a fabulous dinner helps those without food


a menu for hope, originally uploaded by shaunaforce.

Smoked black cod with fingerling potatoes, sautéed leeks, and remoulade. Lamb chops with endive and black pepper vinaigrette. Squid ink risotto with Dungeness crab, Jerusalem artichokes, and a Madras curry vinaigrette. Bananas and pineapple flambéed in rum.

Doesn’t it just make your mouth water?

It is hard to remember, in the midst of imagining this incredible meal, just how many people are hungry. Of course, I don’t mean the kind of hungry I am now, wondering about breakfast. I mean, hungry.

Food bloggers think about food. Most of us also think about the absence of food.

I am acutely aware, every time I post a piece on this site, of how lucky I am. Even with bread gone bad, or days of feeling wretched and not being able to eat, I am blessed. And I want to give back.

This year, food bloggers around the world are banding together to participate in Menu for Hope III. Last year, the collective group raised over $17,000 for UNICEF. This year, we are giving to the UN World Food Programme, and we are hoping that we can raise far more this year. Come on — it’s the holidays. Let’s go for double of last year!

We all give what we can. Some of my fellow food bloggers are offering free photography lessons, chocolate tours of Paris, copies of their books, and more and more and more. There are so many options. Please, choose one.

This year, I am offering what I can. This year’s prize is.….

Dinner with the Gluten-Free Girl at Impromptu Bistro

As many of you know, I have fallen madly in love with the Chef. You will too, after you eat his food. This year, as our offering for Menu for Hope, we invite you to have dinner at Impromptu Bistro in Seattle.

Whoever has the winning bid for Gluten-Free Girl on Menu for Hope 2006 will have dinner with me at Impromptu. This means, of course, that you need to be in Seattle to collect the prize. However, visitors are as welcome to bid as residents of the rainy city.

Your dinner will include appetizer, entrée, and dessert, as well as wine to accompany each course. That might mean Penn Cove mussels with rosemary, Dijon mustard, and cream, followed by roast pork with a kumquat chutney, sweet potatoes and apples in a red wine sauce, finished up with Meyer lemon panna cotta.

If you need to eat gluten-free, you are in for delight, as the Chef can prepare anything on the menu for you. Here, you can eat with ease, because nothing will make you sick. And even if you do not need to eat gluten-free, you are guaranteed a splendid meal.

I will be there with you, thrilled to meet you and share this food with you.

If you wish to give, here are a few simple instructions as to how:

1. Go to the donations page at First Giving. Donate at least $10. Every $10 bid gives you one raffle ticket for the prize of your choice. If you would like to win the prize from this website, enter in this code: UW16. That number is vital, as you won’t be able to win this prize without it. So, again, that’s UW16. Enter that code in the Personal Messages section.

2. Why not try again? Or enter another raffle? There are so many prizes. You could finish all your holiday shopping this way.

3. Be sure to leave your email address, or otherwise there is no way of contacting you. (Imagine the organizational nightmare of this endeavor!)

4. Check back to the First Giving page frequently, just to see how we’re doing.

5. Finally, on January 15th, check in at Chez Pim for a list of all the prizes and their winners. Also, whoever wins the prize for this one? Email me as soon as you can, so we can set up our delicious evening!

Whew. That’s it.

Well, not quite.

If you would like to see a list of all the prizes avaiable on the west coast of the United States, check in at Sam’s site, Becks and Posh, for a giant round-up.

Pim,at her site, is keeping a tally of every single prize in the world! Sheesh!

Please give, everyone.

If you have been enjoying the growing love story on this site, or the sound of the food at the Chef’s restaurant, or just want a great meal with someone who is eager to meet you, I hope you will consider this offer.

(Wait a minute! Now I sound like I’m shilling for Ronco!)

Food. Wine. The Chef. A great cause. What more could you want?

6 comments on “a fabulous dinner helps those without food

  1. david

    I’m imagining a romantic little dinner, just for us…except cooked by your boyfriend?! *sigh* I’ll guess it’s true; all the good ones are taken.

    Great gift and best of luck to you and your readers winning this gift, as well as bidding on the many others!

  2. Genevieve

    Good for you and the Chef — I was just feeling how wasteful this holiday can be and how much excess there is when I read your most recent blog and was moved to donate. I will have a bit of travel to do if I am so lucky as to win a meal with you but I have family there and it would be soooooo worth it! Hope it helps get many people to donate. I could only give the minimum right now but if everyone just gives 10$ just think how much that could help. I hope your flu is gone now! Keep up the great attitude! Can’t wait for your cookbook!

  3. Anonymous

    I would love to win this prize, unfortunately a trip to seattle is way out of my budget! Am busy looking at prizes that can be posted to me.

    The thought of that food makes my mouth water.

    PS hope you’re feeling better.

  4. Brett

    Shauna, I agree with David. Well, I suppose if your Chef is cooking dinner, I’ll have to bring along my wife. I’ve been wanting to visit Seattle and your prize — if I win — just may be the perfect incentive. The idea of that crab/squid ink risotto is making my mouth water.

  5. Sam

    Hey — now I have David all to myself?

    thanks so much for your fabulous gift, both of you!

    Hope you are feeling better,

    sam

  6. Shauna

    David, dear David,

    It took me such a long time to get over you. It was only when I was able to let go that I met the Chef. Still, if you wanted to come by, I’m sure we could keep you two from fighting over me. …
    Thanks, my friend. xx

    Genevieve,

    Oh, I hope you win! A chance to visit your family, and I would love to meet you. You certainly wouldn’t be disappointed in the dinner.

    Beccy,

    Oh, I so wish that we could triangulate a visit with you and Sam to Seattle. But best of luck on the prizes available to you. I am on the mend, to be sure.

    Brett,

    Aw shucks. You and David are making me blush! Please, please do come to Seattle with your lovely wife. The crab/squid ink risotto is only on this month, so hurry. It’s spectacular!

    Sam,

    Sigh. It seems we will be perpetually pining for him…

    Thank YOU for all your hard work, woman. My god.