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Ahhh The Weekend!

Candying Kumquats

Ah the weekend! I love this time of year when we are all gearing up for the holidays and getting crafty. I’ve been quite busy with work which really feels like play so I am far from complaining but I have had little time to put together a proper post. It’s been over a week since I candied, shot and ate the kumquats in the picture above…see what I mean!! Working on it today since I am off. Promise.

There will be kumquats, Kalamansi limes that I received from my friends Todd and Diane and tarts. At the present time I am filling Candy Cane and Eggnog macarons for a block party. It’s fun. And torture. I want to eat some before we go!!

Menu For Hope 2009

In the meantime, I want to thank all of you who have showed great interest and support in this year’s Menu For Hope initiative. I just want to add that if you emailed me with a "I wish to participate with x gift" but did not provide all the information needed, I can not complete your participation and give you a prize code which you need to obtain to be part of the raffle. Thank you for understanding.

We need you! So keep brainstorming and putting together awesome prizes for the raffle or promote the initiave on your blog! You can read a lot more about P4P here.

Menu For Hope 6: Call For Prizes!

Menu For Hope 2009

I am honored and thrilled to be the East Coast host for this year Menu For Hope, an annual fundraising campaign hosted by Pim of Chez Pim and a revolving group of food bloggers around the world. Along the years, Menu for Hope has raised nearly a quarter of million dollars in support of the good work of the UN World Food Programme, helping to feed hungry people worldwide.

This year, Menu For Hope is supporting a new initiative called Purchase for Progress (P4P). P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation. P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops. This will also help local economy by creating jobs and income locally.

How does it work?

People from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. This year the raffle will start on December 14th and end on December 25th. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of your choice.

How can you help?

– Participate in Menu for Hope VI by donating a raffle prize or by promoting Menu for Hope on your blog.

– Please contact the host in your area (the list is below) to obtain a prize code and be listed on the official Menu for Hope prize list. (Important: please do this before you list your prize on your blog, unrecognized prizes will not be added to the main list.)

– The prize you offer need not be of high monetary value, but it should appeal to your readership. A small rule of thumb we’d like to suggest is that each prize offered should have the potential to raise at least $200.

– Each donor is also responsible for shipping their prize to the winner so please make sure your budget covers it. It’s important that you specify where your shipping area will cover when you offer the prize. No restrictions is always a plus but if you must, then please be very clear in your blog post so as not to confuse our donors.

Menu For Hope 2009

To recap:If you’d like to participate, please send to your regional host, before December 10th:
– your prize information/description (100 words or so)
– shipping restrictions or other "to be used by" details if needed
– two images: 75×75 thumbnail and 200x200px
– your name, preferred email address and blog name

Your host will issue your prize code and give you further instructions on what to do for the Menu For Hope raffle launch on December 14th.

Here are your local hosts for this year’s Menu for Hope:

US: West Coast
Shauna of Gluten Free Girl (glutenfreegirl[at]gmail[dot]com)

US: East Coast
Helen of Tartelette (mytartelette[at]gmail[dot]com)

Europe *and* the UK:
David of David Lebovitz(david.lebovitz[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Tara of Seven Spoons (tara[at]sevenspoons[dot]net)

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand:
Ed Charles of Tomato (gastrotom[at]gmail[dot]com)

Special Wine Blog Host:
Alder of Vinography (alder[at]vinography[dot]com)

Come back to Chez Pim on Monday December 14 when the campaign goes online for a link to the donation site.

The raffle is handled by an online fundraising company called First Giving. The bloggers never touch the money. The WFP don’t waste overheads on processing mini-donations, the majority of which are between $10-$50, that’s a whole lot of tenners to make up $90K.

Whether you choose to bid or buy raffle tickets, thank you! You guys ROCK. I’ll never this enough…

Don’t be shy…Ok, I’ll start:

For this year MFH I am donating a one day 101 macarons making class (here in SC unless you are willing to ship me!) and three 8×12 prints from my etsy shop. Details to come next week.