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

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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!! 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!! So, if you think you can take some time off next week, keep reading…..

Here’s how to enter:

1. 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. Support Bertolli by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Good Luck!! 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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

  51. 51
    Johnna says:

    Ok, besides the beautiful scenery, the quaint cheese shop and the yummy Rocco, I love Marisa’s Italian boots!

  52. 52
    Jenny Hunter says:

    I liked when they were choosing which animal with which cheese.

  53. 53
    Gwen says:

    So I love that Marissa’s mom and family show up. Nothing pairs better with food than family. And I so want to pinch some farfalle now!

  54. 54
    Heather L. says:

    I love when they reflected on their day at the table.

  55. 55
    Linda says:

    This reminds me in a nostalgic way of when I lived in Italia. Very authentico- it truly is la vita bella. Fave part: tanto tanto formaggio- delizioso!

  56. 56
    Brandi says:

    Wow! What a wonderful opportunity!

    It was all wonderful. Italy looked beautiful, the coffee in the piazza was picture pefect. Them riding bikes and twinkling the bell was funny. As was carrying the giant round of cheese. And who doesn’t love pasta with parmasana regiana?? And the wonderful end to a day sitting and chatting with family? Beautiful. I had no idea that was how they pinched the pasta and I would never be brave enough to try to flip it like that!

  57. 57
    Heather Cole says:

    Cheese hammer? Cheese as collateral? Heaven help me, I need to move to Italy!

  58. 58
    Joanna says:

    Rocco with that “shiv” was too funny! I can’t believe they guessed correctly on the cheeses! I never would have πŸ™‚

  59. 59
    Shannon says:

    The whole thing! What a great video, great food, great wine and family! How fun!

  60. 60
    Megan Dinsdale says:

    People use cheese as money?! Hilarious.

  61. 61
    Nancy J says:

    This is such a fun giveaway, I would LOVE to join you in LA. That would seriously be a dream come true. It would be so much fun to meet Rocco (I even watched his reality show a few years back) and get to cook and have a dream little vacation, pick me!

    Okay my favorite part of the video was when they played the game in the cheese shop, I thought that would be such a fun game to play!

  62. 62
    Allison says:

    What a wonderful trip this would be! All the cheese is my favorite part!!

  63. 63
    Lindsay says:

    I follow on Bertolli on twitter

  64. 64
    Lindsay says:

    I wanted to taste the cheese! It would be so fun to ride bikes around Italy, too. I so want to go there!

  65. 65

    Eating. I would love to be there eating delicious hand-cooked food. Yum!

  66. 66
    Valery Bunnell says:

    I love the authenticity of it all! Great food shared between friends and family is priceless.

  67. 67
    Robynne says:

    My favorite part was watching the way mother and son worked in the kitchen together. It was so fluid, and beautiful!

  68. 68
    Mary says:

    Ahhh… Loved how her Mom was there to help make the pasta. I love my mom and wish she could come everywhere with me!

  69. 69
    Debi Bozanich says:

    I liked the whole adventure finding the clues…. of the cheese

  70. 70
    Connie says:

    I loved watching the family sit down to eat together- seems like we never do that as a family very often- I must work at this more.

  71. 71
    Nataleigh G says:

    Hahaha my favorite part of this video was between Marisa pinching the Farfalle and grandma hitting on Dan! I laughed out lout!

  72. 72
    Melissa G says:

    Watching Marissa flip the pasta while cooking – it was fun to see them in action!

  73. 73

    In the kitchen with mom!!! Great scene…….Great giveaway!

  74. 74
    Lindsey E. says:

    Wow! I love this entire adventure – but especially the part with Vitto and his mother. Traditional Italian cooking is as wonderful to watch as it is to eat!

  75. 75
    Mandy says:

    OH MY GOODNESS, this would be so amazing! I would be over-the-moon excited to do this with you!! I’d clear my schedule in a snap!!! I loved the video, I can’t believe they used to use cheese as collateral for loans, crazy! And, “that’s the biggest cheese I’ve ever seen…and I’m not talking about my career”..ha!
    following Bertolli on Facebook & Twitter.
    Fingers AND toes crossed!!!

  76. 76
    kelly says:

    rocco teaching marisa how to flip the pasta!

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    Donna says:

    My favorite part is the toast to “Family” at the end. Family is a large part of my life so this really hit home for me.

    Thanks for the opportunity!!

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    Melissa says:

    We actually ate a Bertolli’s last night for dinner and it was fabulous! I am curious about the cheese as collateral how interesting! Also, making the pasta! How fun would that be to cook with someone like that!

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    Laurie says:

    I loved the stone faces while they were waiting for the OK on the cheese–the suspenseful moment was funny!

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    I love the whole thing!
    I love the clues. I love the adventure. I love the game. I love the 3 players!

    What an outstanding trip this would be!!! I would LOVE to go, I mean, how spontaneous would this be….find out Friday…leave on Monday! Geez-LOUISE! Too fun!!!

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    emily says:

    i love when they all sit down to eat. everyone is having such a good time, eating good food and enjoying each other’s company.

  82. 82
    Samantha says:

    I loved it when Vito’s mom gave the β€˜eye’ hilarious!

  83. 83
    Tara says:

    I loved the cheese shop and Marisa Tomei!!!

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    Hillary Crump says:

    My favorite part is knowing that cheese was actually used as collateral at the bank. Crazy Cheese Lovers.

  85. 85
    Michelle says:

    I have to say… my favorite part {aside from the insanely decadent food} was at the dinner table with Dan & Vito’s Mama. Cracked me up.

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    Crystal says:

    When the video first starts and they are sitting in that cafe surrounded by all the buildings and scenery. It was nice to see Marisa talk about her family roots there.

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    kacie says:

    Loved when Marissa shoved the fancy cheese tool in her hair! She is such a doll!

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    My favorite part? It’s a toss-up between the cheese shop scene (that place would be my heaven on earth) and doing the “perfect pinch” making the farfalle.

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    Christina Brown says:

    I just love CHEESE. Anything cheese is good for me. I love how it brings family together, that has always been big in my family.

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    Adrienne says:

    I love how they all interact with each other and each have ties to Italy in different ways. It helps gives different perspectives to the piece.

  91. 91
    Dawn Jolley says:

    Ok, I love cheese, how cute was this video! I love when celebrities can show us the real them and do fun things like this!
    I would love to go to LA, it sounds like such a fun and exciting event to attend! Pick me Pick me!

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    Ashley says:

    Yum! The cheese looks so good but my favorite part was watching them in the kitchen with mama making the pasta. I love watching people create something delicious out of just a few simple ingredients.

  93. 93
    Charity says:

    I loved the town they showed up in, I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy! And also the food they made, it looked delicious…

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    Lorie says:

    i love Rocco using the cheese hammer as a shiv!!

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    Lorie says:

    I followed Bertolli on Twitter and Facebook!

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    Wow! That is so awesome that those little pastas and pinched one by one! It definatly takes the right pair of fingers to do that… πŸ™‚ Clarissa

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    Marisa is great with the pan!

    I love that dish. “Italy is served.”

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    Lizzie says:

    Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!!

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    The pasta. Just give me a fork and let me get in there!!
    Love it!

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    Marcia says:

    Watching this makes me want to go to Whole Foods. They always have interesting cheeses to taste.

    Food brings people together.

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    Kara Maynard says:

    I am sooo going to make my own with the kiddos now! And I HEART GOAT CHEESE!

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    Lauren Brennan says:

    I thought the whole video was great! What a cute idea! Loved the cheese as collateral thing! I am SO available for this trip! Hope I’m the lucky winner.

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    aundrea says:

    the whole video was so fun to watch. but i’d have to say i got the biggest kick out of watching rocco flip all the ingredients together, then have marissa follow suit.

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    Jessica says:

    What a fun video! I simply love all the cheese yummy!

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