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Posted on Jan 11, 2008 | 4 comments

Menu for Hope results

Menu for Hope results

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Chez Pim has announced the results of the fourth annual Menu for Hope raffle, which wound up raising $91,188 to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme, the world’s largest food aid agency. This is 50% higher than last year’s total, so way to go! A big thanks to Pim and all the organizers, the other food bloggers who offered prizes, and especially to everyone who bought raffle tickets. It’s an excellent start to the new year, and the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa will benefit from your generosity.

Evidently the Lunch in a Box bento prize was a popular one with lots of bids, and the lucky winner is Mrs. Nicole A. H. Congratulations Nicole! Drop me a line and let me know where to send your bento starter kit, and see if we can line up a time to get together for your personal tour of San Francisco’s Japantown.

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  1. Just wanted to say thanks for your bento bounty emails. I really enjoy your recipes and your aesthetic. Our Christmas was a bento feast of sauce bottles shaped like hippos, strawberries, and pickles. My favorite item (from j-list.com) are the two monkey-face condiment containers. The tiny handle to open the container is in the shape of a yellow banana, the other end of which is a teeny spoon for spreading. My daughter suddenly likes pineapple again, when it’s speared with a bunch of animal toothpicks. Also, we found fantastic (although pricey) Scandinavian melamine bento boxes at http://www.plasticashop.com. They are beautiful, tri-colored stacks of three round or square containers, elegantly held together by a metal band that clasps on the top of the stack and forms a carrying handle. My daughter loves hers in shades of magenta, pumpkin and cherry red.
    Thanks again. Packing a lunch has become less of a chore and more of amusement for me, a small triumph in the morning!

  2. @1 from Barbara Bogaev: Thank you for the nice comment! I have those little monkey-face condiment containers — Daiso had them for a while for US$1.50. Haven’t actually used them yet, but I’m sure Bug’ll get a kick out of them when I do. It’s funny how kids decide to give foods a second chance when they’re presented in a fun manner, isn’t it?

    Have you tried out those Plastica boxes? I’ve been curious about them — is there a proper seal at all between the layers?

  3. We’ve been using the plastic boxes everyday since Christmas. They seal up nice and tight, no leaks from fresh pineapple juice run-off or berries or pork curry and rice. I wouldn’t put anything purely liquid like soup or juice in them, but otherwise they’re great.

    We do have a panda face bento from j-list too, with a true seal, that I’m eager to try out in a contrast/compare test.

  4. @3 from Barbara Bogaev: I see — good feedback on the Plastica box seals (I had my doubts). I’d be curious to hear what you think of the proper seal vs. the Plastica seal, as well!