Sunday, December 10, 2006

Hope for the Holiday Season

10 million people die every year from hunger.

This holiday season, you can help.

Erin's Kitchen is participating in Chez Pim's 3rd Annual Menu for Hope, a foodblogger event to raise money for the UN World Food Programme, which helps the hungry around the globe.

The event is an online raffle, with foodbloggers providing all sorts of great prizes. Tickets are only $10, and you can bid on specific prizes. For a full list of prizes, visit Chez Pim, and for a list of all West Coast participants, visit Becks and Posh. See below for bidding directions and information on the prize I'm offering:

Arabesque by Claudia Roden and $25 Penzey's Gift Certificate
CODE for raffle tickets: UW15
Where to buy the tickets: First Giving Menu for Hope

Can't afford a trip to Morocco, but crave the spicy-sweet flavors of a well-made tagine? This prize is for you. Arabesque, the latest cookbook by Middle East food expert Claudia Roden, bursts with lively, flavorful recipes from Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon. She provides a wealth of historical and cultural tidbits as well as details on unfamiliar ingredients. In addition to a brand new copy of the cookbook, shipped direct from Powell Books, you'll get a $25 gift certificate to Penzey's Spices, so you can build your Middle East spice cupboard.
Details on how to bid:

1. Go to the donation page at First Giving Menu for Hope. Remember, the code for my prize is UW15.

2. Make a donation, each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. Please specify the prize code(s) of the prize(s) you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. Do tell us how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code -for example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01 and 3 for UW02.

3. If your company matches your charity donation, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

4. Please also 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.

5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the result of the raffle. (The drawing will be done electronically. Our friend the code wizard Derrick at Obsession with Food is responsible for the wicked application that will do the job.)


Kalyn said...

What a great prize! Last year I actually won something. I hope we will raise tons of money!

Sam said...

thannks Erin - this prize is going to spice up someone's New Year.

shuna fish lydon said...

I can vouch for this prize! It's a wonderful book I am reading from the beginning, every night before I go to sleep. It's thorough and thoughtful, historical and informative.

Fantastic raffle gift!

Brett said...

Great gift, Erin. It's one of the new cookbooks that I'd love to own. I love the cooking from that part of the world. And I'm excited to discover a new blog (I grew up in LA)! I'll have to add you to my links page.

cybele said...

Very cool ... my mother raves about Penzy (I'm planning on visiting one of their stores over the holidays).

I did a roundup of the candy focused prizes over on my blog (but I'll probably be bidding on the cheese and wine packages).

Raspberry Sour said...

Hi Erin, I've been dying to get my hands on this book, and what better way than Menu for Hope. I see that it's coming straight from Powell's, and I know they ship to Canada, but I just want to check with you that I can claim the prize if I live in Toronto?

Cheers, RS

Erin S. said...

thanks for the kind words everyone--I've been loving this book for the past few months--my holiday party this weekend will center on recipes from this book.

And big thanks to Sam and Pim for organizing such a great event.