Buy your $10 tickets for Tetsuya’s now


Feeling greedy and that you haven’t done enough for the starving this year? Now’s your chance to sate both appetites. Digusting isn’t it, but you can do good and possibly stuff your face at the same time.
Simply buy a stack of $US10 tickets for the Menu for Hope run by Chez Pim, and coordinated locally at Grab Your Fork, and you could win a ten course meal at Tetsuyas in Sydney or a $400 degustation menu at Interlude at Melbourne. There are plenty of other spiffing prizes, the local ones here. Personally, I don’t deserve anything this Christmas as I’ve really overindulged myself this year but in the spirit of charity will be buying tickets because some of the prizes are so darned tempting.
All the money raised (bar a few per cent creamed off by First Giving) goes to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Oh, and tell you friends about it. Raffle ticket sales end on December 22, 2006.
My own prize offerings are:


Prize code: AP45
Prize detail: A $150 voucher donated by Teage Ezard’s new hip Melbourne restaurant Gingerboy
(27-29 Crossley Street Melbourne 3000 +61 3 9662 4200).
Ignore the stinging review in The Age (and my earlier one). The restaurant is much better than that. The food has all the sweet, sour and chilli bite expected in Asian food and just the right amount of kick. The chilli might sting your aunty but it won’t ruin your date. Gingerboy has a great cocktail list and really bustles – even on a Tuesday lunchtime. It is quite pricy though which is why you should buy a raffle ticket.

Prize code: AP37
Prize detail: James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia RRP $79.95

It is the first book to ever comprehensively map all the wine regions – and there are over seventy – in Australia. It is the definitive work on Australian wine by on of the country’s top wine writers. He studies the types of grapes grown, the soil, the climate, the winegrowing history, and also introduces the most famous and respected wineries, winemakers and their signature wines.
James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia. Donated by Hardie Grant Books.
I will post anywhere in the world.
Prize code: AP38
Prize detail: Sunday Lunch by Gordon Ramsay RRP $45

What surprised me about “Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch and other recipes from the F Word” is that is is a really practical down to earth cookbook. Lots of the books from top rated chefs border on the pretentious and suffer from requiring too many difficult to search out ingredients. Not this one. It’s brilliant. Go and buy a fucking ticket now – code AP38.
Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch and other recipes from the F Word. Donated by Hardie Grant Books.
I will post anywhere in the world.
Prize code: AP39
Prize detail: $120 footbath and facial in a biscuit tin RRP $120

A voucher for a midweek Retreat Facial at Bodyfreedom is South Melbourne. It comprises 75 minutes of pampering and is worth $120 in what is a very cool South Melbourne, um, retreat. And it comes in a biscuit tin. It begins with a cleansing foot bath to wash away the day. Then melt into a back & neck massage while you are deep cleansed, double exfoliated, skin type specific mask, and lymphatic drainage face massage. Then your body will gently be awoken and revived with ritualistic Balinese body palming as well as a scalp & feet massage.

Donated by Bodyfreedom Urban Retreat.

Follow these instructions now (otherwise you will forget):

1. Go to the donation page at First Giving which if you are feeling dim is here.
2. Buy loads of tickets at US$10 each. For each ticket specify a prize code in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form. Specify how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code -for example, a donation of US$1000 can be two tickets for AP37 (Wine Atlas) and three for AP38 (Gordon Ramsay) and five for AP39 (biscuit massage).
3. For US donors, if your company has agreed to match your charity donation, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we may claim the corporate match.
4. For Christ’s sake check allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when she announces the results. (Although there may be a one week delay here as I will be in Cambodia/Laos and possibly incommunicado until the 22nd January.)