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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Menu for Hope V: master list of raffle prizes

Updated with new prizes!

UW01: Master Food Styling Class II Workshop, January 31 & Feb 1, 2009, Los Angeles, California.

Uw01_2 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

Uw04 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.

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UW05: Cuisinart ICE-50 Ice Cream Maker

Uw05 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 switch.

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.

UW06: Popcorn Gift Set 

Uw06 From Lara Ferroni of Cook & Eat.  Here's what Lara says: When I found out I was taking photos for a book on cookbook entirely based on popcorn, I was a little stunned. I tried to think of even 10 recipes, and came up short. But after shooting over 20 different recipes for this popcorn book (which contains over 60 recipes), not only was I not sick of popcorn, I had an entirely new appreciation for the treat. Here are a few ideas: popcorn s'mores! popcorn bananas foster!  Gorgonzola and Green Onion! Popcorn Shrimp with popcorn in the batter! I've pulled together this simple popcorn package to let you share in some my new discoveries.  This kit includes:  16 oz. of premium white popcorn 1 oz. asiago and cracked black pepper seasoning 1.6 oz. tangy dill and garden herb seasoning 1.8 oz. sweet and salty kettle corn seasoning a small jar of my homemade zhatar mix 4 oz. grapeseed oil sprizter 8.45 oz Urbani White Truffle Oil A copy of Popcorn One large bright red popcorn bowl

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

Uw08 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

Uw09 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

Uw10 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. 

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UW11: Hello Kitty & Berries Bento Box With Tour!

Uw11 From Biggie of Lunch in a Box
Hello 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.

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UW12: Pokemon & Berries Bento Box Kit with Tour!

Uw12 Also from Biggie at Lunch in a Box
Pokemon & 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

Uw13 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

Uw14 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.

UW15: Mixed Salumi from Fra'Mani

Uw15_3 Ore of PotentialGold.com is offering an assortment of delicious Fra' Mani Salumi hand chosen by Paul Bertolli.  Included will be an assortment of salami as well as Fra' Mani's Cooked Sausages.  Shipping is included within the continental US (no PO Boxes).

UW17: I Wanna Be A Food Writer Package 

Uw17 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, too.

UW16: a coffee package from San Francisco

Uw16 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

Uw18 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 12x18" Original Nature Photograph, matted and signed by photographer

Uw22_2 From Jennifer Yu of jenyu.net
One 12x18 inch original nature photograph (all in Colorado) matted to 18x24 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.

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

Uw19 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!

Uw20 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.

Uw21 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. 

UW23: BonBonBar Tower of handmade candy bars, caramels, and marshmallows

Uw23 From Nina of Sweet Napa, 3 Caramel Nut Candy Bars, 3 Malt Candy Bars, 3 Orange Candy Bars, 3 Single Malt Scotch Candy Bars, 12 Vanilla Marshmallows, 12 Passionfruit Marshmallows 1 Container of Hot Chocolate Mix -  Everything is made by hand with organic and local ingredients whenever possible.

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UW24: Scharffen Berger Chocolate Gift Package

Uw24 From Chuck of SundayNiteDinner.com, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Gift Package - 5 pounds of petit baking squares (winner gets to choose between semisweet, bittersweet and unsweetened) - The Essence of Chocolate cookbook - An (extra) bitter t-shirt

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Uw25 UW25: One 1.5 liter bottle of  1999 Cos d'Estournel and one 1.5 liter bottle of Pichon Lalande. Both Bordeaux

From My super and amazing pal Leah at SpicySaltySweet and the fine folks at K&L Wine Merchants.

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UW27: One rack of free range Colorado grown lamb produced by Double Ewe of Cimarron, Colorado

From Dallas of Diaries of a MODman, O.K, one full rack of Colorado grown lamb.  It is produced by Double Ewe of Cimarron, Colorado.  The lamb is not just free range lamb, it is open range lamb.  They feed during the summers up in the Colorado mountains in some of the most fertile, beautiful meadows you have ever seen.  The ranchers are strictly opposed to any genetic alteration.  The only way to get better lamb is to buy 5 acres in the mountains and raise your own lamb.

UW28: Dinner with Clare of Rainy Days & Sundays at Chateau Marmont 

Uw28 Clare of Rainy Days & Sundays is offering a dinner with her at the famed Chateau Marmont Hotel restaurant in West Hollywood. Chef Carolynn Spence (formerly of Spotted Pig in NYC) will create an incredible tasting menu for us - with wine pairings.  The winner may choose the date/time for whenever you'd like.  You will meet the chef and sommelier as well.  Transport to LA not included, of course.

Included in the dinner will be a box of treats created by yours truly, that you can take home with you.

UW29: Gourmet Gift Basket

Uw29 From Jenny of Foray Into Food, a wonderful fourmet gift basket! includes chutney, marmalade, spicy peanuts, tasty shortbread, delicious caramels and much more, delivered anywhere in the mainland USA. I'd eat the contents in like 8 minutes, no doubt about that.

UW30: Pork! Pork! Pork! 

Uw30 From Hobson's Choice of No Choice At All, 5 lbs. of pancetta and 3 lbs. of lardo (a.k.a. "Iowa White") from La Quercia in Iowa. Of course, this being such a special fundraiser, we had to offer up "special" pork. La Quercia, with the help of Becker Lane Organic Farm in Dyersville, IA (where Field of Dreams was filmed), has raised a limited number of organic, heirloom, Berkshire hogs on an acorn diet.  The Berkshire breed is already widely renowned for its silky meat and generous, flavorful fat, but when these pigs are treated to an acorn diet, the result is a truly heavenly hog-eating experience. This is a centuries-old tradition that echos that of the highly prized Iberico Bellota in Spain. The taste is sublime and unlike anything you've ever tried.  This is one prize that is almost impossible to find anywhere but the country's best restaurants. (NOTE: Prize will not be available until April, products are still in the process of being cured.)  SHIPPING LIMITED TO UNITED STATES LOWER 48

UW31: Three Cookbooks from Ten Speed Press 

Uw31 From Chubby at Bunrab. This is amazing and a great treat for the book lover. Bid on three cookbooks from Ten Speed Press: The Great Book of Chocolate, A 16 Food + Wine and Mustards. This is a package deal and the three books will arrive to one US Address.

UW32: 8 Rib Eye steaks from Oliver Ranch Company 

Uw32 From Todd & Diane of White On Rice, eight piece steak pack of large, Rib Eye steaks from The Oliver Ranch  Company!(a $239 value).  If you love beef, GREAT beef, GRASS FED beef, SUSTAINABLE beef, ARTISANAL beef from ethical & conscientious ranchers, this is the prize for you. All the grass fed beef from The Oliver Ranch Company meet these quality standards: “Traceable from farm to fork, no added growth hormones, no preventative antibiotics, 100% vegetable based diet, gentle handling techniques”. 

Your Artisan Steak Tasting kid will include eight large Rib-Eye steaks, two each from four artisan ranches, each specializing in a different breed, region, diet, and aging technique:      
* Dry-Aged Charolais-Cross, Front Range Region, CO, Elliott & Ferris Family Ranches    
* Dry-Aged 100% Black Angus, Russell Country, MT, N-Bar Ranch, Dave Workman    
* Wet-Aged Holstein-Friesian, Imperial Valley, CA, 3 Brand Cattle Company, Bob Beechinor    
* Wet-Aged Wagyu-Angus Cross, Select Kobe Beef America Ranches, directed by R.L. Freeborn

UW36: Wild Game Charcuterie 

Uw36 From Hank of Honest Food.  Check out what Hank says..."Wild game charcuterie. Yep. I will make the winner a gift basket of yummy sausage-y things that I have hunted myself. My plan is to offer the winner the following:      
* Canada Goose “prosciutto”    
* Wild Boar lonzino, which is air-cured pork loin (pictured above)    
* Wild duck salami, done as a soppresata    
* 2-3 pounds of fresh wild boar sausages, done to order — that’s right, you get to pick what kind I make. 

I'm pretty sure I don’t need to tell you that there is nowhere else in America you can get this deal. You cannot buy true wild game — it’s illegal. The only way to get your hands on charcuterie like this is to know a hunter who can make salami: That’d be me." 

UW39:  Autographed book by Amy Goldman   

Uw39 Courtesy of Nathan of House of Annie Food Blog.  "Heirloom Tomato" by Amy Goldman is an encyclopedia of information on hundreds of varieties of (you guessed it) heirloom tomatoes. But beyond just information and recipes, this book features the delicious photographic artwork of Victor Schrager.  IN ADDITION to the book, Annie will help the winner choose seeds of 10 varieties of tomatoes out of Annie's library of over 200 heirloom tomatoes. Annie will mail seed packets of these varieties out to the winner along with the cookbook in January.  But wait! There's more! If the winner of the book is in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will deliver 10 starts of heirloom tomato plants, ready for planting, in late April or early May; or they can come to the House of Annie in San Jose in late August or early September to collect a basket of ripe tomatoes from our organic garden.

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

Uw40 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

Uw42 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

Uw41_2 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

Uw35 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.

UE01: New West Knifeworks Knife of Your Choice

Ue01_2 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

Ue03 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

Ue04 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

Ue05 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)

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UE06: A Day of Breadmaking with Breadchick

Ue06_2 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

Ue07 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

Ue08 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.

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UE09: Cupcake Lollapalooza

Ue09 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

Ue10 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

Ue11 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

Ue12 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 experience. 

UE13:A Judge Seat at an Upcoming Chili Takedown

Ue13_2 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

Ue14 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

Bossam200 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

Gourmetcookbookclub200 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

Ue17 The 'Studio Collection' Box by Chocolatier Oliver Kita (Retail Value $40) 16 Deliciously creative sweets from Serge the Concierge.

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UE18: Dinner Cooking Party at Create a Cook

Ue18 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

Ue19 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.

UE20: Hand-crafted Marshmallows and Barefoot Contessa autographed cookbook

Ue20 From Foodie Tot. An autographed copy of the Barefoot Contessa’s newest book, Back to Basics, and a dozen hand-crafted marshmallows (flavor to be determined) from the Diary Godmother (www.thedairygodmother.com) in Alexandria, Virginia. (Continental US only)

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UE21: Le Creuset 5 1/2-quart Dutch Oven

Ue21 From Cora Cooks. Le Creuset 5 1/2-quart Dutch Oven in beautiful Lemongrass color. Heavy enameled cast iron, round, covered, perfect for any cooking task – soup, stew, roast, sauce, casserole. Even cooking with any heat source.  Good for oven, stove, refrigerator, freezer, table. Virtually non-stick surface and easy to clean, even in the dishwasher. Ship to Continenal U.S. only!

UE22: Three Marilyn’s Nut Butters

Ue22From Marilyn’s Nut Butters and hosted by Serge The Concierge, unique nut butters for grown-ups! The sweet and/or savory blends of roasted, high-quality organic nuts and seasonings combine to make perfect  spreads, dips, and marinades for any occasion. Choose from combinations like Cinnamon Walnut Pecan, Spicy-hot Pecan, Hazelnut Walnut Chai, Walnut Cashew, and Hazelnut Almond. The winner can select her or his desired flavor(s) from the 5 offered.

UE23: The Big, Bad Bakers’ Bundle

Ue23 From Miss Ginsu. One copy of “Home Baking” by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid (universally loved as an excellent baker’s guide with gorgeous
photography); One proofing basket (for your soon-to-be masterpieces); Three totally cute tea towels</strong> (always helpful… and did I
mention cute?); And… a supercool “Bring the Pain” tote bag (which will make you endlessly envied)

UE25, UE26: Set of 3 RuMe Reusable Grocery Bags (two prizes)

Ue25 Deb of Smitten Kitchen is teaming up with the fantastic ladies at Delight.com to give away these gorgeous reusable grocery bags. The winners can pick their set of three RuMe bags, in their choice of colors and styles. Deb uses these things daily — they fold down and snap up so you can just keep them in your purse and never have to use a plastic bag — and she buys them for all her friends and family!

But wait! There’s more! For the duration of the Menu for Hope campaign (until Dec. 24), Delight.com is also offering a 15 percent discount on all purchases. Enter MenuForHope at checkout, and you’ll receive 15 percent off your entire order. What does this have to do with feeding the hungry, you ask? Each time someone uses that discount code, Delight.com will donate a dollar to the Menu for Hope campaign.

UE27: Two Exclusive Tickets to Iron Chef America Taping

Ue27 From Food Network via Amateur Gourmet. Win two exclusive tickets to “Iron Chef America,” one of the hottest shows on Food Network and a taping that’s normally “invite-only.” The show tapes in New York in June; you must be able to get here yourself. Let the battle begin!

UE28: Eight Gourmet Family Dinners

Ue28 Family Favorites Meal Service from Personal Chef To Go: Each week our chefs create a delicious, fresh four entree menu complete with side dishes to compliment. From tender and moist grilled chicken to savory seafood pastas, we’re sure to be a family favorite any night of the week! Prize package includes two servings of each meal (eight dinners in all) delivered fresh to your door via FedEx. (U.S. only)

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UE29: Paella Kit

Ue29 A paella kit from Tienda.com hosted by Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes, which includes a 15-inch paella pan (feeds 4-6 people), Calasparra Rice (2.2 lbs.), hand picked select grade Saffron, pimenton de La Vera smoked paprika, fire roasted Piquillo peppers from Lodosa, shrimp bouillon to add to the flavor, a bottle of excellent extra virgin olive oil, and the Paella! by Penelope Casas. The kit is a $99 value and has everything you need to get started on a fantastic paella, just add your own seafood. Due to customs regulations, the kit can only ship to the U.S., Canada, and APO/FPO addresses.

UE30: Two bottles of Pineau des Charentes

Ue30 From Serge the Concierge. Two bottles of Pineau des Charentes (one white, one red) from Delpech thanks to the generosity of Sheena and Paul Jones of JTE Spirits, importers of Unique Spirits. Pineau can be a great base for cocktails or served as a digestif or a dessert wine. It is a fortified wine, valued at $40. (US only)

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UE31: Three Personalized Health Consultations (via phone)

Ue31 From Hadley Holistics. Kick off the New Year feeling great with 3 health consultations via telephone (value $300 USD).   At HadleyHolistics, we help clients achieve their ideal weight and energy level by exploring what foods work best for their bodies and unique lifestyles. This isn’t another cookie cutter diet—it’s customized just for you.

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UE32: Autographed Cookbooks: Pierre Herme, Patricia Wells and Dorie Greenspan

Ue32 From the lovely Dorie Greenspan. Three cookbooks, each autographed! Desserts by Pierre Herme, Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan, and  Vegetable Harvest by Patricia Wells.

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UE33:$50 gift card to Sur La Table and autographed copy of Jose Garces’ new cookbook - Latin Evolution

Ue33 Cooking In Stilettos will donate a $50 gift card to Sur La Table along with an autographed copy of Jose Garces’ new cookbook - Latin Evolution.

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UE34: Lovepuppies Custom Brownies - Box of 12

Ue34 From Breadbaby. A pretty gift box of 12 rich and decadent brownies made by Lovepuppies Brownies in 4 fantastic flavors: Peanut Butter Nutcase, Hunka Hunka Burning Love, You Mocha Me Crazy and Make Mine a Double Chocolate. Each brownie is individually wrapped. Perfect for little gifts, or to keep all to yourself. (U.S. only)

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UE35: KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor with Mini Prep Bowl

Ue35_2 From Sassy Radish. Food processor with touch-pad controls, pulse option, and powerful induction motor 7-cup-capacity work bowl; multipurpose stainless-steel blade; large feed tube and pusher. Reversible stainless-steel slicing/shredding disc; 3-cup mini bowl for smaller tasks Base wipes clean easily; dishwasher-safe bowls, blades, and discs. I use this for everything from making dough to creating quick sauces and emulsions - the mini prep bowl is brilliant - it’s like having 2 processors in 1 — and saves on space too!!

UE36: Autographed Copy: Foods and Flavors of San Antonio

Ue36_3 Hosted by Foods and Flavors of San Antonio. Foods and Flavors of San Antonio offers you over 300 recipes from the Tex-Mex capital of the world as well as a tour through all the sights and fiestas this city has to offer. Book will be shipped out after release date in March 09 (U.S. only)

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UE37:Autographed Copy Recipe for a Cookbook!

Ue36Hosted by Cookbook Cuisine. Recipe for a Cookbook is filled with extra helpings of information, ideas, and inspiration for writing your very own cookbook. It’s a guide that serves up a feast of know-how and generous portions of how-to for preparing, writing, and serving a great cookbook. (U.S. only)

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UE38: Private Cooking Class and Yum-Tasty Recipes From Culinary Greats Cookbook

Ue38 From Dining Dish, Dara Bunjon, a one-on-one cooking class and an autographed copy of Yum-Tasty Recipes from Culinary Greats. Dining Dish, a self-professed foodie-gone-awry, has food styled for some of your favorite culinary greats: Sara Moulton, Nick Malgieri and Steven Raichlen.  Cooking class limited to Baltimore/ Washington, DC residents.

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UE39 Taste of Chicago Package

Ue39 Get a taste of Chicago food with Chew on That’s Taste of Chicago package! If you bid on this prize, you will receive an Ultimate Taste Combo from Lou Malnati’s and Tastes of Chicago!This is a $95 value that includes: 1 Cheese or Sausage Pizza, 1 Slab of Carson’s Ribs, 1 Vienna Hotdog Kit & 1 Eli’s Plain Cheesecake. Click here for photos. (U.S. only)

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UE40: Wagyu Beef Package

Ue40 Gastronomic Fight Club, with the help of Morgan Ranch in Burwell, Nebraska, is donating a Wagyu Beef combo package.  The package includes a wagyu beef carving roast, perfect for these winter months and 10 pounds of ground wagyu beef to throw a killer summer barbecue once the temperatures start rising again.

Morgan Ranch Wagyu Carving Roast:  The most flavorful of all the roasting cuts, it offers unmatched tenderness and texture as well. Its generous 7-pound size makes it the right size for every occasion.
Morgan Ranch Wagyu Ground Beef:  Create steak burgers unlike any you’ve ever had — grilled or pan-fried. Averaging 81 to 84% lean, it offers a flavorful selection as part of a healthy lifestyle or as part of your favorite sauces and meatloaf recipes. Includes 10 1-pound packages.

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UE41: Hotel Costes: The Collector’s Box

Ue41 From The Baddish Group and the beautiful author of Seduction Meals an absolutely stunning 10 CD Anniversary box set featuring the complete Hotel Costes series pressed on gold discs and stored in a beautiful red velvet-like cloth-covered mini cabinet with ten drawers that hold each disc separately. Includes all the Hotel Costes classics from Pink Martini, Gotan Project, Shirley Bassey, Thievery Corporation, Yves Montant, Grace Jones, Rouge Rouge, Variety Lab, DJ Cam, De Phazz, Dublex Inc, Cesaria Evora, Femi Kuti, Slow Train, Louie Austen and many more!

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

Eu01 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]

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EU02: A Big Box of Swiss Chocolate

Eu02 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]

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

Eu03 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: Worldwide]

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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]

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EU05: Customised Food Tour in London, UK

Eu05 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 “Christmas.”

EU07: Italian Artisan Goodies Basket

Eu07 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 tomorrow.

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

Eu08 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

Eu09 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, 2008). 

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EU10: A set of 3 lingerie cookie cutters by Soyelle

Eu10 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!)

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

Eu11 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!

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

Eu12 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.

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

Eu13 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.

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

Eu14 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”

Eu15 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 cassata.

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EU16: A French and Italian Hamper

Eu16 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

Eu17 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

Eu18 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.

EU19: A Paris Map dated 1937

Eu19 Offered by Lucy of Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook, A Paris Map dated 1937, can be sent anywhere in the world, lovingly used, suitable for framing, dimensions 75×55 cm landscape (poster size). This map was created for the Paris Expo 1937, is printed in 4 colors, with a map on each side, one detailing the notable monuments in the city, and the other side detailing the monuments in the outskirts of Paris. [Shipping: Worldwide]

EU20: Muffin Lover’s Set: 12 Silicone Baking Cups and a Muffin Cookbook (in French)

Eu20 Offered by Babeth of La vie in English, a Muffin Lover’s Set with 12 silicone cups so you will never run out of the old paper version and plus it’s eco-friendly. Added the book : Les muffins de Bob by Mark Grossman (written in French), filled with ideas to make beautiful muffins. [Shipping: Worldwide]

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EU21: Gift Voucher for Cooking Class at London’s L’atelier des Chefs

Eu21 Offered by Krista of Londonelicious.com, Win a £36 Gourmet Gift Voucher to London’s L’atelier des Chefs. The voucher can be redeemed towards any of L’atelier’s London cookery classes. L’atelier des Chefs is a beautiful cooking school in Marylebone.  

EU22: The Veg Lovers Book Collection

Eu22 Offered by Sophie of Mostly Eating, this prize is a set of three books on cooking with fresh, seasonal produce, perfect for somebody with a regular veg box delivery, CSA membership or just anyone keen to fill their diet with veggies in the New Year. The books are Sarah Raven’s Garden cookbook, The Abel and Cole Cookbook: Easy, Seasonal, Organic and Riverford Farm Cook Book: Tales from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen. All three are tried and tested personal favourites, the books we turn to in our house for both regular weekday dinners and cooking for friends.(shipping worldwide)

EU23: A Taste of Nice Food Tour for two people: (€160 Value)

Eu23 Offered by Rosa of Les Petits Farcis. On a fascinating three-hour tour of the market and food shops, you will learn about the history of Nice and its food and taste such unexpected delicacies as pissaladière, socca, fougasse and tourte de blettes.

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EU24: 2 tickets to one of our Specialist Wine Tastings in London

Eu24 Offered by Caitlin of Vinoteca Wine Bar & Shop, a prize of 2 tickets to one of our monthly Specialist Wine Tastings, where guests join us in our private room between 6-9pm to taste up to 20 wines, in a relaxed and fun environment. The tasting themes change monthly. [Shipping: N/A: London only]

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EU25: 6 prints of Florence and Venice

Eu25 Offered by sculptor and artist Kelly of Fine Art by Borsheim, These 6 prints are various scenes of Venice and Florence. The prints are 10 inches in length, the width varies per composition, but approx. 7 inches. (4 are 7.5″, one is 6.5″, the last = 7.25″). The images are printed on thick paper stock with giclee inks — that should last about 200 years, if not displayed in super bright light. [Shipping: Worldwide]

EU26: Fair Trade Delight Box

Eu26 Offered by Elena of Comida de Mama, a fair-trade box of quality half-whole basmati rice, cinammom sticks, cardamom pods and a hand made rice/pasta drainer to make the nor fragrant rice ever. And a set of three delicious fair trade organic herbal tea suitable for different times in the day with a decorative hand made tea drainer. All organic, all fair trade, amazingly good! [Shipping: EU only]

EU27: 7 Cookbooks in Italian + 3 teas from Roman tea shop Biblioteq

Eu27 Offered by Rossella of Ma Che Ti Sei Mangiato, 7 Cookbooks, all in Italian, with 3 types of tea from Roman tea shop: Biblioteq. The cookbooks include: Cucinare un istante di Donna Hay, Torte dolci e salate di Delphine de Monlier, In tavola appena colto; Creme, budinie dessert; La grande cucina: Antipasti; La grande cucina: Pasta; Antipasti a cura del Gambero Rosso. [Shipping: EU only]

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

Wb01 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

Wb02 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

Wb03 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

Wb05 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.

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

Wb08 Join VERGE Winemaker Mike Brunson for a special tour of Bradford Mountain where you will see firsthand what it means to farm on the edge of the wild. At just over 1200 feet elevation, Bradford Mountain is on the far western edge of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. VERGE Wine Cellars produces small lots of block specific Syrah and these organcially grown vineyards are perfect examples of what we call Fringe Vineyards. Mike Brunson has over 15 years winemaking experience and will describe the ins and outs of organic viticulture, mountain farming, and Syrah winemaking. After the hike, you'll enjoy a tasting of Syrahs from Bradford Mountain as well as a selection of other Syrahs from around the world. As a parting gift, you will also recieve 6 bottles of VERGE Wine Cellars' inaugural release, the 2006 VERGE Syrah. Value: $240. Prize code: WB08. Courtesy of Verge Cellars.

WB09: Wine Book Bonanza

Wb09 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

Wb10 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

Wb12 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

Wb15 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

Wb16_2 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

Wb17 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

Wb20 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

Wb22 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

Wb24 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 vineyards.

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

Wb25 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

Wb26 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.

WB28: Clos Pepe Pinot Noir "Horizontal" From Top Producers

Wb28lg Win four bottles of 2006 Pinot Noir from Clos Pepe Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills produced by premier wine labels: AP Vin, Loring Wine Company, Siduri and the Clos Pepe Estate label. Splayed over the gently rolling foot of the La Purisima Hills on the north side of Highway 246, this 28-acre vineyard planted to 24 acres of Pinot Noir and 4 acres of Chardonnay is one of the Central Coast's premier vineyards. It produces consistent quality fruit and the wines produced by the various négociants share a commonality of character that distinguishes them from others in the area. These wines are structured and nicely layered with good acidity and a distinct, pleasant earthiness. This four bottle "horizontal" from some of the State's best Pinot Noir producers is an exploration of the vineyard's character. Value: approx $210. Prize Code: WB28.  More info at Redwinebuzz.com.

WB29: Magnum of wine, tour, and tasting at Tolosa Winery for Six People

Wb29_lg Join Tolosa winemaker Larry Brooks for a past, present and future tour of the Winery in San Luis Obispo and finish with a artisan wine and cheese pairing. A Magnum of our 10th Anniversary wine will also be given to the winner upon arrival.

PAST: Guests will learn about the origin of our name and the story behind our brand. They will also have the opportunity to taste past vintages from the Tolosa library collection.

PRESENT: After a brief talk about our vineyard and outside production area, guests will be toured through our tank and barrel rooms.

FUTURE: The tour finishes with a futures tasting from select French oak barrels. This intimate tasting will take place in our private barrel designed area with our finest wine selections.

Following the tour you and your guests will be guided through an artisan wine and cheese pairing with Tolosa's wine and cheese educator & sommelier, John Shakley. As you relax in our beautiful private Heritage Room, John will pair five limited production wines with five artisan cheeses from around the world. Value: $400. Prize Code: WB29. Courtesy of Tolosa Winery.

AP01 Pie: A global history

Ap01 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.

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

Ap02 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 her 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 the area 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. Karen purchased this tea herself in Shan State, with profits going directly into local hands. [Ship worldwide]

AP03: 6 weeks of personal food and nutrition planning

Ap03 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.

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

Ap04 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.

Ap05 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 else.

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

Ozgourmet 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.

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AP07: Coffee heaven and training

Coffee200 These guys drink so much Java (just so we don’t have to) that Ed, our host downunder, said he's not quite sure how the buzzed-up bods at the Melbourne Coffee Review ever sit down to write a post. But apparently 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

Ap09 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. [shipping worldwide]

AP11: 1 nights accommodation and a 3 course meal for 2 at the Provenance Restaurant in Beechworth.

Ap11 Michael Ryan, ex Range in Myrtleford, has taken over the Bank in Beechworth which he has renamed Provenance Restaurant and Luxury Suites. In last year’s Good Food Guide Ryan scored two hats which means we can expect some pretty special cooking at his new place. The whole site, including the four suites at the rear of the property in the old stables, have just had an extensive refit. He is offering one night’s accommodation worth $295 and a three course meal for two worth $140.

AP10: A year’s supply of Tim Tams

Ap10 Jules at the gorgeous Stone Soup and her employer Arnott’s are donating offering three delicious cases of Australia’s favourite chocolate biscuit Tim Tams. That’s 72 packets of Tim Tams over a year - way more than one pack a week. If you're a fan of Tim Tams then this prize is for you!

AP20: A degustation meal for two at Libertine with matching wines worth $270.

Libertine is a charming romantic French restaurant without the beret in North Ap20 Melbourne and is offering a degustation for two of eight courses, focusing on seasonal produce available on the day, including highlights from Libertine’s a la carte menu, with matching wines, valued at $270. I’ve eaten there myself this year and had a great meal but ran out of time to blog about it. The food is good but what is exceptional is the list of carefully chosen wines mainly from small French producers. Unlike some large restaurants connected to a certain casino you won’t find yourself here being charged through the nose for wines that you could by off the shelf from your local bottle shop.

CA01: Six-Week Nutrition Makeover with an (almost) Registered Dietitian

Ca01 Consultations will be done via email, so anyone around the world can take a shot at this prize
From Ceci n’est pas un food, the six-week nutrition makeover will include a nutrition assessment, a nutrition plan that’s suited to your lifestyle, and the benefit of working with a qualified professional.

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CA02: An autographed copy of A Day at El Bulli

Ca02 From Hungry in Hogtown, copy of A Day at El Bulli autographed by Ferran Adria.

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CA03: DIY Sugar Shack Special

Ca03_2 From An Endless Banquet, 1 copy Au Pied de Cochon: The Album, paperback edition ($40 CAN), 1 can real Quebec maple syrup ($7), 1 jar AEB ketchup aux fruits($6), 1 maple candy lollipop ($1), 1 Sugar Shack Party mix CD, by DJ Oreilles de Crisse (priceless).

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CA04: Giada’s Kitchen cookbook

Ca04 From Hooked on Heat, a copy of Giada de Laurentiis’ latest book, Giada’s Kitchen. [US & Canada only]

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CA05: Martha Stewart Living magazine & Organic Coconut Oil

Ca05 From Diet, Dessert and Dogs, a year’s subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine and 1 kilo (2 pound) jar of organic Omega Nutrition coconut oil. [US & Canada only]

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CA06: The flavours of Canada;

Ca06 From Seven Spoons, a two cookbook bundle highlighting the best that Canada has to offer: The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO 2009 by Rod Phillips and A Taste of Canada: A Culinary Journey by Rose Murray. [US & Canada only]

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CA07: Great recipes from famous Canadian authors;

Ca07 From Seven Spoons, a three cookbook prize bundle with the latest books from famous Canadian authors; In the Kitchen with Anna by Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson, Marty’s World Famous Cookbook by Marty Curtis and Crème Brûlée by Dominique and Cindy Duby, acclaimed pâtisiers and chocolatiers. [US & Canada only]

CA08: Gift box from Kerstin’s Chocolates

From Foodie Suz, a basket of 12 high quality, Edmonton-made chocolate bars from Kerstin’s Chocolates. [Canada only]

CA09: Cookies and Coffee;
From Kitchen Graffiti, one Package of Isobel & Co.’s http://www.isobelandco.com/index.php miniature cookies, and a 1-pound bag of Bridgehead Limited Edition Costa Rican Cloudforest coffee (medium-dark roast) http://www.bridgehead.ca.

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