The Melting Pot



SPONSOR: Fondue Foodspotting Sweepstakes from The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. (“Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., 8810 Twin Lakes Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614 (“Sponsor”).

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD. Sweepstakes begins June 27, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT), and ends September 25, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (the “Sweepstakes Closing Date”). The Sweepstakes computer, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, is the official time keeping device for the Sweepstakes. Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

AGREEMENT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES. By participating in the Sweepstakes, all entrants fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s decisions which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning the prizes (described below) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

ELIGIBILITY. Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years of age or older (or the age of majority in their place of residence, whichever is older) are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address.

ENTRY. There are two methods of Entry:

A. Online Method: Visit any The Melting Pot restaurant and order your favorite fondue or entree. Download the Foodspotting application. Sign up for Foodspotting. Spot a fondue at any The Melting Pot location by taking a picture of the fondue or entrée, upload it to the Foodspotting website at (the "Website"), and tag the dish “fondue” or “Melting Pot fondue.”

All information submitted via the Website by entrants is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with the Foodspotting Terms of Use and Privacy Policy at and Entries (i) must be the original and sole creation of the submitting entrant, and all right, title and interest including but not limited to the copyright in any entry, must be owned solely by the submitting entrant; (ii) may not have been submitted in any other competition, (iii) may not have been published; (iv) may not infringe upon any third party's rights, including but not limited to, copyright, patent or trademark, or rights of privacy or publicity, or contain material that is or may be considered defamatory, slanderous or libelous, or portray or depict any person, product or entity in a false light; (v) may not violate any law, rule or regulation; (vi) may not contain any virus, bugs, or other deleterious material; and (vii) may not contain inappropriate content, for example but not limited to, profanity, defamatory statements, words or symbols widely considered offensive to individuals of any certain race, ethnicity, religious, sexual orientation or socioeconomic groups, threats to any person, place, business, or group. Each entrant warrants and represents that his/her entry complies with all of those conditions. Any non-complying entry will subject the entrant to disqualification in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

B. Mail-in Method: Enter the Sweepstakes by mailing a 3” by 5” note card on which you have hand-printed your full name, city, state, ZIP code, phone number with area-code, date of birth, valid email address (optional) and the words “Fondue Foodspotting Sweepstakes” with proper postage affixed to The Melting Pot, c/o Red Tettemer + Partners, 1 S. Broad St., 24th Flr, Philadelphia, PA 19107. MAIL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY September 25, 2012, AND RECEIVED BY September 28, 2012. Incomplete or inaccurate mail-in entries are void. Limit one mail-in entry per outer envelope. Multiple entries in one outer envelope will be disqualified.

Mail-in Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, mutilated, late or misdirected entries. Email addresses provided via the mail-in method will be used for prize notification purposes only; however, eligibility to participate in the Sweepstakes is not dependent upon entrant’s provision of this information.

ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. When you enter the Sweepstakes online, you can also opt-in to receive promotional offers and emails from Sponsor. You can opt-out of receiving such offers and emails at any time and opting-in does not impact your chances of winning.

WINNER SELECTION. One winner will be determined at random drawings (each, a “Drawing”) on or about the following dates: June 29, 2012; July 6, 2012; July 13, 2012; July 20, 2012; July 27, 2012; August 3, 2012; August 10, 2012; August 17, 2012; August 24, 2012; August 31, 2012; September 7, 2012; September 14, 2012; September 21, 2012 and September 28, 2012 (each a “Drawing Date”) for a total of fourteen (14) Weekly Prize Winners. Non-winning eligible entries from one Drawing will carry over to subsequent Drawings. Each Weekly Prize Winner will be notified by phone, email or mail (in the sole discretion of Sponsor) within the two days following the date of the applicable Drawing (the “Prize Notification”). If (i) any Weekly Prize Winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within 72 hours of the time of issuance, or (ii) in the case of a Canadian selected entrant, fails to correctly answer the skill testing question (see below) disqualification and prize forfeiture will result and a second-chance drawing will occur at the time of the next scheduled drawing. Participants in any second-chance drawing will consist of all eligible non-winning entries received as of the applicable Drawing Date.

In addition to the above, in order for a Canadian selected entrant to win and receive a prize, he/she must first correctly answer, unaided and without mechanical or electronic assistance, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered by email or telephone. Failure of a Canadian selected entrant to correctly answer the skill-testing question in the time allotted will result in a disqualification, the forfeiture of his/her interest in the prize, and the random selection of an alternate Winner from among all remaining eligible entrants.

PRIZES. Fourteen (14) Weekly Prizes. Each Weekly Prize Winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate/Gift Card to The Melting Pot Restaurant. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each Weekly Prize is $100. ARV of all Prizes is $1400.

Any difference between the stated ARV and actual value, if any, will not be awarded. All federal, state, provincial and local taxes and all other costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of a prize not specifically set forth herein as being provided is the responsibility of the Winner.

LIMITATIONS ON PRIZES. One prize per entrant. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portions thereof) of equal or greater value if prize (or portions thereof) cannot be awarded as described. Sponsor will determine all elements of prizes in its sole discretion. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, changed or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor.


The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules. Entrants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this Sweepstakes and acceptance, possession and use of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prizes. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION. Except where prohibited, by participating Sweepstakes entrants agree that: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant(s) and Sponsor and its agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, USA without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Tampa, Florida and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.

OTHER. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for entries it is unable to process due to network, hardware or other technical failures, or any other reason, or incomplete, damaged, misdirected, illegible, stolen or lost entries. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise, in violation of the rules. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any non-conforming entries. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this promotion if not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention or force majeure. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select Winners from among all eligible entries received prior to date of cancellation. The use of automated entry systems or any other conduct that impedes the integrity of the Sweepstakes is prohibited. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of an established e-mail account associated with the entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

GENERAL. Except where prohibited by law: (i) entry constitutes permission and a license to use entrant’s submission on Sponsor’s web sites including Sponsor’s third party social media web sites; and (ii) entry constitutes permission to use each Winner's name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Sweepstakes for editorial, public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of Sponsor without compensation. If Winner notification is returned as undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an alternate Winner. By participating and winning a prize, Winners release Sponsor, and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability with respect to the prize won and participation in the Sweepstakes, subject to all federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Taxes on prizes are sole responsibility of Winners. For Winners’ names, available after October 15, 2012, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to 8810 Twin Lakes Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614. VT residents may omit return postage. Requests must be received no later than November 30, 2012.