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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Menu for Hope: Dig Deep

Wow. As I type this, Menu for Hope III has already eclipsed US$5,000. And we're still only on day two!

Our campaign is off to a roaring success and it's all thanks to every single person involved. Our prize donors have been thoughtful, innovative and very generous. And remember to keep checking the Asia Pacific prize list as I are still receiving late additions every day.

Now you can help us by

a) spreading the word about Menu for Hope (on your blog, at work, to your friends and family, anywhichway you can!)

b) buying raffle tickets ...and with so many fantastic prizes on offer why wouldn't you?

The Asia Pacific region looks to have a record number of prizes so thank you everyone who pitched in. Here are the prizes Grab Your Fork has gathered. Remember to check the full list of Asia Pacific prizes or browse the worldwide listing of prizes.

win a dining voucher for $200 from Baguette

I first found out about Marilyn when we were both interviewed for an article on foodbloggers in The Courier Mail. As a blogging restauranteur, she was one of the first people I contacted to see if she'd be interested in participating. She was only too happy to help.

Her restaurant Baguette has been owned and run by the Domenech family for nearly 30 years. Enjoy classic modern Australian fare with Asian and European influences at this picturesque garden-lined bistro.

Prize Code: AP08

win a degustation dinner for two with wines from Becasse Restaurant, Sydney
(value $320)

Awarded 'Restaurant of the Year' and two hats by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2007, Becasse is the current talk-of-the-town.

Head chef Justin North and his team serve Modern French food in warm yet elegant surroundings. We thoroughly enjoyed their recent Hats Off dinner and were suitably dazzled by the splendour of their Swarovski crystal light fittings that bathe the plush yet cosy interior. This is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or take your bestest foodie buddy and revel in good food and attentive service.

Prize Code: AP09

win a $200 dinner voucher for two at Ocean Room

Eating super-fresh sashimi whilst watching the sun set over the Sydney Opera House is a view that most diners at Ocean Room must take for granted. Perhaps some people are too busy staring at their plate though - head chef Raita Noda creates consistent masterpieces of visual beauty using supremely fresh seafood in his Japanese/Mediterranean take on modern coastal cuisine.

I was lucky enough to attend a cooking demonstration here, and the lunch that followed afterward had us oohing and ahhing at the textures, tastes and presentation.

Prize Code: AP10

win a honey package from Malfroy's Gold
2 x 500g jars of honey, 300g pack of honeycomb and beeswax
(valued at AU$30)

Malfroy's Gold is a new company set up by a migratory bee-keeping family. Although based in the Hawkesbury/Blue Mountains region, this bee-keeping operation moves its 1000 hives all over the state to find the best 'honey flow' for their bees. All products are 100% natural and made only from what their bees produce. Specialists in pure Eucalyptus honeys, they also sell premium raw beeswax 'bullions' - perfect for use in furniture polish, woodworking, candle making, and natural cosmetics.

Their current varieties of honey include Yellow Box, Red Stringybark and River Redgum. Visit them at the Blackheath Farmers Market in the Blue Mountains on the 2nd Sunday of every month. If you pick up your prize straight from their stall, they'll throw in something extra as well!

Prize Code: AP22

win a Tonfisk designer ceramic teapot and tea

with Tonfisk designer ceramic teapot, holder, filter and tea
(valued at S$195)

This stylish Tonfisk teapot exudes Scandinavian elegance - all Tonfisk products are handmade in their workshop in Helsinki, Finland. The oak veneer-wrapped holder allows you to handle the teapot easily and helps keep your tea toasty warm as well.

Also included is a stainless steel tea filter and a pack of T Connection's Sunset Boulevard blend of loose leaf Earl Grey tea.

The teapot is microwave and dishwasher proof. The wood can be easily cleaned by slipping it from the teapot and wiping it with a damp sponge.

Prize Code: AP42

win a $200 dinner voucher to Perama

Enjoy the various tastes of Greece through the ages at Perama. Head chef David Tsirekas is happy to design a menu for you and match it with some of the best boutique wines in Greece; or choose your own, from a menu that includes the Moorish flavours of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire, with dishes like Honey Peppered Figs or Pork Belly Baklava with Date and Mastic Sauce. They also offer caramel baklava ice cream and their olive oil ice cream is unbelievably tasty.

Prize Code: AP46

How does the raffle work? Read on...

  1. Go to the donation page at http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhopeIII.
  2. Make a donation. Each US$10 will grant you one raffle ticket towards a prize of your choice. Please use the unique prize code to specify which prize or prizes you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form. Do tell us how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code eg. a donation of US$50 could be 2 tickets for AP01 and 3 for AP02.
  3. For US donors, if your company matches your charity donation, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we may claim the corporate match.
  4. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we may contact you should you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
  5. Raffle ticket sales end on December 22, 2006. Check Chez Pim on January 15, 2007 when we announce the results of the raffle. Prize drawing will be done electronically.


Raffle ticket sales available now until December 22, 2006.

Winners will be announced on January 15, 2007 on Chez Pim

Menu for Hope III links:
Donation Page
Asia Pacific prize round-up
Worldwide prize round-up
More information on Grab Your Fork
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