Finally. We’re ready.
1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list, when it’s posted. (That will be up at Chez Pim.)
Okay, there’s more I could tell you, but that’s the gist. You are raring to see the bid items in this raffle, aren’t you?
UW01 Food Styling and Food Photography Workshop with Matt Armendariz
You’re bidding on one Food Styling & Food Photography Workshop to be held in 2010. The class will be held at Matt Armendariz‘s studio in Long Beach, California, March 13 & 14. In this class you’ll spend one day learning the ins and outs of food styling followed by a second day of hands-on photography with Matt. The workshops held thus far have been incredibly engaging, entertaining and packed full of practical information to help your food looks its best and ways to capture that beautiful image. Bring your camera and any questions you have!
This class is valued at $695.
The Fine Print: Winner is responsible for travel to Long Beach as well as accommodations. Lunch and class materials for you will be provided by Matt Armendariz. In lieu of class scheduling and winner’s schedule a personal day of food styling instruction and food photography at the studio can be offered as an alternate. Same conditions apply.
So many people tell us that they’d love to make the leap to eating local products, but they just don’t know where to start. So we’re making it simple with a Locavore Starter Kit: A trial membership to the Soul Food Farm chicken-and-egg CSA (or another CSA of your choice* if you live outside the Bay Area) and a farmer’s market tour with breakfast and local treats.
Soul Food Farm and Married with Dinner are offering a $100 CSA credit toward the winner’s choice of whole chickens, eggs, olive oil, and other farm-fresh goodies. Pick up your winnings all at once, or spread it over multiple pickups: It’s up to you how to spend your CSA credit (subject to the usual order terms, naturally).
Plus, Soul Food Farm farmer Alexis Koefoed has offered a personal tour of Soul Food Farm for the prize winner and up to 3 guests at a mutually agreeable time in 2010.
We’ll also include a personalized tour of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, complete with breakfast or lunch for two, to help the winner find all the great foods they need to make the leap to la vida locavore.
And if that’s not enough, we’ll also bring along a bag full of local and homemade goodies for you to take home after your walk-around. The bag will include some of our own preserves, and an assortment of treats from local folks including a bag of brown rice and a jar of almond butter from Massa Organics.
* A special note for non-Bay Area bidders: If the winner’s residence is not located within 25 miles of a Soul Food Farm drop point, we’ll pay the first month’s box charges ($50 maximum) for any community supported agriculture program in the winner’s area. And the market tour + breakfast portion of the prize is open to any winner, local or visitor, on any Saturday in 2010 (subject to Anita & Cameron’s availability).
UW03 Coffee and Cake from Cucina Nicolina
This lovely package donated by Nicole at Cucina Nicolina includes:
– 1/2 lb. delicious, fresh-roasted Blue Bottle coffee beans
– a small cake/sweet bread or batch of cookies, depending on recipient preference (dietary needs? no problem!)
– a pretty new mug in which to enjoy the coffee
Gratuity is not included.
This bid item offers a selection of six jars of Chez Pims artisan marmalade and jam, plus an autographed copy of Pims new book, The Foodie Handbook: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to Gastronomy.
Beverages and gratuity are not included.
UW07 Four-Month Subscription to Citizen Bean
Citizen Bean offers 4-month subscription of their coffee-roasster of the month club that celebrates the best sustainable and complex roasts from small roasters all over the country. You’ll also receive a Welcome Kit, with a 4-cup French Press, a timer, and other coffee essentials.
Shipping to U.S. only.
This Lowell Ego Two Light Set, donated by Kalyn’s Kitchen, includes two stand lights with two bulbs in each light, bounce cards and backdrop. This will make your food photography much better, particularly in these long winter months.
(This does not include travel or hotel expenses, or meals other than those included with the conference. Men or women can attend BlogHer.)
Romney Steele has written a lovely memoir about her family’s time at Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur. She has donated a copy of My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur, along with one 8oz jar of her apple pear butter and 1 pound of Kevah Granola, both recipes in the book and reminiscent of home. Nepenthe Restaurant has also donated a $100 gift certificate so you can come in to enjoy dinner.
Denise and Laudalino, the couple who run Chez Us, have donated this truffle package.
Valentina Vitols is offering a two-hour long photo tour or Pike Place Market OR a two-hour in-studio photo session. The winner gets to choose.
Elise from Simply Recipes has donated this humungous assortment of artisanal foods from Foodzie.com (think Etsy for food), including Charles chocolates, Sweet Revolution caramel spread, Hawaiian honey, red onion confit, green tomato relish, Ethiopian coffee, and red currant jam.
Susan from Wild Yeast has also donated a signed copy of Advanced Bread and Pastry by Michel Suas, the founder of the San Francisco Baking Institute.
Pack adorable lunches with unusual Winnie the Pooh food shaping tools and a banana-themed “Putifresh” bento set. The yellow bento set includes a watertight bento box, two matching bags, chopsticks, elastic bento belt and a Zespri “spife” (spoon/knife combo) for packing whole kiwifruit. The tools include a boiled egg shaper, sandwich cutter, onigiri rice ball shaper, vegetable cutter, pancake ring and silicone food cups, all shaped like Winnie the Pooh.
Season your way to good taste with Diamond Crystal® kosher, coarse and fine sea salt and put to use that iconic salt cellar you’ve seen Alton Brown using on Good Eats. Use a $25 CHEFS gift certificate to purchase anything else you might need, then cook like the chefs with signed copies of Michael Symon’s Live to Cook and Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook (signed by chefs Jen Biesty, Jamie Lauren and Ryan Scott ). You’ll also get a copy of Good Eats: The Early Years, Top Chef: The Cookbook and Top Chef Quickfire Challenge Game to keep you busy until next season.
Jeanne at Four Chickens has donated signed copies of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home + Langdon Cook’s Fat of the Land.
Jen Yu, the amazing photographer who writes Use Real Butter, has donated one of her original photographs.
Jen Yu of Use Real Butter has also donated a $100 gift certificate to The Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. They offer professional programs and home cook classes throughout the year. Discover what’s fresh. Discover CSR!
Jen Yu of Use Real Butter has also donated a $100 gift certificate to SALT the Bistro on Pearl Street in beautiful downtown Boulder, Colorado. Recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bradford Heap’s SALT serves up local and organic food. SALT: civilizing taste for over 6,000 years.
Patricia Sharpley of Brownies for Dinner has donated this package. It includes a few of the essentials for you to make the perfect brownie: a box of Valhrona Dutch process cocoa powder, a bar of Scharfenberger 70% cocoa bittersweet chocolate, a Chicago Metallic Professional 9×9 square brownie and cake pan, and The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz which has in it the single best brownie recipe Ive tried.
This package, donated by Arnold Gatilao of Inuyaki, means a dinner for 2 at Ad Hoc, as well as a signed copy of the Thomas Keller cookbook. (Beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included.)
This bid item, donated by Arnold Gatilao of Inuyaki, is a copy of Ad Hoc at Home, signed by both Thomas Keller and Chef de Cuisine Dave Cruz.
This bid item, donated by Arnold Gatilao of Inuyaki, is a copy of Under Pressure, signed by Thomas Keller.
This bid item, donated by Arnold Gatilao of Inuyaki, is a copy of Momofuku, signed by David Chang and Peter Meehan.
You have your choice in this bid item donated by Lara Ferroni of Cook and Eat.
Ore Dagan of PotentialGold.com is offering an assortment of delicious Fra’ Mani Salumi hand chosen by Paul Bertolli. Included will be a Fra’ Mani ‘Little Ham’; a Fra’ Mani Pancetta; an extra-large Salame Gentile named ‘Gentile Gigante’ as well as some other items hand chosen at the time of delivery.
Allison from Sushi Day has donated a signed copy of Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time by Casson Trenor, and a $50 gift certificate to Mashiko Sushi Restaurant in Seattle, WA.
Karen Coates of Rambling Spoon has donated this package of photographs and homemade treats.
Helen of Tartelette (mytartelette[at]gmail[dot]com)
Europe *and* the UK
David Lebovitz (david.lebovitz[at]yahoo[dot]com)
Tara of Seven Spoons (tara[at]sevenspoons[dot]net)
Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato (gastrotom[at]gmail[dot]com)
and, last but not least, our special Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography (alder[at]vinography[dot]com)
(any further information about the event or questions about financing go here)