menu for hope V – a chance to help

December 15th, 2008 · 17 Comments

while the economy seemingly tanks before our very eyes, it’s easy to forgot how incredibly lucky we are compared to so many who are so much less fortunate. at this time each year the food blogging community comes together to participate in raising money to feed the hungry via chez pim’s annual fundraising campaign, that raises money for the UN World Food Programme.

i knew i wanted to help, if only in some small way but i was unsure of what i could offer. my baking skills are rudimentary and it’s tough to ship a big bowl of pasta or a plate of short ribs… but then i thought of my wonderful friend RK in florida, the master of the smoked mullet – and how he has shared this insane delicacy with me. and because of the kind of man that he is, he agreed to make this possible by donating some of his product, just for this event. and to make matters even more interesting, this smoked mullet roe is commercially unavailable. so think of a rich smoky yolky caviar – and then think of something way better. and then you’re getting close…

in the words of RK:

Freshly smoked Silver Mullet roe, a rare Florida west coast delicacy, brought to you from Black Hammock Smokehouse. It has been salt cured and carefully warm smoked over Red Bay and Mangrove wood to retain the caviar essence of the eggs. This item includes 2 complete roe sacs individually vacuum sealed and delivered right to your door. Make no mistake, this is fresh, the fish are currently swimming nearshore, waiting for you to bid and then we will go select the donors. Nowhere else will you find this outstanding product.

UE10 is the code for this incredible smoked mullet roe

now while i realize these aren’t classically beautiful photographs, you must trust me that the taste is over the top delicious. sliced into coins and hit with some lemon, it will need nothing else, although feel free to get experimental. it’s pretty much like my beloved bottarga that has been smoked as opposed to just the sun and salt cured. and it is wonderful. no actually, it is a bona fide mind blower. if you love caviar and bottarga then this is directly up your ally.

and for $10 you can get a chance to own 2 of these which would be totally PERFECT for starting off the new year, no? imagine the dinner party…

again, this product is not available for purchase anywhere. it’s a highly rare and specialized item. please note that it can only be shipped within the continental usa and canada.

last year, donations went to support a school lunch program in Lesotho, and this years auction will once again support the same program. bidding on prizes is a small way for all of us to make a big difference.

please go to the First Giving site and bid on prize UE10.

to see other prizes from the east coast region, please check out steamy kitchen where jaden has been kind enough to host the greater east coast area.

Donation Instructions…

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from our Menu for Hope at

2. Go to the donation site at " menu for hope 5" 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 can contact you in case you win.  Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Heather // Dec 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    What a great way to give this season. Why don’t we have these all year? Poor people need help all the time, not just at Christmas.

    I need these roe sacks all year, too, come to think of it.

  • 2 Lauren // Dec 15, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    very cool…

  • 3 Peter // Dec 15, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    This is a great idea. Thanks for posting.

    Also, Heather said “roe sacks.”

  • 4 claudia // Dec 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    peter – heather is a total perv. reason #47 to adore her!

  • 5 claudia // Dec 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    heather – peter told on you…

  • 6 Donald // Dec 16, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Great idea.

    Tax deductible roe sacks.

  • 7 Heather // Dec 16, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Roe sacks, roe sacks, roe sacks!

  • 8 Marc @ NoRecipes // Dec 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Those photos look gorgeous to me, it’s all about the subject matter:-) Speaking of, where can I order these? I already donated and what to just buy some:-)

  • 9 claudia // Dec 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    marc – not purchasable…
    now go and bid!

  • 10 Allison // Dec 17, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Wonderful cause and happy to donate for a chance at “tax deductible roe sacks” (snicker).

  • 11 We Are Never Full // Dec 17, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    i thought heather just mentioned wanting sacks all year long…

    this is a great cause. in this economic crisis, the poor need help more than ever – soup kitchens and food pantries don’t have enough money to feed everyone that needs to be fed,

  • 12 yveala // Dec 18, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    you cook eat fret and propose ways to give..which is why you and your blog are loved!

    so happy to give…

  • 13 Hillary // Dec 22, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Love to see us food bloggers coming together!

    If anyone is interesting in a tasty Chicago food package, bid on prize UE 39!

  • 14 Nate // Dec 24, 2008 at 12:30 am

    what a unique prize!

  • 15 Rethabile // Dec 27, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Thank you, on behalf of the children who will receive this gift. Merry Christmas to you, and a happy 2009.

  • 16 democommie // Jan 2, 2009 at 8:44 am


    I just wanted to say “Happy New Year” and all the best in 2009!

  • 17 chefectomy // Jan 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Claudia,

    Didn’t find time to bid, but Happy New Year (post something already…)


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