the farfelle by hand!

  24. 24
    Arena says:

    My fav part was Rocco’s fake Italian accent: β€œWe have no money, so we put up cheese.” Hehe!

  25. 25
    Amy Crowle says:

    I liked the part with them trying to decide which cheese is which ~ I soooo want to win this!

  26. 26
    Katie says:

    that pasta they made is making me drool! yummy!

  27. 27
    Jerilee E. says:

    I love anything that’s about CHEESE!! Love every sort of cheese… that I’ve tried :). Also loved watching the ‘perfect pinch’

  28. 28
    mandy says:

    dan cortese was my favorite part! i loved him on ‘what i like about you’!

  29. 29
    Alyssa says:

    my favorite part: dan cortese. πŸ˜‰

  30. 30

    I loved the story…the scavenger hunt through Italy to find the perfect ingredients for the pasta. That would be such a fun activity to do with my husband or my kids in a town we don’t know…And ending it at the table with family and friends always makes for a happy ending!

  31. 31
    Tara says:

    I wish I could just reach through my screen and taste test that cheese with them!! I really enjoyed seeing them pinch the pasta. Mine would look totally messed up I’m sure. Also enjoyed watching them ‘try’ to do the traditional toss. I have tried that so many times here at home and it just goes everywhere. I think I need Rocco’s help (in LA)!

  32. 32
    Brett says:

    Watching this video makes me want to–REALLY WANT TO–return to Italy… It’s my favorite holiday of all time! I loved the cooking segment–fun, family, authentic; LOVED it!

  33. 33
    Brooke says:

    “VITO”…”Vito, vito” (echo)

  34. 34
    Stephanie says:

    Oh this would be a dream come true πŸ™‚ Loved how they had to match up the cheese to the animal. And love Rocco too!

  35. 35
    Stacie Aho says:

    How awesome! It’s perfect timing for me. I’m headed to San Diego for the summer on Sunday, and my mom is coming up so she could watch my kiddos!! Sounds like an incredible trip!

    I loved the big round of cheese! And I want to eat some of that hand pinched pasta. YUM!

  36. 36
    Mrs. Z says:

    I absolutely love the shots of Italy. I’ve never been, but it is on the top of my list of places to go. It looks amazing!

  37. 37
    Lee Ann says:

    I love how fun the commercial is, the cheese as money is funny! Pick me!! πŸ™‚

  38. 38
    Julianne says:

    My favorite part was seeing Italy!! I’ve been to Italy 3 times and watching it made me want to go again!

  39. 39
    Shannon Scorse says:

    Well now I want to go to Italy and hang out with Marisa Tomei πŸ™‚ Oh and eat delicious pasta. Fun video-I love that it is like Amazing Race!

  40. 40

    I want to go!!!! I loved the cheese shop….I wish we had one like that here!

  41. 41
    Ginny Fisher says:

    Sooo much fun in an Amazing Race sort of way! I love it!! Can’t wait for tomorrow πŸ™‚

  42. 42

    I loved seeing Marisa and Rocco in the kitchen with Vito’s mom, it’s so true you can learn so much from someone who has been cooking for many years. What fun a day in LA would be, with you Jenny and amazing food! What a FUN giveaway!

  43. 43
    Jennifer says:

    I agree with some of the other posters that this was very “Amazing Race ish”

    I loved them picking out the cheeses and Rocco not wanting to pick, but keep eating instead πŸ™‚

    Wow, what an opportunity! I would love to come!

  44. 44
    Rose says:

    My favorite part of the video was watching Vito’s mom pinch the pasta. A very close 2nd favorite was the plastic animals!

  45. 45

    Watching them make the cool, also Dan carrying that cheese, that thing was HUGE πŸ™‚

  46. 46
    Lynne Saltz says:

    The pasta! The Cheese! The Company! Who knew that a taste of Italy is as close as your grocers freezer! A little bit of heaven in every bite!

  47. 47
    Lisa says:

    I loved the cheese shop. I want to visit there.

  48. 48
    Katie says:

    I liked the scenery. I would love to travel to another country as I never have before. I guess I would settle for L.A.

  49. 49
    Pam Ivbuls says:

    Jenny, my favorite part of the video is how good Italian food always brings the family together. I also enjoyed watching two different kinds of cooks (chefs and Mamma!), learning cooking techniques from each other.

  50. 50
    Niki says:

    picking out the 3 cheeses, that was awesome! And I love Marissa Tomei, she’s fab!

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