On October 8th, 2005, a devastating earthquake ravaged the Northern region of Pakistan, leaving over 70,000 people dead, and another 100,000 injured.
This says nothing of the 3 million people people whose villages were utterly decimated, and livelihoods destroyed. Now, two months later, the casualties are set to rise again -- exposure and starvation as a result of the bitter cold of winter are challenging the relief efforts and threatening to kill countless more people.
And so it is that the Food Blogging Community brings you a Menu For Hope. All the money we raise will benefit Unicef, and earmarked specifically for the earthquake region.
I'm thrilled to be participating with TWO items up for dibs this time around.
First, a Persian Pantry. Many of you have told me that you can't find Persian foodstuffs in your area. Well, how 'bout bringing the foodstuffs to you? The winner of this gift will get $50+ dollars with of spices, herbs, condiments and other basics of a true "Persian Pantry". With this kit, you should be able to make just about every recipe on this site, plus a few extras I'll include in the box.
Second, I will put together a Persian Dinner Kit of any recipe on this site (I will also gladly take special requests of a dish you have always wanted to try, but that I haven't yet written about). The kit will have all the ingredients individually packaged and ready to cook with the accompanying step-by-step recipe card. If the winner is willing to pay for overnight shipping on ice, I will happily cook the whole meal for you, too!
So, there you have it. A Menu of Hope. Won't you please click on the button and donate a few dollars towards a chance at winning a fabulous gift prize?
- Find the gift you would like on our menu.
- Go to A Menu for Hope II donation page and donate any amount in $5 increments.
- Tell us in the comment section of your donation form which gift(s) you would like to win. Each $5 donation will give you one chance at winning the prize of your choice, and of course, if you donate more than $5, you are allowed to specify more than one prize.
- The fundraising ends on December 23rd, and Winners will be announced on January 1st over at Pim's sandbox.
- That's it!