The Fourth Annual Menu For Hope, a fundraising event conceived of and organized by the marvelous food blogger Pim is now underway, and Gastronomical Three invites you to participate. For a mere ten dollars you buy the chance of winning a wonderful AA food prize. Or take a chance on any of the fabulous prizes donated by food bloggers all over the world.
Menu for Hope started five years ago in order to raise money for the UN World Food Programme. It raised over $60,000 in 2006. This year, donations are earmarked for a school food program in Lesotho. Pim writes: “We chose to support the program in Lesotho because it is a model program in local procurement – buying food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. Instead of shipping surplus corn across the ocean, the WFP is buying directly from local subsistent farmers who practice conservation farming methods in Lesotho to feed the children there. We feed the kids, keep them in school, and support their parents and community farming. This sustainable approach to aid is something we believe in and strongly support.”
In support of this worthy cause, the G3 is contributing a fabulous prize basket that includes a special assortment from some of the most delicious spots in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thanks to the generosity of three Kerrytown purveyors: Eve Aranoff of eve–the restaurant, Mary Campbell of everyday wine/ everday cook; and TR Durham, of Tracklements. We are deeply grateful for their contributions. If you choose to donate for our prize, here’s what may be in store for you:
-A copy of Eve: Contemporary Cuisine, Methode Traditionnelle by Eve Arnoff, Chef/Owner of Eve, the Restaurant (described by famed chef Mario Batali as “exquisite”) along with a spice kit put together by Eve herself;
-Delicious smoked salmon from the world famous Durham’s Tracklements (praised by New York Times food writer Marian Burros as one of the best smoked fish purveyors in the country);
-And a gift card from Everyday Wines/Everyday Cook that you can use to pick up a couple of bottles of wine to go with the meal you’ll be making, take a knife skills class or to fund a pretty serving dish. Because of the gift card, this prize might be best for those who live in or visit Ann Arbor frequently, but if an out of towner would like the prize, one of the Gastronomical 3 could serve as your purchasing agent at Everyday Cook.
But don’t stop at our prize, whose special code is UC18 — there’s a veritable flood of them at Kayln’s Kitchen, our midwest foodbloger hostess. And Chez Pim has a comprehensive list of all prizes from participating food bloggers.
And in case you’re wondering, we don’t handle any of the money stuff ourselves. Pim’s set up a secure way to do this on the FirstGiving site.
And because this should be as simple as possible, here’s a handy breakdown for you on how to participate in A Menu for Hope:
1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope at Chez Pim.
2. Go to the donation site at First Giving and make a donation.
3. Please specify which prize you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form. You must write in how many tickets per prize, and use the prize code. (Each $10 you donate will buy one raffle ticket toward any prize. 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 check the box to 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 on Chez Pim on Wednesday Jaunary 9 for the results of the raffle.