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Last Minute Green Gifts for Foodies of All Ages

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Still on the hunt for a few last-minute gifts? Give the gift that gives back with raffle tickets for the Menu for Hope fundraiser, benefiting the World Food Programme.

You can give a chance to win the Foodie Tot’s favorite marshmallows & autographed copy of Ina Garten’s newest book, or check out other great prizes from foodbloggers around the world. Just don’t go up against me for two tickets to a taping of Iron Chef America. Or my favorite Rogue River Blue Cheeses. But whichever gifts you choose, Ms. Adventures in Italy (great blog!) has prepared gift vouchers you can print or email with your gift. All from the comfort of your computer.

Washington, DC, Foodie Gifts

  • If you’re braving the chill in DC to finish your shopping, you can give the gift of good food with a gift certificate to one of DC’s local food supporting restaurants: Equinox, Restaurant Eve, Vidalia, Vermilion, Blue Duck Tavern, Founding Farmers, Corduroy, or kid-friendly Clyde’s.
  • Pack up a cheese gift bucket (supporting small farms and artisan cheesemakers) at Cowgirl Creamery or Cheesetique (open 11am-5pm on Christmas Eve).
  • And for the little foodie, check out the kid-geared cookie cutters and PVC-free vinyl aprons at Hill’s Kitchen (open 10am-7pm on Christmas Eve). I picked up train cookie cutters for my toddler, and a football cookie cutter and butterfly cookie press for some friends.

Green Wrapping

I’ve been wrapping food gifts in reusable kitchen towels since before Poland Spring was making “eco-friendly” plastic bottles. Spare yourself the picked-over selection of paper gift wrap left in the store and head to the kitchen section for a more sustainable gift wrap. (I like MU’s bamboo dish towels, available at Hill’s Kitchen or online.)

Foodie BabiesBooks for Little Foodies

If you don’t have a kitchen boutique near you, check out Erin Cooks‘ and Serious Eats‘ guides to food-centered children’s books for some great suggestions.

Happy shopping – keep warm out there!

PS Alexandrian’s, stop by and see Tom the Cheese Guy on Saturday, December 27, in the Del Ray market lot. Unless the roads ice over, he’ll be bringing his farm-fresh dairy products down from Pennsylvania all winter long. Smith Meadows has also been there with a small selection of winter produce to supplement their meat and fresh pastas.

Menu for Hope

Monday, December 15th, 2008

December is full of sweets to bake, gifts to buy and too many worthwhile causes to support. Here’s one more I hope you’ll consider, a chance to join with all your favorite food bloggers to support the World Food Programme and have a chance to win some wonderful foodie gifts for yourself. The Menu for Hope fundraiser was launched by Pim of Chez Pim five years ago, and raised nearly $100,000 last year for the school lunch and farming program for children in Lesotho. Just $10 gets you one raffle entry for the prize of your choosing, and you can enter as many times as you like!

Here’s what we’re donating:

Hand-crafted Marshmallows and Barefoot Contessa autographed cookbook (Prize # UE20)
An autographed copy of the Barefoot Contessa’s newest book,
Back to Basics, and a dozen hand-crafted marshmallows (flavor to be determined) from the Dairy Godmother in Alexandria, Virginia.
(Continental US only) Donated by

Hop on over to Steamy Kitchen, the East Coast host, to review more prizes, and then go to the FirstGiving donation page to contribute.

Donation Instructions:
1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope at
2. Go to the donation site at 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.

See the FAQs for more details. Thanks for your support!