Friday, December 21, 2007

Charitable Chocolate Deadline: Menu for Hope Ends Today!

Today is the last day of Menu for Hope! Started in 2004 by Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim, Menu for Hope is a collaboration among food bloggers to raise money for the UN World Food Programme. Last year, the organizers raised over $60,000. Here's how it works: between December 10 and 21, hundred of bloggers like me sell (via the fundraising site firstgiving) $10 raffle tickets for an array of foodie prizes. At the end of the campaign, we select one winner for each prize.

I just bid on three items: a pair of tickets to Madrid Fusion, dinner for two at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and a $100 gift certificate to D'Artagnan. I'm also donating a prize of my own: a $50 gift certificate to Mon Aimee Chocolat in Pittsburgh with a selection of mini artisanal chocolate bars. Shipping's free anywhere in the world and Menu for Hope organizer Pim has tagged the Chocolate in Context/Mon Aimee Chocolat prize as one with good odds.

The Chocolate in Context/Mon Aimee Chocolat Prize Code is UE41.

To buy a raffle ticket for this prize only, go directly to firstgiving, entering 'UE41' in the 'Personal Message' section. To find out more about other prizes on offer, please follow the directions below.

To Enter

If you're interested in buying into the raffle, here's what you need to do:

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

2. Go to the donation site at and make a donation.

3. 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. Example:

Basic Order

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02. Please write 2xEU01, 3xEU02. Example:

Advanced Order >

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 can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

Check back on Chez Pim on Wednesday, January 9 for the results of the raffle.

Thanks for your participation, and good luck in the raffle!


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