When there were only 3 participants into January’s food challenge, I was very sad. I received TONS of feedback about the beer ingredient and was kinda surprised about it to be honest but understood and took note of what everyone had to say about using beer.
Because of the low participation, I was hoping that the entrants would be understanding about having such low number and wanting more for such a high valued prize, so I decided to offer them a gift card (or paypal) for their participation and if they did not approve, I’d do whatever it took to make it right, even if I had to buy the waffle maker out of my own money for every single one of them. I was just hoping they’d be understanding. Clearly I was wrong.
I should have just picked a winner out of the three from the start and gave them the prize but I was embarrassed of the low participation level. I figured if I made it right with each of the entrants (all of them get a prize out of my own pocket), then everything would be okay. Well, instead of seeing my good intentions, I was called shady for my actions. I was really really hurt about it to be honest. I stake everything on my reputation and it just made me sick to my stomach to think that I was thought of like that. The participant never replied to me, but instead reached out the sponsor. I would have appreciated an email from her first to discuss the situation because we are all adults after all right? Anyways….
It IS my fault. I should have not handled it that way but I was truly trying to make all 3 happy, I guess I just went about it wrong. I own that, accept it, and apologize for it.
So with that, I have decided to cancel all future food challenges. Well, the support I’ve received is amazing. AMAZING so please go ahead and give February’s Food Challenge a try!!
I’ve decided not to take the sponsor’s prize to give to Cara but instead, pay for the prize out of my own money for the misunderstanding. The sponsor had no idea about anything until they received the email from the participant. It is not their fault or anyone’s, but mine.
The winner of January’s Food Challenge is Cara with her Rosemary Beer Bread.
I’m sorry for everything but please know this. I AM NO SHADY and I’ll put my kids on that statement.
P.S. I will not name the person who complained. That’s not my style, so don’t ask.