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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Menu for Hope IV

The House of Annie is participating in this year's Menu for Hope IV, which is is an annual campaign by food bloggers to raise funds for the United Nations World Food Programme to help fight global hunger. Last year, Menu for Hope raised almost USD$63,000 in donations to support the WFP. This year, funds raised will go to a school lunch program in Lesotho (a country surrounded by South Africa) that purchases food from local farmers rather than relying on grains shipped in from overseas.

The idea for Menu for Hope is simple and fun: food bloggers around the world offer food-related prizes for raffle to raise money. Some of the amazing prizes up for raffle this year include a personal tour of the el Bulli kitchen laboratory with Ferran Adria, a private tour of Love Apple Farms plus a dinner for 2 at Manresa , an autographed copy of "Baking: From My Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan, a "Best of the Ferry Building" gift basket, a KitchenAid stand mixer, and a wine vacation in Napa. WOW!

In keeping with Annie's tomato madness, House of Annie's contribution to Menu for Hope is "The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook" by Mimi Luebbermann. The cookbook is a collection of recipes by different chefs, showcasing heirloom tomatoes from appetizer to dessert, along with wine pairing suggestions. There is also a photographic glossary of heirloom tomatoes, as well as information on cultivating them.

Of course, what good is an heirloom tomato cookbook without any heirloom tomatoes to cook with? So, IN ADDITION to the cookbook, Annie will help the winner choose seeds of 10 varieties of tomatoes out of Annie's library of over 200 heirloom tomatoes. Annie will mail seed packets of these varieties (10-15 seeds per packet) out to the winner along with the cookbook in January.


If the winner is in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will deliver 10 starts of heirloom tomato plants, ready for planting, in late April or early May; or they can come to the House of Annie in San Jose in late August or early September to collect a basket of ripe tomatoes from our organic garden.

So, how can you participate? First check out Chez Pim for the complete list of prizes. Make a note of the prize code for each prize you are interested in. Then go to

and click on the Give Now button. Follow the prompts for how much you'd like to give to the campaign. Specify the prize codes you would like to bid for in the "Personal Message" section of the donation form. To bid for Annie's prize, use prize code UW24.

For every USD$10 you donate, you get one raffle ticket and a chance to win a prize. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and use the prize code. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01 and 3 tickets for UW24. Please write 2xUW01, 3xUW24.

That's it! The donation will be deducted from your credit card and forwarded to the World Food Programme, and the results of the raffle posted on January 9 on Chez Pim. Be sure to tell all your friends about the campaign, and good luck to all who enter!



SteamyKitchen said...

I just started growing tomatoes this year. In fact, I'm the only one in the family who likes tomatoes.
But I'm enjoying the process of watching it grow from baby to HUGE.

The tomatoes are having a tough time ripening. Lots of tomatoes and tons of flowers but its just not quite warm enough.

I got the starts from Earthbox - so I know they are bred to grow in the boxes.

tigerfish said...

I should have participate in Menu for Hope before I leave SFO/Bay Area.
I love heirloom tomatoes but can never remember their names. :O

elkit said...

I won! I am so thrilled. :-))))

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Congratulations, Elke!

Email me at launate (at) gmail (dot) com to arrange for receiving your prizes.

Thank you for participating in Menu for Hope.