(Raffle is extended through the weekend.)
Friday is the final day of our Menu for Hope 4. We beat our last year's record with a whole day more to go, and now let's see how far we can really run!
To nudge you over to our donation page to finally give and make your raffle choices, I've decided to give in to popular demands and show you the odds for each prize. Consider this a tip sheet before you bet on the races. ;-)
I'm not going to give you exact odds, mind you, because those numbers will be inaccurate as soon as I publish this post. What I can do is to break the prizes down to a few categories, as follow..
These are great prizes that for some reason or another have been overlooked. Some of these have odds as great as 1 in 2 chances of winning. Get your raffle tickets in for these prizes if you really want to win.
These are great prizes that have a number of bidders, but are still pretty good odds to win. Time for you to throw your hat in the ring!
These are popular prizes that have got a lot of raffle bids already. Chances are you're not going to win, but that doesn't mean you can't take your chances at them!
These are prizes that are extremely hot, and so the odds of you winning are tiny. But the prizes are so great - some of them once in a lifetime chances - that you might as well throw a raffle ticket in and pray for your life! Who knows, it only takes one ticket to win!
Great prizes that have been sadly overlooked. Play these to win!
||A pretty vintage print advertising Beurre de Normandie from Lucy's kitchen notebook *Pim's pick!
||Pascale latest cookbook and a microplane grater from C'est moi qui l'ai fait *Pim's pick!
||Green tea and chestnut loaf cake, yuzu loaf cake and Gruyère bricelets from sooishi *Pim's pick!
||Teatime at La Cocotte from RKhooks
||A selection of my favourite sablés which I learnt to make at Pierre Hermé from Fanny of Foodbeam *Pim's pick!
||Paris food seminar walk for two from Context Travel
||Vintage Gourmet vegetarian food for carnivores cookbook, and a
gorgeous Christmas box with one of Sandra's homemade jam from Un tocco di zenzero
||Duchy original cookbook + one print of Meeta's pictures from What's for lunch honey?
||A signed copy of Clea's last book "Quinoa" from Cléa cuisine
||Win a box of delicious "coquettines" the speciality of La Cocotte, the tastiest bookshop in Paris from RKhooks *Pim's pick!
||Lunch at Lenotre in Cannes from La vie en English
||A lovely food tour of Lyon and a basket full of homemade chocolaty goodies from Chocolat & caetera
||Homemade banana-chocolate confiture [jam] and a lovely hot chocolate with Marion at Jean Paul Hévin, from Il en faut peu pour
||Signed copy of Mercotte's cookbook + two other cookbooks La Cuisine de Mercotte|
||Modern Indian Cooking by Hari Nayak and Vikas Khanna AUTOGRAPHED from Jugabandi Blog
||A special cookie recipe from KitchenMage
||2006 Westrey Wine Company "Willamette Valley" Pinot Noir and the 2005 Crowley Wines "Entre Nous" Pinot Noir, courtesy of
Wine Guy World
||Heirloom Tomato Cookbook (plus a selection of 10 varieties of heirloom tomato seeds from my library of more 200 varieties!) from House of Annie *Pim's pick!
||Gift basket of Gifts for Foodies from Fresh Approach Cooking
||Coffee, Cake, and Mug Gift Set from Cucina Nicolina *Pim's pick!
||"Drink of the Week" Cocktail Notecards from Married...with Dinner|
||One-year subscription to Vogue Entertaining & Travel (valued at AU$53.70) from Food Lovers' Journey
||AU$100 gift voucher from the Prince Wine Store in Victoria, Australia from At My Table
||Nigella Lawson Kitchen Utensils set in cream worth AU$160 from Not Quite Nigella
||Nine bottles of chemical-free stout made at Barleycorn Brewers in Melbourne from Tomato
||6kg box of Gourmet Terra Rossa Beef Burgers (valued at AU$60) from The Foodologist
||6kg box of Gourmet Terra Rossa Beef Burgers (valued at AU$60) from The Foodologist
||One night accommodation at Be Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia (valued at US$150) from Gut Feelings
||Cocoa, vanilla bean and porcini risotto pack (valued at AU$80) from Imbi n Itchy
||1 bottle of 18-year-old Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky Gold Signature (valued at US$95) from Gut Feelings
||The entire range of handmade shortbreads from The Biscuit Tree (valued at AU$42) from Chocolatesuze
||12 bottles of 42 Below Vodka (valued at 12,000 baht) from Gut Feelings
||6 bottles of 42 Below Seven Tiki Rum (valued at 6000 baht) from Gut Feelings
||Dinner for two at Bed Supperclub in Bangkok, Thailand (valued at 3500 baht) from Gut Feelings
||All of the advertising on LastAppetite.com for one month (valued at US$350) from The Last Appetite|
||Special Tuesday night Chef's table degustation dinner for two
people with wine at Attica, Melbourne (valued at AU$200, valid on
Tuesdays only) from Tomato
||$200 dinner voucher for two people to Ocean Room, Sydney from Grab Your Fork
||RM500 dining voucher from Elcerdo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Babe in the City - KL
||An eating tour of Bangkok with Austin Bush, Thai food expert and
Lonely Planet writer plus a copy of the latest edition of Lonely Planet
Bangkok Guide (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings
||Review with Stephen Downes, one of Australia's most experienced restaurant critics (Melbourne) from Tomato
||6-week online diet makeover (valued at AU$295) from Limes & Lycopene
||A bag of the world's hottest chillies, homegrown in Nagaland, India from Rambling Spoon *Pim's pick!
||500g of organic white peppercorns homegrown by Wena's Granny from Mum-Mum *Pim's pick!|
||espresso maker and 4 lbs coffee, grinder, and t-shirt from The Blissful Glutton *Pim's pick!
||8 oz. hand-crafted pancetta from Seriously Good
||Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts, Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy by Ammini Ramachandran from Indian Food Rocks
||Homemade cheesecake made for you by Jennifer from Bake or Break
||Collection of 12 vintage cookbooks from Cooking Vintage *Pim's pick!
||Autographed copy of the new full-color cookbook, My Sweet Vegan
by Hannah Kaminsky from Bittersweet Blog
||Facsimile Copy of only known of cookbook by the first African American published in the 19th century from Ahaar *Pim's pick!
||Guide to good Parmesan by Ari Weinzweig from Ahaar
||Handmade bead necklace and matching earrings from Indian Food Rocks
||Autographed copy of Anthony Bourdain Book (five prizes
UC24, UC31, UC32, UC33 and UC34) from Moveable Feast *Pim's pick!
||Hot Doug's celebrity sausage from Moveable Feast
||Six months subscription to Chef-on-Call service from Chefsline.com|
These are great prizes that have a number of
bidders, but are still pretty good odds to win. Time for you to throw
your hats in the ring!
UE46 $100 certificate to D'Artagnan, from D'Artagnan via Serious Eats *Pim's pick!
||Tasting Menu for 2
prepared especially for you by chef Stephen Harris at the Sportsman in
Seasalter, Kent, plus a personal tour of local farms and markets
supplying the kitchen via Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||Dinner for Two at Patterson's restaurant in London from Yumchia
||Companion spot on a review dinner with Jay Rayner, from Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||An original watercolour painting from My French Kitchen
||Le Creuset mini-cocotte (colour: flame/red) from My Cooking Hut
||Mexican goodie hamper from Xochitl Cooks
||Meal for two at 1802 restaurant in London's historic Docklands, via Cooksister!
||The National Association of Indian Women Cookbook from Quick Indian Cooking
||Private wine tasting in London (worth £80) from Food Glorious Food
||Another San Lorenzo Hamper, with specialties from San Lorenzo, Italy, from Kitchen Pantry (UK only)
||One day stage and dinner at Bacchus with Nuno Mendes from Food and Drink in London
||A pair of Irish cookbooks from Eat Like a Girl
||Custom designed wedding cake (worth £600 pounds) from Vanielje Kitchen
||Foodie tour of London from Eat the Right Stuff|
||Sophie latest cookbook: La table du the from Chez ptipois *Pim's pick!
||fun gourmet bag from koken & zo *Pim's pick!
||Foodie week end with French girl Fanny of Foodbeam
||Very Swedish: a great cookbook, Swedish bread, spices, candy and a hand-made heart-shaped potholder from Anne's food *Pim's pick!
||A big box of Swiss chocolates from just Hungry
||Edible Paris custom food itinerary from Rosa Jackson
||Gastronomic tour of Barcelona with Silly Disciple From Adventures of the Silly Disciple *Pim's pick!
||San Lorenzo Hamper, with specialties from San Lorenzo, Italy, from Il Bog di San Lorenzo (Europe only)
||Dinner with the blogger Sigrid of Il cavoletto di Bruxelles in Roma
||Pierre Herme's latest cookbook: Confidences sucrées from La ciliegina sulla torta
||Cooking lesson in northern Umbria for one, from Think on it
||Autographed copy of Dorie's latest book, Baking from My Home to Yours from Dorie Greenspan
||Win the chance to name a lovely baby goat from foodbeam|
||Rancho Gordo's special Menu for Hope Sampler from Rancho Gordo *Pim's pick!
||100 gift voucher to spend at The Fatted Calf's new Napa store from Becks and Posh *Pim's pick!
||Create your own Gelato Dream Flavor from Gelateria Naia
||Theo Chocolate Extravaganza! from Cook & Eat
||an Upside Down Tomato Garden, courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer from Fresh Approach Cooking
||Chris Cosentino (of The Next Iron Chef and Incanto) will take you to lunch on delectable bits at his
favorite secret offal restaurant in San Francisco, plus a Lips and
Assholes t-shirt from Offal Good *Pim's pick!
||A Hand Selected assortment of Fra' Mani Salumi, hosted by
Potential Gold, expertly chosen by Curemaster and Chef Paul Bertolli
from Potential Gold *Pim's pick!
||NapaStyle salt box with five salts from Rainy days and sundays
||A full set of chemical powder and whatnots - from meat glue to
gellan gum and everything in between for the avant-garde cooks from Le
Sanctuaire, via Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||Three-day conference pass for Blogher's 2008 Summer conference in San Francisco, courtesy of Blogher, from Kalyn's Kitchen
||$100 Gift Certificate to Chuao Chocolatier from Candy Blog *Pim's pick!
||Your choice of three cookbooks from Ten Speed Press, from the Bunrab
||Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long from Jugabandi Blog
||Cozy Comforts, cookbooks, drinks, and chocolates to warm you on cold days from Cooking with Amy
||dinner for two at Camaje restaurant in New York City from Fresh Approach Cooking
||I Wanna Be a Food Writer prize package from Blog Appetit
||A full year's subscription to Gastronomica, can be shipped anywhere in the world *Pim's pick!
||Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska AUTOGRAPHED from Tastes Like Home
||Seattle Chef Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen, Tom's Big Dinners, I Love Crab Cakes AUTOGRAPHED, from Wild Yeast
||Custom Mixology Service from Married...with Dinner
||Boccalone Boar Sacchetto of artisan salumi from the Bunrab|
||Six Pack of Quixote Wine from Simply Recipes
||Epic Vineyard Photography From Michael Regnier from Vinography *Pim's pick!
||A Romantic Getaway for Long Island Wine Lovers from Lenndevours
||Cima Collina Precious Pinot from Cima Collina
||Sommelier Services for the Night near Philadelphia, NY, or DC from McDuff's Food and Wine Trail
||San Francisco East Bay Wine Sampler from Blind Muscat's Cellarbook
||Labor of Love, a day in the vineyard in the South of France from La Gramiere *Pim's pick!
||Fine Art Print from Vsur
||Make Custom Wine at Sonoma Grapemasters from Segue Cellars
||P.S. I Love You from Juicy Tales
||Mark Marino California Wine Tour from Winery_Times
||A Year subscription to The World of Fine Wine (value US$800) and Claude Kolm's The Fine Wine Review via Vinography *Pim's pick!
||A Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Sampler from Purple Liquid
||Private Wine Blending Session from Crushpad Winery
||Mixed Case of Owl Ridge and Willowbrook Wines from Vinography|
||Logo design and development by a professional graphic designer (valued at AU$500) from Spicy Icecream
||Weekend stay at a holiday house in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, VIC (valued at AU$500) from A Goddess in the Kitchen
||Jar of homemade chocolate chip cookies from Babe in the City - KL
||Wild Jungle Honey Collecting Tour with Angkor Conservation Centre
for Biodiversity Sustainable Bee Program (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings *Pim's pick!
||Gourmet chef's hamper from Kochi, Japan from Obachan's Kitchen & Balcony Garden *Pim's pick!
||Cookbook set: "Sharing Plates" by Jared Ingersoll and "A Year in My Kitchen" by Skye Gyngell (valued at AU$85) from Stone Soup
||One night accommodation in a Deluxe Room at Hotel De La Paix, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia (valued at US$235) from Gut Feelings *
||One night accommodation at hip hotel Dream Bangkok, Thailand (valued at US$280+) from Gut Feelings
||Market Tour and Cooking Class with Joannes Riviere, Khmer food
expert and author of La Cuisine du Cambodge avec les apprentis de Sala
Bai (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings
||10 dinner set vouchers at Zuup Soup Bar at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (valued at RM180) from Babe in the City - KL
||A day behind-the-scenes with cake and gateaux company Big Boys Oven & Kitchen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Big Boys Oven|
||Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine and David Lebovitz's 'The Perfect Scoop' from Sassy Radish *Pim's pick!
||A Box of Cookies Homemade by Deb at Smitten Kitchen *Pim's pick!
||La Quercia Prosciutto Gift Basket from Cookthink
||Admission for 2 to a Cravings Event from Cravings
||A Homesick Texan Care Package of Texas Foods, from the Homesick Texan
||1 Ounce of Saffron Threads, from Jaden's Steamy Kitchen
||six fine jams from A Cooking Life *Pim's pick!
||Assortment of 32 Hand-Crafted, Homemade Chocolate Truffles from Food Rockz
||Culinary Tour of Providence, R.I.'s Federal Hill Neighborhood from The Perfect Pantry
||Deb's Homemade Tomato Sauce + Fig and Ginger Preserves from England from A Quiet Country Life
||Su Good Sweets Homemade Nut Butters from Su Good Eats
||1 Tray of 48 MadMac Macarons from Serge the Concierge *Pim's pick!
||Autographed Copies of 'The Amateur Gourmet' + Homemade Pastries from the Amateur Gourmet *Pim's pick!
||Private Cooking Class for 2 from Habeas Brulee
||Two-Class Gift Certificate for the Wine School of Philadelphia from PhilaFoodie
||'Veganomicon' Cookbook + 6-Pack of Raw, Organic Agave Nectar from Altered Plates
||'1080 Recipes' by Simone and Ines Ortega from Brandon Eats
||A Day of Breadmaking with Breadchick at the Sour Dough
||Two Loaves Fresh-Baked Homemade Bread from Breadchick at the Sour Dough
||Autographed Copy of 'The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook' from Cookthink
||Box of 9 LA Burdick Chocolate Mice from The Sour Dough
||Autographed Copy of Barbara Kafka's 'Vegetable Love' from Cookthink
||10 Mini Chocolate Bars and a $50 Gift Certificate to Mon Aimee Chocolat from Chocolate in Context
||Tin of Buttercrunch and Seasonal Sweets Subscription from Roni-Sue's Chocolates from Serious Eats
||Valentine's Day Edible Chocolate Box from Charles Chocolates from Serge the Concierge|
These are popular prizes that have got a lot of raffle bids already. Chances are you're not going to win, but you might still want to give it a try!
||Kitchen Aid stand mixer with ice cream attachment + David's latest cookbook from David Lebovitz *Pim's pick!
||One of Kate much loved and precious hand-thrown Cassoulet pots from Camp Cassoulet from Kate Hill: A French kitchen adventure *Pim's pick!
||Bento Maker's Starter Box from Just Bento
||5 day COOKING WITH FIRE workshop in the the heart of Chianti with
Judy Witts Francini of Divina Cucina in Italy along with Kate Hill of
French Kitchen Adventures from Divina cucina *Pim's pick!
||A special irresistible baking collection for all Moomin lovers!, from A cat in the kitchen
||A signed copy of Clotilde's upcoming book on Paris: "Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris." from Chocolate and Zucchini
||Paris Market Tour and Lunch for Two from umami
||Two tickets to Madrid Fusion, worth 1,200 euros! from Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||"Artigianale Basket" of Italian artisan goodies from Ms adventures in Italy|
||Lunch with Harold McGee, from Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||Apple iPhone 8GB (US shipment only) from Sunday Nite Dinner
||Best of the Ferry Building" Gift Basket from Married...with Dinner
autographed copy of Gluten-Free Girl, as well as a big care package of
homemade, gluten-free baked goods from Shauna and the chef at Guten-Free Girl *Pim's pick!
||"A Deluxe Boxed Assortment of chocolates" from Charles Chocolates of Emeryville, California from Dessert First
||Bento lunch starter kit and tour of San Francisco's Japantown from Lunch in a Box|
||Global 7-piece Synergy knife block set (valued at AU$610) from Grab Your Fork
||Degustation dinner for two with matching wines at Interlude, Melbourne (valued at $AU400) from At My Table|
A collection of 13 Celebrity Chef Cookbooks Food for Thought
||1 1/2 quart white Cuisinart automatic ice cream maker and
David Lebovitz's new book of delectable ice cream recipes, The Perfect
Scoop, from Bon Appegeek
||Four Indian cookbooks with spice tin, spices, Indian teas, and assorted dals from Tigers and Strawberries *Pim's pick!
||All-Clad MasterChef2 (MC2) 6 QT Saute Pot with Lid and Loop from Cincinnati Locavore|
These are prizes that are extremely hot,
and so the odds of you winning are tiny. But the prizes are so great -
some of them once in a lifetime chances - that you might as well throw
a raffle ticket in and pray for your life! Who knows, it only takes
one ticket to win!
||A personal tour of elBulli kitchen laboratory at the new Alícia Institute, from Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||Kitchen Aid stand mixer with ice cream attachment + David's latest cookbook from David Lebovitz *Pim's pick!
||Lunch for two at the Michelin 3 star l'Arpège in Paris courtesy of Alain Passard, via Chez Pim *Pim's pick! |
Lunch with Harold McGee, from Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||Dinner for 2 with wine pairing and a private tour of Manresa biodynamic garden with the chef, David Kinch from Chez Pim *Pim's pick!
||Contigo Conmigo: 4-course dinner for 8 at Contigo chef Brett
Emerson's house in San Francisco during the winter/spring from In Praise of Sardines *Pim's pick! (Update: now not only that Brett will cook for you, but Alder will do the wine and Shuna the desserts!)
||Very special package of English Afternoon Tea from June Taylor and Sam Breach at Becks and Posh *Pim's pick!|
||Private, LIVE Episode of Wine Library TV from Wine Library TV
||Wine Vacation at Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley from Vinography|
AP02 $300 dining voucher to Perama, Sydney from Grab Your Fork
||Dinner for 2 at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, from Adam at Amateur Gourmet *Pim's pick!
||A Fully Loaded Bookshelf of Cookbooks (Minus the Shelf) from Serious Eats
||Personalized Copy of Michael Ruhlman's 'The Elements of Cooking' from Ruhlman.com *Pim's pick!|
||A unique package from
Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of Alinea, including two early proofs -
framing quality prints - of the Alinea book's recipe pages, one copy of
signed, limited edition book (on
release in Fall '08), and early access to the Alinea Mosaic site in May
'08, via Chez Pim *Pim's pick!|
Now that you've decided on your prizes and your odds, go and donate!
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
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
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.
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!