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Nika's Culinaria - Eat With Your Eyes: Menu For Hope III

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Menu For Hope III

For the winners of my prints and pinwheels who are visiting here - you do not need to register with blogger etc - just drop me an email at nika7k at yahoo dot com. After I verify your winning status, I will prepare and send your winning prize! Thanks again for bidding in the Menu For Hope!

menuforhopelogoLG (NOT MINE)

If you have been cruising in food blogistan the past several days you likely know by now that the third annual food blog charity event called Menu For Hope III is currently running (Dec. 11 through 22). Last year this event raised $17,000 for UNICEF. According to Pim (Chez Pim) the donations are up to $10,000, and that was yesterday (Dec. 12), on the second day.

They have plenty of great prizes, including a chance at a meal of your life at the renown Tetsuya's in Sydney, the 2-Michelin Starred Manresa in California, Iggy's in Singapore, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London, and more. They offer unique experiences, such as a chance to have coffee with Thomas Keller, or even a cup of tea with Harold McGee. There are also lots and lots of cookbooks, including signed and hard to find items. Also on offer are plenty of goodies from all corners of the world, scrumptious tours, and many other delicious experiences.

World Food Progamme (NOT MINE)

This is a very popular blog event. This year it is benefiting the World Food Programme. I like this charity, gave to it the day of the tsunami, I knew they would get the job done.

If you have a blog, blog about this. If you dont have a blog, send this info to your friends and family! (Details below)

I am going to borrow details on this important event from Sam at Becks & Posh and Pim at Chez Pim (who is the originator and main administratrix of the event). I hope its ok with Sam and Pim that I borrow and paraphrase. There are just so many details and I dont want to get it wrong!

What is the Menu for Hope?

Menu for Hope is an annual online Fundraising campaign hosted by food bloggers all over the world. Now in its third year, Menu for Hope was created by Pim Techamuanvivit. Food bloggers donate wonderful prizes in the hope that their readers will buy $10 raffle tickets to try and win one or more of the goodies on offer.

How much does a Raffle ticket cost?

A ticket costs $10 per entry, with funds going to the United Nations World Food Programme. You can enter as many times as you like, specifying the prize code for the item you want to win with each entry.

Where does the money go?

This year we are raising money for the United Nations World Food Programme. You can read more about this charity at their website.

What are all those UW letters and numbers about?

This year, to help with our automated raffle winner-picking software, we have assigned each prize with a four-digit code. On the west coast USA, all of the prizes start with a UW. Please make sure you use the code that matches the prize you are bidding for when you visit the First Giving site to make your donation.

So, how do I bid on a Prize?

Here's what you should do...

1. Go to the First Giving donation page.

2. Make a donation, each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. Please specify which prize or prizes you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. Do tell us how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code -for example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01 and 3 for UW02.

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

4. Please also check the box to 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.

5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the result of the raffle. (The drawing will be done electronically. Our friend the code wizard Derrick at Obsession with Food is responsible for the wicked application that will do the job.)

Is there somewhere I can go to see all of the prizes in list form?

The organiser, Pim, will have the entire global list of Menu For Hope prizes on her blog.

Becks & Posh will be featuring all of the fabulous US west coast prizes in more detail throughout the campaign which lasts until December 22nd. Prizes will also be added during the campaign, so keep checking back with us.

How long do I have to make up my mind about which of all these amazing prizes I should bid for?

Bidding closes on December 22nd, so make sure you decide before then.

Is there any way I can donate a prize too?

If you live on the pacific west coast of the USA, please write to Sam at, outlining the details of what your prize is, whether there are shipping restrictions, your name, your location, your blog name and your blog name url. She will then send you instructions on how to take part as well as a code number to use. Please wait for the code number before posting about your prize on your blog. Thank you.

If you are not situated in pacific coast USA, please contact the host who represnts your region instead:

# East Coast USA –Adam, the Amateur Gourmet - adrober at
# The rest of the US -Kalyn, Kalyn's Kitchen
# UK/Europe -David Lebovitz-
# Asia Pacific/Australia/New Zealand (Helen of Grab Your Fork - grabyourfork at
# South America (Cooking Diva - pty_cooking_diva at
# Canada (Jasmine at the Cardamom Addict - cardamomaddict at

Can I claim tax back when I make my donation?

Since this is a global event, with entries from many different countries, we suggest you contact a tax advisor in your own country to find out the answer to this question.

Where can I read about prizes from areas outside the west coast USA?

Aside from the west coast Prizes being promoted here at Becks & Posh check out the following:
US east coast: The Amateur Gourmet
US (the rest): Kalyn's Kitchen
Canada: Cardamom Addict
Europe and UK:
Asia Pacific/Australia/New Zealand: Grab Your Fork
And last but not least, our special wine blog host: Vinography

I don't live on the West Coast, can I still bid for these prizes?

There is nothing to stop you, except some of the prizes require pick up in a certain area and others have shipping restrictions. Please check with each individual prize sponsor for more details.

There you go! Rush on out, place your bids, have fun!

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