May 3, 2010

Win a Trip to LA with me to meet Chef Rocco DiSpirito! GIVEAWAY!

I could’ve never imagined that the first email I read this morning would set the day off in such a whirlwind of activity and excitement! If you’ve been following along with my clues on Twitter & Facebook, you might already have a guess… :) Bertolli, who sponsored the last giveaway where I made my own basil fettuccine, contacted me about another giveaway… An incredible, once-in-a-lifetime giveaway…

Are you ready?

An all-expenses paid trip for me AND one lucky reader to attend a fun, culinary-inspired day and an exclusive, intimate meet-and-greet in Los Angeles, CA with celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito!

Rocco DiSpirito

We’re going to LA!
And we get to meet *him*!!!


Time’s Up!!!

The winner of the Bertolli Giveaway Trip to L.A. has been chosen and notified!

(I wish I could take you allllll with me!)

Keep in touch with with me next week on Twitter and Facebook – I’ll keep you updated every step of the way! :)

Thanks so much for looking – See you next week! :)


It’s all happening next week! And yes- you read that right! Me AND a reader!! Sound like fun?? Want to come with me?? :)

If you’d like to join me in Los Angeles for an all-expenses paid trip to meet Rocco here’s what you need to know:


To be entered to win, all you have to do is answer a question in the comments section of this post! :)

For this “Week of Bertolli” Giveaway, I will post a video every day starting today until Thursday, May 6th (4 videos total). The first video will be at the bottom of this post. The rest of the videos will be posted here, every day:

Bookmark that page and check it every day this week for the new videos! :) To enter, simply watch the videos and answer the question I ask about the video in the comments section of this post. To make it easy on me, always come back to this original post to leave your comment.

You may enter up to 4 times by watching all 4 videos! :)

NOTE: You don’t have to watch all 4 videos in order to win – just one entry is all it takes to win! :)

You also don’t have to leave a comment on the same day the video was posted- it doesn’t “expire”. If for some reason you don’t see this post until Tuesday, you may leave both your comments for Monday and Tuesday’s videos on Tuesday. Or if you don’t see it until Thursday, you may leave all 4 comments on Thursday. Make sense? :)


You may Tweet about this giveaway once per day for another 4 entries! Twitter entries must include @kevinandamanda, @Bertolli, and a link back to this giveaway post. Use this link to reference this post: Leave a separate comment on this post for each tweet!

You may Share on Facebook once per day for another 4 entries! Facebook entries must be tagged with the (new!) Kevin & Amanda Facebook Fan Page & Bertolli’s fan page. To do this, become a fan of Kevin & Amanda and Bertolli on Facebook. Start typing a status update and type the @ symbol, then (with no space) start typing Kevin… or Bertolli… and you will see the fan page pop up. Click on it to “tag’ us in your status update. Entries must also include a link back to this post. Use this link to reference this post. Leave a separate comment on this post for each Share!

You may enter up to 8 extra times by Tweeting & Sharing every day! :)


- Contest ends Thursday, May 6th at 11:59 pm CST.

- Winners must be traveling from within the continental U.S. and be able to attend a trip to Los Angeles, CA with date range of May 10 to May 12, 2010.


Got that?? :) *whew!* Alright! Here is the first video!! :)

Join Rocco Dispirito, Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese as they begin their culinary adventure in the beautiful walled city of Lucca. Watch as our trio unlocks the secrets of talented local artisans and chefs, learns that one ingredient is as valuable as money, and discovers the inspiration behind Bertolli Frozen Meals’ Chicken Florentine and Farfalle.

And the question to answer is… (I’ll go easy on you for the first video! ;))

What was your favorite scene in this webisode? Was it when Rocco, Marisa, and Dan had to match which cheese came from which animal? How fun was that little game?? I would’ve loved to try and guess! :) Was it when Marisa learned the secret to the perfect pinch of farfalle pasta?? I totally want to try making my own cute little pinched farfalle bows now! :) Meep! :) Or was it something else? What was your favorite?? :)


Oh! And BTW! :) There will be another blogger and her reader joining us – And guess who it is! Well… you will have to wait until tomorrow to find out! :) She hasn’t posted on her blog yet and I don’t want to scoop her. ;) But I have a feeling you will be just as excited as I was! :) I can’t decide who I’m more excited to meet: Rocco or………. ;)

Thanks so much for reading and entering… I can’t wait to meet the winner!

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Lori H. May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

My favorite scene was when Rocco taught Marisa how to flip the ingredients! I would probably have the same reaction!

Brittany May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I enjoyed watching them cook. Goodness, that meal looked delicious! It made my dinner of Spaghettios look pretty pathetic!
Also, I’d love to go on adventure to L.A. (I’ve never been to California.) I’m sure my fifth graders wouldn’t miss me too much for a couple days! :-)

Kelly Jo May 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Shut Right Up!!!
I think you win for the most amazing blog giveaway!!!
I have to tell you that on my first trip to Manhattan, I trudged all over the city with canoli’s from Rocco’s bakery. My husband and I ate them in our hotel room overlooking Time Square and they were DELISH!!

My favorite part of this video was the footage of them walking through Lucca- a trip to Italy is on our bucket list but seems like a dream to me so I love catching glimpses.

Amy May 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm

A shiv! Haha! This is INSANE! How exciting!!!

Erica May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Oh wow! I think I know who you are talking about but I will keep it hush, hush till she announces it!
My favorite part was Vito’s mom flirting with Dan and making him blush! How cute!

kellie May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My favorite scene is all three of them riding the bikes to get the clue. I loved how much fun they look like they are having!

Neda May 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

*sigh* i’m so sad! we’ll be attending one of the final shuttle launches on the 12th…so, no entries for me. =( good luck to everyone else!!!! sounds amazing!!!!

Heather L. May 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I enjoyed when they reflected on their day at the table! :)

Heather L. May 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I tweeted (Heather_KS)

Monica May 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

You are so lucky (I hope I am too lol)! Anyway, my favorite scene is when Dan says “So I guess we should be looking for a cheese shop”. Dan, Marisa and Rocco seem like a weird mix of personalities, but it actually works. I like these videos.

Heather L. May 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I shared on facebook (Heather Leggett)

Lori May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I just loved seeing them all sit down and have their meal together. All the laughter and smiles were truly wonderful! (And Vito’s Mama giving Dan “the look” was priceless!)

Great giveaway Amanda. Whomever wins this will have the time of their life!

Peggy Whisenhunt May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

my favorite part was seeing how marissa’s family came and with her friends they shared a great meal together. Food and Family you just cannot beat, and real fresh parmesan cheese, what a winner that is.
the chance to win a trip is just toooooo awsome.

Erica May 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I shared on facebook! Now if I could just figure out twitter! :)

Valerie Kloosterman May 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

It was when Marisa learned the secret to the perfect pinch of farfalle pasta! Who new a pinch did all that :)

Abbie May 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

OMG!!! How absolutely thrilling!! Oh my most favorite was watching Rocco flip the pasta in the large pan.. ooo.. if only we had smell-o-vision!! It must be heavenly!! Good luck everyone!

Tara May 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

When Marissa uses the cheese tool as a hair accessory. Cool contest and opportunity!!

Tara May 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I tweeted as well (@TaraSroka)

Rachel Scott May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

My favorite was watching them make the pasta! Looks like so much fun!

Brianna May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I loved it when Rocco was showing Marissa how to flip the pasta, I know how she feels because flipping an omelette, let alone a huge pan of pasta, is very intimidating!

Nataleigh G May 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

My favorite scene was watching Marisa try to pinch the farfalle–I can never get it right either!!

Rachel Scott May 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I tweeted about it… solandrachel

Arena May 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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

Arena May 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Tweeted about the giveaway: @thenerdswife

Jae May 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

My favorite part was when Marisa’s mom surprised her by being in the kitchen to help cook and then making the Farfalle together. I love cooking with my mom and daughter.

Debra May 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

My favorite scene was watching the trio riding bikes through the streets of Italy! I will ride bikes with you in LA……..reinact the scene!!

Arena May 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Shared on Facebook, too!

Kathy Owen May 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I loved the whole video. I loved the part when they were riding the bikes and had to carry the cheese to go cook. I loved when the mama had a crush on Dan and he was wiping his forehead and blushing. I can’t wait for tomorrows video to see whats next. What an exciting giveaway.. I love watching Rocco on T.V. If I could go see him in person that would be so AWESOME. Off to go Tweet and Facebook this giveaway, its the best one I have ever entered in my life. Thanks for the fun and chance of winning something so lovely and memorable. Kath’

vicki May 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I really loved the conversation when they first found out about the challenge.

Natalie May 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Are you kidding?!?! What a giveaway! There are no words to describe how excited I am right now!

Ok, so I watched the video. My favorite part was definitely when they were making the pasta. It reminds me of being a kid and helping my great-grandma make orecchiette pasta. They’re kinda shaped like little ears (hence the name) and I would have the greatest time sticking my thumb in the pasta to shape it.

Erica May 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Just tweeted also! Woohoo! heartrn24

BeckyS May 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Wow! How awesome Amanda! My favorite scene is when Rocco says “We have no money, but we put up the cheese!”

peamissy May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

You’re kidding me … this is fantastic! heck yes, I want to meet Rocco! My favorite part was seeing the three celebrities riding bikes (which looked vintage and cool!) in Italy!

Susan May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I loved how they said in the video “It’s all in the pinch!” to make the perfect al dente, I never knew!!

Jennifer in Idaho May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I agree….about the cheese….”I just want to keep eating it! Why do I have to know (which animal it was made of)?” Cheese….my friend.

Rebecca May 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I think my mouth fell open at the site of the streets of Italy, right at the beginning. Oh, how I would love to go there! I’ll settle for LA, though. :)

Danielle May 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I shared on facebook!

Andrea S. May 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Amanda! I have to win this so I can send Ben! So fun! My favorite scene is definitely the “perfect pinch”! :) Farfalle is his favorite pasta! :) So excited about this opportunity for you & whoever wins (me, hint hint)!

Denise G. May 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

What a great give-a-way & video! I loved their chase to find the ingredients and that Marissa’s family surprised her. So fun!

Jennifer in Idaho May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I shared on facebook too! Oh how exciting!

Diana Ferguson May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Oh my gosh! I love watching and listening to them on the streets of Italy!!! I’ve actually been to Italy. In fact, I broke my arm in Florence. Yes, I have pics!

Danielle May 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

SO I was totally in love with Rocco and his show The Restaurant when it was on. I loved watching him ride around on his little Vespa everywhere. I was seriously sad when that show went off, I really liked it. And Dan Cortese? It was like reliving an episode of Melrose Place and What I Like About You! My favorite part of this video was when Dan was carrying around the cheese. I would have loved to see them crash on those bikes, I thought Rocco was going to hit someone!

Andrea S. May 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I shared it on Facebook (and risked a *talking to* from Ben…he’ll thank me later).

gina May 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

My fave part was watching Vito’s Mama making eyes at Dan!

Katy May 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm

HOW CUTE is Marisa Tomei?!!! Have you seen her “Core and Curves” video? My favorite part is that they ride bikes all over the city. We should so do that. Thanks!!!

Tami May 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I loved watching them make the pasta…it looked amazing!!

Chris May 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

My favorite was the coffee shop scene. It reminded me of being on my honeymoon!

Clare May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Ohhhhhhh I wish I wasn’t going on vacation now,…!!! LOL… I hope you have a wonderful time with Rocco… he’s dreamy!

coleen May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

wow, how cool is THIS??? my fav scene was “name the cheese”… and they got it right!

fun, fun… ( :

Tara May 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I wish I could just reach through my screen and taste test that cheese with them!! I really enjoyed learning how to do the perfect pinch but 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)!

Donna May 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm

My favorite part was the toast to “Family” at the end. I think family is the most important thing in life so that hit home with me.

Thanks for the opportunity!!

Donna May 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I have tweeted about the contest.

Donna May 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I shared the giveaway opportunity on my facebook.!/donna.p.weld

Tanktop May 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm

My favorite was the flirting with mom! LOL!

Chelsie Holste May 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

WOW!! Talk about an amazing opportunity, Amanda! You are so big-time! :oD My favorite part was learning that cheese is used as collateral…I can’t believe it!! I am a cheese-lover myself, so I think that’s so cool!

Oh, and my prediction for the other blogger…it just has to be PW!!! Crossing my fingers….

Patty K May 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I became a fan of kevinandamanda and tagged you in my status update!…!/pkraikittikun

Patty K May 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I became a fan of Bertolli and tagged it in my status update!…!/pkraikittikun

Patty K May 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I loved when Marissa’s mother surprised her and when they learned how to make the farfalle pasta.

Michelle May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

oh my goodness! this giveaway is simply amazing!
and that video! gorgeous! loved it all! the cheese tasting, the biking to the piazza (sp?), the group cooking dinner, and sharing the meal together! So fun! love it love it love!

Sarah May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

My favorite part was when Marisa tried to flip the pasta! I’ve been trying to learn that move forever, but my dinner ends up going all over the place!

Giovana May 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Hi Amanda! I just found your blog and I love it!!! I checked the giveaway and Iwould loveeeee to win :)
My favorite part of the video is when Marisa learned the secret to the perfect pinch of farfalle pasta. I wish I could know how to make my own pasta.

Thanks for this awesoem chance to win.
God bless.

Giovana May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I have shared this on Facebook too. !!

Casie May 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

My favorite scenes are when Rocco says “We have no money, but we put up the cheese!” and moma flirting with Dan and making him blush too funny!

Niki Chazen May 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

My favorite part of the video was the cheese test…. and the scenery! I would love to visit Tuscany!

Niki C May 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I also updated on Facebook!

Sarah Ireland May 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Yes! I want to go! I loved watching this family sit down to eat together. I reminds me of my own Italian family eating together.

Andrea May 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I think my favorite part of the video was them sitting down to enjoy the meal. I think family is very important it was great for them to be able to share a family meal.

Lexi Swinimer May 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

Oh the flipping! Rocco teach me!!!

Tabitha Lehman May 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

OMG! This is a great giveaway, Amanda!

My favorite part of the video was when Rocco tries to get Marisa to do the traditional Italian flip! :o)

Mari May 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

How cute was Vito’s mama?! She’s ready to take Dan back to her casa and train him up right! lol

Natali May 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

Hello! Amanda, could you have put together a more amazing giveaway?!?! Thank you Amanda & Bertolli!

I just loved the cheese tasting…and the whole concept of a “Amazing Race–Food Style” through Italy. Incredible! Can that be the next giveaway? ;)

Susan May 4, 2010 at 12:54 am

Favorite scene is watching them pinch the pasta!

Hizzeather May 4, 2010 at 12:59 am

Wow…you must be sooooo excited! I’m excited for you!

My favorite part is where they get to sit & eat! It makes me so hungry, but there is something comforting about friends and family enjoying a beautiful meal together.

Too bad you can’t bring Kevin with you…or will he be coming on his own?

Valery Bunnell May 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

OH MY GOSH! What a freakin cool giveaway!!!

I liked the part when they were trying to figure out the cheeses.

Is the other blogger Pioneer Woman? Is it? IS IT!?

Valery Bunnell May 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

I facebooked it!

Candice S. in Colorado May 4, 2010 at 2:43 am

This would be so incredibly awesome and amazing! Wow, girl, you know how to bring on the fun!!!!!

Thanks for the chance! :)

Candi in Colorado
candice1973 (at) comcast (dot) net

Candice S. in Colorado May 4, 2010 at 2:48 am

OH! Snap! I forgot to answer the question: My favorite part was the cheese test. This is so super-cool!

I have posted this on my facebook page so that my second post will count too! :)!/profile.php?id=1421575737&ref=profile

Thanks so much for this opportunity, how cool would this be??? Way cool!


emily May 4, 2010 at 5:03 am

The cheese had to taste amazing!!! I’m a cheese-aholic!
I have to say though that my favorite part of the video was their “adventure”. Looking for and finding their clues to their destination! How fun is that?!? The atmosphere and just wandering around in that beautiful city had to be just as AMAZING as the food itself!

Cindy May 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

I had a couple of favorites in the video. When Rocco helped Marisa flip the pasta and when Marisa was surprised with her mom showing up. Cute video and it made me hungry for pasta!!

Connie May 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

I loved watching them make the pasta dinner> I would love to be able to one day go to Italy and cook with someone’s Mama.

B Smith May 4, 2010 at 6:54 am

Girl please!!!

This might be the funnest contest EVAH! And, if I win..and we go on the trip together…you and I might have the most fun in the world!!!

Oh my gosh. I have to enter!

Ok, him flipping the pasta….the best!!!

Oh dear! This is the best contest!
Off to tweet it!

B Smith May 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

And I tweeted!!! Oh my goodness. I hope I win :)

Annette Bowers May 4, 2010 at 7:08 am

My favorite part was when Marisa’s mom surprised her in the kitchen. How totally special was that? I can’t wait to see the next episode!!!

Christina May 4, 2010 at 7:17 am

Well I have to say this was hard to pick one scene that I liked the best. I absolutely love Tuscany and all the beauty of it. It was neat to see them all go on a scavenger hunt per se’ for their dinner. I can only imagine how nice everything smelled along the way. If I have to pick, it would be the Dinner scene at the end. It just reminded me of a big italian family sit-down, enjoying wine, food, and each other. Delizioso!

Layla May 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

My favorite was when Marisa’s mom came to learn in the kitchen and they did the pinching! What an awesome giveaway!!!

Layla May 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

I tweeted too! cayleighsmomma

Donna May 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

Making pasta – looks so fun. They are smiling and enjoying each other’s company on a new adventure with their mothers! *sigh*

Leanne May 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

I tweeted. (leannethewalker)

Leanne May 4, 2010 at 7:44 am

I also facebooked!

Niki May 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

Did Marissa put that cheese tool into her hair? ROFLMAO!!!

Tina May 4, 2010 at 7:50 am

I loved the meal, where everyone sits down to eat together!

Leanne May 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

I loved when they were all riding their bikes laughing and saying how Italian they were. I thought that was precious!

Lori May 4, 2010 at 8:21 am

I loved the moments when Marisa’s family joined the party!! What a fun thing.

Cara May 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

I loved watching them make pasta. I just can’t wait to start making some of my own!

Charlene May 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

I can’t wait to go out and buy some Bertolli! It was fun watching them make the pasta! It was really cut how embarrased Dan got!

Suzanne May 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

I tweeted! I will watch the video soon (at work right now) but yay! yay! PLEASE pick me!! :)

Mary Colovich May 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

1st of all, FANTASTIC giveaway! 2nd, GREAT video and a lot of fun to watch…(I’m a Cooking Show fanatic) and 3rd, I guess my fav scene was when Marissa was trying to flip the pasta…too cute!

Candy May 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

My favorite part is when they all sat down as “family”….that is what meals, to me, are all about!!

Angie Barrett May 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

I love this!!!!!!!!!!!! I would so be in heaven!!!!!!!! I retweeted your tweet about this:

Tabitha Lehman May 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

I tweeted! 5/3

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