By now you guys probably know that there’s an awesome new nonprofit organization called Bloggers without Borders. If not, go bounce over to their site and check it out (go on, I’ll wait). Their first campaign is to raise money for one of our own, a blogger name Jennifer Perillo whose husband passed away unexpectedly. I blogged about how I made a peanut butter pie in honor of her husband a couple of weeks ago, as well as the fundraising efforts that are going on last week and mentioned that I was going to auction something as well…that I would post about later. Well later is now.
So here’s the deal. I’m auctioning off a custom made baked good and recipe that will be featured on Food Network’s Dish site. Say what?!? That’s right folks, you will help me create a dish that will be on the Food Network website! Oh the power you could have…
I’ve been working behind the scenes to make this special auction happen. Sure I could have made some cookies, candy, brownies or a cake and sold them to the highest bidder. I love to bake. Not a problem. But here’s what I love even more than baking. I love to bake for YOU. And though people profess to love my baked goods, I want my auction item to be extra special for the winner.
The way this is going to work is that I’ll ask the winner of the auction to supply three elements of the recipe and I will come up with an original recipe based around those three elements. For instance if the winner tells me: “Make a recipe with chocolate, strawberries and cake” I’ll come up with a unique recipe that will incorporate those three elements. The winner can give me any three elements they want. It can be “gluten free, cookies, blueberries” or “vegan, brown sugar, brownie” or whatever elements the winner wants to pick. You only get three, so pick your elements carefully.
Now there are a few caveats to this auction. Because I have to ship this item to you, please try to not pick elements that aren’t too fragile, or out of season and that would allow for packaging and movement across the country. In other words, I really don’t want to have to chase down dry ice to ship you ice cream and I haven’t a clue how I could ship spun sugar to you if you picked that as a element. Also this auction is open to the US and Canada only. Sorry international folks. Shipping across the world is just too difficult for me. However, if you international folks still want to bid, you can, and I’ll make you a custom recipe to be featured on Food Network but I just won’t be able to ship you the final baked good.
Finally, I want this to be a realistic recipe that I can create and others can as well, so please no super rare, insanely difficult ingredients to source. I know I’ve been known to use crazy ingredients in my recipes, but this is a recipe that is going to be featured on the Food Network Dish Site, so I want it to be accessible for everyone to make.
The winner of this auction will get the custom made baked good shipped to him or her as soon as I can perfect the recipe and their name featured on the title of the recipe. So let’s say the winner of my auction is Jenny Smith and she picks the elements “caramel, marshmallow and pineapple” for me to work with. I’d create the recipe “Grilled Pineapple S’mores on a Stick with Caramel Dipping Sauce for Jenny Smith” and it will be featured on the Food Network Dish site. Cool huh?
I’m starting the auction at a $100 with 100% of the proceeds going to A Fund for Jennie. The auction is open until next Friday, September 9th 2011 at noon San Francisco time. Leave a comment below to bid (you can bid anonymously, just make sure to leave a working email address so I can contact you if you win). Good luck and thank you so much for helping to support a fellow blogger in need.
[EDIT 9/8/11: A couple of people have questioned my intentions with this auction and I would just like to clarify that it was never my intent to use this auction as platform for self-promotion. The auction is first and foremost a chance to raise money for a fellow blogger in need. The winner of the auction will receive a baked good that I develop from the ground up, using ingredients or elements of their choice, a prize I had hoped would be worthy of bidding on.
The additional idea of featuring the recipe on the Food Network was something I had hoped would drive a higher bid. Not only would the winner get a custom baked good/dessert and recipe from me, but they would get their name featured on the title of a recipe featured on a high profile website. The write up for the recipe would explain why I created the recipe, talk about the campaign, link to the winner's blog (if he or she had one) and hopefully raise awareness for both Jenny's situation and the organization Bloggers without Borders. The Food Network, the non-profit organization Bloggers without Borders, along with the initial organizer of the campaign A Fund for Jenny, Shauna from Gluten Free Girl all approved of this auction. If you still have concerns about my intentions, feel free to email me directly and we can certainly discuss it privately in more detail, or click away and bid on another auction or donate directly.
No matter how you feel about this particular auction or about me personally, please realize it does not change the fact that someone lost a loved one and food bloggers across the board have rallied together to help her in her time of need.]