Menu for Hope

Menu for Hope 4 Raises $91k; Prizes Posted

by Tim Elliott on January 14, 2008

Menu for Hope 4I’m a bit late, but the prize winners for Menu of Hope 4 have been announced. Congratulations to Susan who was the lucky winner of my lot of 3 bottles of open-source Roussanne. A total of $91,188 was raised this year to support the the UN World Food Programme.

Many thanks to everyone who donated this year.

Menu for Hope Extended

by Tim Elliott on December 23, 2007

3 bottles of Roussanne @ WB17!Pim has extended the Menu for Hope campaign through this weekend so there is still time to have a chance at the 3 bottles of open source Roussanne I’ve donated (WB17). She has also put together a handy bargain hunters guide to prizes available. You have until tomorrow morning EST to make your donation at the Firstgiving page.

Over $86,000 have been raised so far; let’s see how close we can get to $100,000!

Menu for Hope 4 Last Call!

by Tim Elliott on December 21, 2007

Menu for Hope 4Tonight at midnight Pacific time is last call for this year’s Menu for Hope. I’m pleased to see the total amount raised is $70,000 as I post this but there is still time to participate if you haven’t had the chance yet.

Thanks to all who have bid on my prize of 3 bottles of the Roussanne I’m making with the Winecast Crushpad group. If you want to try to get those bottles, just go here and make a donation referencing WB17 in the notes field. You best do this soon as there are only a few hours to go.

Menu for Hope 4 Nears $25,000

by Tim Elliott on December 15, 2007

Menu for Hope 4 PrizeIn the first 5 days of the Menu for Hope 4 campaign, almost $25,000 has been raised from over 600 benefactors. That’s a great start and I’m hoping to see a lot more donations made this weekend.

I also noticed no one has made a donation to win my lot of 3 bottles of our open-source Roussanne blend. For only $10 per chance you’ll get 3 of the first bottles off the line after it’s finished aging next summer. I’ll be happy to sign and/or personalize each bottle before shipping them to your door. They would make a great gift or complement your Thanksgiving table next year.

If you’d like to donate, make sure you use code WB17 for your chance to win this rare wine. It’s fast and easy, just click here to go to the page at Firstgiving. There are a bunch of other great wine prizes that need some love, as well.

Menu For Hope 2007

by Tim Elliott on December 10, 2007

A Menu For Hope 2007Ever want to break bread with New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov? How about your own private episode of Wine Library TV performed live in your house? These and many more prizes can be yours for as low as a $10 donation if you participate.

That’s right, it’s time for another Menu For Hope fund drive and I’m pleased to again participate by donating a prize for the raffle. Between now and midnight December 21st, you can bid on many great wine and food prizes including my lot of 3 bottles of the open source Roussanne I’m making at Crushpad. This is from my personal allocation and I’ll be happy to sign and/or personalize each bottle for the winner. Given the various wine shipping laws, I can only offer to ship this lot within the United States.

This project will only produce about 50 cases of a Rhone-inspired white blend made mostly from Roussanne grown in the noted Westerly Vineyard in the Santa Ynez AVA. We’ve just finished fermentation and now will let the wine settle in for aging in neutral oak barrelsWinecast Roussanne 2007 (pictured to the right). Our group will decide the final blend this spring which will also likely include Marsanne and Viognier.

The only way to buy this wine is to join my Crushpad group which includes a 1 case allocation. If you want less than a case, here’s a way to get 3 bottles for as low as a $10 donation (the wine sells for $18 per bottle plus I’m covering the shipping cost to your door so this is over a $60 value). Just bid on code WB17 for your chance to win this rare wine.

Menu For Home started four years ago and all donations support the UN World Food Programme. Last year nearly $61,000 was raised to feed the hungry around the world. I encourage all readers and listeners to support this effort by buying raffle tickets for this and many other prizes listed at Chez Pim and Vinography.

Donation instructions:

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope at

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

3. Please specify which prize you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code. Remember the Winecast Roussanne prize code is WB17.

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02. Please write 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 could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

Check back on Chez Pim on Wednesday January 9 for the results of the raffle. I will also post here when the results are announced.

Thank you for your support of this worthy cause.

Wow, Thanks!

by Tim Elliott on December 23, 2006

Final Menu for Hope III Donations

A big thank you to all who donated this year and to Pim and Alder.

Happy Holidays!