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Monday, 14 Dec 2009
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Foodbloggers worldwide band together year after year to nudge their readers to think about difficult food issues, allow us to collectively do our bit to make the world a better place, and spread some yummies around.  Menu for Hope, a fundraising campaign founded by Chez Pim and supported by foodies around the world, is our vehicle.  Seeing as Hungry Burro was only born this summer, this is our first year participating, but the campaign is now in its sixth edition.

The funds raised this year will benefit the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.  The WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Specifically the P4P initiative enables smallholder and low-income farmers to link into the WFP's global sourcing operations thus getting access to more reliable markets and ultimately, the hope is, more steady cash flow to support their farms and families.

Those of you who know me personally know how excited I get when I can indulge in two passions of mine:  food and policy.  This is a drop in the bucket, but it's a beautiful way for those of us with the luxury of eating delicious and decadent meals on a regular basis to step back and think about those not so fortunate.

One aspect of the P4P initiative I especially appreciate is the promotion of local agriculture.  All of us that like to eat well know that sourcing from your local market is the way to go both in terms of taste, good agricultural practices, and environmental protection.  The WFP abides by this credo of "local procurement" as well, sourcing their food locally wherever they have operations.  P4P will give farmers the know-how and the tools to be competitive players in the agricultural marketplace and provide small farmers the secure markets they require to survive.

So how does this work? 

A virtual raffle!  Food bloggers around the world have offered up an astonishing array of goodies for your pleasure.  For every $10 you donate, you'll receive an entry to bid on one of the items by participating bloggers.  From today until December 25 you can buy as many entries as your wallet and sanity allows.  The numbers will then be drawn and the results announced on January 18, and you'll receive the foodie item of your dreams as quickly as shipping permits.

What's Hungry Burro offering?

Burro Foods Artisan Oils!   

Raw Extra-Virgin Olive Oil!  

Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil! 

Yes! I am very excited about it! 

I haven't told you about any of this yet, but I will in the coming days, and you'll be the first to try them if I can entice you to join me in this Menu for Hope adventure! What are these special artisan oils? Only the very best of nature that Slovenia has to offer. I'll ship them to you anywhere in the world. 

Burro Foods Oil Bottles

Unfiltered Extra-Virgin Istrian Olive Oil (Olio Nuovo)
The olive oil is made from 100% White Istrian Olives from Istranova, an all-natural plantation in Padna, Istria, Slovenia.  The olives are picked by hand and cold-pressed within hours, resulting in a raw extra virgin and unfiltered beauty.  This isn't your average olive oil!  It has an assertive peppery flavor best suited for palates that seek bold flavors.  Often referred to as "Olio Nuovo," unfiltered olive oil contains olive sediments; the resultant oil is foggy and thick, a sign of its youth and pure nature.  This oil is particularly rich in antioxidants due to the species of olive and its cultivation in the northernmost part of the world where olives are grown.  Slovenian Istrian White Extra Virgin Olive Oil is protected by EU denomination of origin, and olive oil from the Istrian peninsula has been coveted since the Roman era-- it was even referred to in De re coquinaria by Apicius, the oldest cookbook in the world. I recommend serving alone with a good crusty bread to experience the truly unique flavor; it also pairs extraordinarily well with meats.

Lightly Toasted Styria-Prekmurje Pumpkin Seed Oil
The pumpkin seed oil comes from the Styria-Prekmurke region of Slovenia and is made from 100% cucurbita pepo styriaca seeds, a pumpkin variety indigenous to the region.  The oil has a deep nutty, smoky, almost sweet, flavor with an intoxicating scent.   It is beautifully dichromatic in color-- reddish brown on the surface and dark green underneath.  It plates extraordinarily!  Aside from being delicious, it is also healthy--- it has a great ratio of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  The pumpkins are grown and the oil pressed at a solar-powered biodynamic farm in northeastern Slovenia, just a few kilometers from both Austria and Hungary.  Just prior to pressing, the seeds are softly toasted to develop the iconic flavor profile but with care not to damage its plentiful health properties.   Pumpkin seed oil is delicious in hearty soups and drizzled over grilled vegetables.

What else is on offer?

Visit Chez Pim for a list of all the goodies offered around the world, or Helen at Tartelette for a list of USA: East Coast prizes.  Even though I've fully embraced our nomadic lifestyle, I had to give myself a physical location for this one and I'm still in an Empire State of Mind-- so East Coast it is.  (btw, YouTube's blocked in Turkey-- I continue to be completely bemused and baffled by the whole controversy and am posting that link on faith. Please tell me if it's not Jay-Z bleeding blue and Alicia Keys giving you chills!)  I hope you'll find Burro Foods exciting and worth trying-- if so, please head over to JustGiving and donate in the holiday spirit of giving and feasting!  When El Burrito and I raised funds for WaterAid @ the Austin marathon we also worked with JustGiving and I wholeheartedly endorse their efficiency and transparency.

Donation Instructions:

1. Choose one or several bid item(s) from the master list.

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

3. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. Please specify which item(s) you're bidding on in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per item, and please use the bid item code. For example, a donation of $10 can be 1 ticket for UE31 (that's hungryburro!) or $40 can be for 4xUE31. If you'd like to bid on some of the other excellent items offered up by other bloggers, you could split up your donation, say two bids for hungry burro oils and 2 bids for wow! a week's stay at a winery palazzo in Montalcino, Italy.  In this case, you'd write in 2xUE31, 2xWB02.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we can claim the corporate match.

5. Please allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

 

Thank you in advance for your generous participation!

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