Monday, December 10, 2007

Menu for Hope -- Dec. 10-20

Alfonso Cevola, fellow Slow Foodie and preeminent wine blogger, has alerted us to a great way to combine our holiday altruism with our never-ending search for unique culinary experiences--participate in the fourth annual Menu for Hope online raffle.

The effort was launched four years ago by the food blogger Pim Techamuanvivit (Chez Pim ) to help the victims of the devastating southeast Asian tsunami. Basically, the effort is a hybrid on-line auction/raffle for great foodie prizes. (Think dinner at the Hinds Head in Bray, England; tickets to Madrid Fusion; cooking lessons in Northern Umbria; and sure to be a favorite, "A Homesick Texan Care Package of Texas Foods, from the Homesick Texan" whoever that is.)

You can find out more at Alfonso's blog, On the Wine Trail In Italy (Alfonso has donated a "Six-Pack of Boutique Italian Wine" to the auction) or at Chez Pim.

Proceeds (which topped $60,000 last year) will go to supporting the school lunch program in Lesotho.


Homesick Texan said...

Howdy Brian, I'm the Homesick Texan--a Dallas-born, Houston-raised woman living in NYC. Nice to meet you! I'm not a member of Slow Food, but I did go to the Salon Del Gusto and Terra Madre in Torino last year, and am a big advocate of eating local (though certain posts on my blog such as, ahem, queso made with Velveeta and offering to ship Ranch Style Beans around the globe may belie that notion.) But any chance I get, I love to visit my grandparents' farm outside of McKinney and whip up a meal sourced primarily from the fruits (and vegetables and fish) of their land. Thanks for the mention!

Brian Cummings said...

Better to have queso with Velveeta than no queso at all. And some things, like coffee and Ranch Beans, you just can't find locally. Hope your next trip back to Dallas coincides with a Slow Food event. We'd love to have you.