Menu for Hope 6 raffle winners

Menu for Hope 6 logoSo here it is, the results of our sixth annual Menu for Hope – with the help of two hundred bloggers, two hundred and four delectable items on our raffle list, and in the span of just over two weeks, we raised $78,898.00 in support of the UN World Food Program.  Yes, nearly $78K, in a recession year no less!  Not bad at all.  And none of these would be possible without your support – food lovers, businesses, bloggers, and our readers and supporters from all over the world.  A huge big shout-out also goes to our wonderful, hard-working hosts without whose help Menu for Hope 6 wouldn't have existed – Alder of Vinography, David of The Sweet Life in Paris, Ed of Tomato, Helen of Tartelette, Shauna of Gluten Free Girl, and Tara of Seven Spoons

Now that I'm done with thanking the academy, let's get to the fun part.  Check out the list of our raffle winners below to see if you've won anything.  If your name is on the list here, you'll be receiving an email about how to claim your prize in the next day or two!

AP01    Greek Cookery: From The Hellenic Heart by George Calombaris
Roger Smith

AP02    Wellbeing Check (valued at $150)
Sophie O'Neil

AP03    A cooking class for four worth $400
Suzie Lee

AP04    Four seasons of An Honest Kitchen eMagazine worth $79.80
Catherine Morey-Nase

AP05    Four seasons of An Honest Kitchen eMagazine worth $79.80
Katrina Davidson

AP06    $580 10 course degustation of Attica restaurant
Karen Wong

AP07    $250 dining voucher for Cutler & Co
Cindy Tan

AP08    A day behind the scenes on a food styling shoot with Australian Gourmet Traveller
Olivia Riordan

AP09    $649 Kitchenaid Mixer from Kitchenware Direct
Marianne Le Fevre

AP10    A one year subscription to Cuisine Magazine NZ
Miriam Gawith

AP11    Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two lucky people worth $80 at the Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney
Ann Bartlett

AP12    TOKO Restaurant and Bar $200 food and bar tab, Sydney
olivia kay ng

AP13    Stonesoup ultimate afternoon tea pack and cookbooks
Suzie Lee

AP14    Degustation and matching wines with one night's accommodation worth $540 at Provenance Beechworth
Melissa Hicks

AP15    Bruny Island Cheese Club membership and Cheesebox worth $100 combined
Llawela Forrest

AP16    That Jess Ho's drinking tour of Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood
Miles Cederman-Haysom

AP17    Heilala Vanilla valued at $120
Alexandra McAndrew

AP18    Dinner for two, valued at $150 at Mezzo Bar and Grill, Melbourne
Joyce Kwok

AP19    Dinner for two, valued at $150 at Libertine,Melbourne
Prudence Mann

AP20    1 x enthusiast membership Sommeliers Australia, for one year, valued at $100
Steven Wiltshire

AP21    A case of Gembrook Hill’s current release wines valued at $433.50
jung hyun park

AP22    A case of McIvor Estate Wines current release wines valued at $330
Toby Stephens

AP23    1x $100 voucher at Le Madre Bakery valid for 12 months
Melissa Hicks

AP24    2 volume set of The Old Foodie's Menus from History
Annabelle Singaram

AP25    A case of The Wanderer’s current release wines valued at $420
deborah bower

AP26    Seat for two, At My Table
Andrea Anthony

AP27    Six months supply of specialty coffee worth $250+
Paul Fountain

AP28    Brunch for four at Auctions Rooms plus 12 Sugadeaux cupcakes total value $140
Paul Fountain

AP29    A copy of  I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam, valued at AU$49.95
Jenny Tan

AP30    A copy of  I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam, valued at AU$49.95
Suzie Lee

CA01    The Latest Books from Canadian Celebrity Cooks
Ligia Ortega

CA02    Windows on the World and Wine Book Bundle
Zeynep Arsel

CA03    My Favourite Things
deborah bower

CA04    Herriott Grace Handcrafted Mortar and Pestle
Diane  Ruddle

CA05    Grazing
Jennifer Kellogg

CA06    One Smart Cookie
Christine Smithrim

CA07    Fresco 24-centimetre Frying Pan
Leonard  Gross

CA08    Fresco 24-centimetre Frying Pan
Daniel Peiser

CA09    Fresco 24-centimetre Frying Pan
Peter Klynstra

CA10    Fresco 24-centimetre Frying Pan
Mark Quigley

CA11    Comfort and Restoration with Brownies
Shelley Aubry

CA12    A Taste of British Columbia
Ligia Ortega

EU01    Made in Italy Gourmet Chocolate Basket
Frieda Brioschi

EU02    2 tickets for the "Tour de France of Wine" at O Chateau in Paris
Anne Schwartz

EU03    2 tickets for the "Wine and Cheese Lunch" at O Chateau in Paris
Cindy  Ruth

EU04    The BloggerAid Cook Book
Serena Ayers

EU05    Plant-based Cooking Class in Paris
Jennifer Higgins

EU06    A "Sweet" Collection from a French Candy Store
Tegan Schmidt

EU07    Signed copies of Chocolate & Zucchini and Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris
Alice Boussicaut

EU08    A dough whisk and a sample of Clotilde's natural starter
Tamsin Ballard

EU09    A Taza Chocolate tasting set
Katarina Tierer

EU10    An extensive set of reusable bags from flip & tumble
Leah Bevington

EU11    Real Turkish Delights (lokum) from Cemilzade, Istanbul
Elise Bauer

EU12    Taste of Italy for Hope
Norah Palmateer

EU13    A Year of Home Baked Goods
Zoe Dryga

EU14    Dinner for Two at Hidden Kitchen in Paris
Jann Mumford

EU15    A signed copy of Hungry for Paris
Jennifer Higgins

EU16    City Walk Tour from Context Travel
Zoe Dryga

EU17    3 hour walking tour of Paris Aligre Market with a native
Zoe Dryga

EU18    Gourmet Tour of London for 4
Richard Kaszeta

EU19    Personalized one-day Paris itinerary
Gayle Thompson

EU20    A Taste of Sussex: Jams, Pickles, Honey
Sarah Tilley

EU21    Paris Gourmet Tour for 5 people
Smruti Shah

EU22    Italian Cooking Apron, Shopping Bag and Recipe Notepad
Chiara Maieron

EU23    "My Italians" Wine Tasting in Rome
Jerry DeQuetteville

EU24    Monday at the Market in Florence Tour
Jan Keshen

EU25    Japanese Delicacies
Kristina Johnson

EU26    Bento Boxes and Accessories
Nicole Oandasan

EU27    Mediterranean & Middle East Cookbooks and London Cooking Class
Barbara Burton

EU28    French Gourmet Basket of Delicacies
Elizabeth Rupp

EU29    Five Culinaria Books
Serena Ayers

EU30    Paris Gastronomic Itinerary
adrian head

EU31    Market Tour & Cooking Class in Burgundy
Jonathan Jarritt

EU32    French Conversation Classes in Paris (package 1)
John Pilgrim

EU33    French Conversation Classes in Paris (package 2)
David Lebovitz

EU34    Private Chocolate Tour & Tasting at Rococo Chocolate in London
Kasha Klosowska-Hartwig

EU35    2 Night B&B Stay in Piedmont for 2 with Market Tour
wouter rosekrans

EU36    Kenwood Chef Classic Mixer
Elin Davies

EU37    A Year of Bernachon Chocolate Bars
Phyllis Polk

EU38    Mega Mix of Moleskine Notebooks
Phu Son Nguyen

EU39    Room for Dessert, Ripe for Dessert & The Sweet Life in Paris
Shana Worthen

EU40    Ginger Elizabeth Hatbox Chocolate Collection
Judi oe

EU41    Collection of Eight Best-of-Baking Books
Joseph Chernila

EU42    Krups Professional Deep-Fryer
Armelle Deforge

EU43    A private tour for 4 people on the Chelsea Chocolate Ecstasy Tour
Richard Kaszeta

EU44    Askinosie Chocolate Baker's Basket
Paula Scharf

UE01    One Day Macarons Making Workshop
Sallie Pritchard

UE02    Three 8×12 art prints by Helene Dujardin OR Hands-on 1 day food photography & styling workshop with Helene.
Stephanie LaMastus-West

UE03    New West Knifeworks "Phoenix 9"
Michael Dundas

UE04    Eat Boutique Gift Box
Ligia Ortega

UE05    Weekend at Farnum Hill Orchard
Jennifer Mingolello

UE06    2 night-stay in Chelsea Studio Appartment, New York City. (value $250)
Mildred Cody

UE07    A Round on Us – Custom Beer Tasting
Allison Bailey

UE08    Box of LA Burdick Chocolate Mice
Lourdes Lopez

UE09    Day of bread making with Mary a.k.a Breadchick
Athena Fotiadis

UE10    J. A. Henckels Professional "S" 7' Santoku knife + 5 bags of Impact Granola.
Stephanie Leveene

UE11     $25 gift certificate from Fleisher's Grass Fed and Organic Meats in Kingston, NY plus a copy of Cleaving.
Joseph Chernila

UE12    4 seasonal shipments of 12 cookies from Jacy Cakes LLC
Francie Salle

UE13    100% certified fair trade coffee sampler
Elizabeth Freirich

UE14    $50 gift certificate to Sucre Confectionary
Una Lee

UE15    Ethnic Chicago Neighborhood spice blends Deluxe gift box +"Taste of Chicago" Ckbk from The Spice House
Amy Pritchard

UE16    Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers Cookbook & Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor.
Nancy Ewing

UE17    Bacon-Lover's Candy Pack
Phu Son Nguyen

UE18     12 bars of Amano chocolate
Tracy Wang

UE19    Sweet Amandine Trio
Laurel  Fechtor

UE20     Cookbook Collection by Scribner
Regina  Aguas
UE21    Stainless Kitchen Tool Set by All Clad
Jaspreet Chowdhary

UE22     Nespresso Le Cube/Aeroccino Plus bundle
Veronica Perez

UE23    Vermont Foodie Gift Basket and Essential Canning Tool set.
Elizabeth Cronenwett

UE24    A Taste of Atlanta prize pack
brad kaplan

UE25    The SousVide Supreme
Nina Chang

UE26    Gift package of Stonyfield Products.
Alan Kennedy

UE27    2-piece Kitchen knife set from New West Knifeworks
christina  marrie

UE28    Morgan Ranch American Wagyu.
David Grossman

UE29    Morgan Ranch American Wagyu Family BBQ Collection
Matthew Crawford

UE30    North African Spice Blend Package
Mildred Cody

UE31    Burro Foods Olive Oil
Angela Regan

UE32    The BloggerAid Cook Book + gift card from B & H photo worth US$ 50.
Radhika Vasanth

UE33    All-Clad Stainless Covered Saucepan
Annika Iltis

UE34    Signed copy of 'Everyday Harumi' (simple Japanese food for family and friends) by Harumi Kurihara
H Roseff

UE35    Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda Gift Bag
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan

UE36    "Coco" Book
Derek Slager

UE38    Kitchen Gift Package
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan

UE39    2 signed copy of The Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home cookbook.
F Brooke Clendaniel

UE40    Red Wine Extravaganza
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan

UE41    Set of 4 Bambu Bowls
Tegan Schmidt

UE42    Midtown lunch tour with Midtown Lunch
Mary Dodd

UE43    1/2lb of black truffles from France
ori k

UW01    Photography workshop with Matt Armendariz
mary carsten

UW02    Locavore starter kit with $100 CSA certificate
Nelson Whipple

UW03    Blue Bottle Coffee and Cake from Cucina Nicolina
Tracy Wang

UW04    The Grand Tasting Menu+wine pairings for two at Michelin 2-star Manresa, plus garden tour
Jack Kingsley

UW05    Six jars of Chez Pim’s artisan marmalade and jam, and a signed copy of The Foodie Handbook
mary carsten

UW06    Dinner for two at Daniel Patterson's Michelin 2-star Coi and dinner for two at Il Cane Rosso
nick szluk

UW07    Four months subscription to Citizen Bean, plus the Welcome Kit
ori k

UW08    an *emera bag!
Charlotte Tan

UW09    Two spots in a hands-on butchering class by Ryan Farr of "4505 Meat" in San Francisco
Jennifer Maiser

UW10    $50 gift certificate to Blurb to make your own book
Jennifer Chan

UW11    Lowel Ego Photo Lights Two Light Set
Gemma Petrie

UW12    Two Day BlogHer Conference Pass donated by Blogher.
Deborah Rogers

UW13    A basket of gourmet vanilla products  (175 vanilla beans of 7 different varieties.)
Fiona Kennedy

UW14    My Nepenthe book, Big Sur basket, and $100 certificate to dine at the restaurant
jennifer parmelee

UW15    Truffle Gift Set
Phu Son Nguyen

UW16    2-hour studio session or photo tour of Pike Place Market with Valentina Vitols
Jennifer LeMesurier

UW17    Basket of artisanal foods from
Laurel Morgan

UW18    Two-day artisan baking class
Candy Hanratty

UW19    signed copy of Advanced Bread and Pastry
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan

UW20    Winnie the Pooh Goes Bananas in a Box
Jenny Richards

UW21    Top Chef/Iron Chef prize package
Amy Jones

UW22    Signed copies of Ad Hoc and Fat of the Land
Angie Lin

UW23    Original photograph by Jen Yu
Lee Knapp

UW24    $100 gift certificate to Culinary School of the Rockies
Laura Vanderschaaf

UW25    $100 gift certificate to SALT in Boulder, CO
Susan Tamaki

UW26    Brownie Essentials
Carol Kowalski

UW27    Dinner for 2 at Ad Hoc, plus signed cookbook
Chris Connolly

  Ad Hoc cookbook, signed
Sarah Zureick

UW29    Under Pressure, signed by Thomas Keller
Janet Stott

UW30    Momofuku cookbook, signed
eugene lee

UW31    Bacon and Cocktails print
Allison Strunka

UW32    Doughnuts kit
Lauren Levi

UW33    Fra' Mani Salumi package
Michelle Swager

UW34    La Quercia Spallacia (prosciutto-style leg)
David Mortman

UW35    Food-inspired wire sculpture
adamarie wallis

UW36    The Butcher and the Vegetarian, plus goodie basket of artisanal food products
Katie Noonan

UW37    Consulting time with Dianne Jacob, writing coach
Hank Shaw

UW38    Not Becoming My Mother
Elizabeth de Veer

UW39    Panini Presses (6 of them, so 6 chances to win!)
Suzanne Shenk

UW40    an afternoon of foraging with Langdon Cook
Marie Schall

UW41    Gluten-Free Goodness
Marie Schall

UW42    Sustainable Sushi package
Herb Chan

UW43    Photographs from Asia
Jennifer Gunterman

UW44    Coffee with Ruth Reichl
Nicole Pearce

UW45    Two classes with Cynthia Sandberg at the famous Love Apple Farm in Ben Lomond, CA
Susan Gravens

WB01    Dinner with NY Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov
Sonya Philip

WB02    The Brunello Experience: A Week's Stay at Il Palazzone in Montalcino Tuscany
Liz Mortensen

WB03    Sustainable Napa from Clif Family Winery & Holme Grown Wine Tours (incl 6 bottles)
Alejandro de Jesus

WB04    2 Nights and Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara Wine Country (incl 6 bottles)
Josh duLac

WB05    Two Magnums of Wine from Soter Vineyards (incl 2 bottles)
Christina Arndt

WB06    The Old School Wine Collection (incl. 6 bottles)
Anya Naschak

WB07    The New Guard Wine Collection (incl. 6 bottles)
ori k

WB08    Wine Book Bonanza
Lynne Newton – Carlson

WB09    Magnum + Case of Verge Syrah, and a Tour of Bradford Mountain (incl. 13 bottles)
thomas pantelis

WB10    Wine Bottle Hurricane Lanterns from Savoring Thyme Gifts
Ursula Pieper

WB11    Two Nights + Dinner +Tour in Tuscany at Il Borgo at Castello Banfi
ori k

WB12    Cape Ardor Collectors Executive Wine Gift Set (incl. 3 bottles)
Ligia Ortega

WB13    Banned in ’Bama Wine Gift Box (incl. 8 bottles)
Jeffrey Petree

WB14    A Case of Your Own Custom Blended Wine
Cindy  Ruth

WB15    Stolzle Decanter and Four Wine Glasses
Ligia Ortega

WB16    Happy Canyon Wine "Horizontal" (incl. 14 bottles worth $584 retail)
Susan Brodie

WB17    Wine Jewelry, Wine Book gift package from WinewomenPSP
F Brooke Clendaniel

WB18    The Twisted Six Pack (incl. 6 bottles)
Leigh Iwanaga

WB19    The Twisted Tour and Pick Any Bottle (incl. 1 bottle)
Hank Shaw

WB20    Vinography as Your Sommelier for the Night (incl. 4 bottles)
Randi Axelrod

WB21    Brazilian Cachaças Tasting Set (incl. 5 bottles)
Jason Dietz

WB22    Dinner with Randall Grahm, a Special Bottle of Wine, and His Latest Book
Margaret Pillgrim

WB23    VIP Wine Country Tour with VIP Hostess Alana Gentry aka Girl with a Glass
Renee Kuo

WB24    Cashmere and Cabernet From Wine Valet
deborah bower

WB25    Magnum of Torbreck Wine plus Private Vineyard Tour
Edmund Thralls

WB26    A Wine Vacation at Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley
Christina Sorenson

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49 Responses to “Menu for Hope 6 raffle winners

  • banquet manager said:
    January 18th, 2010 at 1:08pm

    I just came across your blog and enjoyed it very much. I’m a banquet manager and write a blog about the daily aggravations that go with my job…from cranky chefs to nasty customers and everything in between. I hope you enjoy it. Please visit and leave a comment. Have a great day!
    So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager

  • Faith Kramer said:
    January 18th, 2010 at 9:27pm

    Pim — Thanks yet again for spearheading this wonderful fundraiser. Looking forward ot participating in Menu for Hope 7

  • Veronica said:
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:20pm

    Thanks so much for organizing this. What a wonderful cause and what a great response. Congrats on such good work!
    One question: were there supposed to be 6 winners for UW39, the 6 panini presses?

  • Jennifer(Savor) said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 6:36am

    Hello Martha Blogger-I have been enjoying reading your handbook! I would love to participate in the menu for hope next year. Great job!

  • o.w. said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 6:37am

    amazing that ori k won four of the items… hmmmmm

  • Dawn (KitchenTravels) said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 10:13am

    Pim – thanks so much for spearheading this fundraising effort. I can only imagine that it was a ton of work, but obviously a labor of love. I didn’t win anything this time around… maybe next year! 😉 All the best to you in 2010.

  • Marla said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 12:56pm

    Wow! This is so cool. So many great prizes all for such a wonderful cause. Congrats to all 🙂 I would love to help out with this fund next year.

  • said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 1:57pm

    Thanks for all the work, Pim!

  • deeba said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 11:03pm

    Well done Pim. Excellent work indeed! WOW…

  • Rob said:
    January 19th, 2010 at 11:17pm

    Same as last year – a few people won a number of prizes. While I trust the money is going to a good place I have to wonder how the drawing process is handled. I think it should be managed by a group of people, not all of whom are in the same blogger clique.

  • DeliciouslyLekker said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 3:22am

    Well, it is possible that the people who won multiple times might have bought a whole bunch of raffle tickets (imagine if you donate say $2000, that’s 200 raffle tickets so the chances of that person winning is higher than someone who donated $10). Let’s not forget this is for a good cause.

  • Sandra said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 6:56am

    great job Pim!!

  • WendyB said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 8:22am

    Great job Pim and crew and great job everyone for donating!

  • Pim said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:32am

    Not so amazing if you know he donated quite a few thousand dollars to the campaign. I just checked.

  • Pim said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:34am

    Thank you for defending us! You are definitely right. Some of those people donated a few thousand dollars.
    Also, if you only picked from the items that only got a handful of bids from the bottom of the list you’d have a better chance at winning as well.

  • Pim said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:52am

    Also, we double, triple checked the raffle picker code to make sure it worked properly. And it did, so the repeats are definitely pure chance. Though someone may have better chance by donating more $ or simply chosing prizes from the bottom of the list with fewer bids.

  • jen maiser said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:53am

    The raffle selection process is fully transparent — you can request the code from Derrick Schneider, who runs the selection. (He’s made is available before, I just can’t find it at the moment).

  • Anita / Married with dinner said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 10:51am

    Anybody questioning how one person can win so many items needs to go to the FirstGiving pages and look through the bids. Check how much the multiple winners bid (thousands, in some cases), and take note of what they bid on — typically they’re cherry-picking items with a low number of bids.
    If you haven’t done this, and you’re casting aspersions, you should be ashamed.

  • Derricks said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 1:48pm

    The first time Pim and I noticed these seemingly odd multiple wins, I did some research and some tests. The short version: an even distribution isn’t all that likely.
    Here’s the full post I wrote about my tests:
    I also posted the source code for the raffle program at:
    (as Jen notes, I’ve posted it before, but this is the current version, which has accrued some slight bug fixes/features over the years)
    And I’m happy to answer any questions about the process (in brief: Pim sends me the spreadsheet when MFH closes; I clean up the data based on the errors my program tells me about and through an inspection of my program’s output for each line; and then I send Pim the results [in text and HTML])
    Both Pim and I excuse ourselves and our immediate families from the raffle, and I generally don’t even pay attention to the winners. I just skim over the final results to see who won items that I wished I could bid on 🙂

  • ori k said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 4:01pm

    o.w. – here’s what you can do next year:
    1. Close to the end of the contest donate a lot, relatively speaking (you can do so anonymously until Pim rats on you :))
    2. Assign subjective value to rewards (e.g. 1/2 lb of truffles are worth to me their retail value, other prizes are worthless to me regardless of their retail value.
    Assign costs to the rewards that are proportional to the number of bids on them (e.g. a reward that has 100 tickets bid costs 10x as much as one that has 10 tickets)
    Find an optimal solution given the costs and values, sprinkle with some random speculative bets for good karma.
    For example, if there are only two awards, one is worth $1000 and has 1000 tickets on it and the other is worth $100 and has 50 tickets on it, then the optimal way to split 1000 tickets is to find:
    maxArg(1000*(t/(t+1000)) + 100*((1000-t)/(1000-t+50))
    which I think leads to placing 914 tickets on the first reward and the rest on the second.
    This ends up being 27% better than just splitting the tickets evenly in the example above, I’m sure the improvement is even lower for the Menu for Hope raffle, but at least there’s some professional satisfaction in doing the right thing.
    You can guess I don’t write poetry for a living.

  • nudnik said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:03pm

    where’s the code for randomDraw()?

  • Judi said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:07pm

    Pim & Derrick & everyone who hosted – you all do an amazing job. Don’t let the naysayers get you down. I bet most of the people who donated would have done it even if there weren’t any prizes.

  • fishes+loaves said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:33pm

    Pim–As it is every year, a fantastic effort for a fantastic cause! Please keep it up… it’s just such a great way for the blogging community to collaborate for good!

  • Derricks said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:52pm

    Ha. It was below a test method, so I didn’t notice it when I copied and pasted all the code.
    /** Makes a random draw from a List of strings */
    private static String randomDraw(List items) {
    // precision loss, but we’re not expecting any numbers greater than
    // MAX_INT
    int i = (int)Math.floor(Math.random() * (double)items.size());
    return items.get(i);

  • Derricks said:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:54pm

    Hm. I hadn’t done nearly that depth of analysis on the problem. Very nice.

  • Cindy Ruth said:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:54am

    Pim-Great job with the Menu for Hope. I am sorry to read the posts from people questioning the drawing process. I was lucky to win 2 prizes this year, but last year won none. I am definately not in the “in” group of bloggers. I do have a question-I heard from one of the prizes, but not the other. Haven’t heard from EU03 Wine and Cheese lunch at O Chateau in Paris. Do I need to contact them?

  • Nicole said:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:13pm

    How exactly do we claim our prizes. I have not heard anything yet and wanted to make sure you have my contact information.
    Thank you for a wonderful program. Great work.
    BTW…to those questioning the drawing process. I only donated $40 and am not part of the food bloggers “clique” and still won what I perceive to be one of the more highly sought prizes. I appreciate it very much.

  • Rena said:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:43pm

    Thank you for all the time and effort you dedicated to this worthy cause. I think it is an incredible achievement to have raised the amount that was finally achieved.

  • tiffanyfree said:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 12:04am

    I think that these mushrooms would be a great addition to my mushroom collection.

  • jen said:
    January 24th, 2010 at 3:17am

    Christmas is about giving, so happy to donate money. It would have been a bonus if I had won a prize, I didnt, but happy to have contributed anyway.
    Thanks to the organising committee

  • breadchick said:
    January 25th, 2010 at 1:00pm

    Pim, as a long time contributor of prizes and bidder of prizes, thanks for this wonderful event. I look forward to MFH each year and start thinking about my prize offerings in Oct.

  • Ursula Pieper said:
    January 26th, 2010 at 9:15pm

    Thanks so much for organizing this fund-raiser! I was very fortunate to actually win something, but wouldn’t have minded at all to just make the donation.

  • Anne said:
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:35am

    Yet another voice to add to the choir: a winner who has not heard anything and it’s been a week and a half. Please update us!

  • Pim said:
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:52am

    Hmm…actually, everyone above has gotten their emails by now. I’ve been getting thank you notes on email. What your prize code and I’ll check again. Sorry.

  • Pim said:
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:57am

    This email was resent Jan 26. There was no bounced email. Not sure why you haven’t received it. (The latter parts of the email address were removed to protect your privacy.)
    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Pim Techamuanvivit
    Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 8:23 PM
    Subject: EU02 “2 tickets for the “”Tour de France of Wine”” at O Chateau in Paris”
    To: olivier[..], annechwartzdc[..]
    Hi Anne Schwartz,
    Congratulations! You are the winner of Menu for Hope raffle ###
    Please contact our blogger Olivier Magny [email] to claim your prize.
    Thank you so much again for participating in Menu for Hope, with your support we raised $78,928 for the UN World Food Program. That money will help support many small farms and feed many hungry mouths. We couldn’t have done it without you.
    Have a great 2010,
    Pim and the Menu for Hope team

  • Nicole said:
    February 1st, 2010 at 2:39pm

    Actually not everyone has gotten their e-mails, I still have not received an e-mail about my prize and now my comment that I posted a couple of weeks ago has also disappeared. I had posted for you to please let me know if you didn’t have my contact information. Is there any way you can e-mail me and let me know what is going on? Sounds like you are having some trouble with your website.

  • Nurit said:
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:53am

    Hi Pim,
    I offered a prize and someone won it but I never recieved an e-mail from the winner, or you, or Shauna about what to do, where to send it, etc…

  • FBC said:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 10:56am

    UE39 winner has never been contacted. Email sent to Tartelette as East Coast Host, but no response. So much for winning a Menu for Hope raffle item.

  • Allison Day said:
    February 4th, 2010 at 1:30am

    Hi Pim, I’m having similar concerns about the emails – while I received emails at the beginning of last week about the prizes my boyfriend and I won (we are very appreciative!), I unfortunately still haven’t gotten a single email regarding the person who won the prize that I offered (UW42, the Sustainable Sushi package). I’ve checked my spam folder, but there haven’t been any emails from you or from Herb, the prize winner. I’d really love to ship him his prize but unfortunately without any contact information, I can’t do anything yet. 🙁

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  • Nicole said:
    February 13th, 2010 at 3:18pm

    I was just curious if anyone out there actually got their prize or at least an e-mail? I’m nervous that this was all just a big internet hoax. Did all that money really go where it was supposed to?

  • Pim said:
    February 13th, 2010 at 3:51pm

    The email address for the winner of UE 39 bounced, the address left in the form is If you’re the winner please email me at chezpim at gmail dot com with your correct address and I will connect you with the prize host. Thanks so much, Pim

  • Pim said:
    February 13th, 2010 at 3:53pm

    First of all, congrats on winning a prize. As for the winner of your prize, I’ll email him again. I’ll also copy you on that one. cheers, Pim

  • Pim said:
    February 13th, 2010 at 3:58pm

    Just resent an email to your winner Elizabeth.

  • Pim said:
    February 13th, 2010 at 4:02pm

    Just resent you an email.

  • Susan/Wild Yeast said:
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:45pm

    I have still not been contacted by the winner of my prize, UW18, the SFBI class. I’m not sure what to do from here. Pim, if you can give me her contact info, I’ll try to get in touch with her.

  • Pim said:
    February 14th, 2010 at 7:46pm

    Just sent you her email address.

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