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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.

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

UW08: Rogue Creamery’s Champion Blue

Heat Eat Review is giving away
Rogue Creamery’s Champion Blues. The winner will receive three 1/4
wheels of Rogue Creamery’s gold medal-winning blue cheeses: 50th
Anniversary Oregon Blue, Crater Lake Blue and Smokey Blue. All three
cheeses are made by hand in small batches, with expert cheese makers
overseeing every step, from stirring in the salt, to hand dipping, to
turning the wheels.  Oregon Blue is the first blue cheese made on the
West Coast, Crater Lake is made from a complex blend of molds from
around the world, and Smokey Blue is the first-ever smoked blue cheese,
redolent with a sweet, carmelized hazelnuttiness.  This package
includes 3lbs. 12oz. of cheese and retails for $99.00.

UW09:Blogher ’09 conference pass

BlogHer has been a generous
supporter for Menu for Hope,and again this year BlogHer founders are
donating the prize of a free conference admission for Blogher’s 2009 Summer conference. BlogHer
’09 will be July 24-25, with the entire conference taking place at The
Chicago Sheraton and Towers. For the Blogher Conference Admission, the
prize code is UW09. (Conference pass does not include travel or hotel
costs or admission to BlogHer Business on July 23. The Blogher
Conference is open to women or men.) From Kalyn’s Kitchen.

UW10: Set of Lowel EGO Photo Lights

Also from Kalyn’s Kitchen.
Kalyn’s offering a swet of Lowel EGO Photo Lights this year and if you
are a blogger that shoots your food you’ll want these! Soft, even and
appealing light. More info coming shortly. 


UW11: Hello Kitty & Berries Bento Box With Tour!

From Biggie of Lunch in a Box
Kitty & Berries Bento Box Kit and tour of San Francisco’s Japantown
by Biggie of Lunch In A Box. Get your cute on with a variety of unusual
Hello Kitty food shaping tools, three feminine bento boxes, and a
matching thermos. Valued at US$110, all products are from the Skater
Company in Japan.


UW12: Pokemon & Berries Bento Box Kit with Tour!

Also from Biggie at Lunch in a Box
& Berries Bento Box Kit and tour of San Francisco’s Japantown by
Biggie of Lunch In A Box.  Pack stylish "his and hers" lunches with a
complete set of Pokemon bento boxes, rare Pokemon drink bottle, Pokemon
lunch utensils, two feminine bento boxes, and a matching thermos.
Valued at US$140, all products are from the Skater Company in Japan.


UW13: Two Lowelgo Sweet Sets

Sam from Becks & Posh
has not one, but two lowelego sweep sets to give away as her prize this
year. The two winners of this easy-to-set-up background set, the
perfect starter kit for food bloggers who want to photograph tabletop
shots of small items against a smooth background without a visible
edge, will discover that the kit comes complete with a range of colored
sheets that you can use straight out of the box. This prize can be
shipped anywhere in the world, but please note that because of the
size, it would most likely be shipped surface, not air.

UW14:dinner for 6 at Contigo, with sommelier service by Alder of Vinography

Our own Brett of In Praise of Sardines
is so tantalizing close to opening up his own restaurant!  And, just
for our Menu for Hope, the generous Brett has offered up dinner for 6
at Contigo with sommelier services by Alder of Vinography. AMAZING.
The winner is, of course, responsible for getting themselves and all
their friends to San Francisco if they’re not already there.


UW17: I Wanna Be A Food Writer Package 

From Faith at Blog Appetit.
Blog Appetit is donating three books:  Will Write for Food by Dianne
Jacob, The Recipe Writer’s Handbook by Ostmann and Baker, and The New
Food Lover’s Companion by Herbst. These three books will help give you
the skills, passion and even some facts to help you really get your
food writing career cooking. It’s a great package for food bloggers,

UW16: a coffee package from San Francisco

Nicole of Cucina Nicolina is offering a coffee package from San Francisco — specifically, a delicious 1/2 pound
of her very favorite Blue Bottle coffee made right here in the Bay area,
a pretty new mug to drink it in, and a yummy home-made baked good such
as a cake or sweet bread (made to specific dietary restrictions, ie:
vegan, gluten-free, extra butter, etc.) or a batch of cookies of your choice.


UW18: Baker’s Delight from Amy

Amy of Cooking With Amy
offers a very special package to delight any baker!  Treat yourself or
someone you know to this fabulous baking kit designed for a home baker
or professional pastry chef with brand new cookbooks, spatulas and a
selection of artisanal American chocolate. The package contains
Chocolate Epiphany: Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for
Everyone by French pastry chef extraordinaire Francois Payard, Baking
for All Occasions by much loved author Flo Braker, The Sweeter Side of
Amy’s Bread: Cakes, Cookies, Bars, Pastries and More from New York
City’s Favorite Bakery,  an excellent reference guide, The Pastry
Chef’s Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Pastry
Professional, a set of silicone spatulas and best of all, 4 pounds of
E. Guittard chocolate wafers–31% White Chocolate, 38% Milk, 61%
Semisweet and 72% Bittersweet, a top choice of professional bakers and
chefs. This prize package is worth nearly $200. 

UW22: One 12×18" Original Nature Photograph, matted and signed by photographer

From Jennifer Yu of jenyu.net
12×18 inch original nature photograph (all in Colorado) matted to 18×24
inches (choice of black or white mat), signed by photographer. All
materials are archival quality and she’ll ship to anywhere in the
world. Choose one of four offerings.



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

This year, again, 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. 

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?)

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. 

UE01: New West Knifeworks Knife of Your Choice

From New West Knifeworks,
hosted by Steamy Kitchen. One custom chef’s knife of your choice –
choose from either the Phoenix line made in Seki, Japan with the same
precision and quality of the Japanese samurai swords or the Fusionwood
line with gorgeous and colorful handmade wood veneer handles. (single
knife only) 


UE03: Dinner for 2 at Jack: an occasional restaurant

A dinner for two hosted by the authors of Habeus Brulee, valued at $150.00, located in the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.
In their own words. "We serve elaborate, multi-course meals at our exclusive restaurant once
a month at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY, USA).

Dinner for two would normally cost $150, but we are offering it as a
prize for the low low cost of $10 raffle tickets through Menu for Hope
this year. Not only that, but we’ll add seats for you to any Jack
dinner you like, even if it is listed as sold out on the website. Given
that we’re already sold out for January 24, 2009 and almost sold out
for February 21, 2009 already, and March is a special book release
dinner, winning this prize may be the only way for you to get into Jack
for dinner before April of next year!"

UE04: 2 boxes of Parisan style macarons from Petites Bouches

From Veronica’s Test Kitchen (U.S. only) Two
boxes (24-count each) of exquisite Parisian Style macarons from Petites
Bouchees! A pair of sligtly crisp nut-flecked cookies sandwich the most
luxurious buttercreams and the creamiest ganache made from premium
Valrhona Chocolate. Some of the flavors will include : Madagascar
Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream, Espresso Buttercream,Passion Fruit milk
chocolate and Caramel Fleur de sel.Contains no coconut. Made from raw
organic almonds and organic brown eggs. Will ship anywhere in the
United States.

UE05    Small Box of LA Burdick Chocolate Mice

From Breadchick of The Sour Dough Blog.
The mice and penguins are Larry’s signature novelty chocolate, adopted
from the chocolatiers of old Europe, who used leftover pieces to create
whimisical figurines for children. Ours are enjoyed by people of all
ages. (U.S. only)



UE06: A Day of Breadmaking with Breadchick

From Breadchick of The Sour Dough Blog.
An “in your home” day long lesson on making bread completely by hand
with three of your friends. We’ll make bread the old fashioned
way,completely by hand. The winner will learn techniques like proofing
yeast, kneading, shaping and baking. We will make two loaves: basic
white and one specialty bread like cinnamon rolls, Challah, or whole
grain. The winner will also get a home bread making kit that includes
my preferred loaf pan, yeasts, King Arthur flours, and recipes for the
breads we make with step by step instructions. Only in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Greater New York.

UE07: Big Ole’ Box of Sweets

From Rivka of Not Derby Pie. Big Ole’ Box of Sweets, baked and packaged by Not Derby Pie, who will bake up some delicious cookies, squares, bars, and
other sweets, package them nice and tightly, and send them anywhere in
the lower 48.  The box will be chock-full of some of my favorite
dessert bites, with plenty of chocolate-flavored goodies and maybe even
some homemade caramel.  Oh, and the box will also include a sampling of some
not derby pie bars, the blog’s namesake. You won’t go hungry this
holiday season — so bid away! (Continental U.S. only)

UE08: Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook

From Rachel of Coconut and Lime Blog, Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s cookbook.  A fan of Iron Chef?  Throw Down on the Food Network?  Or just simply a fan of the bubbly Bobby Flay himself.  This is the prize for you.



UE09: Cupcake Lollapalooza

From StickyGooeyCreamyChewy.
This package includes a whimsical autographed print by Florida artist
Annie Laurie of Annie Laurie Designs in a hand-painted frame.  It also
includes the popular Hello Cupcake cookbook with a set of decorative
paper cupcake liners and a cupcake decorating kit.  Also included are a
set of 12 multicolored silicone cupcake baking cups and a set of 24
multicolored silicone mini-cupcake baking cups, as well as a container
of Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake mix, from the legendary bakery of the
same name. 

UE10: Freshly Smoked Silver Mullet Roe from Black Hammock Smokehouse

From Black Hammock Smokehouse, hosted by cook eat FRET.
Freshly smoked Silver Mullet roe, a rare Florida west coast delicacy,
brought to you from Black Hammock Smokehouse. It has been salt cured
and carefully warm smoked over Red Bay and Mangrove wood to retain the
caviar essence of the eggs. This item includes 2 complete roe sacs
individually vacuum sealed and delivered right to your door. Make no
mistake, this is fresh, the fish are currently swimming nearshore,
waiting for you to bid and then we will go select the donors. Nowhere
else will you find this outstanding product. 

UE11:La Maison du Chocolat’s Shimmering Snowflake Coffret

From Su Good Sweets.
La Maison du Chocolat’s Shimmering Snowflake Coffret (.59 lb/about 29
pieces), which contains seven new flavors for the holidays: chestnut,
orange confit stick, dark ganache with banana, milk ganache with rosé
Champagne, milk praliné feuilleté with hazelnuts and almonds, almond
paste with citrus zest, and dark plain ganache. (U.S. only) 


UE12: Five boxes of Garrison Confectioners handcrafted chocolates inspired by PAMA Liqueur

From Pama Liqueur, hosted by Savory Adventures.
Each decadent chocolate bonbon is meticulously hand-crafted by master
pastry chef, Andrew Shotts, who has gained recognition from Food &
Wine, New York Magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times. The PAMA
Tart is a heavenly layered chocolate ganache and graham cracker crust
treat laced with pomegranate flavor. The PAMA Cosmo, a great twist on
the classic drink, delivers a flavor explosion by coupling premium
vodka with fresh, invigorating lime juice. But the true test of a
cordial is its ability to stand to toasted nuts, and PAMA passed with
flying colors with Garrison”s Nutty PAMA creation. It combines a
perfected blend of roasted nut and pomegranate for a truly indulgent

UE13:A Judge Seat at an Upcoming Chili Takedown

From Not Eating Out in NY.  If you are in the NYC area, and love to eat and offer your expert
criticism on all the great home-cooked chilis, then this is the prize
for you! Chili Takedown will grant you a VIP judge spot at an upcoming
Takedown. The next Chili Takedown, New York’s finest amateur cook-off
series, is scheduled for January 25, location in the NYC area. If the
January 25th one doesn’t work for your schedule, then another one soon!
(NYC area)

UE14: Two tickets to the largest food & wine pairing in Rhode Island – Food For Thought on The Coastal Wine Trail

13th Annual Food For Thought – A Baker’s Dozen
October 15, 2009 @ 6pm
Indoor Botanical Center, Roger Williams Park
Providence, RI

Food For Thought showcases Little Rhody’s rich, international flavors by pairing food samples from over 30 diverse, independent local restaurants with wines from seven local vineyards. Live music and other entertainment throughout the night. Attendees may come and go throughout the evening.  From Food For Thought.

UE15: Bo Ssam dinner package for 8 at Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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.

UE16: Gourmet Book Club Membership

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. 

UE17: The ‘Studio Collection’ Box by Chocolatier Oliver Kita (Retail Value $40) 16 Deliciously Creative Sweets

The ‘Studio Collection’ Box by Chocolatier Oliver Kita (Retail Value $40) 16 Deliciously creative sweets from Serge the Concierge.





UE18: Dinner Cooking Party at Create a Cook

From create a cook hosted by Jo at Amuse Bouche.
One cooking party for up to 6 guests at create a cook in Newton, MA.
(Valued at $400.00) We supply the chef, the menus, the ingredients, the
professional kitchen, a set table, and all the clean up you just bring
the wine and 5 of your friends and we have a party! You and your guests
can help determine the theme of the party (Asian, French, Italian,
Vegetarian, American or Chef’s Choice).  Winner must be willing to
travel to venue or can give the gift in kind to a local friend.

UE19:Fresh Almond Milk Kit, Two Pottery Mugs and Chef Michael Symon’s Authographed Menu from Lola

Recreate Life in Recipe’s ‘Still Life With Almond Milk’ tableau with
makings for your own almond milk; raw organic almonds, lecithin, agave
nectar, strainer bags, recipe and two stunning hand thrown mugs from
award-winning ceramicist, Ellen Shankin (glaze similar to the pitcher
in photo).
AND…to go with that fresh mug of almond milk: a suitable for framing,
personalized, autographed menu from Iron Chef Michael Symon’s acclaimed
restaurant, Lola, by Chef Michael Symon.

EU01: 50 GBP Japanese Food Package from JapanCentre.com of London

Offered by Maki from JustHungry.com,
A selection of Japanese food products worth 50 GBP courtesy of Japan
Centre, the leading Japanese food store in the UK. This prize can be
shipped to most countries in Europe. [EU only]



EU02: A Big Box of Swiss Chocolate

Offered by Maki from JustHungry.com,
a prize that was so popular last year we’ve brought it back: A big box
of Swiss chocolate bars, many only available in Switzerland. This prize
can be shipped anywhere in the world where chocolate can be delivered
safely. [Shipping: Worldwide]



EU03: US$50 gift certificate from bento supplier J-LIst.com PLUS 3 bento books

Offered by Maki from JustBento.com,
a $50 gift certificate from J-List.com (JBox.com), Your Friend In Japan
and seller of a great selection of bento supplies; plus 3 great
Japanese bento books. This prize can be shipped worldwide. [Shipping:



EU04: 2 Homemade Chutney from Un Tocco di Zenzero

Eu04Offered by Sandra from Un Tocco di Zenzero, Two homemade Chutneys from Italian blogger Sandra from Un Tocco di Zenzero in Pear and Christmas Chutney flavors. [Shipping: EU only]


EU05: Customised Food Tour in London, UK

Offered by Abby from Eat the Right Stuff.
Depending on what aspects of London’s culinary abundance you are
interested in , she will create a special day just for you, perhaps
you’ll visit the world-famous Borough market, Soho’s China town, the
fabulous food-halls of London’s famous department stores or maybe you’d
prefer do a tour of the capital’s chocolate shops. 

EU06: Damian Allsopp chocolates

Offered by Abby from Eat the Right Stuff. A box of Damian Allsop’s
fabulous Christmas chocolates from Fortnum & Mason . Damian is
unique in his use of water-based ganaches. This creates fabulously
intense flavours such as pear and anise, salty liquorice and

EU07: Italian Artisan Goodies Basket

Offered by our European host, Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy, a goodies basket similar to the past two
years’ basket. You’ll get a taste of Italy that is full of products
from mostly “micro” manufacturers throughout Italy, and many are hard
to find outside their local areas or in stores. More details to come



EU08: Moomin Mania! A special irresistible baking collection for all Moomin lovers!

Offered by Dagmar from A Cat in the Kitchen,
9 different cookie cutters that make beautiful cookies shaped as
Moomintroll, Moominmamma, Moominpappa, Little My, Snufkin, Snork
Maiden, Grooke, Hattifatteners and Stinky. 1 baking mold shaped as the
Moomintroll. 1 pot-holder and 1 oven mit with Moomin motifs. 1 set of
Moomin paper napkins. 4 dessert spoons from Hackman with Moomin motifs.


EU09: Signed copies of Clotilde’s two books

Offered by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini,
Signed copies of Clotilde’s two books: her cookbook, Chocolate &
Zucchini (Broadway Books, 2007) and her book on Paris restaurants and
food shops, Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris (Broadway Books,



EU10: A set of 3 lingerie cookie cutters by Soyelle

Offered by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini, A set of 3 lingerie cookie cutters by Soyelle, to make fun cookies in the shape of a bra, panty, and corset. (Perfect for bridal showers and Valentine’s day!)



EU11: A set of 6 Flip & Tumble reusable tote bags

Offered by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini, A set of 6 flip & tumble
reusable tote bags in assorted colors. You can keep a couple for
yourself and give the others to friends and family, as a subtle nudge
for them to swear off plastic bags. Host’s note: these are my favorite reusable bags!




EU12: Florence Walking tour with lunch at the Market for 2 people ($250 value!)

Offered by Judy of Over a Tuscan Stove,
Join me on an in-depth tour and tasting at the market, followed by
lunch. We will explore the fabulous San Lorenzo Market, open since
1870’s, one of Italy’s largest indoor markets.



EU13: A Dinner for Two at Solociccia, Dario Cecchini’s Restaurant in Italy

Offered by Judy of Over a Tuscan Stove, Dinner for two at Solociccia restaurant
in Chianti, Italy: Thursday, Friday, Saturday dinner and sunday lunch,
dinner at 7pm or at 9pm. Reservations can be made through Judy at
Divina Cucina.

EU14: Milan Walking Tour with Breakfast, Open-air Market, Food Lovers’ Highlights and Aperitivo for 2 people

Offered by Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy and Sara from Mele al Forno,
Offered by a native Italian and an American living in Italy: Start your
walking tour with a classic Italian breakfast, stroll through an
open-air fruit and vegetable market and then head to the historic
center of Milan for a traditional Italian aperitivo with a few food
lovers’ highlights on the way. Duration: 4-5 hours. Saturday only, or
Sunday w/o markets.

 EU15: Signed copy of “In Etna’s Shadow: Culinary Adventures from Eastern Sicily”

Offered by Karen of South of Rome,
a signed copy of “In Etna’s Shadow…” a travel journal with a culinary
bent aimed at delighting foodies and armchair-travelers alike. Quick
snippets detail everything from gelsi to gelato and carciofi to

EU16: A French and Italian Hamper

Offered by Sara from Kitchen Pantry,
A French and Italian hamper, filled with homemade dates chutney,
homemade cantuccini, Italian traditional torrone, Marmellata di
mandarino tardivo, from Sicily, Rilettes d’oie façon Landaise (goose
paté), Terrines de Faisan aux Noisettes (pheasant paté), Paté de
Campagne, pur porc (porc paté), Terrine de Canard aux Cèpes (duck paté
with porcini mushrooms), 3 spread: Crevettes au Calvados (Calvados
shrimp), Thon a l’olive noir (black olive tuna) and Huîtres et Wakamé
(oysters and wakame). 

EU17: 660 Curries

Offered by Meeta of What’s for Lunch, Honey?
: 600 Curries is a new and exciting cookbook by Raghavan Iyer. A few
months ago I bought my own copy of this book and have been licking my
fingers at all the delicious recipes presented here. There are several
traditional Indian curries in this book but what I love the most about
660 Curries is that Iyer presents new and innovative recipes. 660
Curries is the gateway to the world of Indian cooking, demystifying one
of the world’s great cuisines. A must have for every curry lover.

EU18: My Italians Wine Tasting in Rome with Sommelière Hande Leimer of vinoroma

Offered by Hande of Food Vagabond and Vino Roma,
A great opportunity for 2 wine lovers – beginner or expert – to get an
overview of Italian wines, learning about and tasting 7 of them. Let
yourself be guided by sommelière Hande through this fun and informative
2-hour tasting that gets rave reviews! Tasting date (within the year
2009) has to be arranged directly with vinoroma.

WB01: A Wine Vacation at Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley

Experience true Napa luxury.  This prize includes a two night stay (Sunday to Thurs only) at the Meadowood Resort
in St. Helena in the Napa Valley; dinner for two at the Michelin
Two-Star Meadowood Restaurant; and a private Cabernet tasting in the
Napa Valley with Gilles de Chambure, the wine educator at Meadowood.
Located in a beautiful, two hundred-fifty acre valley, Meadowood
features championship croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, a nine-hole
walking golf course, hiking trails, swimming, a full-service health
spa, eighty-five guest rooms, suites and cottages and wine country
cuisine. Valued at over $3500.

WB02: Dinner in New York with Eric Asimov of the New York Times

Eric Asimov is the
chief wine critic of The New York Times, a position he assumed in June
2004 after having covered wine with The Times’ tasting panel and in his
"Tastings" column for the Dining section. He’s one of America’s most
visible wine writers, and a darn nice guy to boot. So nice, in fact,
that he’s willing to have dinner with someone for charity. For this
prize, he’ll buy dinner for one lucky wine lover somewhere on the
island of Manhattan that has a great wine list. You choose the date, he
chooses the restaurant, and you can talk about whatever you want, even
if it isn’t wine. Value: Priceless. Prize code: WB02. Courtesy of The Pour.

WB03: Blackbird Vineyards Magnum and Ma(i)sonry Tasting

Blackbird Vineyards is one of the hottest new wineries in Napa Valley,
if only according to Vinography. This prize includes an etched magnum
of the 2006 Illustration Red Wine and a certificate for a private
tasting of the Blackbird Vineyards portfolio for four people at the
newly opened Ma(i)sonry in Yountville. Ma(i)sonry is a "living gallery"
event space, tasting room, and exclusive lounge in the heart of Napa
Valley. Prize code: WB03. Courtesy of Blackbird Vineyards and Ma(i)sonry

WB05: A Case of Zinfandel with Your Own Professionally Designed Custom Label

This prize would be good enough just as a case of Brutocao Cellars
Zinfandel. But you not only get a case of wine, you get this wine with
your own personalized custom label on it. Whatever you want it to say,
whatever you want it to look like. Value: $700. Prize code: WB05. Courtesy of  Custom Wine Source.

WB08: Half Case of Verge Syrah, and a Tour of the Vineyard

There’s only one thing better than drinking wine, and that’s drinking
wine with a nice wine book on your lap. Here’s your chance to add to
your library and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. Courtesy of
University of California Press, pick any 5 wine books from their current list of titles. Value: approx $150. Prize Code:WB09. Courtesy of University of California Press.

WB10: Wine Travel Guide Voucher

The main raffle prize on offer from Wine Travel Guides
is a gold gift subscription to Wine Travel Guides (worth £49 or
approximately $75 or €60) which lasts a whole year from activation.
This will give you access to all the travel guides on the site. Today
there are 46 comprehensive guides to the wine regions of France. By
mid-January there will be a further seven guides covering Tuscany in
Italy, Rioja in Spain and Mosel in Germany. Here is your chance to plan
that trip to the wine regions of Europe with expert insider advice from
15 top-class wine and travel writers.

The bonus offer: If you can meet author Wink Lorch in either the
Jura or Savoie wine regions of France, she will personally drive you
around the wine region for a day, meeting and tasting with some of her
favourite wine growers and taking you out to lunch. Value: $80 or more.
Prize Code:WB10. Courtesy of Wink Lorch.

WB12: Giant Wine Map of California

California is the second in our series of wine maps and the latest
installment in our attempt to become the Edward Tufte of the wine
world. The regular retail size of this map is 24 x 36 inches, however,
this one will be custom printed at a giant 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall.
We’re finishing the artwork right now, so be the first on your block
(actually on the entire planet) to have a Giant Wine Map of California.
To get a better idea of the style and quality, please take a look at
our map of the Iberian Peninsula. The map of California will be just as
obsessively accurate, up to date and – all importantly – suitable for
framing (if you can find a frame that large). This item can only be
delivered to US addresses. Estimated Value: $400. Prize Code:WB12. Courtesy of DeLong Wine Moment.

WB15: Labor of Love In The South of France

Planning a trip to southern France? Why not spend a day learning
what it’s really like to own a vineyard or work in a winery! Depending
on the time of year you visit, we could be pruning, plowing, picking
grapes, bottling, making wine or even selling it. Our vineyards,
located at the foot of the medieval village of Castillon du Gard in the
southern Rhône valley, are the prefect place to enjoy a day of (very
rewarding) manual labor. To celebrate your accomplishments we will
prepare a gourmet dinner for you and your fellow workers at our house!

Locally grown products will grace the table and all courses will be
paired with the best our local winemakers have to offer. We will taste
wines from all around the southern Rhone, not just La Gramière, and you
(the winner) will be paid for your hard work with 6 bottles of the
current vintage of La Gramière. Now all that’s left for you to do is
plan a trip to Southern France! Prize code: WB15. Courtesy of La Gramiere.

WB16: Private Wine Blending Session

Learn how to blend wine at an intimate wine blending event for eight people at Crushpad,
San Francisco’s luxury custom winery. You’ll have the help of one of
Crushpad’s resident winemakers and you’ll go home with t-shirts and a
wine blending kit of your own so you can try your skills at making a
few bottles of wine for yourself or for friends. Value: $500. Prize code: WB16. Courtesy of Crushpad.

WB17: Port Wine Starter Set from Quevedo

If you’re a lover of port wine, or think you might be, you’ll enjoy this gift: A Port Wine Starter Kit made up of:
– port wine tongs
– port wine filter
– port wine decanter
– port wine cups
– dark chocolate
– a coupon for a bottle of Quevedo 2005 Vintage redeemable at the closest wine shop that carries the wine. Value:  $90.  Prize Code: WB17. More details at Quevedo Wine

WB20: Custom 90 Minute Wine Seminar

Bill Wilson, the host and producer of the Wine for Newbies Podcast
will offer a 90-minute live wine seminar. The winner of this prize can
choose the topic(s) for this wine seminar which he’ll broadcast via
streaming video at a time and date of the winner’s choosing. The winner
can have as many people participate as he or she wants! Since the
seminar will be live via the Internet, the winner can be anywhere, as
long as they understand English. Prize code: WB20. Courtesy of Wine for Newbies.

WB22: A Case of Exclusive Small Production Wines from Raymond

Raymond Vineyards is a 5th generation, family-run small winery in Napa
Valley. They recently started proding a series of wines known as "small
lot" wines, which are made in quantities between 50 and 400 cases and
are only available at the winery. This prize includes a mixed case of
these new releases. Three bottles each of 2007 Small Lot Rosé of
Merlot; 2005 Small Lot Red Wine; 2005 Small Lot Petite Sirah; 2005
Small Lot Meritage Red. Value $475. Prize Code: WB22. Courtesy of Raymond Vineyards.

WB23: P.S. I Love You – A Case of Petite Sirah

Jo Diaz has a thing for Petite Sirah.  And so do her clients, a society of winemakers and winegrowers known as P.S. I Love You.  Jo and her clients are donating a case of California Petite Sirahs for your enjoyment. Here’s the list of wines included:

2005 August Briggs, Napa Valley
2006 Biale Royal Punishers, Napa Valley
2005 Clayhouse Estate, Paso Robles
2004 EOS Estate Winery, Paso Robles
2005 Foppiano Vineyards, Russian River Valley Estate
2006 Line 39, Lake County
2004 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi
2006 Mounts Family Winery, Dry Creek Valley
2005 Parducci "True Grit," Mendocino
2005 Pedroncelli, Dry Creek Valley
2005 Silkwood, Stanislaus County
2005 Stags’ Leap Winery, Napa Valley
2006 Stanton Vineyards, Oakville
2005 Twisted Oak, Calaveras County
2005 Victor Hugo, Paso Robles
2006 Wilson Vineyards, Clarksburg

This wine can be shipped to any legal destination in the USA. Valued at over $350. Prize code: WB23. More details at Juicy Tales.

WB24: Kendall-Jackson Owl Box Adoption Gift

As part of its special relationship with the non-profit Hungry Owl
Project, Kendall-Jackson is pleased to present a limited Owl Box
Adoption Gift that offers an opportunity to adopt a wooden barn owl
nesting box located on Kendall-Jackson’s Hawkeye Mountain estate

The Kendall-Jackson Owl Box Adoption Gift features:
– A year-long adoption of one of the 100 barn owl nesting boxes located
on Kendall-Jackson’s Hawkeye Mountain vineyards. A report will be sent
to each adoptive box sponsor within one year to report on owl activity
at the site such as the birth of baby owls.

– One bottle each of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet
Sauvignon, Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Highland Estates
Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

– A signed, limited edition watercolor print of the Hungry Owl
Project wildlife ambassador, painted by Hungry Owl Project volunteer
Mary Blake.

Only 100 of these packages will be produced. Shipping available to
Alaska (excluding dry areas), Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut,
Washington DC, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New
York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas,
Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia (excluding dry areas),
Wisconsin, Wyoming.  Value $500.  Prize Code: WB24.  Courtesy of the Kendall-Jackson Owl Project.

WB25:A Night of Wine and Food in Florence for Two with Award Winning Sommelier Services

Enjoy an evening for two persons in Florence, Tuscany in a historical Trattoria
with a complete menu from "crostini" to their typical biscuits and
soups and meat and eveything you can expect from a Trattoria that’s
been running for more than 100 years. All the food will be paired with
wines personally by European Second Best Sommelier and Wine Blogger
Andrea Gori (if you want him!).

Among the wines he is excited for you to taste will be the 2005
Pegasos Soldera Case Basse, the new shocking wine from Montalcino, that
in Italy they all love so much but Wine Spectator continues to rate so
low (70 or below) every time…

If it’s impossible for the winner to get to Florence, they will ship
that wine directly to the winner. So go on and donate! Value: $200. Prize Code: WB25. More details at Vino da Burde.

WB26:A Vertical of Twisted Spaniard

Twisted Oak Winery in Calaveras County, California is pleased to
contribute a special vertical of its flagship blend, The Spaniard. One
bottle each of the 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 vintages (there was no
2003 vintage.) The Spaniard is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, and
Garnacha grapes grown entirely in Calaveras County at Twisted Oak
Winery. An Original Recipe Twisted Oak Rubber Chicken will of course
be included. Value is $250. Prize Code: WB26. Courtesy of Twisted Oak and El Bloggo Torcido.

AP01 Pie: A global history

This is a terrific prize from Janet at The Old Foodie who will send a copy of her book Pie: A global history to the end of the earth.

AP02: A half-pound bag of Shan State green tea

It’s a striking land, Shan State. Just across the northern border of
Thailand lies a different world; a landscape steeped in beauty, a
people with histories worth reading.
And tea. Fine, sweet, glorious green tea. When my Burmese students took journalist and blogger Karen Coates from Rambling Spoon
to dinner last month and she asked the origin of the tea on the table.
One blurted out: “Shan State. The best tea comes from Shan State.”
People around here know this as truth.
This year, Karen is offering half a pound of green tea from Loi Mwe, an
old British hill station nearly 5,000 feet up a Shan mountain. These
are whole tea leaves, which produce a mild, smokey, flowery drink
without the slightest hint of bitterness. It is the drink of the Shan
world, served with every meal, offered to every guest. It warms the
heart on cold winter mornings. I purchased this tea myself in Shan
State, with profits going directly into local hands. [Ship worldwide]

AP03: 6 weeks of personal food and nutrition planning

Sydney-based blogger Kathryn Elliott of Limes and Lycopene
is offering everything you want to start the new year fresh and
healthy. That’s 6 weeks of online personal food and nutrition planning
and coaching worth A$290. Available anywhere – online.

AP04: Mugaritz down under: A tasting menu with matched wines for 2 people  worth $460  at the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

From Ed of Tomato…


"When I uploaded a photo of Mugaritz’s head chef Dan Hunter to Flickr somebody tagged him as cute. I don’t know whether that alone makes a visit to the Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld
in Victoria’s southern Grampians worthwhile but his food does. His food
showcases the herbs, vegetables and leaves from the hotel’s extensive
kitchen gardens matched with the wines selected by sommelier Lok
Thornton from one of the best wine cellars in the state.
I’ve eaten there twice and both times impressed. On my last visit I ate
one the of the best most aromatic truffle dishes I have ever had made
with the Tasmanian Perigord variety. His flavours are pure; squid
tastes of squid, for instance. And his presentation, as you’d expect,
is art.
A tasting menu with matched wines for 2 people is worth $460. Available
to anybody who can make the 3 hour trip from Melbourne."

AP05: Degustation with matching wines at Melbourne’s Restaurant of the Year Attica.

Attica is running hot this year
having won Restaurant of the Year and Dish of the Year in The Age Good
Food Guide Awards. New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry brings real passion
and innovation to this tiny kitchen that somehow consistently serves up
amazing food. Much of the inspiration is drawn on Shewry’s experience,
for instance a near drowning as a child or the earth. He also dives in
the bay to forage for unusual ingredients which you will find nowhere

AP06: SYDNEY: A day behind the scenes on a food styling shoot with Australian Gourmet Traveller

This is something money can’t buy and you can read how Jackie at Eating with Jack got on last year. More details from those splendidly decadent chaps at Gourmet Traveller coming soon. Available to anyone who can make the trip.

AP07: Coffee heaven and training

They drink so much Java (just so we don’t have to) that I don’t know quite how the buzzed-up bods at the Melbourne Coffee Review ever sit down to write a post. But they do and regularly. Steve Agi from the MCR is offering: 1 x Espresso Quest book by INSTAURATOR A$60. 1 x Entertainment Book (MELB) A$65. 6 x Cafe Workshop Tix (Cafe COACH) valued @ A$79 each worth a total of $474. 1 x Melbourne Coffee Review cap, limited edition.

AP08: Skin Saviour – his and hers worth A$219.90

Skin Saviour is skin
care specially formulated by a Melbourne-based naturopath from natural
plant extracts and oils for the sensitive skin-wise and planet-wise.
This prize comprises a set of the woman’s products worth A$109.95 and
the men’s worth the same – a total of nearly $220. It contains no
animal products whatsoever and no ingredients are tested on animals. It
contains, no GM products, petrochemicals, harsh soaps, hormones or
known irritants. It’s softening the skin of all-sorts from upmarket
builders to budding internet entrepreneurs. A must try. I’m hosting
this prize and it can be delivered anywhere.

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