Menu for Hope V: prizes from Chez Pim

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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. 

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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

Canada
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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  • RB

    Very cool! I just donated for a chance at UE16.

  • http://www.cookeatfret.com claudia (cook eat FRET)

    where is there a list of all the prizes – as in one place…
    i think this will make a big difference to the # of bids.
    i realize it’s a huge undertaking to do this but unless a bidder goes all over the blogosphere, they can’t see what is available…

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    Hi Pim – I just donated, but forgot to specify that I’d like my donation to go towards 5 bids on UE10. Thanks! – Heather from Gild the (Voodoo)lily

  • Rachelle

    Hooked on Heat has been suspended. Is it possible to list the Canadian items? Thanks!

  • http://lovebitesblog.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    I think this is such an amazing idea. Spreading the word tonight at sites I read.

  • kudzu

    May I humbly suggest that for every $10 one ccontributes to this endeavor, one donates an equal amount to hungry children in need in our own neighborhoods? Thank you.

  • http://etherwork.net/blog/ Elizabeth

    If you plug http://www.hookedonheat.com/ into the google window, the cached version of the page is still available (or at least it was this morning, 16 December)
    Pim, I’m so glad to see that you’re doing this again. I looked in late November and thought maybe it wasn’t happening.

  • http://chewonthatblog.com Hillary

    Do we Midwestern US residents have a regional host? Which coast do we check out? :) If it’s not too late, Chew on That blog wouldn’t mind being the Midwest US regional host!

  • http://www.LauraFenamore.com Laura Fenamore

    Dear Chez! What a WONDERFUL undertaking. Not only do you share your wealth of knowledge, but encouraging such work as the WFP’s local procurement initiative (in which local farmers supply the feeding programs), is pheneomenal. Earlier this year, I published an article on why going green serves EVERYONE — body, soul, ecology, everything (http://tinyurl.com/3go5uh)We all need to support initiatives like yours that not only inspire this type of local farming, but also bring it to the forefront of the discussion.
    As a Body Image Mentor, I have been privileged to teach and guide thousands of clients and course participants to develop eating habits that honor themselves from head to toe, and part of that means loving the food they eat. After all, it becomes a part of the body they live in — the one home we truly get from birth to death.
    Thank you for being part of that message!
    Sincerely, Laura Fenamore
    CPCC and Body Image Mastery Mentor
    http://www.LauraFenamore.com
    Comment back some time on my blog too, if you want. http://www.BodyImageMastery.blogspot.com

  • anon

    @laura fenamore (if you ever read this):
    “pim” is his name, not “chez”. “chez” is roughly the equivalent of the “‘s” on “pim’s”, in french. no offense intended, it was bothering me, that’s all :D

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