UPDATE: For those of you bidding from the US, I will be traveling there in early spring and will mail the package from inside the US to avoid customs hassles!
Have you heard of the Menu for Hope?
Last year’s prizes were really spectacular, and this year’s are even better. I’ve already seen the European regional prizes and there are many wine tastings, in-person tours and other wonderful prizes put together by people that want to help (Ilva, I see you’re in there, too! Great!).
I put together a prize that I believe will appeal to anyone, anywhere. And even if it doesn’t appeal to you directly, I’m sure you know someone you can give this to as a gift. And it’s all about CHOICE.
The winner will be able to choose either the Ms. Adventures in Italy “Artigianale Basket” of Italian products, or two Italian cookbooks. The prize code for donating is: EU15 More prize details below.
So How Can You Bid?
- 1. Go to the donation page on First Giving at: http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhopeIII.
- 2. Make a donation!
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 EU15 and 3 for EU02. (Please use the double-digits, not EU2, but EU02.)
- 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.
- 5. Check back at Chez Pim on January 15 when results are announced.
Last, something I recommend telling everyone you can about this awesome opportunity to not only donate to a good cause, but to get something in return that has been thoughtfully selected and/or made for this occasion. Post on your blog to the main donation page or the regional pages. Post about your favorite prize in the running (hopefully mine!)
On to the prize!!!
Some notes about the Artigianale Basket:
The basket is full of products from “micro” manufacturers throughout Italy, and many are hard to find outside their local areas, including White Truffle Oil from Frascati, Bronte Pistachio Cream from Sicily, Rag� di Cinghiale (wild boar pasta sauce) from Tuscany, jar of Nduja “peperoncino & salame” spread from Calabria, Pate di Olive from Liguria, half liter of extra virgin olive oil from her family friend in Puglia, 5 packs “Peperoncino” Hot Chocolate mix from Borgaro Torinese, and 1 pkg of Sara’s favorite handmade Taralli from Dolciaria Monte in Puglia.
Try a new cookbook in the new year! You’re bound to discover and learn something delicious to make with a brand-new copy of Il Cucchiaio d’Argento or The Silver Spoon, the most successful cookbook in Italy, in English for the first time. Also, Giada makes it all look good; if her looks don’t rub off on you, maybe her cooking will! So included is a copy of Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada DiLaurentis.
Food products will be mailed early in 2007. Please only bid on food if you are sure your country doesn’t have any restrictions on these items. Cookbooks will be shipped from Amazon only to countries they service, so check that your country is available on their site.
Anyone that comes in person to pick up the basket in Milan will be treated to my favorite way to enjoy espresso, the Marocchino, or to a big gelato at one of my favorite Tour del Gelato stops! (Prize EU15) Winner can choose which gift they want at conclusion of auction.
What are you waiting for? Time to help end hunger. DONATE NOW!