Better Odds Than The Lotto

Guess what….

We’ve raised over $50,000 $61,506.00 this year for Menu For Hope!

Holy hungry hippos.

You guys rock.

In case you haven’t bid on prizes yet, here is the master list of prizes and First Giving’s site where you can enter your bid.

In the prize pool, there are some hidden gems, prizes that for some reason or other, have been sorta overlooked and underbid, some with just a couple of bids. Which means – you have a great chance of winning!!! What are these prizes? Well, Derek (I don’t know who you are, Derek, but I love you so) has done the hard work of compiling the list and here are my picks. Bidding has been closed – but you can still donate money towards the campaign!

UW09: Blogher ’09 conference pass

uw09 BlogHer has been a generous supporter for Menu for Hope,and again this year BlogHer founders are donating the prize of a free conference admission for Blogher’s 2009 Summer conference. BlogHer ’09 will be July 24-25, with the entire conference taking place at The Chicago Sheraton and Towers. For the Blogher Conference Admission, the prize code is UW09. (Conference pass does not include travel or hotel costs or admission to BlogHer Business on July 23. The Blogher Conference is open to women or men.) From Kalyn’s Kitchen.

UW31 Three Cookbooks from Ten Speed Press

uw31 From Chubby at Bunrab. This is amazing and a great treat for the book lover. Bid on three cookbooks from Ten Speed Press: The Great Book of Chocolate, A 16 Food + Wine and Mustards. This is a package deal and the three books will arrive to one US Address. Who couldn’t use more cookbooks?

UW41: two tickets to the Lexus Grand Tasting, the finale event at Pebble Beach Food & Wine

6a00d83451bc0669e2010536a3bc07970c-640wi Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the final event of this sure-to-be fantastic weekend.  The impressive chef line-ups include Traci Des Jardin of Jardiniere in San Francisco; Bill Corbett, Pastry Chef at Restaurant Michael Mina in San Francisco; Michael Mina; David Myers of Sona in Los Angeles; Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco; and Michel Richard of Citronelle in Washington DC.  Enjoy over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries.  There will also be opportunities for book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend’s chefs.  I look forward to be at the event and hopefully meet the lucky winners of this prize!

UE31: Three Personalized Health Consultations (via phone)

ue31From 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.

UE20: Hand-crafted Marshmallows and Barefoot Contessa autographed cookbook

ue20 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 ( in Alexandria, Virginia. (Continental US only)

UE23: The Big Bad Baker’s Bundle

ue23From 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. (always helpful… and did I
mention cute?); And… a supercool “Bring the Pain” tote bag (which will make you endlessly envied)

EU16: A French and Italian Hamper

eu16Offered by Sara from Kitchen Pantry, A French and Italian hamper, filled with homemade dates chutney, homemade cantuccini, Italian traditional torrone, Marmellata di mandarino tardivo, from Sicily, Rilettes d’oie façon Landaise (goose paté), Terrines de Faisan aux Noisettes (pheasant paté), Paté de Campagne, pur porc (porc paté), Terrine de Canard aux Cèpes (duck paté with porcini mushrooms), 3 spread: Crevettes au Calvados (Calvados shrimp), Thon a l’olive noir (black olive tuna) and Huîtres et Wakamé (oysters and wakame).

EU25: 6 prints of Florence and Venice

eu25 Offered by sculptor and artist Kelly of Fine Art by Borsheim, These 6 prints are various scenes of Venice and Florence. The prints are 10 inches in length, the width varies per composition, but approx. 7 inches. (4 are 7.5″, one is 6.5″, the last = 7.25″). The images are printed on thick paper stock with giclee inks — that should last about 200 years, if not displayed in super bright light. [Shipping: Worldwide]

WB09: Wine Book Bonanza

wb09There’s only one thing better than drinking wine, and that’s drinking wine with a nice wine book on your lap. Here’s your chance to add to your library and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. Courtesy of University of California Press, pick any 5 wine books from their current list of titles. Value: approx $150. Prize Code:WB09. Courtesy of University of California Press.

AP08: Skin Saviour – his and hers worth A$219.90

ap09 Skin Saviour is skin care specially formulated by a Melbourne-based naturopath from natural plant extracts and oils for the sensitive skin-wise and planet-wise. This prize comprises a set of the woman’s products worth A$109.95 and the men’s worth the same – a total of nearly $220. It contains no animal products whatsoever and no ingredients are tested on animals. It contains, no GM products, petrochemicals, harsh soaps, hormones or known irritants. It’s softening the skin of all-sorts from upmarket builders to budding internet entrepreneurs. A must try. [shipping worldwide]

AP10: A year’s supply of Tim Tams

ap10 Jules at the gorgeous Stone Soup and her employer Arnott’s are donating offering three delicious cases of Australia’s favourite chocolate biscuit Tim Tams. That’s 72 packets of Tim Tams over a year – way more than one pack a week. If you’re a fan of Tim Tams then this prize is for you!

CA05: Martha Stewart Living magazine & Organic Coconut Oil

ca05From Diet, Dessert and Dogs, a year’s subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine and 1 kilo (2 pound) jar of organic Omega Nutrition coconut oil. [US & Canada only]