Monday, December 10, 2007

Menu for Hope

Food bloggers from all over the world rally at this time of year to raise money for those less fortunate in a campaign called Menu for Hope. Created and organized by Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim, Menu for Hope raffles off a ton of food-related prizes for just $10 a ticket, with proceeds going to the UN World Food Programme. Last year, Menu for Hope raised an impressive $62,925!

For my part, I am offering the prize of a Homesick Texan Care Package. Missing your favorite Texan foods? This Homesick Texan Care Package is a wonderful way to get the tastes of Texas, no matter where you are. It includes three Robb Walsh cookbooks—The Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook, The Tex-Mex Cookbook and The Texas Cowboy Cookbook—so you can whip up your favorite recipes whenever you get a craving. There's also a tortilla press and a bag of masa harina so you can make your own tortillas; a bag of Kerbey Lane gingerbread pancake mix so you can pretend that you're in Austin on a Saturday morning; a molinillo and Mexican chocolate for cups of frothy hot chocolate on cold winter evenings; a few cans of Ranch Style beans and Ro-Tel Tomatoes and other Texas treats. And all this could be yours for just $10!

The raffle code for the Homesick Texan Care Package is UEO3.

If you're interested in buying into the raffle, my region's organizer, Adam over at Serious Eats, has provided this handy little guide:

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

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

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:

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:
4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

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.

Menu for Hope lasts from December 10 until December 21. 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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Sam said...

that's a great idea for a prize - too bad I am a more of a homesick English lass.

I do have a Texan friend though and and I am going to point her to this prize.

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I am definitely bidding on this!!! Fresh tortillas and queso....I see you in my future!!

David L. said...

talk about 'homesick'....tortillas!!

Anonymous said...

Sandra for Menu for Hope

Wow!!! I love it.... :) tortilla y queso!!
Dear,when you come back in turin??

Ronnie ( said...

I just read about Menu for Hope in the NYT. Terrific of you to participate in this way. I am submitting my bid.

Kristen said...

What a great prize package!

Trojan said...

Ahhhh Kirby Lane...only the finest pancakes around..and two miles from my house:)

Thanks for participating in this charity dealio:)

tiny banquet committee said...

Great prizes!
I was just browsing a list of the worst band names of 2007 yesterday and there is a band called Rotel [sic] and the Hot Tomatoes. I'm sure they sell a lot of t-shirts to homesick Texans . . . .

hensteeth said...

Merry Christmas from Dallas, Homesick Texan. We'll raise a tamale in a toast to you.

Thank you for sharing your recipes. They are gifts from the heart and much appreciated.

(The family favorite so far is your sweet potato cheesecake that I made for Thanksgiving. Yum.)

Homesick Texan said...


Sara--Good luck!

David--Did you ever find a tortilla warmer?

Sandra--Hopefully soon!

Ronnie--Good luck!

Kristen--Thank you!

Trojan--I miss their pancakes so much, but I've found these mixes are a decent substitute for the real thing.

Tiny Banquet Committee--I've heard of the band but have never heard their music. I personally think it's a terrific name for a band, however.

Hensteeth--I'm so glad you're enjoying the recipes! Thank you!

SimmerBright said...

I read the whole article trying to figure out what that wooden staff thing was next to the tortilla press. Good for you and yum! So what is that thing?

Homesick Texan said...

Simmerbright--That's a molinillo for frothing up your Mexican hot chocolate.

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