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December 09, 2007

Menu for Hope IV


I'm happy to announce that Dessert First is participating in the 4th annual Menu for Hope, a global fundraising effort to support the UN World Food Programme. Hosted by the marvelous Pim of Chez Pim, Menu for Hope has grown into a hugely successful yearly event on the blogosphere - last year the effort raised over $62,000.

How does it work? Simply put, you (all you readers out there!) can purchase $10 raffle tickets to bid on a fantastic array of food-related prizes. Each ticket gives you one chance to win a prize of your choice. The money from the purchase of the tickets is processed through Firstgiving, a third party online fundraising company, and goes on to the UN WFP. So not only can you win some really great prizes, like dinners at renowned restaurants or signed cookbooks or stellar wine, but you're helping a very worthy cause.


I'm proud to present Dessert First's contribution to the raffle, which is a Deluxe Boxed Assortment of chocolates from Charles Chocolates. Those of you who have followed my blog know that I've already written about this stellar Bay Area chocolatier, both here and for Edible East Bay. Charles Siegel, the founder of Charles Chocolates, has been in the Bay Area chocolate scene for over 20 years, and his confections are wonderfully original and wholly delectable. This boxed assortment is a fantastic introduction to his creations, and includes some of my favorites, including the Mojito Heart, Lavender Honey Truffle, and Fleur de Sel Caramels.

If you win this Deluxe Boxed Assortment, you will get in an elegant blue box

-The Classic Collection Assortment, which has two layers of Charles' filled chocolates

-The Handmade Truffle Assortment, which has two layers of truffles in a range of familiar and exotic flavors

-The Fleur de Sel Caramel Assortment, which contains ten plain Fleur de Sel caramels and ten bittersweet chocolate Fleur de Sel caramels.

A truly sweet prize, if you know what I mean.

Please note that all chocolates are made at Charles Chocolates in small batches and shipped out within three days of creation, ensuring that the customer is enjoying these creations at their peak. Because of this, Charles Chocolates has asked that the prize be shipped to an address in the United States only.

The code for this prize is UW09. If you would like to bid on this prize, simply click here to go the Menu for Hope page on Firstgiving, enter in the number of tickets you'd like to purchase, and note the prize code in the comment area.

You can also go to the US West Coast roundup to see the list of prizes for this region, or to Chez Pim for the entire prize listing.

Menu for Hope runs from Dec 10-21, after which the raffle winners will be announced on Pim's blog on January 9, 2008. So happy bidding, and good luck - and do bid on my prize!!

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I find it kind of tragic how, despite living in the Bay Area as you do I've never tried Charles Chocolates...

Oh well. The donation looks fabulous! I know what I'll be bidding on ;)

What a great contribution! Those chocolates look fab.

Delicious and wonderful contribution to the Menu for Hope prizes! I hope you are enjoying your trip to HK. Safe travels.

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