Menu for Hope

Menuforhopelogosmall Like many other food bloggers, I am participating in Chez Pim’s third annual Menu for Hope program, a fundraising effort for the United Nations World Food Programme. Across the globe, food bloggers are donating products, services or even themselves for your bidding pleasure. Last year, this effort raised over $17,000 for UNICEF’s support for those affected by the massive earthquake in Northern India and Pakistan.

We West Coast bloggers are being rounded up by the always fabulous Sam of Becks & Posh. Yes, there are so many bloggers offering up wondrous and covetable wares, they have to be corralled by region. What can I say, we food bloggers are givers.

Each $10 donation gets you one raffle ticket for the prize of your choice. And there are oh, so many awesome prizes to vie for.

For our contribution to this wonderful program, I offer you:


The book that spawned yet another food blog!
Prior to launching Hedonia, Sean Timberlake and DPaul Brown created a
cookbook of the dishes they just love and love to share. In this
full-color compendium, you get dozens of kitchen-tested recipes, all
actually consumed by unwitting guinea pigs guests to rave reviews.
Each dish is lushly written and photographed by the lushes themselves, and is
peppered with tidbits of wit and wisdom. This book is not available in
stores! The winning bidder will receive an autographed copy.

BONUS: We will also throw in one 8×10 print of any image from the book. Stay tuned for excerpts to be posted over the next few days.

You know you want it. Here’s how you can try and get it:

  1. Go to the donation page at First Giving.
  2. Make a donation. Each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. Please specify which prize(s) you’d like in the "Personal Message" section in the donation form when confirming your donation. If you are purchasing more than one ticket, be sure to specify how many tickets per prize, using the prize code. The code for Cookin’ at the Castello is UW26.
  3. If your company matches your charitable donations, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we can claim the corporate match.
  4. Please also check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email will not be shared with anyone.
  5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the results of the raffle.

Remember — that code number is UW26.

Please help us raise a lot of money for this very worthy cause. Bid early, bid often, bid lots of dough.


  • Great prize, Sean! Who could resist bidding on this one???

  • Mae

    Oh, what a great looking book and such a generous offer.

  • Ah, I know you’ve referenced your cookbook before. Now’s my chance to get a copy and learn all your and DPaul’s secrets to entertaining success! The book looks great, Sean. Are there lots of DPaul’s photos? If I win, do I get a chance to view your fab Gump’s peacock tree in person? Pretty please.
    As an aside, what’s the significance of “the Castello?”

  • Lydia: I can barely resist bidding on it myself!
    Mae: It gets better on the inside … 🙂
    Brett: Indeed, every recipe comes with a full-color photograph; most are full-page beauty shots. As for the significance of the Castello, it’s explained in the book, so there’s yet another reason to bid on it.

  • What a lovely prize! I’m so impressed with how generous everyone is.

  • sam

    I thought I had said thank you to both you and Dpaul yesterday, but clearly mu comment was lost – so – thank you both again!

  • I plan to bid on this and the dinner at Manressa. If I win though, I expect you both to have dinner with Rob and I using your recipes. 😉

  • Kalyn: Truly, it’s an embarassment of riches of donations.
    Sam: It is the least we could do!
    Garrett: It’s nothing we haven’t eaten before. 🙂 Of course, we’ll be all the more critical, cuz we’ll know how it’s all supposed to turn out…

  • damn. you said 8×10 glossy.
    but it wasn’t a photo of you and the boy.
    ah, but i think i’ll bid anyway 😉

  • Well, there is a pic of us in the book (the one that you see in the upper left of this site), so you could request that one if you like … but the food pics are prettier, I promise you.

  • Not that anyone is sitting on the fence, of course, but as the proud owner of an autographed first-edition copy of “Cooking…”, I can’t imagine a better choice for your $10 ticket. This is one of the few books that’s in heavy rotation on our (very small) cookbook shelf — it’s jammed with gorgeous entertaining ideas and everyday treats.
    And now you get a DPaul original photo, too? Oh, come on… what ARE you waiting for?

  • So funny you posted, Anita — I was just thinking how only one food blogger in the world currently is in possession of this book. Who wants to be #2?