Menu for Hope VI Asia Pacific prize list

UPDATE: Select your prizes below and enter using the easy donation widget here.

Phew! Finally here is the first iteration of the local prizes forMenu for Hope VI. Pictures and updates coming soon.

Here’s the instructions for the bloggers.

1. Write a post about Menu for Hope and the raffle bid item they are offering. Please clearly state the bid item code if there’s any restrictions in shipping etc.
2. Link to the main Menu for Hope post. There will be a link to the FirstGiving page and the bid item selector widget on that page.
3. If they want to also link directly to the FirstGiving Page, they can do so at First Giving.
4. Add the following instructions to the end of their post.

To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list.

2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which bid item you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per bid item, and please use the bid item code. Each US$10 (a little of AUD $11) you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of US$50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 – 2xEU01, 3xEU02.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match. (This isn’t relevant to Australian bidders)

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

AP01 Greek Cookery: From The Hellenic Heart by George Calombaris

After the astonishing success of Masterchef George Calombaris is probably the best known chef ever in Australia for his Greek roots and food (as well as his knife and fork skills). “Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart” could be yours for only a US$10 raffle bid. If you are an Australian food blogger you may think George’s book is the last thing you want on your shelf after some of his comments. Buy a ticket and show George that we don’t hold grudges. We are food lovers and we are prepared to forgive those who should know better.

From Barbara at Winos and Foodies. Will ship anywhere

AP02 Wellbeing Check (valued at $150)

This one-off consultation focuses on ways you can bring balance back into your life. The Wellbeing Check incorporates preventative health, diet and lifestyle advice, as well as inspiring ways for you to reconnect with what your mind, body and spirit really needs. This prize is worth $150 and can leave you feeling empowered to make practical changes in a busy life in the new year.

From Gill at City Natural Therapies.

AP03 A cooking class for four worth $400

A cooking class for 4 people anytime after March at George Biron’s Sunnybrae, acclaimed cooking school and restaurant in Birregurra, just outside Melbourne. Bread baking in one form or other is always covered and the wood oven is often also used. This is a hands on course in which a four course seasonal lunch will be prepared using the freshest and most interesting ingredients sourced from as close to Sunnybrae as possible. The maximum class size is 12, which allows time to cover any specific questions or techniques that each participant may wish to explore.

From George Biron at Sunnybrae Restaurant and Cooking School.

AP04/AP05 Four seasons of An Honest Kitchen eMagazine worth $79.80

Four seasonal editions of Kathryn and Lucy’s eMagazine An Honest Kitchen. This magazine combines Lucy’s moody, raw and yet stunning photography with Kathryn’s nourishing and healthy recipes built on fresh seasonal food. Not only is this a visual delight but also packed with delicious recipes. The prize value is $79.80.

Check out Limes and Lycopene.

AP06 $580 ten course degustation of Attica restaurant

A $580 10 course dinner for 2 with matching wines with every course at Attica in Melbourne’s Ripponlea. Right now Ben Shewry is one of the hottest and original chefs in Australia. In the Phaidon book Coco he is featured as one of the top 100 chefs of tomorrow and in January 2010 he will become the first ever Victorian (and 3rd Australian) chef to present his cuisine at Madrid Fusion. Ben’s food is truly unique drawing on inspiration from his childhood in Taranaki, NZ, from the volcano, rivers, ocean, and native bush.

Hosted by myself (Ed).

AP07 $250 dining voucher for Cutler & Co

A $250 dining voucher at Cutler & Co, the restaurant that in 2009 defined high end food served in a casual environment and is one of the most fashionable in town. Best New Restaurant of the Year in The Age Good Food Guide, chef Andrew McConnell’s pared back menu of understated but astonishingly good food is one of the the best dining experiences in town. Set in a rough brick refurbished factory on Gertrude St, The Age described it to “see and be seen”.

Hosted by myself (Ed)

AP08 A day behind the scenes on a food styling shoot with Australian Gourmet Traveller

This is something money can’t buy: a day behind the scenes at a Gourmet Traveller photo shoot. This will give the insights into the reality of contemporary food styling and photography and is sure to result in tips and insights from Australia’s top high end food magazine.

Hosted by Gourmet Traveller.

AP09 A standard colour KitchenAid Mixer worth $649

This is the prize every home cook will drool over, an iconic Kitchenaid Mixer (standard colour) worth $649 from online store Kitchenware Direct. In the history of modern kitchen appliances, nothing is as legendary as the colourful KitchenAid appliances. With the introduction of the stand mixer in 1919, KitchenAid was the first to give the home cook the power to do more. And with their countless innovations in the 90 years since, KitchenAid has become the only name to withstand the test of time. The mixer is constructed of solid cast steel for unparalleled durability, has exceptional versatility and control, and the widest range of colours to suit any home décor.

Hosted by myself (Ed). Delivery Australia only.

AP10 One year subscription to Cuisine Magazine

One-year subscription (six issues) to award-winning New Zealand food and wine magazine Cuisine and a copy of their biennial wine and food guide Cuisine Wine Country. Shipping to New Zealand residents only. Prize hosted by Emily at La Dernière Miette.

Hosted by Emily at La Dernière Miette. Shipping to New Zealand only.

AP11 Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two lucky people worth $80 at the Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney

One of the things that Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella loves to do is high tea. Recently she went to the Sir Stamford’s Pink High Tea in October which was full of lovely little morsels, tea and a wonderful atmosphere and the Sir Stamford Hotel has kindly donated a Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two lucky people worth $80!

Hosted by Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella.

AP12 TOKO Restaurant and Bar $200 food and bar tab, Sydney

COOEEE AUSSIES! To celebrate the Summer season TOKO Restaurant and Bar has donated a $200 FOOD + BAR TAB to sample the new fare and enjoy the finest of Japanese delicacies over cocktails, at iconic Sydney hotspot, on premiere eat street, Crown Street, Surry Hills (for use during January 2010, must be over 18 years old) TOKO has extended trading hours and is open any day of the week. You’ll have even more chance to try TOKO Restaurant & Bar. The new opening times include Saturday lunch and Sunday dinner.

Hosted by Rebecca (@frombecca) from Inside Cuisine.

AP13 Stonesoup ultimate afternoon tea pack and cookbooks

One hardcover copy of Jules’ book ‘and the love is free’ – individually numbered and signed; One softcover copy of Jules’ book ‘and the love is free’ – to share with a friend; A batch of Jules’ mum’s chocolate caramel slice (recipe from the book);A batch of Jules’ mum’s scones (recipe from the book); 2 bottles of home made jam (recipe from the book); a batch of Jules’ mum’s shortbread biscuits (recipe from the book).

Hosted by Jules at Stonesoup. Shipping only to Australia.

AP14 Degustation and matching wines with one night’s accommodation worth $540 at Provenance Beechworth

Degustation and matching wines with one night’s accommodation worth $540 at Provenance Beechworth awarded Best New Country Restaurant by The Age Good Food Guide. Having moved from a motel in Myrtleford to a bank in historic Beechworth, Michael Ryan’s food is impeccable. He uses local ingredients and Japanese influences to more than satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike. This is indeed a special weekend in country Victoria and an experience good enough to recently keep two tired bloggers vital after a 19 hour day.

Hosted by Ed (me).

AP15 Bruny Island Cheese Club membership and Cheesebox worth $100 combined

A one year membership to the Bruny Island Cheese Company Club worth $25 and one of its monthly cheese boxes worth $75. Bruny Island Cheese is an artisan cheese maker in southern Tasmania, at the forefront of developing raw milk and artisanal cheese in Australia. Owned and operated by Nick Haddow, the cheese are all made and matured using traditional techniques and are some of the finest artisan cheeses made in Australia. If you haven’t tried Bruny Island Cheese yet this is your chance for US$10 bid ticket.

Hosted by myself (ed). Delivery Australia only.

AP16 That Jess Ho’s drinking tour of Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood

One of the few Melbourne born-and-breds, outrageously unwealthy and more sarcastic than a broom in a convent. Don’t ask me what that means, but she says, ‘Generally Awesome,’ a little too much. Wanting to help, with no means to donate, time is something of much value. Thatjessho will take you on a drinking tour of Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood. There will be martinis, negronis, beers, wines and sex (there will be no sex). Stalkers need not apply or she will make the baby Santa cry.

Hosted by That Jess Ho.

AP17 Heilala Vanilla valued at $120

1 x vanilla pack, valued at $120. This includes: Heilala Vanilla Pods (three in glass tube); Heilala Vanilla Extract, 100ml jar; Heilala Vanilla Paste, 100ml jar; Heilala Vanilla Sugar, 335g resealable pouch. Heilala Vanilla began as an aid project when NZ’s John Ross put a dormant block of land to good use in Tonga. They established a vanilla plantation and now the project has blossomed into a business that not only created a range of premium vanilla products, but provides the local community with an income.

Hosted by Run Forrest. Australia only.

AP18 Dinner for two, valued at $150 at Mezzo Bar and Grill, Melbourne

1 x dinner for two, valued at $150 at Mezzo Bar and Grill. Luke Stringer and Joseph Vargetto, the duo behind Melbourne’s Oyster Little Bourke will kick off 2010 with a new look space, a new dining philosophy, a very different food and wine focus. Expect more casual environs. A wine list with a more Italian flavour. A menu with impanate, stuzzichini, a salumi selection, pastas, mains and ala piastra.

Hosted by Run Forrest

AP19 Dinner for two, valued at $150 at Libertine, Melbourne

1 x dinner for two, valued at $150 at Libertine, a North Melbourne based restaurant owned and run by Nick Creswick and Zoë Ladyman, a young couple dedicated to their craft of providing not only a superb meal, but an indulgent service experience. They love classic and traditional French cuisine and remain steadfast in their intentions to bring back an old-fashioned style of respectful and responsive service.

Hosted by Run Forrest.

AP20 1 x enthusiast membership Sommeliers Australia, for one year, valued at $100

1 x enthusiast membership of Sommeliers Australia, for one year, valued at $100 which includes: Membership for 12 months includes email news updates, job alerts and invitations to all tastings, no charge for regular tastings ($25 for non-members) and discounted pricing for selected events; Sommeliers Australia conducts a regular program of dynamic wine tastings and events in all five States to further educate not only sommeliers, hospitality and industry personnel but also general wine enthusiasts and consumes who are keen to learn the same insights the professionals do.

Hosted by Run Forrest.

AP21 A case of Gembrook Hill’s current release wines valued at $433.50

A case of Gembrook Hill’s current release wines valued at $433.50, including: 3 bottles of Gembrook Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008; 3 bottles of Gembrook Hill Chardonnay 2006; 3 bottles of Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 2008; 3 bottles Gembrook Hill ‘Mayer Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2008. Gembrook’s wines are regarded as some of the most outstanding examples of their variety in Australia and are crafted with an old-world winemaking mindset. Most vine age now over twenty years. Gembrook Hill was one of the pacesetters in the Yarra Valley with its restrained yet complex style of chardonnay. The sauvignon blanc possesses characteristics found in Sancerre, and is more austere than the typical Australian and New Zealand examples. And the pinot noir has the elegance of old world Burgundy.

Hosted by Run Forrest. Australia only.

AP22 A case of McIvor Estate Wines current release wines valued at $330

A case of McIvor Estate Wines current release wines valued at $330, including: 3 bottles of McIvor Estate Marsanne Roussanne 2009; 3 bottles of McIvor Estate Cabernet Merlot 2006; 3 bottles of McIvor Estate Sangiovese 2007. 3 bottles of McIvor Estate Shiraz 2006. Located in the coveted south end of Heathcote, Victoria, the vines nestle in the sought-after granitic soil amongst dramatic scenery of large granite boulders, majestic rolling hills and imposing gullies that are framed by the Great Dividing Range. Picture-perfect. The property yields award-winning wines, an olive grove producing oils and fruit, and a small herd of Murray Grey breeding cows to keep an eye on things.

Hosted by Run Forrest. Australia only.

AP23 1x $100 voucher at Le Madre Bakery valid for 12 months

1x $100 voucher at Le Madre Bakery (valid for 12 months), an artisanal bakery run by Anna Spurling and Tez Kemp. They specialise is sourdough, crafted using considered techniques and age-old recipes, and it’s all hand-made with a capital N “No” to preservatives, improvers or any other additives. They have also recently developed a range of breads utilising an ancient grain that is experiencing a welcome resurgence, spelt. La Madre’s goods can be found at Thomas Dux stores, providores and some pretty fine restaurant tables throughout Victoria.

Hosted by Run Forrest.

AP24 Two volume set of The Old Foodie’s Menus from History

From The Old Foodie, a 2 volume set of my book Menus from History: Historic Meals and Recipes for Every Day in the Year. There are 365 historic menus here, from over seven centuries – one for every day of the year, for an event that actually happened on that day. Each menu has a commentary, and at least one (usually several) recipes for dishes on that menu, taken from cookery books and other sources from that era.

From Janet at The Old Foodie. Will ship anywhere.

AP25 A case of The Wanderer’s current release wines valued at $420

A case of The Wanderer’s current release wines valued at $420 including: 6 bottles of The Wanderer Lower Yarra Pinot Noir 2008; 6 bottles of The Wanderer Shiraz 2008. Andrew Marks’ label ‘The Wanderer’ enables him to roam about the place searching for small parcels of great fruit to make some special wines. To date, this has centred on the Yarra Valley, working with growers with whom he has known for many years. Emphasis in the vineyard is placed on producing fruit of great intensity. This is achieved by cropping the vineyards at very low levels through hard pruning, rigorous shoot thinning and crop thinning in the case of the shiraz. The result is three vibrant single vineyard wines with great intensity and character.

Hosted by Run Forrest. Australia only.

AP26 Seat for two, At My Table

Fancy winning two seats for an intimate dinner or lunch At My Table set for six with all wines provided? You could choose any part or all of the menu from my blog or bravely leave it all to me. A prize open to even international visitors who might be planning a trip to Australia within the next twelve months (you’d have to buy your own plane tickets though!). The promise is, great food with wines to match. Date arranged to suit all within the next twelve months. Prize code AP26 – one prize of two seats.

Hosted by Neil from At My Table.

AP27 Six months supply of specialty coffee worth $250+

250g bag of specialty coffee roasted by Small Batch sent to your address each fortnight for six months. Rotating selection of whatever’s best that week, be it a blend, single origin or Cup of Excellence. Please specify if you prefer filter-oriented or espresso-oriented.

Hosted by Claire from Melbourne Gastronome. Australia delivery only.

AP28 Brunch for four at Auction Rooms plus 12 Sugadeaux cupcakes total value $140

Brunch and syphon coffee demonstration for 4 people at Auction Rooms PLUS box of 12 Sugadeaux salted caramel cupcakes (or other Sugadeaux flavour of your choice), delivered to you personally at your Auction Rooms brunch by Melbourne Gastronome (schedule permitting!).

Hosted by Claire from Melbourne Gastronome. Australia delivery only.

AP29/AP30 A copy of Jenius’s book I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam, valued at AU$49.95

I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam is a 128 page hardcover, vivid photographic memoir coffee-table style book, covering Jennifer’s experience back to her parent’s hometown in Vietnam plus a detour to Singapore, a country synonymous for its shopping and hawker stalls. Discover the irresistible flavours of South-East Asia. This book will excite, delight, educate and inspire – plus the beautifully illustrated designs, delectable photographs and stunning high quality print materials makes it an ideal gift for foodies this Christmas.

Hostedby Jennifer at Jenius.


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  2. Great initiative- thanks for letting me know. Amazing set of prizes indeed. Will start spreading the word.

  3. Sydney and Forager – happy bidding. I’d like to get more Sydney next year.

  4. Great initiative & thanks for hosting so many great prizes! Now.. what to bid on..

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  6. Impressive! I copulate all the Melbourne goodies! Eager prizes and thanks for hosting.

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  8. Thanks Simon. Fixed. Happy bidding.

  9. all look like amazing prizes. just noticed a typo for Not Quite Nigella title, says ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two lucky people worth $8’ but should be $80 🙂

  10. Hi Anh, yes loads of Melbourne goodies butI wish we had more interstate.

    Hope you win a few Jeroxie!

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  12. Brilliant! I love all the Melbourne goodies! Great prizes and thanks for hosting.

  13. A lot of Melbourne goodies.

    Ed, thanks for hosting!!