2008 Menu For Hope: East Coast Prizes

6a00d83451bc0669e20105365fd073970c-640wi This year, I’m so lucky to be the East Coast USA host for Chez Pim’s fifth annual Menu For Hope fundraiser that supports the World Food Programme.

Last year, we raised nearly $100,000 through the online food community and that money went to supporting the school lunch and farming program for the children in Lesotho.

Will you consider helping this year? If you haven’t heard of Menu For Hope, here are details with frequently asked questions.

I’m listing the prizes from food bloggers on the east side of the USA, and I will be continually adding the prizes as they come in. I’m sure you’ll find some fabulous goodies you’ll want to purchase $10 raffle tickets for!

Take a look and happy bidding for Menu For Hope! (Bidding instructions are at the end)

Eastern U.S. Bloggers & Sponsors (if you live closer to the Atlantic Ocean than Pacific) – WE NEED MORE PRIZES! (no it’s not too late!) Please contact me!


Menu For Hope Eastern United States Prizes

(of course you can purchase $10 raffle tickets for any prize around the world…I’m just highlighting the prizes generously given to us from food bloggers and sponsors from Eastern United States! See end of post for entire list of prizes and instructions for bidding)

UE01: New West Knifeworks Knife of Your Choice

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)


UE02: 8 Kobe Beef Steakburgers

Kobe Beef Burgers

From Palm Beach Prime, hosted by Steamy Kitchen. The juiciest, dribble-down-your-chin burgers ever made from all-natural, hormone free American Kobe beef. Each burger is 8 ounces and come delivered flash frozen, packed in dry ice via FedEx to your door. (U.S. only)


UE03: Dinner for 2 at Jack: an occasional restaurant


“The authors of Habeus Brulee are offering dinner for two at Jack: an occasional restaurant, where they serve elaborate, multi-course meals at their exclusive restaurant once a month at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY, USA).

This prize has a retail value of $150. As an extra bonus, they’ll add seats for you to any Jack dinner you like, even if it is listed as sold out on the website. Given that they’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: Two boxes of Parisan style handmade macarons


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


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)


UE06: A Day of Breadmaking with Breadchick


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 NYC area.


UE07: Big Ole’ Box of Sweets

From Rivka of Not Derby Pie. Big Ole’ Box of Sweets, baked and packaged by yours truly, courtesy of Not Derby Pie.  I’ll 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 I’ll also include a sampling of some not derby pie bars, my 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


From Rachel of Coconut and Lime Blog. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s cookbook


UE09: Cupcake Lollapalooza


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


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


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

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


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


From Food For Thought

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.



UE15: Bo Ssam dinner for 8


From Chez Pim. Bo Ssam dinner package for 8, including the famous Bo Ssam pork butt with all the delicious accoutrements, 12 oysters, and enough appetizers and desserts to feed eight hungry mouths.  You’re on your own on the drinks though.


UE16: Gourmet Book Club Membership


From Chez Pim. 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 for an entire year!


UE17: The ‘Studio Collection’ Box by Chocolatier Oliver Kita (Retail Value $40) 16 Deliciously Creative Sweets


From Serge the Concierge.


UE18: Dinner Cooking Party at Create a Cook


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 Personalized Menu from Lola


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


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)


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


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


From 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


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: Set of 3 RuMe Reusable Grocery Bags (1 of 2)

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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.


UE26: Set of 3 RuMe Reusable Grocery Bags (2 of 2)

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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


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


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)


UE29: Paella Kit


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


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)


UE31: Three Personalized Health Consultations (via phone)


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.


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


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.


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


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.


UE34: Lovepuppies Custom Brownies – Box of 12


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)


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


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


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)


UE37:Autographed Copy Recipe for a Cookbook!


Hosted 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)


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


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.


UE39 Taste of Chicago Package


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)


UE40: Wagyu Beef Package


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.

**A $190 value.  Includes free 2nd day shipping within the continental US.


UE41: Hotel Costes: The Collector’s Box


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!


More to come – I will be updating this list daily. If you are a blogger or sponsor and would like to provide a prize, please read these instructions.


Entire List of Prizes for Menu For Hope

The big kahuna list is on Chez Pim’s post on Menu For Hope – however, the MOST RECENT list of prizes will be on the regional host sites, which get updated daily:

Eastern US Prizes (right here, baby)

Western US Prizes at Matt Bites

Europe *including* the UK at Ms. Adventures in Italy

Canada at Hooked on Heat

Asia Pacific/Australia/New Zealand at Tomato

Wine Blog Host at Vinography


Cool! How Do I Bid?

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope prize list at Chez Pim
2. Go to the donation site at First Giving and make a donation.
3. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. Please specify which prize you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code.
For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02. Please write 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 allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win.  Your email address will not be shared with anyone.