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Giveaway: Olive Garden's Culinary Tour of Italy Sweepstakes ($25 GC) [CLOSED]

Olive Garden has been one of my husband's and my favorite restaurants at which to dine for the past 15 years.  Even after we had children, we continued to eat at Olive Garden because it is such a family-oriented restaurant.  Even when we do not have time to sit down in the restaurant, we just call ahead and pick up our favorite pasta dishes to eat at home.  My personal favorite is the Grilled Shrimp Caprese!

Through May 9th, you can enter to be one of four grand prize winners who will win a trip for two to the Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany.  The trip will include an 8-day guided tour of romantic Italy, meeting the Olive Garden chefs at the Culinary Instutute of Tuscany, a tour of the Roca delle Macie winery, wine tasting, and more.  Also, Olive Garden will be giving away a $20 gift card to one person daily through the end of the contest.

Here are a few words from Stan Minniefield, who previously visited the Culinary Institute of Tuscany to learn about how to better create an authentic Italian dining experience . . .

To enter this sweepstakes, go here and login with your Facebook account or enter your email address by May 9th, 2011.

Thank you to Olive Garden for providing a gift card for our contest prize and for sending me a gift card as a thank you for taking the time to participate in this campaign.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a $25 Olive Garden gift card.

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Leave a comment telling me who you would take with you if you won the Olive Garden Culinary Tour of Italy Sweepstakes. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:
1)  For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

2)  For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

3)  For 10 extra entries, enter the Culinary Tour of Italy Sweepstakes. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did.

4)  For 1 extra entry each, if you are a Friend of mine on Facebook and/or if you have "liked" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.

5)  For 1 extra entry each, follow Olive Garden on Twitter and/or "Like" Olive Garden on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or Facebook profile.

6)  Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7)  Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.

8)  Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

9)  Subscribe to A Blog of Goodies' feed (the sister site to 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!