With only two weeks or so left in our first summer fundraiser for the San Diego Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, we're almost halfway to our monetary goal on our firstgiving.com donor page and halfway through our hugely popular Dollar-a-Dish restaurant event. Remember, the more we raise, the more schools and children can be enrolled in this very critical program that feeds kids over the weekend and during school holidays when they don't have access to school meals. We're talking $6 a week per child. It's not a lot but it adds up and it's up to you and me and our neighbors and friends to keep these kids from going hungry.
We want to nudge you a little more to donate and buy backpacks and kid-friendly nonperishable food for the big collection day at the Little Italy Mercato on August 21 -- so we've rounded up some incentive in the form of a drawing with contributions from our wonderful local food community. Contribute to the firstgiving.com page and you'll automatically be entered to win. Just be sure to enter your name and email address so we can reach you. We'll also enter you in the drawing if you bring food and backpacks -- or money -- to the Little Italy Mercato on the 21st before the drawing.
Every donor is eligible for one entry in the drawing, which will be held at 1:00 PM on August 21, 2010 at our booth at the Little Italy Mercato. Prizes will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be there to get first dibs! The remaining prizes will be posted on Alice Q Foodie later that day to be claimed in the comments.
$100.00 Barbeques Galore Gift Certificate - Courtesy of Leanne Abe and Barbeques Galore
$100 Gift Certificate to Waters To Go - courtesy of Andrew Spurgin and Waters Catering
$100 gift certificate to Urban Solace - courtesy of Matt and Young Mi Gordon and Scott Watkins of Urban Solace
$50 gift certificate to Blind Lady Ale House - courtesy of Rachel Going and Blind Lady Alehouse
An afternoon in the kitchen with Ron Oliver of the Marine Room, and an autographed copy of his cookbook Flying Pans - Two Chefs, One World - courtesy of Ron Oliver and the Marine Room.
A "Mercy of the Chef" dinner for two at La Papagayo - courtesy of Chef James Montenjano and Le Papagayo
A class package ($100.) value from Quintesssential Cooking - courtesy of Quinn Farrar Wilson
Three $50 gift certificates, plus a sushi kit, from Catalina Offshore Products - courtesy of Diane Stopford and Catalina Offshore Products/Tommy Gomes.
One studio photo session for a single child under 1 yr + parents or a 50% discount towards an on-location family session ($250. value) plus 2-8x10 prints from Jennifer Dery Photography - courtesy of Jennifer Dery
A one-hour photo session and photos on disk from Adriana Zuniga Photography - Courtesy of Adriana Zuniga
One nine-inch custom decorated cake or one dozen decorated cupcakes, donated by Jenny of Foray Into Food and Jenny Wenny Cakes (samples of her amazing work can be viewed here)
One custom nine-inch cake, donated by Rachel Going, pastry chef at Bankers Hill Restaurant and Bar and Blind Lady Ale House.
An autographed copy of "Food Porn Daily" by Amanda Simpson - when it is released this fall - courtesy of the author
One copy each of:
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey and
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by San Diego resident Jill O'Connor - courtesy of the author and Susan Russo
Three sushi kits from Catalina Offshore Products
Three one-year subscriptions to Edible San Diego - courtesy of the Publishers!
Please help us feed hungry kids. Donate however you can and, if you have a blog, please post this list to encourage your readers to help!