Menu For Hope V

In case you haven’t read it elsewhere yet, it’s time again for Menu For Hope, the annual collaboration of food and wine bloggers around the world to raise money for a charitable cause.  This year, all donations will benefit the UN World Food Program School Lunch initiative in Lethos.

Raffle tickets for Menu For Hope are $10 each, and you can choose which prize you are trying for with each ticket.  The prizes as always are fabulous, but let’s not forget the ultimate purpose, to raise money for charity.  Last year, over $90K was raised!

All the details are here and you can see the specifically wine-related prizes here. You can purchase your raffle tickets here.  As of this moment, just over $8K has been raised, and you have through Christmas Eve to purchase raffle tickets.

Menu for Hope Prizes Announced

Well, I didn’t win anything, but maybe you did. Here’s the link the Chez Pim.

A great cause, and I’m happy to have participated.

Menu For Hope III

Okay, first, my blog is not down, I have no idea why Wine Blog Watch is reporting it as such, but that’s not cool! Maybe I went on too much of a posting rampage last night, who knows.

Second, Menu for Hope ended on Dec. 22. What a great event, over $58,000 was raised! It will take a while until the prizes are announced, but check with Chez Pim on January 15 to see if you won. I will certainly be checking it out in hopes that I won one of the great prizes I bid on. Even without the prizes, it’s a great cause and I’m happy to have participated and been able to give what I could this year.

However, my pocketbook will be lighter if I don’t win that lot from Twisted Oak, as I’ve been wanting to try their wines and will have to head on over to their site to get myself some.

Reading Wine Blogs

While perusing the New York Times one morning back in the days when my job didn’t know what to do with me, and I was reading upwards of nine papers a day online, I clicked on a link for Eric Asimov’s The Pour. It was the beginning of the end, so to speak. From there, I noticed a column of links to other wine blogs and found, in particular, Alder’s Vinography. I was now officially hooked. A browser is always open to the Wine Blog Watch, which I refresh constantly in hopes of more updates being posted.

I’ve been really impressed over the past months with the community and dedication that exists not only amoung wine bloggers, as evidenced by the monthly Wine Blogging Wednesday started by Lenn over at Lenndevours, which has been going on for over 2 years, but also by the generosity and compassion of the whole food and wine blogging community. It only takes one glance at the current total (almost $50,000!) for Menu For Hope to see the impact this community has.

So, thanks to all, and really, I do mean all, I read every blog (well, those in English and Spanish anyway) that pops up on Wine Blog Watch, for providing hours of entertainment, advice and commentary.

Menu For Hope: Good Cause + Good Prizes= Donate Now!

I’ve been meaning to write about this since I first noticed the post over at Vinography. Many food and wine bloggers have come together to donate some fantastic prizes in order to raise money for the UN World Food Programme. The donation page for this year’s Menu for Hope is here.

You can read all about the great wine prizes on Vinography at the link above and all the other prizes at Chez Pim. There’s still time to donate(but do it now!)! For just $10 a ticket you can be in the running for one of the fabulous prizes, many of which still have fantastic odds! Go!

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