December brings an onslaught of Christmas cookies, latkes, eggnog—and, if you’re a food blogger, the two biggest events of the year: the annual Food Blog Awards, sponsored by the Well Fed Network, and the fourth edition of the Menu for Hope fund-raiser, brainchild of Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim.

The award winners are in, after a nomination process and open voting. This year proved to be not terribly exciting, with accolades going to favorites from previous years: 101 Cookbooks, Becks & Posh, Farmgirl Fare. The real surprise was the lack of nods to Smitten Kitchen (really, people, how did that happen?) and a win in the best writing category for college freshman Hannah, the blogger behind BitterSweet, a food and crafts blog.

In a more altruistic vein, Menu for Hope, the annual food blog fund-raiser, will end this Friday. Sponsored by Chez Pim, with help from other participating bloggers around the world, this event offers a dazzling array of prizes. A raffle will select a winner for each prize, to be announced after the first of the year. With prizes that run the gamut from lunch with food notables such as Harold McGee to a personal tour of the El Bulli kitchen laboratory at the new Alícia Institute and a meal for two cooked by Heston Blumenthal, it’s a foodie’s favorite way to do good.

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