Gardner House Cafe Contest

This just in from Loni Loftus of Gardner House Cafe:

"If you have ever dreamed of owning your own B&B or Cafe, here is your opportunity to pursue your dream for Only $300 and your Best Recipe.

Click here to visit our website.

Win the Gardner House Café and Bed & Breakfast! Located just east of Salem, the capital of Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, abundant with produce growers and wineries!

In this 2 stage contest, if you are declared the winner of the cook-off after successfully becoming 1 of 3 finalists, you win the Gardner House Cafe and Bed & Breakfast!"
(to read all of the rules and information click here)

13 comments:

d. davis said...

This was a favorite method of drumming up interest in bookstores, art galleries, etc in lesser traveled tourist areas for a while. I think few, if any, make the minimum number of entries.

jeff said...

Based on the rules, they've got to clear at least $1.5m in entries for the contest to be a go.

I wonder if this means that they're planing on leaving Stayton - and thus James will resign from the city council?

Anonymous said...

This whole contest is quite odd. 1.5 million? They'll never reach 5000 entries. Come on. While not comprable to the B&B, the home across the street is up for sale for less than 300,000.

Nonetheless, interesting place with great sweets.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many people would love to own a B&B? Especially if it only requires a $300 dollar risk.

Anonymous said...

It is my dream to own a B&B... and I know exactly what I would cook for this contest... but there's no way I'm gambling $300 for it. It's just a good way for them to get great recipes to use if/when they don't reach 5000 entries. (I find that goal a tad lofty.)I imagine the recipes become their property whether or not the contest produces a winner.

Anonymous said...

If you've talked to the owners, it's not about what their hoping to gain. It's the desire to give someone the opportunity to own their own restaurant and B&B for minimal investment. The winner gets the equipment too. They want their customers, like me, to still have a beautiful place to dine with great food. If you ever watch Food Network, you'd know that food contests are all the rage from professionals to amateurs. And if you know anything about the economy, I think this is a very creative way to do it! The winner gets a deal of a lifetime. I will still have the best place in town to eat. And I hope they do get their 5000 entries. They deserve it!

Karen said...

I can not wait to read the rules of the contest and enter. I have been in a few cooking contests in the past, but never one like this. I have always wanted to have my own establishment. I'd better get creating now!

Carol said...

I found this website looking for ideas for places to eat when some friends came to town. I was very upset at what this website is being used for. In the POST A COMMENT part of the website is says "personal attacks are not welcome". Why was Jeff allowed to post his comment about someone named James? What does this have to do with the story? If you do not care for someone keep your dirty laundry off websites about food. Now I need to try the food at Gardner House Cafe. I might even look into the contest. Who ever is in charge of this website maybe you should follow your own rules.

Patty said...

I have loved going to the Gardner House, especially the High Teas, which are the best in the region as far as I'm concerned. The fact that they want the next owners to continue the high quality of food and service is a great plus for me. I hope they get MORE than the needed entries. They don't need extra recipes, they have tons. They are just thoughtful people.

KandN said...

Carole, I'm pretty sure Jeff only meant that if they're leaving town James will no longer be eligible for that position. If I remember correctly, Jeff may be a member of that community.
Jeff, is that right?

jeff said...

KandN - yep.
James Loftus, the owner of the Gardner House (with his wife), is on the Stayton City Council. He has been a bit controversial there. If he moves from Stayton he will not be eligible to continue on the council - which would be interesting, as there was a failed attempt to get him recalled within the last year.

It's all just part of the larger picture out here in Stayton.

Tami said...

I love eating at Gardner House anytime I am in the valley. The idea of having a contest for the best receipe and essay and the prize of getting everything needed for a business venture is fantastic. I have heard of contests like this in other parts of the country but this is the first here. Who ever wins is also getting a loyal following and a charming town.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Loftus should refrain from political banter in his establishment. The food speaks for itself :)