Menu for Hope is an annual fundraiser for the United Nations World Food Programme. Food bloggers from around the world donate fabulous food prizes, including cookbooks, appliances, rare treats and delicacies, food tours and restaurant certificates.
You bid $10 for each virtual raffle ticket and designate which prize(s) you want your ticket(s) to go towards. The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have. Bidding continues until Christmas Day. Here is the full list of bid items.
This fundraiser was started by Pim of Chez Pim after the tsunamis in Asia. She wanted to figure out a way to raise money to help survivors. This year the proceeds go to the Purchase for Progress program (P4P), which helps small and low-income farmers improve their farming practices and become suppliers for the United Nations World Food Programme. She does not actually collect the money herself–a third party source called First Giving collects the money and then passes it on the World Food Programme. For more details about Menu for Hope and how Pim organizes it, read this.
I found out about Menu for Hope today when I read a tweet from David Lebovitz (@davidlebovitz), the much loved expat pastry chef living in Paris. He mentioned adding some more prizes to the bid list. Once I started looking through the prizes, I was amazed at the quality of the donated gifts!
Of course Lebovitz’s prizes are truly sweet. They include a collection of eight baking books from Ten Speed Press (EU41) and a basket of chocolates proclaimed to be better than anything found in France (EU 40). The professional deep fryer (EU 42) looks awesome, but alas, is only suitable for European electrical outlets.
Some of my favorite items include coffee with Ruth Reichl in New York City (UW 44), 1/2 pound of black truffles from France (UE 43) , a signed copy of the Momofuku cookbook (UW 30), Morgan Ranch Family BBQ Collection (UE 29), Bacon Lovers Candy Pack (UE 17), a $50 gift card to Sucre confectionary in New Orleans (UE 14), and the grand tasting and wine menu for two plus farm tour at Manresa/Love Apple Farm in Los Gatos, California (UW 04).
Some other cool items for the traveler or friend abroad include dinner for two at Hidden Kitchen Paris, a private supper club (EU 14), a walking tour of the Paris Aligre market (EU 17), a private chocolate tour and tasting in London (EU 34) and a two-night B & B stay for two in Piedmont with market tour (EU 35)!
Beer tasting, artisan coffee, tickets to the BlogHer conference, macaroon making classes, kitchen tools, wines, photography prizes, gift baskets, cookbooks–it’s all kind of overwhelming. Surely, any foodie will find something here to love. Remember, bidding ends Christmas Day!