Menu for Hope 6 is beginning our second week with some very impressive numbers, we've now raised $28,530 (and counting) for the UN World Food Programme. And, to launch into our second week in style, we're bringing in some fantastic new items to our raffle. Over in Europe, our regional host David Lebovitz brought in some impressive stuff, including a Krups professional deep-fryer (shipped to EU countries only) and an array of delectable chocolates. Our wine host Alder Yarrow of Vinography added to his list a luxury getaway at Meadowood Resort in Napa to his already impressive line-up of bid items.
Over here on Chez Pim, I've got quite a few cool new raffle items to add as well. I hope some of these new items will entice you to donate to Menu for Hope and make your bids - the more you give, the better your chances! Ok, enough overture, let's get on to the good stuff.
UW44 Coffee with Ruth Reichl
Are you a fan of Gourmet? Or perhaps a fan of Ruth herself? Here's your chance to meet her face to face! Ruth has generously offer her time to help Menu for Hope. She'll take the winner of this bid item to coffee somewhere in NYC.
UW45 Up your backyard gardening game with two classes with Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm
Cynthia Sandberg, the wonderful farmer behind the famous Love Apple Farm, which is also the biodynamic kitchen garden for Manresa restaurant, teaches a tons of great classes each year at the farm. You may choose to learn how to grow better tomatoes, how to keep backyard chickens, and many other skills to up your gardening game (and your neighbors' to shame). This bid item includes any two classes offered at the farm. Advance registration applies.
UE42 Midtown lunch tour with Midtown Lunch
Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch will take you on a midtown lunch tour like no other. He took me on it when I was in NY a couple months ago, and let me just tell you it's an experience I won't soon forget. Even if you're already a midtown luncher and knows the lay of the land just as well as the guy in the next cubicle, you'll still want to bid on this one, because there's nothing like midtown lunching with the king of Midtown Lunch himself.
UE43 1/2lb of black truffles from France
Are you a fan of French black truffles? Have you always wanted to try one but never had a chance? Your chance is now here. The lovely Celine Labaune, proprietor of Gourmet Attitude in NYC, and the source of truffles to top restaurants such as Alinea, Daniel, The French laundry, Manresa, Per Se, and many others, will send you 1/2lbs of black truffles (value $700) from Richerenches, France. This prize can be shipped via Fedex overnight to anywhere in the US.
I've been busy with other tasks for Menu for Hope that I've neglected to point out my own favorite things that I've gathered for the raffle. Every year I ask friends who are chefs and producers of amazing things to help offer up the results of their hard work to entice you -yes, you- to donate to our Menu for Hope. Here's the list of this year's items. I hope some of these will strike your fancy.
UW04 Dinner for two at the Michelin 2-star Manresa.
You'll be invite to feast on the Grand Tasting Menu wine pairing and a personal tour of the restaurant's biodynamic kitchen garden at Love Apple Farm. The Grand Tasting Menu+wine pairings for two at Michelin 2-star Manresa, AND a tour of the restaurant's biodynamic garden at Love Apple Farm. Manresa is, of course, my favorite restaurant in the world - and that's not only because I live with the chef ;-) but also because I am fully aware of the care and the love he pours into his restaurant. David's food is not only delicious but also thoughtful, rooted, and always inspiring. If you haven't had a chance to try it, this will be an experience you will not soon forget.
UW06 Dinner for two at Daniel Patterson's Michelin 2-star Coi. Plus, dinner for two at his more casual spot at the Ferry Plaza, Il Cane Rosso.
Daniel is not only a good friend, but he's also my favorite chef in San Francisco. His flagship Coi is an intimate restaurant, an oasis in the midst of the craziness that is North Beach. But don't let the location deter you, once you're inside Coi you'll be treated to such a calming, rejuvenating atmosphere and the kind of food that'll make you rethink what you thought you knew about an ingredient. Daniel's second spot, the casual Il Cane Rosso at the Ferry Building, is his new venture, and it's no les delightful. The tiny Il Cane Rosso serves family style dinner, with scrumptious home-y food but with top notch ingredients and perfect preparation.
WB22 Dinner with the indomitable Randall Grahm at Cellar Door in Santa Cruz, plus Been Doon So Long
My dear friend and neighbor Randall Grahm is one of the most influential figures in the American wine industry. Founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard,
Randall pioneered many things that are commonplace today in winemaking
and wine marketing. Still at the helm of Bonny Doon, Grahm has
completely changed his approach to winemaking in the last few years,
going from high production to low production and embracing Biodynamic
winemaking to the fullest.
For Menu for Hope, Randall invites you (and your +1) to join him for dinner at his Cellar Door cafe
at the Bonny Doon winery and tasting room in downtown Santa Cruz.
He'll pull a special bottle out of the esteemed cellar, and bring a
long a copy of his latest book, Been Doon So Long, which he'll gladly
sign, just for you.
UW05 Six jars of Chez Pim’s artisan marmalade and jam,
plus an autographed copy of The Foodie Handbook
I wrote about this already,
but in case you haven't seen it, I'm also offering a personally
autographed copy of my book, The Foodie Handbook: the (almost)
definitive guide to gastronomy, plus six jars of my own line of jam and
marmalade. I'll pick you some of my favorite varieties and personally
sign the copy of my book for you, plus, I'll ship them anywhere in the
world even. Did I say I'll ship them anywhere in the world? I did?
Good! Because I really will ship them anywhere in the world (though
any Customs problems will be between you and your Customs agents.) More about this prize here.
UW07 Four months subscription to Citizen Bean, plus the Welcome Kit
I've been a fan of Citizen Bean service for almost two years now. They have beans from some of the best names like Victrola,Gimme, and Counter Culture. But the best part about Citizen Bean is how they introduce me to tiny roasters from faraway places I would never otherwise know about, like Doma in Post Falls, Idaho ( their Ruby's Organic Espresso is on my favorite list) and Kickapoo in Viroqua, Wisconsin which has just been named Roast Magazine 2010 Roaster of the year. Citizen Bean sent me beans from Kickapoo long before this top honor. Mal, the proprietor of Citizen Bean, who's also become a friend, has a nose for this kind of thing. For your $10 donation to Menu for Hope, plus a little luck, Mal will send you four months subscription, and also the welcome kit which has just about everything you'll need to be properly caffeinated every morning.
UW08 *emera Camera Tote Bag
Get an *emera bag of your own! Tote your favorite DSLR in style in my favorite camera bag, the one-and-only *emera Bag! It's a camera bag that doesn't look at all like a camera bag. Instead, it's a very comfortable, stylish tote bag that comes with the kind of protection you'd expect from any good camera bag, plus there's enough room for my purse, keys, and even my magic make-up pouch. I took the bag with me to Tokyo on my recent trip, and I can't tell you how many timesI was stopped and asked where I got my gorgeous camera bag. I might have opened a whole new market for them! You'll love one too, I'm sure.
UW09 Two spots in a hands-on butchering class by Ryan Farr of "4505 Meats" in San Francisco
Haven't you heard? Butchers are the new rock stars! Or maybe it's butchers are the new black. Ok, whatever. But butchers are sure hot right now. Julie Powell wrote a book about it. So did my friend Tea. Even Epicurious agrees. And if you want to try your hands at being one, or just get a little closer to learning where the meats we eat come from, you'll love to join one of Ryan's classes at 4505 Meats in San Francisco. You can learn how to butcher a whole pig, or a lamb, or how to make your own sausages. You'll learn lots and even become a little more hip in the process. How can you beat that?
No more writing down bid item codes in a little piece of paper. No more typos. No more wondering if you put the codes into the right box at Firstgiving. This spiffy new donation form does it all for you. Just click on the picture to go there. Or click here, if you must.
Bidding is now super easy, donate now! (Or come up with a new excuse, quick!)
Here's my personal offer for the Menu for Hope raffle in support of the World Food Programme: six jars of Chez Pim artisan marmalade and jam, plus a signed copy of my new book, The Foodie Handbook: the (almost) definitive guide to gastronomy (bid item code UW05). I'm sure you've heard of the book, but many of you might not know that I also make marmalade and jam. That's probably because I only make small tiny batches at a time. I have them up for sale on my Etsy shop about twice a year, and usually sold out a couple days after the shop has been stocked. Some of them are even sold on futures, that's to say spoken for before they're made!
The marmalades are my pride and joy. They're made from rare, exotic citrus grown
sustainably in the hills of Watsonville, California. Each small batch
is handmade from a single varietal to preserve its own distinct
qualities, adding only minimally refined organic sugar, and using the
pectin naturally extracted from citrus - because commercial pectin is
only for the timid. The jams, also my favorites, are made in much the same artisan manners - with heirloom fruits grown in the local area. No pectin in these either.
I'm offering a selection of six jars, with marmalades (mostly haven't been made yet) and jams from the summer. I promise you'll love them. Make yourself some toasts, spread them with good butter and my jam or marmalade, then snuggle up with the book for a cozy Sunday morning in.
Go ahead and get to the spiffy new donation form to donate and good luck on the raffle!
[You may also jump directly to our donation form where you will find the list of all the raffle items, showing hot items and cold items (which means you have a better chance to win).]
Here it is ladies and gentleman, the official list of delectable items for your bidding pleasure. Donate to Menu for Hope 6 in support of the UN World Food Programme and good karma might help you win one.
Once again, food and wine bloggers from all over the world united to offer up a list of these delectable items for the Menu fro Hope raffle. We've got something for everyone.
Welcome to Menu for Hope 6. Yes, it's been six years since our first little-campaign-that-could was born, banding together food and wine bloggers from all over the world to raise funds in support of worthy causes. For the past three years we've worked with the UN World Food Programme and raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in support of their school lunch program. This year, we're once again working with WFP, this time to highlight the Purchase for Progress
What is Menu for Hope?
for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by me
and a revolving
group of food bloggers around the world. Five years ago, the
in Southeast Asia inspired me to find a way to help, and the very
Menu for Hope was born. The campaign has since become a yearly affair.
Each December, food bloggers from all over the world
join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related items
for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too - can participate. For every $10 donated, you earn
one virtual ticket to bid on an item of your choice. At the end
of the two-week campaign, the tickets are drawn and the results
announced on Chez Pim on Monday, January 18.
In the past three years, Menu for Hope have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help the WFP end world hunger.
Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?
Menu for Hope (for three years and counting) supports the good work of the UN World Food Programme. WFP is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good.
In the last two campaigns, we helped support a school lunch program in Lesotho. This year we're changing our direction a tiny bit. We're highlighting a new initiative at the WFP called Purchase for Progress (P4P). P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation. P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops. This will also help buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally. We food bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our local farms, P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries around the world. More on P4P at http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress.
Also, in a symbolic move, we're joining the WFP's A Billion for A Billion campaign. For the first time ever, over a billion people are chronically hungry
worldwide. There are also over a billion people who, like you and I, are in the position to help. Taking part in the Menu for Hope raffle and you can join the billion who chose to make a difference. Find out more about A Billion for A Billion here: http://wfp.org/1billion. You can make a donation directly to WFP there, but if you want to join the Menu for Hope 6 raffle you'll have to play here with us.
Who collects the money? The local hosts? Pim?
Definitely not me. Nor any other bloggers participating in the program. We use a third party site called First Giving who collects the donation and send the money directly to the WFP. No one's sending me a check or money order, and no one on the Menu for Hope team is making a dime out of this - unless you count good karma dimes, in which case we've made aplenty. Find out more about how FirstGiving works here.
How can you help?
Browse the amazing array of delectable items offered by food and wine bloggers from all over the world. You may also browse the bid items by region:
Even if you don't have much to share, don't count us out just yet. In the past three years, over 80% of our donors gave less than $50, and in the same period we raised nearly $250K. That's a lot of ten dollar bills from people just like you to make up nearly a quarter million!
If you don't want to indulge yourself with our delicious raffle bid items, consider donating $10 in your friend's or family's name, pick something they might like from our raffle. Who knew, your $10 might get them the chef's Grand Tasting men with wine pairing for two at the Michelin 2-star Manresa in Los Gatos!
Here's another recipe from my new book I'd like to share, and this is just the perfect time for it. Aren't we all thinking about holiday baking these days? Ok, if you're in Northern California you must be thinking freezing weather too - you've heard all the complaints on twitter I'm sure - so, what better than baking for an excuse to turn on your oven and warm up the house?
It will also be fun to do something slightly different than the usual sugar or gingerbread cookies, don't you agree? I highly recommend these Alfajores, two buttery, crumbly cookies hugging the sweet dulce de leche (a sort of caramelized milk jam), your friends and relative will appreciate the novelty. You may have to teach them how to say the name, al-fa-ho-res, but once they bite into these addictively delicious cookies, they won't mind one bit.
Don't let the fact that these cookies are so deliciously delicate - they seem to crumble under too
intense a gaze - deter you. While being made, the dough is so easy to
work with it feels like Play-doh.