It’s back! Last year’s Menu for Hope raffle raised more than $60,000 for the UN World Food Programme. We hope to beat that record by raising even more money for the same program, and this year the money has been specially reserved for the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. Pim has posted amazing pictures taken by the residents of Lesotho themselves with donated disposable cameras. Here is even more information on the details of the Lesotho program, Menu For Hope, and where the donated money will go.
Food bloggers worldwide are donating food and food-related packages, tours, and treats for lucky winners of the Menu For Hope raffle. The full prize list and links to the regional hosts are at main host Chez Pim. Kalyn’s Kitchen is once again coordinating the central United States prizes, which includes Bon Appegeek’s six-part ice cream maker package (UC04).
Ice Cream Maker Package – UC04
My personal policy is never to offer a prize unless I’ve tested and used it myself. Last year I offered a pasta maker for knocking out burglars and, uh, making pasta. The first part of Bon Appegeek’s six-part prize this year (ships to the U.S. and Canada only) is a White Cuisinart ICE-20 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream maker. I’ve used the same model for years. It has churned out this azuki bean ice cream and the rich vanilla bean ice cream pictured here and has never failed my taste buds (I can’t say the same for my waistline). It can also be used to knock out burglars, and the chilled canister can ice bruises should you accidentally conk a beloved family member on the head instead.
Wait, I lied. I’ve never tested or used David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, the second part of this prize package. Why not? Because I couldn’t buy cookbooks for myself this year, that’s why. If I’d known that David would release a fabulous ice cream book that the food blog world would go crazy over, I would have made an exception ahead of time, but noooooooo. So this book has been on my wishlist for months while everybody else has been happily using and loving it. Now you can too. And as of January 1, 2008, I WILL TOO. Stupid 2007 new year’s resolutions. It’s been a tough year for me, let me tell you.
UPDATE: The third part of this prize is free ice cream! If you’re planning a trip to Paris in 2008, David Lebovitz has generously offered to take the winner and a guest out to famed Parisian ice cream maker Berthillon for ice cream. (And while he didn’t explicitly offer this, if I were you I’d pick his brain for all the best places in Paris to eat and shop, assuming you can stop moaning over the famous ice cream. If anyone knows where to score the best food, it’s him!) Thanks, David!
The fourth part of the prize is a small jar of hand-raked Fleur de Sel culled from my precious small stash. This is the celebrated sea salt of France. I’m a big fan of Fleur de Sel, and it’s important if you want to make, say, this Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream recipe. This is your chance to try the salt and see if you like it. It’s also fabulous over braised cabbage and sprinkled on roast beef. There’s about five tablespoons or a heaping quarter cup in the jar.
Wait, I lied again. The fifth and sixth parts of the prize are two items I’ve never used but suspect are pretty awesome. This soft-handled Calphalon ice cream scoop looks like it can slice its way through even the hardest ice creams, and this bottle of Kahlua chocolate—that’s right, Kahlua and chocolate together in one bottle—looks luscious. No doubt you could mix up this sinful combination yourself, but until then, you’ll have it right there waiting for you to drizzle it all over your homemade ice cream . . . assuming I don’t drizzle it onto my own ice cream first. Bid fast, people! I’m only human!
This prize package’s code is UC04. Shipping is limited to the United States and Canada. Please feel free to ask any questions about the prize in the comments. More information on the raffle and the charity are at Chez Pim and Kayln’s Kitchen. Good luck everyone, and happy bidding.
How to donate and enter the raffle
1) Choose a prize(s) of your choice here.
2) Make a donation at First Giving.
3) Specify which prize you’d like in the “Personal Message” section of the donation form. Write how many tickets you want per prize and use the prize code. Each $10 buys one raffle ticket good for any one prize. (For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02. Please write 2xEU01, 3xEU02.) Of course you may donate without entering the raffle if you wish.
4) If your company will match the donation, please check that box and fill in the information so that we can claim the corporate match.
5) Please check the box to allow us to see your email so that we can contact you if you win. Your information will remain private. Check Chez Pim January 9 for results.