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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Are you behind on your Christmas shopping list? Give them hope!

Mfh4roundedsmallWe are getting so close to 50K I can smell it! It's pretty clear now that we will beat our last year's record before the campaign ends at the end of the week, but by how much, that's for YOU to decide.

We have so many great prizes on our Menu for Hope this year that some of them haven't enjoyed as much attention as they deserve. That means, my friends, you've got really good odds at getting those wonderful prizes with your $10 raffle ticket.

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If you're running behind, why not consider getting some on your list Menu for Hope raffle tickets instead of a present? They can feel good about helping the hungry, and they might even win something. It's great all around.

My Europe host Fanny at Foodbeam has put up a list of her favorite prizes on her blog, while Adam over in New York showed you the under-appreciated prizes his East Coast list. Jeanne and Johanna in London also has one. Check them out.

*New: also some good odds from our Canadian host Jennifer at Domestic Goddess.

Here are a few lovely ones that are still waiting for you!

If you want to learn to cook Indian food, here are two prizes (UK29, UK23) of Indian cookbooks with spice kits that will get you on your way!

What about Paella? You can start with the Paella making kit from from Ambrosia and Nectar (UK06).

Heading to Paris? You can go on walking tour with Context Travel (EU22) or drop by for a teatime at La Cocotte (EU08). If you can't make it, you can get a box of delicious Coquettine (EU09) or Sablé that Fanny learnt how to make at Pierre Hermé (EU10) so you can be magically transport to Paris on your next teatime at home.

Have you ever tried Blue Bottle coffee? That's my favorite coffe roaster, whose beans wake me up practically every morning. Here's a chance for you to try it yourself, from Cucina Nicolina, Blue Bottle coffee, a mug, and even a homemade cake to go with it (UW35).

If you ever want to try your hands at wine making, the private blending session at Crushpad Winery can still be yours! (WB18)

If Thailand and Southeast Asia is in your cards next year, there's a whole host of new prizes from Gut Feelings, including free meals, hotels, and food walking tours in Bangkok and Cambodia still up for grabs. Check them all out at Gut Feelings.

There are also a tons of autographed cookbooks that still have very good odds as well, like the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook from Cookthink (UE38), or Red, White, and Drunk All Over' by Natalie McLean (UE44), or so many copies of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach" (UC24, UC31, UC32, UC33, UC 34: five prizes).

Go and check the whole list of Menu for Hope prizes and donate today!

Here's the link to the comprehensive list of prizes, or you can browse by region by visiting these blogs..

UK: The Passionate Cook and Cooksister!
Europe: Food Beam
US: West Coast: Rasa Malaysia
US: East Coast: Serious Eats
US: Central: Kalyn's Kitchen
Canada: The Domestic Goddess
Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand: Grab Your Fork

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

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To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle

Here's what you need to do:

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope above

2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which prize you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code.

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 - 2xEU01, 3xEU02.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

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Check back on Chez Pim on Wednesday, January 9 for the results of the raffle.

Thanks for your participation, and good luck in the raffle!


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