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Contest Winners

Congratulations to our two grand-prize winners!

Winning Reader

Donna Benjamin

Winning Blogger


Read Cathy’s winning entry »

We’re excited to hear how the winners like their trip to Napa in late February.

A big thank-you to the many food bloggers and readers who participated in the contest, and also to the contest judges: pastry chef/blogger David Lebovitz, baking expert/blogger Dorie Greenspan, blogger Deb of Smitten Kitchen (winner of Culinate's GrillMe contest in 2007), Chuck Siegel of Charles Chocolates, and members of the Copia and Culinate staffs. These discriminating folks pored over the top 10 reader favorites to pick the winning blogger.

About the Contest

The Culinate Death by Chocolate Contest sends one reader, and one food blogger, on a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Copia Center’s annual Death by Chocolate Festival on Feburary 23, 2008, featuring a day of chocolate and wine tasting, demonstrations by pastry chefs, and other sessions with chocolate aficionados and experts.

The contest will include daily drawings for cookbooks, additional festival tickets, and Valentine chocolates.

The winner among readers will be chosen at random from all entries. Readers will vote for their favorite blog posts, and the winning food blogger will be selected by a panel of judges from the top 10 reader favorites.

The Death by Chocolate contest is now closed.

Contest Start Date
January 30, 2008
Contest Close Date
February 8, 2008
Death by Chocolate Festival
February 23, 2008

Daily Book Prize Winners

January 30 Michelle Garnier Winkler
January 31 Kate Rivas
February 1 Michelle Taube
February 2 Marilyn Kakudo
February 3 Rose Wiegley
February 5 Pam Barkey
February 6 Shayne Jovicevic
February 7 Cindy Rasmussen
February 8 Pam Connell

Culinate is giving away one copy of the book Discover Chocolate on each day of the contest. Check back here for the winners.

Each winner will receive two round-trip Southwest Airlines coupons for travel within the U.S.; double occupancy room for two nights in Napa, CA; a three-day rental car per-diem; paid attendance for two to Copia's Death by Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 23, 2008, and a private tour of Charles Chocolate's factory on Friday, February 22, 2008. Food and other expenses outside the festival, airfare, and lodging are not included. Please read the detailed Terms and Conditions.