December 13, 2009

Menu for Hope 6- the gifts that keep on giving

Every year Chez Pim with the help of bloggers all over the world, runs the Menu for Hope.
It is a win-win situation, by participating in the auction of items donated, we raise money for a United Nations Project. This year, we are supporting 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.

Anyone – and that means you too - can buy raffle tickets to bid on these items. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on the item of their choice. At the end of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.

Here is the list of prizes and an easy way to bid on them- all in one place! For details on the prizes you can click on details and see who offered the prize and visit their sites.

Divina Cucina's: Monday at the Market Tour in Florence
Bid Item code EU24

Value 250 euro

“ Spend more time shopping and less time cooking” is my mantra from my mother-in-law,
Tina. She taught me the way to shop and cook like a Tuscan. Her secrets and those I learned
from my purveyors at the market have made me the cook I am today! Bonding with your
butcher makes a better meal than hours in the kitchen. The right cut of beef,the perfect
ingredients, are the secrets to good food.
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. I have
shopped here almost daily since 1988 and it is my second-home. 

Tastings include :
From my Vegetable vendor:
Traditional Balsamic vinegars, 12,15,20 and 30 years old, truffle honey, olive oils from several
regions, vin santo with biscotti and incredible dried fruits.
From my cheese purveyors: parmesan cheeses from different producers and ages, salami’s and
My favorite wine bar in the market will fix us a tasting plate of Sicilian specialties, not easily
found in Tuscany.
Coffee? To keep up our energy, I will explain the when, where, how and why of coffee
customs in Italy.
Perhaps with a pastry tasting on the way? Perche non?
Bring a camera! It is incredibly beautiful. 

Tours are on Mondays: We meet at 11am and until around 3pm.
Also includes lunch and we will also go to some of my favorite shops around the market.

My tours have been includes in Susan Van Allens "100 Places Every Woman Should Go"

To see all the items up for "auction"
Here is the list from the European bloggers from Davids Lebovitz's blog.
West Coast Bloggers from Shauna of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef

To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle

Here's what you need to do:
1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list.
2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.
3. Please specify which bid item you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per bid item, and please use the bid item code.

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

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.
5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

Grazie Mille- 
Enjoy the holiday season

1 comment:

  1. I loved your tour! It was the most fun I've had in Italy. Hopefully someone else will feel as lucky as I was : )