December 10, 2007

Menu for Hope IV

Christmas is filled with crazy moments of shopping frenzy, parties, food, wine and gift giving.

Take a minute, a deep breathe and stop by Chez Pim our Princess Blogger and learn about how you can give a little and help a lot.
Her site includes all the information on bidding on your dreams.
There are some real once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

This is the 4th Menu for Hope, organized by Pim with the help of bloggers all over the world.

It is easy to help. The Menu for Hope is a huge raffle,
prizes donated by bloggers and foodies world wide!

The list of prizes is here
Check back often as new prizes are being added.

Bid on our priceless experience

A Five day
Cooking with Fire School

in Chianti, Tuscany
June 30- July 5 2008

each ticket is $10, the more tickets the better your change at winning the raffle!

What happens when two transplanted American cooks meet at a wood-fired oven in Tuscany? Sparks fly and the heat is on!

A week of wood-fired ovens, artisan pork, and the best butchers in Tuscany inspired by two cooks who love meat and the artisans who produce it.

Judy of Divina Cucina join forces with her soul sister Kate of the French Kitchen and grill, roast, stuff and bake in a wood-fired Tuscan oven celebration in Chianti.

Tuscan Cooking Diva, Judy Witts

Barge Captain and Cassoulet Queen, Kate Hill

Join us at the grill and wood-burning oven in creating some fabulous Tuscan & Gascon specialties.

Carnivorous grill girls, butcher babes and BBQ boys are welcome!

Package includes room and board June 30 to July 5th
( Monday to Friday , departure on Saturday July 5th)

The program includes dinner at SoloCiccia, Dario Cecchini's restaurant in Panzano, as well as visits to other artisans, wineries, hands on cooking classes with fabulous food and wine.

Classes held in Panzano in Chianti in the heart of Tuscany.

To bid click here: First Giving
Include the amount and code EU30

Each ticket for the raffle is $10 so if you want 5 tickets it is $50 5xEU30
Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice.
For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02.

Please write 2xEU01, 3xEU02.

It is all explained at the end of the prize list

Fanny at FoodBeam is coordinating the Europeans and listing the European prizes.
If you have something to donate for the auction let her know.

You can also just donate to the cause through First Giving link.

This years recipient is the United Nations World Food Program
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency: each year, we give food to an average of 90 million poor people to meet their nutritional needs, including 56 million hungry children,
in at least 80 of the world's poorest countries.
WFP -- We Feed People.

Give the gift that keeps on giving!
Here is Pim's foto album of the Lesothos
Who we are supporting with this years Menu for Hope.

Feed the children and provide a future.

Cooking with Fire in Lesothos

Traditional metal cooking pot outside the house of Thonla Temane in the mountains of Lesotho. The pot is used to cook the staple food, pap (cornmeal porridge). The white maize (corn) that is used was distributed by WFP. He is 38 years old and lives with his wife and 8 children in the village of Thalangbacha close to the town of Qachaís Nek in the mountains of south eastern Lesotho. Until the end of 2006, he was working most of the time in South Africa's gold mines. But he grew too sick to work and lost his job. Still too weak to work and with no fields, no cows and only a few chickens, Thonla and his family now rely on WFP food assistance for their survival.
( from Pim's Flkr album)

The raffle is from December 10-21
and the winner's will be announced
January 9th at Chez Pim.


  1. david l1:33 PM

    How fun!!

  2. Quick, sell me some tickets!

  3. The person who wins your 5 day experience will be one lucky cookie :)

  4. I wanted to thank you for a superb initiative.


  5. I have been praying to win this and my prayer has been answered!

  6. lucy.. how fun to finally meet!!!
    can't wait!