On The Border® Thanks Veterans and Troops with FREE “Create Your Own Combo” This Veterans Day

World’s Largest Casual Dining Mexican Restaurant Chain Says Thanks with its Best-Selling Option

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® is saying “Thank You” more than 150 ways this Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for FREE, OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” the restaurant’s best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Veterans and active duty military will receive a Choose 2 or Choose 3 selection from OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” which features the following:

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • House Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • TACOS (Soft or Crispy)
    • Seasoned Ground Beef
    • Chicken Tinga
    • Dos XX® Fish Taco
    • Seasoned Ground Beef
    • Chicken Tinga
    • Guacamole

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    PepsiCo’s Doritos’Last Call To Create Doritos Ads For A Shot At A $1 Million Grand Prize

    And Universal Pictures Dream Job Doritos Brand Accepting Consumer-Created Advertisements for Super Bowl XLIX on www.doritos.com Until November 9

    PepsiCo’s Doritos brand today announced a last call for entries into this year’s Crash the Super Bowl contest. From now until November 9, fans from participating countries around the world are invited to submit their 30-second homemade ads celebrating their love of Doritos tortilla chips. Ultimately, two lucky winners will see their ads air for a global television audience of millions during the Super Bowl XLIX broadcast. As part of this year’s contest, the creator of the ad receiving the most fan votes will win a guaranteed $1 million grand prize, as well as an opportunity unlike any other in the history of the contest: a chance to work as a contractor for a full year onsite at Universal Pictures in Hollywood, alongside some of the best and brightest in the entertainment industry. Fans must submit their advertisements to www.doritos.com before contest submissions officially close on November 9 at 11:59:59 PM CT.

    The contest website — www.doritos.com — features the official contest rules, as well as a “Creator’s Tool Kit” that includes Doritos logos, product shots, music and animations for download and use.

    Once submissions close on November 9, a qualified panel of judges, including executives from the Doritos brand, advertising professionals, and Elizabeth Banks — who is making her directorial debut on “Pitch Perfect 2″ and has starred in critically acclaimed films such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” and “Pitch Perfect,” as well as global franchises like “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games” and “Spider-Man” — will select 10 finalist ads, twice as many as the previous year’s contest. Two spots will air during the Super Bowl broadcast, one selected by fan votes on www.doritos.com and the other by the Doritos brand.

    Each of the 10 Crash the Super Bowl finalists will win an invitation to Arizona to attend Super Bowl XLIX and watch the game from a private suite, where they will tune in to learn which finalist ads will air for the world to see. The eight finalists whose commercials don’t air during the broadcast will each win $25,000. The runner-up whose ad airs, but does not receive the most fan votes, will win $50,000. The Super Bowl XLIX broadcast is set for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, on NBC in the United States and local broadcast networks around the world.

    PepsiCo’s relationship with the NFL is among the company’s longest-running and most-successful sports sponsorships. PepsiCo will leverage its relationship with the NFL to connect with consumers throughout the season with activations spanning many of the company’s largest food and beverage brands, including Pepsi, Tostitos, Quaker, Doritos and Gatorade.

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    Williams-Sonoma Opens Its Newest Store Back Home in Sonoma

    It was 94 degrees when I arrived at the new Williams-Sonoma store in Sonoma on October 3, but walking in I was met by refreshingly cold air conditioning and a warm and friendly staff.  The warmth of the staff was felt throughout the event.


    The newest store from Williams-Sonoma is also old — it is on the site of Chuck Williams’ original store which opened in 1956 before moving to San Francisco in 1958.  A sense of heritage and history was deliberately cultivated.  The door marked “605″ is the entrance door from the first store; the original hand-carved lettered sign hangs above the main entrance.  The new store follows the architectural footprint.  Williams-Sonoma wants you to feel at home here.

    The store has two floors.  The second floor of the store is focused on the home furnishings collection, christened “New Tradition.”  The emphasis here is on classic looks, clean lines, natural materials (linen, wood, leather, suede), and a color palette of complementary neutral colors (creams, browns, grays, black).  Everything is well built and comfortable.  They call it “usable luxury.”  Eight new collections will be released each year and all custom upholstery will be made in the United States.

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    Marco’s Pizza Introduces Combo Deal with Halloween Costume Contest

    From Batman & Robin and Sonny & Cher, to salt and pepper and peanut butter and jelly, there are plenty of great combos that will be used as Halloween costumes this year.  Marco’s Pizza is introducing its own exceptional combo this Halloween: the Double Delicious Deal of Pepperoni Magnifico and Cheezybread, which launched on October 27 at participating Marco’s Pizza locations nationwide.  So to celebrate, it’s offering anyone with a great Halloween costume combo the chance to win free pizza for a year.

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    Quaker Oats Celebrates its Fans on National Oatmeal Day with ‘Oat Street’ Takeovers

    National Holiday is Celebrated by Intercepting Commuters with Free Oatmeal

    In celebration of National Oatmeal Day on October 29, The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., is taking over and temporarily renaming Oak Streets to Oat Street in select cities across the country. For those living in Chicago, Ill., San Francisco, Calif., and Portland, Ore., their day is about to get a little oat-tastic. Quaker will encourage local residents during their morning commutes on Oat Streets to join in on the celebration and delight them with a delicious surprise: a free on-the-go breakfast of Instant Quaker Oatmeal Cups and Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ (while supplies last).

    “We think any day is a good day to enjoy a delicious bowl of oatmeal, but National Oatmeal Day gives us a special reason to have some fun and inspire oatmeal lovers everywhere to enjoy it just the way they like it,” said Joe Silverman, senior marketing director, Quaker Foods North America. “Oatmeal is a delicious and nutritious breakfast option that families have enjoyed together for generations. We’re excited to treat fans, especially on National Oatmeal Day, with oatmeal to start their day off right.”

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    WineCraze.com Highlights Six Top Destination Wineries in the US

    WineCraze.com, a website designed to help wine country tourists discover new wineries, has named their first six Destination Wineries of the Week.  Selected wineries have invested in visitor amenities to make any visit memorable, whether it’s a weekend getaway, business meeting, family reunion or wedding.  All WineCraze.com’s destination wineries offer tourist friendly features such as on-site lodging, restaurants, tasting rooms, gift shops, meeting rooms, concert venues, special events and many other amenities unique to each winery.

    WineCraze.com’s six recipients are:

    • Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, MI
    • Biltmore Estate Winery, Asheville, NC
    • South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, Temecula, CA
    • Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee, NY
    • Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, CA
    • Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, VA

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    McAlister’s Deli Asks Guests to Share Their Big, Bold Cravings for a Chance to Win Free Sandwiches for a Year

    Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Showcases Expanded Big Bold Sandwiches Line in Latest Sweepstakes.

    McAlister’s® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced today its Big Bold Cravings sweepstakes in which one fan will get to enjoy the brand’s Big Bold Sandwiches line free for a year.*

    “Our Big Bold Sandwiches let guests indulge their hearty appetites with large portions and delicious flavors,” said McAlister’s Deli Chief Marketing Officer Donna Josephson. “Through our Big Bold Cravings Sweepstakes, we want to give fans the chance to share their cravings with other Tea Freaks, talk about their favorite items from our Big Bold lineup and offer the chance to satisfy their huge cravings for an entire year.”

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    Employees Across America Encouraged to Pack Their Lunch on Wednesday, October 22

    ICMA-RC Encourages Small Steps with National Pack-a-Sack Lunch Day.

    ICMA-RC is encouraging public employees to take small steps toward planning for retirement during National Save for Retirement Week, an effort to promote the importance of saving for retirement.

    As part of National Save for Retirement Week, ICMA-RC will sponsor “National Pack-a-Sack Lunch Day” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, a day in which employees are encouraged to pack a brown bag lunch. Employees who want to see how small financial changes, such as packing a lunch, can make a big difference over time can visit ICMA-RC’s National Save for Retirement Week online resource. The site includes the “Small Change, Big Savings” interactive calculator, which shows how small steps like packing your lunch or skipping your morning latte can really add up over time. For example, by packing your lunch three times a week rather than eating out, you could save more than $9,000 over seven years with a five percent investment return.

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