Menu for Hope - US West Coast Prize Winners
Last night, at my request, Pim sent me an advance list of the US West prize results for Menu for Hope so that I could prepare an announcement post for today. It was a special moment, reading through and seeing the names of the lucky winners, some of whom and I recognised, some who I didn't. I imagined their future joy on hearing the news that they had won one of the raffle prizes on which they'd bid last year to help us raise the $60,000 we collected to help The United Nations World Food Programme.
But my thoughts of joy quickly turned to thoughts of sadness when by some strange turn of random, haphazard link-clicking events, I stumbled upon a news story which reminded me that whilst we congratulate ourselves on our successes and celebrate them, other people are not quite so lucky. People are putting their lives at risk simply in order to try and help get food delivered to human beings in dangerous, war-torn parts of the world. It is easy for me to give some money, donate a prize and spend some time helping with the organisation of these events, but if I had to give my life, I think I might draw the line. Other people take far greater risks to help others than I do and it humbles me at times like this to remember just how lucky I am.
It has been an honour to be able to use the power of my blog to do small things to help those who need food in 2006 and I would like to thank all my readers for their continued support, not only of this spectacularly successful edition of Menu for Hope but also with the Blogathon last summer which raised money to help hungry people right here in San Francisco. That I could squeeze $2.5k out of my readers with no promise of any reward except watching me blog non-stop for 24 hours was frankly quite astounding. I am not quite certain I could go through it again, however, we will see nearer the time? One way or another, you can be sure that somewhere along the line I will be doing something to help someone be fed in 2007, too. I hope you will all continue the journey with me...
And now for the winners: Without further ado, below is a summary of the US West Coast Prize Winners only, listed with the username that was entered when the prize was bid for. Some of these usernames will be totally recognisable and some will be more generic so you might not be quite sure if you are the winner, or if another person with the same name as you might have been the lucky one. If you know or think you might be a winner, please contact the appropriate prize host with the email you used to bid on the prize with. They will then check your details with an adjudicator who will confirm whether your details do or don't line up with the donation records. For exact details skip to the bottom of this post. Not on this US West Coast Winners list? Did you bid on something outside the West Coast? For the full-on grand list of prize winners from all global regions, and more details, please check Chez Pim.
Menu for Hope III US West Coast Prize Winners List:
PotentialGold.com - UW01: Manresa Dinner , Chez Pim
Kate Gardiner - UW02: Coffee with Thomas Keller, Chez Pim
Liam - UW03: Tea With Harold McGee, Chez Pim
Jumbo Empanadas - UW04: food writer package, Blog Appetit
Carolyn - UW05: A Taste of Australia, Matt Bites
Liz - UW06: Homemade chocolate coconut macaroons, Orangette
Lara - UW07: Wine & Olive Oil, Fifth Flavour
la contessa - UW08: TASTE3 Full Conference Pass, 101 Cookbooks
Francie Salle - UW09: Pangea Organics, 101 Cookbooks
Lara - UW10: Photography Lesson & Signed Cookbook, 101 Cookbooks
Kris - UW11: Coffee Lover's Package, Cook & Eat
Celery - UW12: 1 year sub to all 18 Edible Communities, Edible Nation
Melissa's Mom - UW13: Mocha Me Happy, Cooking With Amy
cn - UW14: Taste of Hawaii, Ma'ona
rosie - UW15: Arabesque & Gift Voucher, Erin's Kitchen
Lianne - UW16: Impromptu Wine Bar Dinner, Gluten Free Girl
rachel k - UW17: Delfina Dinner with... ...The Restaurant Whore
Kristen - UW19: Signed Alice Waters Plate, Kungfoodie
estelle - UW20: Homemade Sonoma Hamper, Life is a Banquet
Elise - UW21: California Wine Country painting, Life is a Banquet
selena - UW22: A Taste of Humboldt County, Christine Cooks
Catherine, Albion Cooks - UW23: 10 Speed books, The Bunrabs
st - UW24: Rare Star Wars Memorabilia, Becks & Posh
Carmen - UW25: Blogher 2007 Conference Pass, Blogher
brett emerson - UW26: Cookin' at the Costello, Hedonia
brooklynmili - UW27: Rancho Gordo Products, Steve Sando
prairieknitter - UW28: Signed San Francisco Chefs, Food Musings
boranam - UW29: Mamouls - rosewater flavored cookies, Mahanandi
Aparna T - UW30: traditional Andhra Sunnundalu, Mahanandi
Beccy - UW31: Gift basket, French food delicacies, Simply Recipes
Daniel Moon - UW32: premium artisan olive oil, Simply Recipes
Prava - UW33: Cooking at home with Pedatha, Mahanandi
award - UW34: Armchair Food Tour of the Bay Area, Married With Dinner
grundoon - UW35: A Chef in Your Own Home In Praise of Sardines
Rory C. Berger - UW36: Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, S F Gourmet
Josh Friedland - UW37: French Laundry Cookbook, I Heart Farms
Clotilde Dusoulier - UW38: A Persian Pantry, Gastronomie
anonymous - UW39: one swingin’ cocktail kit, ThisNext.com
Maggie Y - UW40: Chronicle Books Collection, Tea & Cookies
Chris - UW41: Unique T-Shirt, Eggbeater
Paul - UW42: a signed copy of Tartine, Eggbeater
kallen - UW43: $200 Aziza Voucher, Eggbeater
FJK - UW44: Cooking Classes, Eggbeater
Woland - UW45: Cradle of Flavor, Rasa Malaysia
fantasty - UW46: Cradle of Flavor, Rasa Malaysia
Woland - UW47: Famous Street Food of Penang, Rasa Malaysia
Jeanne Feldkamp - UW48: Hangar One Vodka, Gastronomie
paul - UW49: A basket of goodies from Soif, Chez Pim
foo - UW50: BIN 8945 Wine Bar and Bistro dinner, Chez Pim
Instructions for the winners:
1. Visit the blog which hosts the prize or prizes you've won (just click on the prize name) and let the blogger know that you're the lucky winner of his/her fabulous prize.
2. Please be sure to use the same email address you gave us on your donation form. The email address will identify you -and not any other 'Liz'- as the real winner.
3. You are responsible for contacting the blogger and providing him/her with the shipping information so the prize could be mailed to you.
4. Then sit back and wait, your prize should be mailed to you shortly.
Instructions for the donating bloggers:
1. For bloggers hosting prizes with the code prefixes AP, CA, EU, and UC, please contact Brett at In Praise of Sardines to verify the email address of the winner of each of your prize.
2. For bloggers hosting prizes with the code prefixes UE, UW and WB, please contact Fatemeh at Gastronomie SF to verify the email address of the winner of each of your prize.
3. Please ship your prize(s) to the winner(s) promptly.
Got a problem or question? Please contact the following Menu for Hope Prize Managers:
* For prize codes AP, CA, EU, and UC, please contact Brett at In Praise of Sardines.
* UE, UW and WB, please contact Fatemeh at Gastronomie.
* Or you can also contact Pim directly.