Monday, December 11, 2006

Menu For Hope III - Gift of the Heart

Menu For Hope III – Gift of the Heart

December 11th thru December 22nd
LOOK ----> CHOOSE ----> DONATE $$$

As we hustle and bustle through our days during this holiday season, we tend to skip meals to make time for all the “To Do” things on our list. Skip a meal . . . ever think of how we take that for granted? How about those in other parts of the world that may not have a meal, period.

Amidst the preparation for the upcoming celebrations, sometimes, some of us, get caught up with the “all-to-dos” and forget one of the primary reasons for the season. It is the time of giving. Giving of ourselves. In my previous post, I mentioned I wanted to participate more with my fellow food bloggers. Here is an opportunity for me to share in a worldwide fundraising campaign to help feed those in need with proceeds to benefit the UN World Food Programme.

Menu For Hope, started as a fundraising campaign by Pim of
Chez Pim
to support the earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia and Southeast Asia . Last year, Menu For Hope II raised $17,000 for UNICEF.

Here’s an opportunity for you to join in the campaign. I am donating a prize package - UW20 - Maison Kase Wine Country Kitchen Package. You now have a chance to try out these wonderful comestables. Donate and select prize CODE UW20.

Maison Kase, Wine Country Kitchen Package . . .

The package will include an eclectic collection of the home-made offerings from my wine country kitchen. There will be an assortment of award-winning jams, preserves, tapenade, chutneys, and pickles. The fruit and vegetables used in these products come from various growers in Sonoma County, therefore, the majority of the ingredients are organically grown. Spices used are gathered during my travels. The award-winning recipes have been created to use the most exotic fruits, unique vegetable and extraordinary spices. The products are a simple base used for creating your own unique offerings of any wine country kitchen. Recipes will be included suggesting how to use these delicious, one-of-a-kind, gourmet delights.

Some examples are:

~ Brown Turkey Fig Confiture
~ Poha Jam (Cape Gooseberry)
~ Fig-Cranberry Chutney
~ Feijoa (Guava Chutney)
~ Green Papaya Atchara
~ Crunch-in-a jar (Pickled Pumpkin)
~ Fig-Black Olive Tapenade
~ Roasted Red Bell Pepper-Green Olive Tapenade
~ BONUS: Marion Blackberry Cordial (Summer-in-a-bottle).

Of course, those with a natural knack for "knocking something out" in the kitchen will have a blast with these fabulous inspirations! Got your "creative cap" on? The prize value: Priceless Palate . . . :-)

Between December 11-22 you can make a donation that will give you a chance to win one of the fantastic and valuable prizes that are being offered.

For every US$10 donation, you get 1 chance to win this package. Since there are other fabulous prizes offered throughout the campaign, you can apply your US$100 donation towards the prizes you select. For example, you can request 5 tickets for UW20 – Maison Kase Wine Country Kitchen Package or 5 tickets for UW21 – Ander Kase Original Painting of Wine Country Landscape.

Ander Kase Original Landscape Painting - Winner's Choice . . .

The raffle prize winner may choose a painting from a selection of artwork being offered by Landscape Impressionist, Ander Kase. The original paintings are scenes taken from the beautiful Northern California Wine Country. Ander visits the vineyards during various seasons of the year to capture the venues at their optimum stage of development. His favorite time is late summer where the hills are rich and golden, contrasting with the foliage of the grapevines. He makes sure he seizes the colors of "harvest or crush" that portray the multitude of reds, golds, and ambers. Ander has also offered the motifs of the olive groves that have besieged wine country for generations. The olive groves consist of mature and established trees that offer character and poise. In addition, there are a series of paintings displaying apple orchards in bloom, winery gardens, and numerous other landscapes that surround our wine country home. Bodies of water, such as, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and coastlines, make up the balance of his works. Ander is an accomplished artist and has attained recognition in the art world. His commercial clients consist of large corporations, financial institutions, major hotels, resorts, cruise lines and hospitals. Also, Ander has a global following of private collectors. The artwork he is offering for this fundraising campaign is from a selection of original oil-on-paper paintings. They are on archival, acid-free, museum quality paper. The style is "impressionistic" in the manner of the French and American Impressionists. The prize value: $250-$500, depending on the image and size. Donate and select prize CODE UW21.

You can also view prizes from your specific region by going to our regional Menu for Hope blog hosts on this list:

US West Coast: Becks and Posh
US East Coast: The Amateur Gourmet
US (the rest): Kalyn's Kitchen
Canada: Cardamom Addict
Europe and UK:
Latin America: The Cooking Diva
Asia Pacific/Australia/New Zealand: Grab Your Fork

Here's what you have to do to donate:

(We are still in the process of adding prizes. Check back frequently for updates!)

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope.

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 UW20 and 3 for UW21. (Please use the double-digits, not UW1, but UW01.)

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.

Check back at Chez Pim on January 15 for the results of the raffle.

Let’s get started. Life is an interesting adventure, Participate!

Life is a banquet, my friends.

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Blogger Sam said...

thanks very much to both of you!


10:07 PM, December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Brett said...

I'm loving this fundraiser because I get to fantasize about winning wonderful prizes and discover new blogs. Your jams and sauces sound amazing and the paintings look beautiful. Very generous gifts!

6:48 PM, December 12, 2006  
Blogger anni said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

This is a wonderful campaign. Ander and I are very proud to be part of the fundraising community.

Have you put your vote in?

Sam - You're doing an AWESOME job!

Brett - Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words!

7:09 AM, December 16, 2006  

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