Post updated 11 December 2007.
It's the season for giving and receiving. Let's put aside some of our holiday spending money to a good cause, such as the Menu for Hope fund-raising campaign. Organised by Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim foodblog, this annual event rallies food bloggers from all over the world to donate all manners of food-related raffle prizes. Bidding for raffle prizes start from USD10, obviously the more bids submitted the higher the chances of winning that much coveted dinner reservation, that lustworthy set of samurai kitchen knives or the cookbook that you simply cannot exist without.
The beneficiary of this year's campaign is a school lunch programme in Lesotho, Africa. To learn more about how the programme in Lesotho works, as well as find out more information on how to bid, please look through the FAQ here.
This year I am pleased to put up a prize of a Paris Market Tour and Lunch for Two (Code EU04).
We'll visit a local outdoor market to shop for unusual vegetables, learn the differences between duck and goose foie gras, sample homemade marmalades and nibble on artisanal breads. Afterwards, depending on your preference, we can continue our shopping at cookware shops or specialty food stores before heading for a delicious three-course lunch with wine. The food will be French of course, and you can choose from a list that will include classic Parisian bistros, regional specialists restaurants as well as chef-of-the-moment hotspots.
This food-packed activity is valid until 1 December 2008 and will take place on a date that's mutually agreeable to the winner and myself. Please factor about 3 hours for the tour and at least 2 hours for lunch.
I am happy to answer email enquiries if you have any. You can start bidding for this and other prizes from December 10-21, 2007. The place to buy your virtual raffle ticket here at Firstgiving (website: http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhope4), each ticket costs USD10 which is also the minimum bid for any of the prizes.
In the meantime, check out other exciting prices offered by my fellow foodbloggers and also spread the word among your friends and family. The European bloggers are organised by Fanny of Foodbeam, I personally am hankering after EU30, EU31 and EU32. The winners will be announced on Chez Pim on Wednesday 9 January 2008.