Category: Hope

Menu for Hope V: master list of raffle prizes

Updated with new prizes!

UW01: Master Food Styling Class II Workshop, January 31 & Feb 1, 2009, Los Angeles, California.

Our West Coast host Matt of Matt Bites had this to say about this prize.
"You’re bidding on a two-day workshop in Los Angeles, California. In
this 2-day seminar you’ll learn about styling, plating and garnishing
breakfast foods as well as working with real ice cream and frozen
desserts. Although this is a level 2 class offered by Denise I’m more
than positive you’ll get so much from this workshop. And if you’re a
food blogger chances are you have some experience with getting food on
your plate to look good already. Please note that this is a new
curriculum not offered before so it’s extra exciting!  To top it all
off I’ll be there the entire time taking pictures of the class and
working with you on the photo aspect of it all." 
From Mattbites and the amazing Denise Vivaldo of Food Fantatics

UW02 and UW03 (two prizes): O Olive Oil Butler Trays

Uw02_2Again from Matt, "The amazing folks at O Olive Oil have donated
again this year to Menu Of Hope and I’m pleased to offer their two
gifts here. What you’re bidding on is an O Olive Oil Butler Tray
complete with an assortment of oils and vinegars. But not just ANY oil
and vinegar. As you may know I’m obsessed with everything they do
because they are all about quality and flavor. Not to mention amazing
wonderfully gracious guys. These Butler Trays can go for a lot and make
the best gifts but of course I wouldn’t fault you if you kept them for
yourself. I promise to look the other way. "

UW04: $100 King Arthur Flour Gift Card

Susan at Wild Yeast.
If you’re a baker, you already know the King Arthur catalog, the
premier souce of flour and other baking supplies.  If you haven’t heard
of them, then you should get a raffle ticket for this prize
immediately, where have you been?  Susan at Wild Yeast is offering $100 gift card.


UW05: Cuisinart ICE-50 Ice Cream Maker

A very special prize from David Lebovitz.  The lucky winner will
be churning out ice cream all year round with this fabulous,
professional-style Cuisinart ICE-50 Ice Cream Maker!

This heavy-duty, stainless-steel machine will have you lapping up all
sorts of ice creams, sorbets, and sherbets with just the flip of a

Donated by Cuisinart USA,
this machine is self-refrigerating and ready when you are. No need to
pre-freeze canisters—just pour your mixture in, and soon you’ll be
scooping out all of your favorite flavors.

This prize can only shipped to continental US.

UW06: Popcorn Gift Set 

From Lara Ferroni of Cook & Eat.  Here’s what Lara says: When I found out I was taking photos for a book on cookbook entirely based on popcorn, I was a little stunned. I tried to think of even 10 recipes, and came up short. But after shooting over 20 different recipes for this popcorn book (which contains over 60 recipes), not only was I not sick of popcorn, I had an entirely new appreciation for the treat. Here are a few ideas: popcorn s’mores! popcorn bananas foster!  Gorgonzola and Green Onion! Popcorn Shrimp with popcorn in the batter! I’ve pulled together this simple popcorn package to let you share in some my new discoveries.  This kit includes:  16 oz. of premium white popcorn 1 oz. asiago and cracked black pepper seasoning 1.6 oz. tangy dill and garden herb seasoning 1.8 oz. sweet and salty kettle corn seasoning a small jar of my homemade zhatar mix 4 oz. grapeseed oil sprizter 8.45 oz Urbani White Truffle Oil A copy of Popcorn One large bright red popcorn bowl

UW07:Best of the Ferry Building Gift Basket

Uw07From Anita at Married with Dinner, the very best from Sf Ferry Plaza, including
- Truffled artichoke tapenade from Lulu Petite
- Santa Rosa plum preserves from June Taylor
- Youk’s Sauce from Prather Ranch
- Holiday Breakfast Blend tea from Peet’s
- A pair of artisan "dark milk chocolate" bars from Recchiuti
- Ojo de Tigre beans from Rancho Gordo
- Rio Fuego "Very Hot Sauce" from Rancho Gordo
- Extra-virgin olive oil from Bariani
- Rosemary Salt from Eatwell Farm
- Bittersweet chocolate ganache from Scharffen Berger
- Beef jerky from Fatted Calf Charcuterie
- A copy of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Cookbook

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Menu for Hope V: prizes from Chez Pim

Today is the day!  Menu for Hope begins!  This year is our 5th annual campaign!  Let's see if we can at least match the $90K we raised for the UN Wolrd Food Program last year!  And let's see how many exclamation marks I can cram into this one short paragraph!!

This year's Menu for Hope will again benefit the school lunch program in Lesotho,
as well as support the WFP's local procurement initiative, which
contracts local farmers to grow food to supply the feeding program.
You'll be hearing more about this program and the children and farmers
who benefited from our support last year throughout this campaign.
Stay tuned for more.

Before all the prizes come in from all the local hosts, let me just first tell you a few prizes I've begged, borrowed, and stolen to entice you to drop $10 for a raffle ticket to try your chance at one of them.  Yes, it's that easy.  For each $10 you donate to our Menu for Hope, via the spiffy online tool on FirstGiving, you are entitled to one virtual raffle ticket of your choice. 

UW19: Dinner for two with wine pairing included at Manresa, plus a personal tour of the Manresa Biodynamic Garden. 

This year, again, my sweetie David has agreed to cook up a special tasting menu for two at his Michelin-two-star Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos.  And, yes, again, the wonderful sommelier Jeff Bareillles has promised smashing wine pairings to match David's delicious menu.  The lucky winner (and a guest) will also get a personal tour of the Manresa biodynamic garden, also known as Love Apple Farm in the Santa Cruz mountains.  You can meet Cynthia Sandberg, our wonderful farmer, and see where the amazing produce that supply the kitchen at Manresa comes from.

UE15: Bo Ssäm dinner for eight

Who hasn't heard of Emperor Chang of New York and his Momofuku empire?  Lucky for us, David Chang is as generous as he is talented, so, ….drum roll…..we are happy to offer you a Bo Ssäm dinner package for eight very lucky people at Ssäm Bar – yes, that's 8, as in you plus seven of your dearest friends!!.  The package includes the famous Bo Ssäm whole pork butt, roasted to the crisp-yet-melting perfection, with all the delicious accoutrements, 12 raw oysters, and enough appetizers and desserts to feed eight hungry mouths.  Tien Ho, Ssäm Bar's talented chef himself has promised no less than a spectacularly spectacular feast in support of our Menu for Hope.  (You're on your own on the drinks though.  Frankly, we are a little afraid of what pork-induced euphoria from the Bo Ssäm would do to your thirst…) (Photo cribbed from the NY Times.)

UE16: Gourmet Book Club's honorary membership for 2009

Each month Gourmet magazine choose a book for their book club.  The winner of this prize will get a copy of each month's selected book sent to them for the whole year.  You can follow along the excitement, join cooking projects on their forum, watch cooking videos from the author of the month's selection.  Regular members of the club can purchase each selection at 40% off the regular prize, but if you're the lucky winner of this prize, you'll get each month's selection sent to you for an entire year.  Do your cooking library a favor and donate $10 to Menu for Hope and try your luck at this prize.

UW21: Free coffee for a year at Lulu's at the Octagon in Santa Cruz, CA.

Lulu's is an artisanal roaster and cafe in Santa Cruz, CA.  Not just any artisanal cafe, but my *favorite* local one.  That's where I go most mornings when we don't make coffee at home, and where you can, sometimes, find a few of my baked goods on sale (when I'm in the mood, which is rather rare of late.)  My friend Manthri, the owner, has offered a very generous prize perfect for someone in Santa Cruz who loves coffee.  The winner of this prize will get one coffee of their choice every day for the entire year of 2009–any coffee on the menu at Lulu's, a royale (David's choice), a Chiara (mine), or even one brewed from their Clover machine, your choice!  That's over $1,200 worth of delicious, delicious coffees.

UW20: My upcoming book The Foodie Handbook, hot off the press right into your hands!

Have I told you I've been working on a book?  I must have.  It's long overdue, and finally it's almost here.  Well, by almost I mean next summer!  It's called The Foodie Handbook: the (almost) definitive guide to gastronomy, published by Conran Octopus in the UK and Chronicle Books in the US.  If you're the winner of this prize, you'll get one of the first books right off the press, yes, autographed and all.  I might even kiss it for you.  As soon as I get my hands on one actual print copy, I'll send it off.  See if you're lucky enough to be among the first to read this new masterpiece sure to be a smashing hit on this coast and that, donate $10 to Menu for Hope today.  (Hey, you know and I know that humility is not my strong suit so why pretend? Ha!)

Looking for more prizes?  I'll post the complete list here on Chez Pim as soon as I have it later today.  Meanwhile, go check out prizes from other regions on these regional host blogs.  If you're a blogger or have a prize to donate, there's still time, contact your regional host today.

Europe *including* the UK
Sara of Ms.Adventures in Italy
US: West Coast
Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites

US: East Coast
Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

Meena Agarwal of Hooked on Heat 

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato

and, last but not least, our special Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography

Or, if you're ready to give now, just go on to our donation site at FirstGiving.

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Menu for Hope V launches Monday

In case you haven’t heard, our annual Menu for Hope begins again next Monday. 

You don’t know what Menu for Hope is? What, you’ve been living in
the mountains somewhere, cut off from the food blog world? Well, fret
not, here’s a list of frequently asked questions to answer your every
query. Read it and join us! (If you’re on Facebook, join us there too.)

What is Menu for Hope?
When will this year’s campaign take place?
Who is the beneficiary of this year’s campaign?
Who collects the money?
How can I help?
I’m a blogger
  I’m a restaurateur, author or food/wine producer/seller
  I’m a food blog reader or a food lover

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