December 14, 2009
Today marks the beginning of the 6th edition of Menu for Hope, a fundraising campaign created by Pim and championed by food bloggers all around the world. The funds raised will benefit the United Nations' World Food Programme: it is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with more than a thousand other organizations in over seventy-five countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people become self-reliant so they can escape hunger for good.
This year, we are supporting a new initiative at the WFP called Purchase for Progress. This program enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation. It helps them improve farming practices, and puts cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops. As a consequence, it also buoys local economy by creating jobs and income locally.
As you may remember from previous editions, this fundraising campaign works as a virtual raffle: every US$10 you donate will buy you a raffle ticket to bid on one of the items contributed by participating bloggers; you can buy as many raffle tickets as you like, and increase your chance to win the item of your dreams. The campaign ends on December 25, and the results will be announced on January 18. We bloggers will arrange for our bid items to be sent to the winners, and all funds raised will go to the World Food Programme.
I am offering four items for your consideration this year:
[EU07] A bundle of my two books: Chocolate & Zucchini, my collection of stories and recipes, and Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris, my book on Paris restaurants and food shops. You can decide which edition of the cookbook you'd like (American, British, or French) and it will be my great pleasure to sign both books in the name(s) of your choosing. Bid item EU07 ships worldwide.
[EU08] A dough whisk and a portion of my natural starter. Make your own Parisian sourdough bread thanks to Philémon, the natural starter I've been caring for lovingly in my Paris kitchen, and a top-quality Danish dough whisk (it is the 11 1/4" model from King Arthur Flour), the ideal tool to mix bread dough (as well as pâte à choux and other thick batters).
The starter will be sent to you in dried form, with instructions, ready to be rehydrated and used for your own bread baking adventures. Bid item EU08 ships worldwide.
[EU09] A Taza Chocolate tasting set: from my favorite American chocolate maker, the Massachusetts-based, bean-to-bar company Taza, comes this fantastic assortment of chocolate goods made from sustainably grown, organic, stone-ground cacao beans, all tasted and enthusiastically approved by yours truly.
This boxed tasting set includes 4 chocolate disks to make Mexican-style hot chocolate (in chili, cinnamon, vanilla or salted almond flavor), 3 bars of dark chocolate (60%, 70% and 80% cacao content), a bag of chocolate-covered cacao nibs, and a tub of plain roasted cacao nibs for your salads and baked goods. Bid item EU09 is kindly donated by Taza, and ships worldwide.
[EU10] A mega set of reusable bags from flip & tumble: perhaps you've noted how much I love the handy reusable shopping bags that this small California design studio produces. They have now widened their range with all-new colors, fabulous prints, and lovely produce bags.
This prize includes 10 solid color bags (1 in each color), 5 print bags (1 in each design) and 4 sets of produce bags, each set consisting in 5 mesh bags with color-coded tags. Keep some for your own needs and give the others away as green gifts to your friends and family, to encourage them to swear off plastic bags, too. Bid item EU10 is kindly donated by flip & tumble, and ships worldwide.
What next? Check Pim's blog for the master list of items, visit our European host David for the list of prizes contributed by EU bloggers, and, if you deem our cause worthy of your support, head over to the donation page! Thank you in advance for your generous participation.
1. Choose one or several bid item(s) from the master list.
2. Go to the donation site and make a donation.
3. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. Please specify which item(s) you're bidding on in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per item, and please use the bid item code. For example, a donation of $50 can be 1 ticket for EU07, 2 tickets for EU08, 1 ticket for EU09, and 1 ticket for EU10. You should then please write 1xEU07, 2xEU08, 1xEU09, 1xEU10.
4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we can claim the corporate match.
5. Please 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.
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