This Restaurant Will Pay You $10,000 to Name Your Baby Quinoa

Quinoa Baby

Not sure what to name the baby you’re expecting this summer? This restaurant chain has a suggestion for you.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is offering a $10,000 gift card to one (un)lucky winner who names their child “Quinoa” this summer. The chain is hoping to promote its new chicken and salmon quinoa bowls.

But you don’t have to name your baby Quinoa to get a prize out of this contest. Those who aren’t expecting a child (or don’t plan on naming their new bundle of joy after a grain) can also win prizes by simply changing their Twitter handle to “Quinoa.”

Name Your Baby Quinoa and Win $10,000

If you love the name Quinoa and truly want your child to have that moniker, be sure to read the full contest rules.

To enter, you must be the parent (through birth or adoption) of a baby legally named “Quinoa” and you must have the birth certificate to prove it. You must be at least 18 years old and live in one of these states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Don’t try and win by sneaking a few extra middle names in there and hiding Quinoa among them. You can only win if Quinoa is the child’s legal first name.

And here’s the catch: You don’t automatically win a $10,000 gift certificate for naming your child Quinoa. You have to be the parent of the first baby named Quinoa born during the contest period. If a baby named Quinoa was born on June 30 and his or her parents entered, that family would win the prize over a child born in July or August. The winner won’t be announced until after the contest ends on September 7, though, so you won’t know if you’re a winner until then — which means there could be several baby Quinoas running around with hopeful parents.

Ready to enter? Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “BJ’s Be the First to Name Your Baby Quinoa Contest,” or drop an entry in the mail along with a copy of the baby’s birth certificate.

The prize is a $10,000 BJ’s gift card, but be aware you’ll be on the hook for the taxes associated with this prize, and the gift card cannot be used on alcohol, tax or gratuity. If you love eating at BJ’s, are expecting a child imminently, and think the name Quinoa is really cute, good luck!

. . . Or Just Change Your Twitter Handle

Of course, if you’d rather not name your child in honor of a chain restaurant’s new menu item, you can simply follow @BjsRestaurant and change your Twitter handle to include “Quinoa” during the same promotional period.

The prize might not be quite as big, but a $10 coupon for any purchase of $35 or more at the restaurant between now and Labor Day isn’t bad. And changing your Twitter handle is a whole lot easier than explaining to your teenager why you saddled her with the name Quinoa in exchange for free food.

Your Turn: What do you think of this contest? Would you ever consider naming your child Quinoa to win a prize?

Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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