The UK section of the fund raising exercise, Menu for Hope, have posted details of the prizes available.
Menu For Hope, for those in the dark, is a world-wide fund raising event where various prizes are put up for auction. It was the brainchild of Pim of Chez Pim and involves bloggers and other donors from around the world each give something to be raffled off online for the benefit of the UN World Food Programme charity.
This year’s campaign runs from 10-21 December and all the funds raised will be allocated to a school feeeding programme in Lesotho.
There is a hugly tempting array of prizes for the UK section. These range from food hampers and cookery books though to Dinner for two at Patterson’s restaurant in London and a Sourdough Bread Baking Starter Kit.
Anyone can buy tickets to try for one of these prizes –
1. Choose the prize or prizes of your choice from the main Menu for Hope site. (This is the global list of all prizes donated this year. Alternatively, you can see only the UK prizes on Cooksister.) You must make sure to check the terms and conditions for the individual prizes BEFORE you bid, as some will come with restrictions regarding where they ship to or how long the prize is valid for.
2. Go to the donation site and make a donation. The hosts do not handle the cash at all – it goes directly to Justgiving to be passed on to the World Food Programme.
3. Please specify the prize code of the prize you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. If you are buying more than one ticket, please indicate how you would like the tickets to be allocated. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02. Please write 2xEU01, 3xEU02.
4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.
5. Please 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.
For the fifth consecutive year the WellFed Network is hosting the Food Blog Awards. While not exclusively focused on the UK – blogs have been nominated from across the world in 14 different categories – several UK blogs are in the running.
You can vote for your favourite blog in the following categories –
- Best Food Blog – Chef
- Best Food Blog – City – including Kristan in London
- Best Food Blog – Drinks
- Best Food Blog – Family/Kids
- Best Food Blog – Group
- Best Food Blog – Humour
- Best Food Blog – Industry – including The Guardian’s Word of Mouth
- Best Food Blog – New
- Best Food Blog – Photography
- Best Food Blog – Post
- Best Food Blog – Rural
- Best Food Blog – Theme
- Best Food Blog – Writing – including The Cooksister
- Food Blog of the Year
One of the better UK-based food blogs – Eating Leeds – is running a fine looking competition in conjunction with Hotel Chocolat, where the prize is a mouth-watering selection of their very finest chocolates and a recipe book. The winner then competes for even more fine prizes.
“Do you have the best Christmas chocolate-chip cookies in town? Is your Christmas chocolate log simply to die for? Then why not put your recipe to the test against the rest of the country.
All you have to do is submit your recipe – the more original the better – and you could win a Christmas chocolate selection box (pictured) AND a copy of Hotel Chocolat’s 101 Best Loved Chocolate Recipes. The lucky winner of the Eating Leeds and Hotel Chocolat Christmas competition will also be entered automatically into the Hotel Chocolat Grand Prize recipe competition and could win even more seasonal chocolate goodies!
Do you think you’re the finest chocolate chef in the land? Well there really is only one way to find out … and that’s to head over to Hotel Chocolat and submit your recipe!”
Full details of the competition at Eating Leeds
The food porn showcase – Does My Blog Look Good In This - has had the hosting baton passed on to SpittoonExtra for this month.
Each month food blog owners select one of their images as being the very best they can produce in the realm of food imaging (foodporn in short). A team of judges then rates each picture on the grounds of originality, edibility and aesthetics.
Fourteen entries so far; showing original pictures that appeared on blogs during July. Over 100 entries is the ‘norm’ for DMBLGIT.
A Picassa album has been created for your viewing pleasure. Our current favourites are the hollandaise sauce picture by The Passionate Cook and the Raspberry Dahilia mousse with Mint Choc Leaves by R Khooks.
Does all organic food taste of dung?
Of course if you are trying to be a hip-and-amusing Londonist writer, it all does. Alternatively you could head over there anyway to enter their competition to win a £50 food hamper. Contents of said hamper are
Ligurian Riviera Pesto
Amatriciana Pasta sauce
Sun-dried tomatoes in extra-virgin olive oil
1 bottle of Organic Extra-virgin Olive Oil
Hazelnut and Chocolate Spread
1 bottle of Müller Thurgau Alto Adige D.O.C. 2005
1 bottle of Lacryma Christi D.O.C Rosso 2005
Not bad…. and certainly not dung!