Full of Hope and Help

Food bloggers around the world are working to give to those in need this season, raising money by raffling off a staggering array of meals, culinary experiences (coffee with Thomas Keller!), cookbooks, and more.

The program, A Menu for Hope, is now in its third year. Originated by Pim, of Chez Pim, last year’s event raised more than $17,000 to help victims of the Kashmir earthquake. This year the hopes are even higher, and all proceeds will go to the UN World Food Programme to help fight hunger in countries around the world.

Pim explains it best on her blog:

To us Food Bloggers, food is a joy. On our blogs, we celebrate food as a delight or even an indulgence. Unfortunately, many others who share our world do not share that privilege. For them, food is a matter of survival. This “Menu for Hope” is our small way to help.

And the prizes—donated, assembled and solicited by bloggers around the globe—are quite a haul. There are vouchers for meals in fantastic restaurants, including Manresa, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and Tetsuya’s (airfare not included).

There are also opportunities for face time with famous foodies—like Thomas Keller, Harold McGee, and David Lebovitz—and the famous of the food-blog world: photography lessons with Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks, dinner in Seattle with the Gluten-free Girl, a cooking date in New York with the Wednesday Chef.

Beyond the experiential prizes, there is just plain loot: Cookbooks (many of them signed), cooking gear (knives, pasta maker, KitchenAid mixer), and food and wine items from near and far. It’s enough to make any foodie’s heart go pitter-patter with hope.

The campaign is ongoing until December 22, with each $10 donation getting you one raffle ticket for the item of your choice. Individual prizes are listed on the website of the sponsoring blogger, but the whole roundup can be found at Chez Pim.

Those of you angling for a coffee date with Mr. Keller had better hop to it.

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