17 December 2006

Menu for Hope III: Day Seven/Yummy ways to travel

It’s been a couple of days since I last updated you on the Menu For Hope III campaign. I’m really pleased to write that we’ve surpassed last year’s total and according to the donations page we've raised US$20,000.70.

Just a quick note because some of the regional coordinators (including me) have been getting some questions about the prizes. You can put your name down for any prize you want. Almost every prize can be shipped to any destination worldwide.

If you want the opportunity for a little bit of Canada to be shipped to you, please visit our regional round-up.You don't have to be Canadian to bid on these--if your name is drawn (and you've let us see your email address), we'll ship these books to you, where-ever you are. As always, you can put your name in for one prize with a US$10 donation.

To continue with the idea of prize themes (my last post looked at all the lovely cookery books available from us), today’s post is about our prizes that bring you tastes from such far flung places such as Calgary (AB), Halifax (NS) and Waterloo (ON):

Today: Yummy ways to travel

I’m sure I’m not alone in some of my souvenir choices. I come home with jars and bags of edible treats reminding me of the flavours or experiences of distant or not too distant lands. I’ve even asked friends to bring me things that I've heard of , but can't necessarily find find -- yes, my friends put up with a lot.

Three of our prize donors are giving you the opportunity to experience treats from their own backyards. Two of them will arrive to your doorstep and the last you’d have to travel to, but your tummy and tastebuds will be taken care of.

CA04. A Taste of Waterloo County

Looking for an interesting outing on a late-Spring-Summer Saturday in 2007? A little more than an hour’s drive from Toronto, Ontario, a mini-adventure awaits the winner and up to three guests in Waterloo County. Work up an appetite at a guided hike through the Waterloo moraine (a beautiful natural aquifer, protected from development). Afterwards, I (yes, me, Jasmine) will prepare us a simple supper at tranquil Sunfish Lake (pictured), hosted by Edna Staebler’s dear friend and neighbour. Thanks to the very kind people at Wilfrid Laurier Press, you will also receive a copy of the just-off-the-press re-release of Edna’s first cookbook, Food That Really Schmecks. An optional morning at the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market can also be included on this day-trip.
If you want to win this prize, please enter CA04 on the donation form.

CA09. Culinary Calgary To Go
Sara from i like to cook exports some of Calgary, Alberta’s finest foodie things. If you win this prize, you’ll receive a copy of The Best of City Palate, a collection of 10 years’ worth of the Calgary publication’s interesting, humorous and thought-provoking columns along with outstanding recipes. Along with that is a bag of Bernard Callebaut Bittersweet Chocolate Drops—a chocolate lover’s dream. The last two items in the package are a cheery handmade apron by Sara along with five of her family’s favourite recipes.
If you want to win this prize, please enter CA09 on the donation form.

CA17. Nova Scotian Goodness
Teh Culinary Skillz’s Meg, put together a Nova Scotian package to be delivered to your doorstep. She's including some smoked salt, harvested from the Atlantic ocean. If you like salmon, why not try some of the special salmon seasoning she's including? To balance out the flavours, she's included some lavender-infused sugar, which is perfect on homemade cookies. If you want a bit of a sweet retreat right now, she's also included some lovely homemade biscotti (chocolate hazelnut and cranberry) to tide you over, which goes perfectly with the wild blueberry tea.
If you want to win this prize, please enter CA17 on the donation form.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jasmine! Thanks for coordinating this for such a good cause.

Your comment about travel souvenirs cracked me up. I just returned from India, and while I did indulge in a handidraft or two, the bulk of my purchases were spices, cookbooks and kitchenware (including a heavy brass pot). My friends thought I was nuts when I wanted to go to the stainless steel center in Chennai to buy stuff.