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Monday, December 14, 2009

Menu for Hope 6 - American Wagyu Beef by Morgan Ranch

posted by snekse
Most of our long time readers by now are familiar with our end of the year fund raising efforts for Menu for Hope. For those not familiar, let me briefly explain.

At the end of each year, food bloggers across the globe have united to run a world wide raffle to raise money for charity. The UN World Food Programme has always been the beneficiary of this charity drive. That has not changed this year, however, we will be supporting a new initiative called Purchase for Progress (P4P).
P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation. P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops. This will also help buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally. We food bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our local farms, P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries around the world.

Cool! How can I help?

For each $10 you donate, you will get one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. At the end of the campaign (December 14-25), the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.

Like what kind of items?

How about dinner in New York with New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov? A dinner for two with wine pairing at Manresa? A wine vacation at Meadowood Resort in Napa? A custom made Japanese chef's knife? Dinner for 8 at Momofuku Ssäm Bar? Lighting kits for the photography nerds? These have all been items raffled off in the past. You'll be able to check out this year's bid item list on Chez Pim. They are divided into regions by blogger, but you can bid on items from any region. Or you can save yourself some time and just put all of your raffle tickets towards our great bid items.

Morgan Ranch - Gourmet American Wagyu/Kobe Beef

Midwestern American Wagyu Beef
Once again, Morgan Ranch has been generous enough to provide us with amazing prize packages. Morgan Ranch has been breeding Wagyu in Burwell, Nebraska since the early 1990's using genetic stock acquired directly from Japan. One of the first Wagyu breeders in the United States, Morgan Ranch was also one of the few to pass stringent genetic, management and production requirements for shipping the prized beef back to Japan. Morgan Ranch remains one of the largest producers of Wagyu beef in the country.

So a special thanks goes out to Morgan Ranch for providing us with, not one, but two different Wagyu Beef bid items to be raffled off.


Morgan Ranch American Wagyu Coulettes

Wagyu Beef
Taken from the sirloin, this French cut gives the Wagyu (American Kobe) Steak an exceptionally soft and sweet flavor. Since the Morgan Wagyu coulette steak is bit leaner in its makeup, its subtle, pleasant flavor makes it great for serving either carved as medallions or whole as a Chateaubriand. You'll receive 2 coulettes.

$125 value** BID ITEM CODE: UE28


Morgan Ranch American Wagyu Family BBQ Collection

Morgan Ranch American Wagyu Family BBQ Collection
This combination is perfect for a family barbecue. With 5 lbs. of ground beef, 4 sirloin steaks, and a pound of kabobs, adults and children alike will all find a favorite dish among this collection. It's a perfect way to become familiar with Wagyu (American Kobe) Beef.

$125 value** BID ITEM CODE: UE29


**Includes free 2nd day shipping within the continental US.

How Do I 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 $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of $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.
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.

Check back on Chez Pim on Monday, January 18 for the results of the raffle.

Good luck and thank you in advance to all who donate. Happy holidays to all!

BID ITEMS LISTS:
Europe (hosted by David Lebovitz)
Asia Pacific (hosted by Ed of Tomatom)
USA: East Coast (hosted by Helen of Tartelette)
USA: West Coast (hosted by Shauna of Gluten Free Girl)
Canada (hosted by Tara of Seven Spoons)
Wine prizes (hosted by Alder at Vinography)

Donate: At the Menu for Hope 6 donation site on firstgiving.com.

RELATED LINKS:
Sponsors: Thanks to Morgan Ranch for supplying us with some great gourmet wagyu beef to give away.
Taste Magazine Takes a Look at Morgan Ranch's Wagyu Beef and Falls in Love!
Wall Street Journal Puts Morgan Ranch Wagyu To The (Taste) Test.
HOW TO: Wagyu Beef Cooking tips
Help the Omaha Food Bank
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Food Prize Winners

posted by snekse
We have lots of stuff to give out today.

First off, congratulations to Mr. Ori Kushnir who won the Wagyu Beef Package from Morgan Ranch in the Menu for Hope raffle. Mr. Kushnir will receive a 7 pound Morgan Ranch Wagyu Carving Roast and 10 pounds of Morgan Ranch Wagyu Ground Beef. Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets and a very special thank you to Morgan Ranch for the generous donation.

Next up, Anne Macklin has won the $50 gift certificate to Carrabba's Italian Grill for participating in our Holiday Food Traditions share-a-thon. Granted she was the only person who posted a comment, but hey, it got her a $50 gift certificate! Congratulations to her and thank you to Carrabba's for providing the donation for this prize.

Also from Carrabba's, we have 4 certificates for a selection of three mini desserts on the house. We said we were going to give these out to anyone who made the Mini Cannoli Recipe and sent us pictures and notes. We also said if we didn't get enough responses, we'd come up with alternative methods to award these. So I was going to award these based on past interactions: comments left on this site, readers who have "become a member" of GFC, members of the Foodies of Omaha Discussion board, people who voted in the Best-ter-est of Omaha awards, fans of GFC on Facebook, people who have interacted with the other Omaha Food bloggers, etc... But I wanted to make sure these went to people who would use them, so we're only going to award one - to Susan Stern - since we already know she likes Carrabba's. The others will be given out on a first request basis. So if you want one, just ask us.

Finally, we also have a $25 Gift Certificate to Sushi Japan/Yakiniku Boy from Restaurant.com. Like all Restaurant.com gift certificates, it comes with some restrictions, but they're reasonable. This particular certificate has the following restrictions: Valid with a minimum purchase of $35. 18% gratuity will be added to the pre-discounted bill. The winner of this prize was randomly chosen from all the people who voted for Sushi Japan as Best Sushi Restaurant in Omaha or Best Japanese Restaurant in Omaha in our Best-ter-est of Omaha Awards. So congratulations to MOD for winning this gift certificate.

I'll be trying to contact each of the winners over the weekend. If you won a prize and haven't heard from us by Monday, contact us. Congratulations again to everyone who won something. We hope to do more of this kind of thing in the future, so keep your eyes open.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Menu for Hope Extended to Dec 31st

posted by snekse
Hope everyone had a good holiday.

Just a quick note to let you know the 2008 Menu for Hope campaign has been extended to run through December 31st.

If you haven't looked recently, there have been some late additions to the prize pool, including our Wagyu Beef package.

Thanks.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Menu for Hope - Morgan Ranch Wagyu Beef

posted by snekse
As many of you know, at the end of each year food bloggers have united, under the coordination of Chez Pim, to hold a massive raffle to raise money for charity. In 2007, we raised over US$90,000 to help the UN World Food Programme. The UN World Food Programme has been choosen again as the benefactor for this charity drive.

Cool! How can I help?

For each $10 you donate, you will get one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. At the end of the campaign (December 15-25), the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.

Like what kind of prizes?

How about dinner in New York with New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov? A dinner for two with wine pairing at Manresa? A wine vacation at Meadowood Resort in Napa? A custom made Japanese chef's knife? Dinner for 8 at Momofuku Ssäm Bar? Lighting kits for the photography nerds? You can check out this year's Menu for Hope prize lists below. They are divided into regions by blogger, but you can bid on items from any region. Or you can save yourself some time and just put all of your raffle tickets towards our great prize.

Morgan Ranch Wagyu Beef Package

Wagyu Beef
Once again, Morgan Ranch has been kind enough to provide us with an awesome prize package. Morgan Ranch has been breeding Wagyu in Burwell, Nebraska since the early 1990's using genetic stock acquired directly from Japan. One of the first Wagyu breeders in the United States, Morgan Ranch was also one of the few to pass stringent genetic, management and production requirements for shipping the prized beef back to Japan. Morgan Ranch remains one of the largest producers of Wagyu beef in the country.

So a special thanks goes out to Morgan Ranch for providing us with a Wagyu Beef combo package to be raffled off. The package includes a wagyu beef carving roast, perfect for these winter months and 10 pounds of ground wagyu beef to throw a killer summer barbecue once the temperatures start rising again (or if you're impatient, make a meatloaf like no other right now).


Morgan Ranch Wagyu Carving Roast

Wagyu Carving Roast
All the qualities that make Wagyu beef worth enjoying also make it worth sharing with our Morgan Ranch Wagyu Carving Roast. The most flavorful of all the roasting cuts, it offers unmatched tenderness and texture as well. Its generous 7-pound size makes it the right size for every occasion.

$100 value**


Morgan Ranch Wagyu Ground Beef

Morgan Ranch Wagyu Ground Beef
Now everything you make tastes better with Morgan Ranch Wagyu Ground Beef. Create steak burgers unlike any you've ever had -- grilled or pan-fried. Averaging 81 to 84% lean, it offers a flavorful selection as part of a healthy lifestyle or as part of your favorite sauces and meatloaf recipes. Includes 10 1-pound packages.

$90 value**



PRIZE CODE: UE40 (We're part of the East Coast Prize List)
**Includes free 2nd day shipping within the continental US.

How Do I Donate?

Check out all the items up for raffle benefiting Menu for Hope 5. Pay attention to the prize code listed next to the item(s) you want to win. Once you decide which prize buckets you want your raffle tickets to go towards, visit the donation site and follow the instructions. I'll post a winners announcement when it becomes available on January 10th.

Good luck and thank you in advance to all who donate. Happy holidays to all!

PRIZE LISTS:
Eastern US Prizes at Steamy Kitchen
Western US Prizes at Matt Bites
Europe *including* the UK at Ms. Adventures in Italy
Canada at Hooked on Heat
Asia Pacific/Australia/New Zealand at Tomato
Wine Blog Host at Vinography
Donate: At the Menu for Hope 5 donation site on firstgiving.com.

RELATED LINKS:
Sponsors: Thanks to Morgan Ranch for supplying us with some great gourmet wagyu beef to give away.
Taste Magazine Takes a Look at Morgan Ranch's Wagyu Beef and Falls in Love!
Wall Street Journal Puts Morgan Ranch Wagyu To The (Taste) Test.
HOW TO: Wagyu Beef Cooking tips

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Menu for Hope V - Starts Today

posted by snekse
The annual Menu for Hope charity drive begins today. We still haven't found a sponsor for this year. If you have something you'd like to donate let us know. If you have connections you'd like to exploit for the cause, send them a link to our request for donations post.

What is Menu for Hope?
When will this year's campaign take place?
Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?
Who collects the money?
How can I help?
  I'm a blogger
  I'm a restaurateur, author or food/wine producer/seller
  I'm a food blog reader or a food lover

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Menu for Hope V - Donations

posted by snekse
It's almost that time of year again. Hopefully you'll get a chance to spend some quality time with friends and loved ones, and hopefully you'll get to enjoy some quality food while doing so. Of course, not everyone will get such a chance. That is why we here at Gastronomic Fight Club are hoping to participate in this year's Menu For Hope charity raffle - but in order to do so, we need your help.

Last year we received an extremely generous donation of two different Wagyu Beef prize packages from Morgan Ranch in Burwell, Nebraska. These raffle items raised an impressive $400 for the World Food Program. We're hoping to at least match that amount this year. This is where you come in. If you have an idea for something that you think would make a good raffle item, let us know. If you have something you'd like to donate to be raffled, let us know. If you know someone else who might have something worth donating, let them know about letting us know. And of course, make sure you come back to see all of the different items from all around the globe that are being raffled off for a great cause.

P.S. If you're wondering what kind of prize becomes a hot ticket item, check out last year's Menu for Hope tip sheet for a look at which raffles gave you great odds and which were so popular that they were hail-mary shots for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

What is Menu for Hope?
When will this year's campaign take place?
Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?
Who collects the money?
How can I help?
  I'm a blogger
  I'm a restaurateur, author or food/wine producer/seller
  I'm a food blog reader or a food lover

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Great American Dine Out - 2008

posted by snekse
This week is the Great American Dine Out for Share Our Strength.
Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out presented by American Express® is a new national campaign that rallies the nation's entire restaurant industry to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. From September 21-28 2008, thousands of restaurants across America unite and mobilize consumers to dine out and raise millions of dollars to help Share Our Strength end childhood hunger in America.
Cities across the nation have participating restaurants.
Find a participating restaurant in your area.

If you have an OpenTable account, you can also find participating OpenTable restaurants in select cities.

Participating OpenTable Restaurants

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

REMINDER: Menu for Hope ends in 2 days

posted by snekse
Just a quick reminder that The Menu for Hope fund raiser ends December 21st. This is your last chance to buy tickets for that cool food prize you've been thinking about (or to better your chances at winning the items you already bought tickets for) and to help a good cause.

Thanks again to all of those who have already donated. The total raised so far is a little over $48,000. Short of the almost $61,000 we raised last year, but a good amount none-the-less. The prizes provided to us by Morgan Ranch have done fairly well, each raising $100 so far. Though I'm hoping there are some charity snipers out there who are going to come in last minute and buy 10 more tickets for each item to increase their odds :-)

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