Monday, December 15, 2008

Menu for Hope V: Gifts for a Food Lover and Lunch for School Children

Once again Chez Pim is hosting the food blogging event of the year, Menu for Hope.

Chez Menu for Hope Logo

Last year the food blogosphere raised over $100,000 to support the school lunch program of Lesotho through the UN World Food Programme. This year we are hoping to raise even more for the school.

You can go check out the prizes being offered by Chez Pim by visiting Chez Pim's Menu for Hope post this morning. There are links to the regional hosts, including East Coast host Steamy Kitchen.

Here at the Sour Dough we are offering two prizes:

Prize UEo5: A Small Box of LA Burdick Chocolate's mice

Menu For Hope V Prize: Burdick's Mice

I've offered this box of Burdick Mice every year and I am always pleased that it bids well and I get emails from the winner months later telling me how addicted they are to them even though they are almost too cute to eat. These are the signature chocolate of one of the best chocolatiers in the United States, Larry Burdick. The mice are in three flavors: dark with orange interior, milk with mocha interior, and white with cinnamon interior. Each mouse comes decorated with an adorable face and pretty silk ribbon tail. Sorry, due to the nature of the product, shipping for this raffle item will be only to bidders in the US

Prize UE06: A Day of Bread Making with Breadchick:

Menu for Hope V Prize: Day of Bread Baking with Breadchick

This is an "in your home" lesson on making bread completely by hand for the winner and up to three of their friends or family. I will come to the winner's house on a weekend day and teach them to make bread the old fashioned way, completely by hand (no mixer, no bread machine).

The winner will learn all about how to have success with bread and yeast in their home and learn techniques like proofing yeast, kneading, and how do you know you will have bread and not a "hockey puck". We will make two loaves: basic white and one specialty bread like cinnamon rolls, Challah, or whole grain. The winner will also get a home bread making kit that includes my preferred loaf pan, yeasts, King Arthur flour and recipes for the breads we make with step by step instructions. This is the perfect prize for the person who is terrified of yeast and making bread by hand but always wanted to try.

This was a pretty popular prize last year and I had a blast with the winner, who made some pretty awesome bread! Due to the nature of this prize, it is only offered to folks living in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the greater NYC area.

To bid on one of the prizes we are offering here at The Sour Dough or any other prizes all you need to do is:

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

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

3. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice.

4. 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 UE05 and 3 tickets for UE06. Please write 2xUE05, 3xUE06

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 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. Promise!

6. Winners will be announced on Chez Pim on January 12, 2009.

OK, go get yourself or a loved one some cute mice chocolates or a day hanging out with me in your kitchen punching down some dough!