As most of you know, the annual Menu For Hope charity raffle is entering its second week and is starting to pick up some steam. This event, held by food and wine bloggers for the last three years, raises tens of thousands of dollars for the UN World Food Programme.
We do this by getting bloggers (and non-bloggers) to donate fabulous prizes that you can win for a mere $10 donation to our charity cause. 100% of which (after costs for infrastructure), I might add, go directly to the poor farmers of Lesotho that we have chosen to support. You can learn more about them here.
Speaking of prizes, since you last checked in, we have added a number of fantastic wine prizes to the list, that you might be interested in. Some of the late additions include:
• A half case of fabulous Austrian wines from Winemonger
• A case of "twisted" Rhone style wines from Twisted Oak
• A mixed half-case of wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains courtesy of Purple Liquid
• Two, year-long subscriptions to fantastic wine publications from Claude Kolm and The World of Fine Wine
We've already hit $29,000 worth of donations, meaning that we're halfway to last year's total of over $60,000 raised. With your help we can smash that record. Please consider donating, even just a dollar or two. It all counts.
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