If you're a fan of food blogs, chances are strong that you're also an excellent cook. You can undoubtedly throw a dinner party for four with one hand tied behind your back. So, being a flexible kind of guy, I thought I'd add another alternative.
I couldn't settle on what to call it, but here are some choices:
A Pintxos Party.
An Amuse Bouche Bash.
Here's the drill. I'll cook up a bunch of tasty little nibbles and snacks (think canapés, gougères, crudo, tapas, and other bite-sized bits of love) for your next cocktail party for up to 10 people. Your only role is to smile, mingle with your guests, and and have a good time mixing and sipping martinis (remember, you're providing the drinks).
If you just can't stand the idea of throwing a party and not cooking at least a few dishes, that's great. If you'd like to provide something, you can invite even more friends! I'll work out the details with you when you win.
N (the cute one in our *new* photo in the upper righthand corner - bye bye Mr. Fish Head) and I will be your kitchen elves for the day. With this Cocktail Party option, you don't even need to have much of a kitchen, as we can do much of the work ahead of time (although a fridge and a small stove would be helpful).
To review, the other choices when you win are that I will cook a four-course restaurant-style dinner for four at your house (before the end of next April) or I will give you a $200 gift certificate to use at my upcoming restaurant, Olallie (I'm still developing the menu for Olallie, but $200 ought to buy you at least enough to feed four adults, probably more). When you choose my prize on the donation page, there's no need to specify which option you want. You can tell me when you win.
Trust me, folks, my accountant is hoppin' mad that I'm already giving away meals when I haven't even opened the restaurant. And once I open my restaurant, it's going to be next to impossible to get me to cater a private dinner party. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's also a chance to be the first kid on the block to taste what I'll be serving at my restaurant. I'm making this offer because I believe the World Food Programme is an incredibly worthy cause for us foodies to be supporting.