Raffle ticket sales close 21 December 2007 US-time. I'm guessing that to be about 7.00pm Saturday 22 December Sydney-time (GMT +10) but bid early just to make sure :)
The donations are flooding in, and the total monies put toward Asia Pacific prizes has doubled from three days ago to a new total of US$3,030. There are still prizes with a low number of bids. That doesn't mean they're not worth your while. It means you should definitely bid on them because your odds of winning couldn't be better!
I love the uniqueness of some of the experiences on offer. Who wouldn't want to spend a day behind the scenes on a photo shoot with Australian Gourmet Traveller (AP38). Who wouldn't want to see how the professionals style their food so deliciously? I'd love to check out their cameras, plating, backdrops and lighting.
Wannabe chefs, pastrymakers or just plain dessert lovers should be clamouring for the opportunity to hang out with the boys from Big Boys Oven (AP14). If you can't stand the heat, then why not help generate some by being restaurant critic Stephen Downes' review companion (AP15).
Keen to get in on some cooking action? Impress your friends at your next dinner party after learning the beauty of kaiseki with Kei's Autumn Menu cooking class (AP36). Budding chefs should make good use of the gourmet chef's hamper from Kochi, Japan (AP10), not to mention the wow factor of homegrown organic white peppercorns (AP09) and a unique opportunity to sample the world's hottest chillies (AP07) homegrown and dried in India.
If cooking sounds like far too much effort, then slap a couple of gourmet Terra Rossa beef burgers on the barbie (AP03 and AP04) and wash them down with Ed's chemical-free stout (AP16).
Did someone say dessert? I say yes please to the entire range of Biscuit Tree shortbread (AP17) handmade by foodblogger Chocolatesuze's burgeoning biscuit business.
Still can't decide? Here are the latest bid stats...
|AP02||$300 dining voucher to Perama, Sydney from Grab Your Fork||34|
|AP13||Degustation dinner for two with matching wines at Interlude, Melbourne (valued at $AU400) from At My Table||29|
|AP35||Global 7-piece Synergy knife block set (valued at AU$610) from Grab Your Fork *new||28|
|AP01||$200 dinner voucher for two people to Ocean Room, Sydney from Grab Your Fork||24|
|AP27||Special Tuesday night Chef's table degustation dinner for two people with wine at Attica, Melbourne (valued at AU$200, valid on Tuesdays only) from Tomato *new||24|
|AP37||RM500 dining voucher from Elcerdo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Babe in the City - KL *new||18|
|AP30||An eating tour of Bangkok with Austin Bush, Thai food expert and Lonely Planet writer plus a copy of the latest edition of Lonely Planet Bangkok Guide (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings *new||14|
|AP11||6-week online diet makeover (valued at AU$295) from Limes & Lycopene||14|
|AP07||A bag of the world's hottest chillies, homegrown in Nagaland, India from Rambling Spoon||12|
|AP15||Review with Stephen Downes, one of Australia's most experienced restaurant critics (Melbourne) from Tomato||10|
|AP18||Weekend stay at a holiday house in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, VIC (valued at AU$500) from A Goddess in the Kitchen||8|
|AP09||500g of organic white peppercorns homegrown by Wena's Granny from Mum-Mum||8|
|AP26||Jar of homemade chocolate chip cookies from Babe in the City - KL||8|
|AP14||A day behind-the-scenes with cake and gateaux company Big Boys Oven & Kitchen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Big Boys Oven||6|
|AP19||Logo design and development by a professional graphic designer (valued at AU$500) from Spicy Icecream||6|
|AP21||10 dinner set vouchers at Zuup Soup Bar at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (valued at RM180) from Babe in the City - KL||6|
|AP06||Cookbook set: "Sharing Plates" by Jared Ingersoll and "A Year in My Kitchen" by Skye Gyngell (valued at AU$85) from Stone Soup||5|
|AP08||One-year subscription to Vogue Entertaining & Travel (valued at AU$53.70) from Food Lovers' Journey||5|
|AP10||Gourmet chef's hamper from Kochi, Japan from Obachan's Kitchen & Balcony Garden||5|
|AP16||Nine bottles of chemical-free stout made at Barleycorn Brewers in Melbourne from Tomato||4|
|AP05||Nigella Lawson Kitchen Utensils set in cream worth AU$160 from Not Quite Nigella||4|
|AP38||A day behind the scenes on a food styling shoot with Australian Gourmet Traveller from Morsels and Musings *new||4|
|AP04||6kg box of Gourmet Terra Rossa Beef Burgers (valued at AU$60) from The Foodologist||4|
|AP03||6kg box of Gourmet Terra Rossa Beef Burgers (valued at AU$60) from The Foodologist||4|
|AP36||A spot in Kei's Autumn Menu Kaiseki cooking class in April 2008 (valued at AU$120) from Grab Your Fork *new||3|
|AP20||Cocoa, vanilla bean and porcini risotto pack (valued at AU$80) from Imbi n Itchy||3|
|AP12||AU$100 gift voucher from the Prince Wine Store in Victoria, Australia from At My Table||3|
|AP29||One night accommodation at hip hotel Dream Bangkok, Thailand (valued at US$280+) from Gut Feelings *new||2|
|AP23||1 bottle of 18-year-old Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky Gold Signature (valued at US$95) from Gut Feelings *new||2|
|AP34||Wild Jungle Honey Collecting Tour with Angkor Conservation Centre for Biodiversity Sustainable Bee Program (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings *new||2|
|AP17||The entire range of handmade shortbreads from The Biscuit Tree (valued at AU$42) from Chocolatesuze||2|
|AP31||One night accommodation in a Deluxe Room at Hotel De La Paix, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia (valued at US$235) from Gut Feelings *new||1|
|AP32||One night accommodation at Be Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia (valued at US$150) from Gut Feelings *new||1|
|AP24||12 bottles of 42 Below Vodka (valued at 12,000 baht) from Gut Feelings *new||0|
|AP25||6 bottles of 42 Below Seven Tiki Rum (valued at 6000 baht) from Gut Feelings *new||0|
|AP22||All of the advertising on LastAppetite.com for one month (valued at US$350) from The Last Appetite||0|
|AP33||Market Tour and Cooking Class with Joannes Riviere, Khmer food expert and author of La Cuisine du Cambodge avec les apprentis de Sala Bai (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings *new||0|
|AP28||Dinner for two at Bed Supperclub in Bangkok, Thailand (valued at 3500 baht) from Gut Feelings *new||0|
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