We’re sure you’ve all heard of this fabulous, annual fund raising campaign that supports the UN World Food Programme. Started by Chez Pim five years ago to support worthy causes world wide, this yearly event is hosted by food bloggers from around the world.
It just doesn’t end there. As Pim explains, it goes beyond all borders for everyone to participate, “Each December, food bloggers from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too – can buy raffle tickets to bid on these prizes. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of their choice. At the end of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.” For more details on this fundraiser, please visit Chez Pim for the details.
So we’re donating a raffle prize for this years Menu for Hope V and it’s something that we have tasted for ourselves and are in love with and know that you will too (sorry, vegetarians).
If you love beef, GREAT beef, SUSTAINABLE beef, ARTISINAL beef from ethical & conscientious ranchers, this is the prize for you. All of the beef from The Oliver Ranch Company meet these quality standards: “Traceable from farm to fork, no added growth hormones, no preventative antibiotics, 100% vegetable based diet, gentle handling techniques”.
Your Artisan Steak Tasting kid will include eight large Rib-Eye steaks, two each from four artisan ranches, each specializing in a different breed, region, diet, and aging technique:
- Dry-Aged Charolais-Cross, Front Range Region, CO, Elliott & Ferris Family Ranches
- Dry-Aged 100% Black Angus, Russell Country, MT, N-Bar Ranch, Dave Workman
- Wet-Aged Holstein-Friesian, Imperial Valley, CA, 3 Brand Cattle Company, Bob Beechinor
- Wet-Aged Wagyu-Angus Cross, Select Kobe Beef America Ranches, directed by R.L. Freeborn
The kit also comes with a fabulous steak tasting guide from The Artisan Beef Institute, the education arm of The Oliver Ranch Company (www.oliverranch.com), a how-to guide for your tasting and a phone call from the founder of the company to help make your tasting an unforgettable experience.
All the ranchers are hand selected by Carrie Oliver, the CEO, for their commitment to quality and ethics of their beef, the “quality beef styles crafted by some of the world’s very best natural or organic producers. Each represents a different breed, region, diet, and aging technique and has been purposely selected to appeal to different individual palates or priorities.”
We were fortunate enough to have Carrie Oliver over to guide us through our Artisan Steak Tasting party last week! Carrie’s amazing knowledge, passion and commitment to spreading information and education about organic/sustainable beef was inspiring.
How could four Rib Eye steaks taste so different from each other? Through her, we learned that beef is much like wine, where the end product varies greatly from region, to the breed of cattle(varietal for wine), to how it was finished (the final “fattening” period), to the care the rancher puts into his herd, to the the cattle’s stress in life all the way to the very end, and how the butcher cares for and handles the meat. There are a multitude of factors that go into a great steak, much more beyond the common belief that it is all about the marbling. Rather than considering government labels such as USDA Prime or marketing claims such as “natural” or “grass-fed,” you’ll discover that wine is just like beef, provenance — and talent — matters.
This is Carrie’s passionate movement to break the commodity trap once and for all and to help support humane handling, sustainability, and fair trade, too. What really drove it home for us in particular, is how important gentle-handling is to creating great flavor and texture.
The inspiration from The Oliver Ranch company was superbly written up by our fellow blogger friends extraordinaire: Jaden and Brooke. Read more about Artisinal beef tasting from Jaden, Steamy Kitchen and Brooke, FoodWoolf.
Be one of the first people in the world to host an Artisan Steak Tasting at your home with friends and family. Think of it like a fine wine tasting but with steaks!
Donation Prize Code : UW32
1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope at http://chezpim.com
2. Go to the donation site at http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhope5 and make a donation.
3. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. 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.
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 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.
**This prize will only ship to the United States.
Please go to The FirstGiving Donation center to bid on this prize!
Each of your $10 donations will give substantial support to The World Food Programme. Last year, the success of Menu for Hope and efforts of world wide food bloggers brought 388,000 meals in Lesotho schools, which fed over 19,000 poor hungry children with school meals for a whole month.
That’s powerful, profound and convincing enough to show how much of an impact we can all make by working together.
Thank you for your support,
Hugs to everyone,
Diane and Todd
For more information about the fabulous prizes, please visit your local hosts for this year:
Europe *and* the UK
Sara of Ms.Adventures in Italy
US: West Coast
Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites
US: East Coast
Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen
Meena Agarwal of Hooked on Heat (
Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato
Our special Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography