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Jul 1, 2011 02:36 PM

Win $2000 for your best recipe using beer!

Calling all home cooks and beer lovers and home beer-cooking lovers: we've got a sponsored recipe contest starting today that calls for your best recipe using Blue Moon beer. Check it out:

The main exciting thing is that the contest winner will win $2000, and runners up (three of them) get $1000 each. Nothing to sneeze at.

The second exciting thing is that we've revamped our recipe upload tool, it's MUCH easier to use -- just three simple steps and then you're done. So try it out -- go to the contest page, upload your recipe, and tell us how you like it.

And good luck!

[edited to add: contest rules require that entrants are over 21 and live in the US, but not in California.]

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  1. In reality, it seems you're "Calling all US home cooks" since the contest is only open to US Hounds according to the rules & regs.

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs

      Thanks, Breadcrumbs. I added that note at the end.

    2. The voting structure of this contest is a bit skewed. If voting can begin on the first day of the first recipe post (one recipe already has quite a few votes), there is no way that the recipes posted near the end of the allotted time will be able to garner as many visits, and as many votes, no matter how great they are. A time period for posting recipes, and a separate time period for voting, after recipe posting is closed, would level the playing field.

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      1. re: L.Nightshade

        Good point L.N. Usually there is a time gap btwn submission and voting.

        1. re: L.Nightshade

          Agreed. I noted that there's one recipe that seems to have garnered a lot of "friends and family" votes.

          I thought the recipes were all submitted by a certain date and THEN voting begins in past contests?

          1. re: LindaWhit

            In the past, CHOW picked the 3 finalists and then hounds voted. Either way, this is really a popularity contest without a whole lot of bearing on the merit of the recipe, but at least with the previous contests, CHOW looked at them objectively, tried them, and then presented them for voting. The way this one is being run, Blue Moon will be choosing from the submissions of the people with the largest families, social/business connections, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers.

            1. re: greygarious

              Agreed. Some recipes are garnering many instant votes. Barely enough time to read the recipe let alone trial it. Just social networking votes.

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                Yeah, it's pretty clear that people aren't actually making these recipes.


                1. re: Jason1

                  Bingo. Null and void on an actual "contest" then.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    A popularity contest perhaps but definitely not a recipe contest.

                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                        Agreed. Taints the credibility of any future Chowhound recipe competitions.

                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                          Actually national recipe contests usually go this way. I've entered a number of national brand based contests and this is pretty typical.

                  2. re: Jason1

                    Or this one. Asking all their FB readers to vote "every day':

                2. re: greygarious

                  Now I feel a little foolish for trying...! Oh well

                  1. re: blue room

                    I feel a little odd now having entered as well. It's clear that people are not actually cooking these recipes. And it's clear that many people didn't actually develop an original recipe. My favorite is the recipe that was for a Guiness float despite it being a Blue Moon contest. "No subsitutes please" it declared about the Guiness. After getting over 40 votes, using Guiness (not elibile by the rules) the recipe was changed to a Blue Moon float and now declares Blue moon (no substitutes please). So what happens to the votes made before that substantial recipe change?

                    1. re: Jason1

                      Which is not even to mention that it's a 'recipe' for how to dump ice cream into beer ('step two: eat that sumbitch!').

                      But who am I to criticize? It's way up there with 80 something votes right now, so it must really be blowing some minds and changing some lives out there in internetland.

                      1. re: cowboyardee

                        Haha -- like a chilled beer, the moral high ground is "cold comfort".

                      2. re: Jason1

                        Hey Jason1, you did it! Congratulations!

                        1. re: blue room

                          Kudos, Jason1! I am glad that someone who actually participates in Chowhound was one of the prizewinners. On general principles, I will not even read, much less prepare, the "Fakecook" entries. Looks like the new tailgating recipe contest will be similar in format, unfortunately.

                          1. re: greygarious

                            Unfortunately for those runners-up, however, the "vote for meeeeeee!" FBer did win the popularity contest. I'm sure she'll attempt to win the tailgating contest the same way - or if she's ineligible, one of her friends will do so.

                            But I'm glad a Hound did get *something* out of this.

                      3. re: blue room

                        I feel the same way.
                        But really, those of us who actually developed an original recipe, cooked it, entered it, and didn't rely on blind votes from facebook contacts, shouldn't be the ones who feel foolish.

                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                          I was hoping to enter, but considering how unfair the contest seems (since there is not a single start-time for casting a vote, and apparently anyone can vote), I'm not sure there's a point. Your recipes both looked good, and I wish there had been a level playing field from the beginning. What a disappointment.

                      4. re: greygarious

                        So it's an American Idol contest. Got it. :-/

                  2. I also wondered if the people submitting recipes to this contest realize that their full name and their CH screen name are both appearing on within the recipe contest page.

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                    1. re: HillJ

                      That's a bug, we're fixing it.

                    2. Does the recipe have to involve food? Or can it be a drink recipe? Not clear from the rules, unless I missed it.

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                      1. Kinda disappointed to read all this. I'm really green when it comes to recipe contests. But had planned to enter this one. I tested a recipe 3 different ways and was going to make a final run and photograph it tonight.
                        And I can not feel good about begging facebook friends, or anyone, to vote for my recipe. Maybe I'll put it up later because I like it and maybe someone else might make it and think it's tasty, too.

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                        1. re: alliegator

                          Just wanted to clarify that, while the grand prize is vote dependent, (CHOW will be testing the top three vote-getters and selecting a winner from them), the runner up recipes will be selected and tested by CHOW and are NOT necessarily vote-dependent.

                          This stuff is laid out in the rules if you want all the specifics:

                          I hope that clears up some of the confusion around the voting stuff.

                          1. re: Roxanne Webber

                            That makes little material difference. With voting allowed throughout a protracted entry period, it still makes it a social networking contest. CHOW will be testing recipes from the popular kids in the class for the main prize. I'm not confused at all, just disheartened.

                            1. re: greygarious

                              There does seem to be a stipulation that allows the administrators to change the rules of the contest if they so desire. Hopefully, they will desire to do so...

                              "In the event that there are, in the opinion of the Administrator, insufficient legitimate entries to judge, Administrator reserves the right to select the Prize Winner(s) from among all entries received utilizing the clear communication and potential for taste judging component. A potential Prize Winner will be notified by email and/or by phone. If the potential Prize Winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during (5) business days from the first notification attempt, such person may be disqualified at the discretion of the Administrator, with an alternate Prize Winner selected in accordance with these Official Rules. Only two attempts for new alternates will be conducted per Prize. If attempts fail, unclaimed Prize(s) will not be awarded."

                              1. re: soypower

                                A partial solution to this issue might be to require voters to submit photos of their renditions of the recipe. And judges could determine whether each submitted photo could reasonably be from the recipe in question.... and could use TinEye to eliminate duplicate photos.

                                1. re: drongo

                                  My mind has been put at ease by reading the rules a little more carefully than I did in the beginning. One of the rules, #13, states:

                                  13. Improper Conduct. Administrator, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any Participant from participation in or use of any or all portions of this Contest, and refuse to award a Prize, if Participant engages in any conduct Administrator deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Contest or detrimental to other Participants of the Contest.

                                  It is interesting to learn about "TinEye", though!

                                  1. re: blue room

                                    This is all assuming the brand is interested in a well-developed recipe and a fair contest. I suspect they are more interested in getting as many clicks as possible, so large numbers of friend and family votes are just what they want.