Category: Hope

Menu for Hope 6

 P4pmain

(The full list of bid items is now up, click here to go directly there.)

Welcome to Menu for Hope 6.  Yes, it's been six years since our first little-campaign-that-could was born, banding together food and wine bloggers from all over the world to raise funds in support of worthy causes.  For the past three years we've worked with the UN World Food Programme and raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in support of their school lunch program.  This year, we're once again working with WFP, this time to highlight the Purchase for Progress


MFH6logo What is Menu for Hope?

Menu
for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by me
and a revolving
group of food bloggers around the world.  Five years ago, the
devastating tsunami
in Southeast Asia inspired me to find a way to help, and the very
first
Menu for Hope was born. The campaign has since become a yearly affair.

Each December, food bloggers from all over the world
join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related items
for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too – can participate. For every $10 donated, you earn
one virtual ticket to bid on an item of your choice. At the end
of the two-week campaign, the tickets are drawn and the results
announced on Chez Pim on Monday, January 18.

In the past three years, Menu for Hope have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help the WFP end world hunger.

Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?


Menu for Hope (for three years and counting) supports the good work of the UN World Food Programme.  WFP is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. 

In the last two campaigns, we helped support a school lunch program in Lesotho.  This year we're changing our direction a tiny bit.  We're highlighting a new initiative at the WFP called Purchase for Progress (P4P).  P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation.  P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops.  This will also help buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally.  We food bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our local farms, P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries around the world.  More on P4P at http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress

Also, in a symbolic move, we're joining the WFP's A Billion for A Billion campaign.  For the first time ever, over a billion people are chronically hungry
worldwide. There are also over a billion people who, like you and I, are in the position to help.  Taking part in the Menu for Hope raffle and you can join the billion who chose to make a difference.  Find out more about A Billion for A Billion here: http://wfp.org/1billion.  You can make a donation directly to WFP there, but if you want to join the Menu for Hope 6 raffle you'll have to play here with us.

Who collects the money?  The local hosts?  Pim?

Definitely not me.  Nor any other bloggers participating in the program.  We use a third party site called First Giving who collects the donation and send the money directly to the WFP.  No one's sending me a check or money order, and no one on the Menu for Hope team is making a dime out of this – unless you count good karma dimes, in which case we've made aplenty.  Find out more about how FirstGiving works here.

How can you help?

Browse the amazing array of delectable items offered by food and wine bloggers from all over the world.  You may also browse the bid items by region:

Europe (hosted by David Lebovitz)
Asia Pacific (hosted by Ed of Tomatom)
USA: East Coast (hosted by Helen of Tartelette)
USA: West Coast (hosted by Shauna of Gluten Free Girl)
Canada (hosted by Tara of Seven Spoons)

or if you're a wine geek you might want to head directly to see Alder at Vinography for the wine related bit items.

(The full list of worldwide raffle bid items will be up in just a little bit.  Check back here soon!) is now up!

Once you find an item or items you want, then go and make a donation to Menu for Hope 6 at First Giving.  For every $10 you donate, you may select one raffle bid item.  The more you donate, the more chances to get the item(s) you want. 

Even if you don't have much to share, don't count us out just yet.  In the past three years, over 80% of our donors gave less than $50, and in the same period we raised nearly $250K.  That's a lot of ten dollar bills from people just like you to make up nearly a quarter million!

If you don't want to indulge yourself with our delicious raffle bid items, consider donating $10 in your friend's or family's name, pick something they might like from our raffle.  Who knew, your $10 might get them the chef's Grand Tasting men with wine pairing for two at the Michelin 2-star Manresa in Los Gatos!

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Menu for Hope 6 – call for participation

 P4pmain

Yes, it's that time of year again.  We are now preparing for our annual Menu for Hope, this year it's Menu for Hope 6, or Menu for Hope VI, whichever you prefer.  I can hardly believe it's been six years that we've been at this, and our fourth year now in partnership with the UN World Food Programme.  As always, Menu for Hope cannot exist without your help, see if you can lend a hand?

Frequently Asked Questions

MFH6logo What is Menu for Hope?
Menu
for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by me
and a revolving
group of food bloggers around the world.  Five years ago, the
devastating tsunami
in Southeast Asia inspired me to find a way to help, and the very
first
Menu for Hope was born. The campaign has since become a yearly affair.  For the past three years, Menu for Hope raised nearly a quarter of
million dollars in support of the good work of the UN World Food
Programme, helping to feed hungry people worldwide.

Each December, food bloggers from all over the world
join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes
for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too – can buy
raffle tickets to bid on these prizes. For every $10 donated, you earn
one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of their choice. At the end
of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results
announced on Chez Pim.

When will this year's campaign take place?
December 14 through Christmas. 

Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?
Once again we've chosen to work with the UN World Food Programme.
WFP is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000
other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing
food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant
so that they escape hunger for good.

This
year, we are supporting a new initiative at the WFP called Purchase for
Progress (P4P).
  P4P enables
smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global
operation.  P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more
cash
directly into their pockets in return for their crops.  This will also
help buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally.  We food
bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our
local farms, P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries
around the world.  More on P4P at http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress.

Who collects the money?
Certainly
not me, nor the other bloggers participating on the campaign. We
know our readers trust us, but we also want to be completely
transparent in our fundraising. So, we use a very good online
fundraising company called FirstGiving, who has worked with us since the first Menu for Hope years ago.

Donors can make an online (tax deductible) donation with a credit card. FirstGiving
collects and processes the payments and, at the end of the campaign,
transfers the donations in one lump sum to the WFP. This is a win-win
situation for all parties involved. The bloggers never touch the money.
The WFP don't waste overheads on processing mini-donations, the
majority of which were between $10-$50, that's a whole lot of tenners to make up $90K.  Firstgiving does all the work and collects a small fee, which include the credit card processing charges.

Last year, FirstGiving gave back 1% of the total amount raised in
lieu of a discount on their processing fee. Thank you FirstGiving, we
appreciated it very much!

How can you help?

If you are a blogger:
Participate
in Menu for Hope VI by hosting a raffle prize or by promoting Menu for
Hope on your blog.  Please contact the MfH host in your area (the list
is below) to obtain a prize code and be listed on the official Menu for
Hope prize list.  (Important: please do this before you list your prize
on your blog, unrecognized prizes will not be added to the main list.) 

The prize you offer need not be of high monetary
value, but it should appeal to your readership. A small rule of thumb
we'd like to suggest is that each prize offered should have the
potential to raise at least $200. That means, don't offer a prize
unless you are pretty sure you could get at least twenty of your
readers to donate $10 for a raffle ticket toward that prize.

Please do not solicit prizes from restaurants or producers whom you
do not know. A big part of our success in prior years came from the
personal connections between bloggers, food
producers/restaurateurs/authors, and the readers who donate to the
campaign. Basically, if they know your name, it's ok. If you pick up
the phone and introduce yourself and the person at the other end of the
line goes "huh?", you shouldn't be asking them.

Each blogger is also responsible for shipping their prize to the
winning donor. Make sure you have enough in your budget to cover
shipping. It's important that you specify where your shipping area will
cover when you offer the prize.  Frankly, we prefer that you don't
restrict shipping area, but if you must, then please be very clear in
your blog post so as not to confuse our donors.

Forward this post to all other bloggers you know so they can participate too.

Here are your local hosts for this year's Menu for Hope

US: West Coast (If you are closer to SF than you are to NY then you belong here.)
Shauna of Gluten Free Girl (glutenfreegirl[at]gmail[dot]com)

US: East Coast
Helen of Tartelette (mytartelette[at]gmail[dot]com)

Europe *and* the UK
David Lebovitz (david.lebovitz[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Canada
Tara of Seven Spoons (tara[at]sevenspoons[dot]net)

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato (gastrotom[at]gmail[dot]com)

and, last but not least, our special Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography (alder[at]vinography[dot]com)

If you'd like to participate, please send your
prize information (plus two images 75×75 thumbnail and 200x200px) to
your local host so that they can give you a prize code (important!) and
more instructions on what to do for Monday.

If you are a restaurateur, author or food producers/sellers:
Consider
offering your products and services as raffle prizes. If you have a
corportate blog, you can host the prize yourself. If you don’t, find a
food blogger to host your prize. If you don't know any, contact Pim (chezpim[at]gmail[dot]com) or the local host in your area.

If you are a food blog reader or a food lover:
Come
back to Chez Pim on Monday December 14 when the campaign goes online.
You can browse our amazing array of prizes by type, or find a prize
near you by searching by region. Bid on as many prizes as you'd like.
Buy raffle tickets as holiday gifts to your loved ones. Just come back
and check us out on December 10. Help us help the WFP end world hunger.

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Menu for Hope V, raffle results

Mfh5thankyou

So here it is, the list of the lucky winners in our Menu for Hope V raffle.  This campaign raised exactly US$ 62,206.86 in support of the UN World Food Program.  Considering the economic climate we’ve found ourselves in, this is absolutely amazing.  And for this, I have all of you to thank, the generous donors who came back year after year to lend a hand, and food bloggers all over the world who have adopted this as our communal cause. But I owe a particularly huge thank you to the six local Menu for Hope hosts, Alder of Vinography, Ed of Tomato, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, Matt of MattBites, Meena of Hooked on Heat, and Sara of Ms.Adventure in Italy.  I wouldn’t have been able to pull off this campaign without their help.  Another big thank you goes to Derrick of Obsession with Food, who wrote and administered the program we use to pick the raffle winners for the past three years.

I’m sure you’re very eager to see if you’ve won anything, so I won’t hold you up any longer.  The list of winners is at the end of this post.

If you found yourself one of the very lucky winners, please contact the blogger who offered the prize or the local host for the prize if you don’t know how to contact the blogger directly.  Please make sure you use the same email address you gave us when you bid to contact them, that’s how we can make sure you’re actually you! 

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Of Last Chances and Best Odds. Also, How to Fix Your Screw-ups.

Mfh5smallToday is the last day of our Menu for Hope V.  If you haven't donated yet, this would be the time.  And if you need a little help nudging, here's the list of our fabulous prizes that will give you the best odds at winning in our raffle.  Take a quick look?  These are really wonderful prizes that have somehow gotten a little lost in our big list, so if you want them, you have really good odds at getting them.  $10 a pop, as usual, and we will thank you, the WFP will thank you, and the kids and farmers in Lesotho will really thank you!

(By the way, I've been answering emails from donors who made a mistake in the donation form and either didn't tell us which prize they want or gave us the wrong prize number.  No worries, we can fix it easily.  Email your problems to support@firstgiving.com and we'll get it all straight for you.)

UW09 Blogher '09 conference pass
UW35 Rancho Gordo gift basket
UW17 "I Wanna Be A Food Writer" Package
UW41 two tickets to the Lexus Grand Tasting, the finale event at Pebble Beach Food & Wine
UW31 Three Cookbooks from Ten Speed Press
UW29 Gourmet Gift Basket
UW06 Popcorn Gift Set
UW42 Barrel Tasting & Vineyard Tour at Windy Oaks
UW39 Autographed book by Amy Goldman

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a few more great prizes and the final days of Menu for Hope V

Mfh5smallMenu for Hope has quietly crept up to over $47K now, with just under three more days to go.  I am blown away and also ever-so-humbled by the generosity of everyone even in times like these. 

We have four more prizes to add to the West Coast and Wine blog list today.  I think these are fantastic prizes that should be enough to entice more of you to donate $10 or $20 (or another $10 if you've already given) to help us help the WFP this year.  These prize entries might be late, but they are really favorite

UW40: Dinner for two with wine pairings at Michelin-2-star Coi in San Francisco

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My friend the talented chef (and also a contributor to the NY Times Food Section) Daniel Patterson will treat a lucky winner of this Menu for Hope prize (plus her/his even luckier friend) to a scrumptious tasting menu at Daniel's two Michelin stars restaurant Coi in San Francisco.  The post dinner sojourn next door is on you, however – wink, wink.  If you've never been to Coi, this is your chance to try.  I know I'm biased, Daniel and his gorgeous wife Alexandra are very dear friends of ours, but I'm telling you, Coi is the most exciting restaurant in San Francisco–there is nowhere else I'd rather eat at the moment.  Drop a tenner and try your chance?

UW42 Barrel Tasting & Vineyard Tour at Windy Oaks

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Windy Oaks Estate Winery and Vineyards is located at the southern, coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, 1,000 feet up on a ridge overlooking the Monterey Bay.  They also happens to be one of my favorite wine makers, not locally but anywhere.  They make delicate, elegant wines with judicious use of oak and fruit.  Just delicious, delicious stuff that's also very food-friendly.  They are offerring to host a private cheese and barrel tasting of their award-winning, highly rated estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, for 8 people.  Judy & Jim Schultze, the proprietors and winemakers, will lead the tour and provide the barrel tasting.  The afternoon will consist of a walking tour of the beautiful 15-acre vineyard, with wine tasting on the ridge overlooking the Monterey Bay.  Artisanal cheeses and local breads to complement the wines will accompany the sample tasting.   After the walk, you will return to the winery, nestled in the redwoods, and taste from our unreleased vintages still in their French oak barrels. Jim, the master winemaker, will explain his Burgundian style, innovative all-gravity winemaking techniques, from harvest and crush, through to barrel aging.  The event will last approximately 2 hours.  This is a perfect event for anyone who is interested in how premier grapes are grown, and artisan wine is made, in a small family estate vineyard and winery.

UW41: two tickets to the Lexus Grand Tasting, the finale event at Pebble Beach Food & Wine

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Sunday's Lexus Grand Tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the
final event of this sure-to-be fantastic weekend.  The impressive chef line-ups include Traci Des Jardin of Jardiniere in
San Francisco; Bill Corbett, Pastry Chef at Restaurant Michael Mina in San
Francisco; Michael Mina; David Myers
of Sona in Los Angeles; Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco; and
Michel Richard of Citronelle in Washington DC.  Enjoy over 300 wines
from 200 of the world's most prestigious wineries.  There will
also be opportunities for book signings and photo sessions with some of the
weekend's chefs.  I look forward to be at the event and hopefully meet the lucky winners of this prize!

UW35 Rancho Gordo gift set

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Our good friend the rancho gordo Steve himself offer this prize, which includes a selection of his world-renown beans plus his fantabulous new book, Heirloom Beans.  He's promised to sign it for you too, in the most elaborate Rancho Gordo manner, even.

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