The Epic Sweepstakes: Supporting Frontera Farmer Foundation
Each $10 donation to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Frontera Farmer Foundation to support small farmers in the Midwest through capital-development grants. The organization has provided grants to 60 farms in the past decade, increasing availability of local produce and strengthening the area’s seasonal cuisine.
In addition, each $10 donation grants donors one entry into a sweepstakes* for an unforgettable trip for two to Chicago to meet Rick Bayless and see his musical-theatre experience, Cascabel, at Lookingglass Theatre. The trip includes:
- Private 45-minute cooking class and Q&A with Rick Bayless in his test kitchen and library
- Two tickets to see Rick Bayless in Cascabel at Lookingglass Theatre, including hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet Mexican dinner
- Coach airfare for two to Chicago, departing Friday, August 22, and returning Sunday, August 24
- Two-night stay at the W Hotel Lakeshore in a Spectacular Room
- Cookbook signed by Rick Bayless
- Ground transportation from the Chicago airport to the hotel and from the hotel back to the airport
The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, July 15. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday, July 22.
Frontera Farmer Foundation
Since the Great Depression, the face of American farming has changed. Small family farms have been increasingly replaced by larger enterprises that are able to produce and export more due to the scale at which they operate. Unfortunately, the Frontera Farmer Foundation reports, today's conventional agricultural methods—the use of pesticides and fertilizers—contribute to the destruction and loss of nearly 4 million acres of irrigated land every year.
Rick and Deann Bayless founded Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to attract renewed support for the small-scale farmer. Since they're more likely to use organic farming methods and introduce biodiversity to the land, these farms actually strengthen the soil instead of exhausting it. To help them survive amid larger enterprises, the Frontera Foundation provides capital-development grants. Through these and the equipment they purchase, Bayless hopes to establish a year-round link between small-scale farmers, farmers-market patrons, and chefs, keeping a steady flow of seasonal agriculture pouring into Chicago.
*No donation is necessary to enter or win, and a donation will not increase your chances of winning. To enter without donation, you must handwrite on a 3x5 card labeled "Rick Bayless Sweepstakes Entry," your full name, complete address, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and date of birth (all of which must be legible) and mail it with proper postage to: “Rick Bayless Sweepstakes Entry,” Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654. See Official Rules for additional requirements. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+. Entry period ends: 11:59 p.m. CDT on 7/15/2014. ARV of prize: $4,863.00. Sponsor: Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654.