Le Creuset Holiday Give-Away!

As holiday thanks readers, through the generosity of Le Creuset, I’m giving away a six piece set of classic French cookware in cherry red. This colorful set goes from oven to table effortlessly and includes a large 5 1/2-quart round covered French oven, a 2 1/4-quart covered saucier, a 10-inch square skillet grill, and an 8- x 11-inch rectangular roasting dish.

This time of year traditionally food bloggers get together to raise money for charity.

So I’d like to offer these charities up as places where you can give this holiday season. No donation is required to enter for a chance to get this fantastic set of cookware. But just the other day, I was watching television on the devastation in many parts of the world, and was sitting in my heated apartment with a refrigerator full of food, and realized how fortunate I am.

It’s easy to forget or to click away to something more entertaining when we see a natural disaster or a face filled with misery. But instead I sat down at my desk and sent a donation to Doctors Without Borders, an international aid organization. It took just a few minutes and no matter how much you can contribute, any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Five charities that I would like to point out that could use help this year:

Doctors Without Borders: This organization provides urgent medical care to people in areas struck by emergencies.

Share Our Strength: Carol at Alinea at Home is starting her annual campaign for Share Our Strength to help feel hungry kids.

101 Cookbooks Kiva Group: This organization helps distribute loans to small businesses in underdeveloped countries and you can loan money to help a specific individual begin a new life.

Stoves for Darfur: This is an amazing initiative started by a young American teenager to provide low-cost stoves for women who normally gather wood, walking at great lengths and often getting assaulted (or worse), just trying to feed themselves and their families.

The Smile Train: The Smile Train provides free surgical procedures to children to fix cleft palates, which gives kids around the world a reason to smile.

Although a donation isn’t required for a chance to win this fantastic set of Le Creuset cookware for your kitchen, please do consider helping out one of these charities if you possibly can this holiday season.

NOTE: The give-away has ended (see #1, below) and comments have been closed. The winner will be notified by e-mail on Christmas Day. Thanks to everyone who participated and hope you all have a terrific holiday! -dl

To Enter

1. Simply leave a comment below. When you leave a comment, please include your correct e-mail address in the field that asks for it. It will not be visible to the public there, so do not leave it in the actual comment area.

I will close comments promptly on December 24, 2010 at noon Paris time, and the person who will receive this set of cookware will be chosen by a random number generator, then contacted by e-mail on Christmas Day. Winner must respond by December 31, 2010 noon Paris time, or forfeit the cookware. No exceptions.

2. Le Creuset can only ship this set to a winner in the United States due to customs and other restrictions. (If you want to gripe about things available in the states that aren’t available elsewhere, the line begins here…) Shipping is included to all 50 states although winner is responsible for any local taxes or charges levied, if applicable.

If you live abroad and you wish to bid, you can do so only if you: 1) Have a mailing address in the US that accepts parcels, or 2) Use a mail and parcel forwarding service. If you choose to use one, you will be responsible for any and all fees, including customs, duties, and taxes that may be levied. I have no experience using one but you can find one by searching Google, using the search words “International Forward Shipping.”

3. Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will all be disqualified and you will get a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. (Or worse.) When you enter, you agree to the delivery terms listed above. No purchase required.

4. Bonne chance! (Good luck!)


  • Merry Christmas

  • Happy Holidays! Thanks for the Give Away and reminder about these organizations and people who are always in need! I am very much interested in volunteering and promoting aid, and cultural understanding around the world! I started the Vicarious Vagabond Project on Facebook in hopes of generating support and awareness, and hopefully to be able to fund an initial trip to volunteer and start writing about world needs and education, something I’d like to see become a life long project for myself and for so many others to be able to participate with, even if it’s just through supporting me and learning from me.

  • Merry Christmas David! :)

  • Another good charity that I had my children give to this year is Heifer.org– they loved giving a flock of chickens and a goat to someone! Have a Merry Christmas!

  • I LOVE Le Creuset! I don’t have any of those pieces so they would be a welcome addition in my kitchen. Thanks for the chance to win these!

  • Wonderful idea! Doctors Without Borders is my choice, partially because my daughter is in training to be a doctor and is planning on working with people in underserved countries.
    Happy Holidays to you!

  • Happy holidays! I would love to win this prize, Le Creuset is wonderful! I am moving to Paris in January and would be delighted to cook with the set!

  • Wishing you a wonderful holiday! Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity.

  • long time supporter of doctors without borders and you have prompted me to make a holiday contribution.
    by the way, thanks for fig and raspberry tart recipe in your cookbook. a show stopper!

  • I choose Doctors Without Broders as well, love the work they do. I have some friends this season that are really struggling and it makes my problems seem incredibly petty.

  • What a great site! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • They are all great charities doing wonderful work. Thanks for the reminder and Happy Holidays!

  • I too am longtime supporter of Doctors without Borders…great idea and wonderful generosity on the part of Le Creuset !

  • Joyeux Noel David!

  • All the best to you David – I give to cancer research, MS research, and doctors without borders every year.


  • Love reading your website each day – a few of my Christmas gifts were inspired by your recommendations. And love that you are promoting philanthropy – as a fundraiser for a non-profit, I know that even the smallest gifts can make a difference in someone’s life. Merry Christmas!

  • Merry Christmas David!

  • Love your blog, DL! I read it compulsively, wishing I was as fabulous!

  • I’m a fan of Doctors Without Borders – many thanks for recommending other organizations that I did not know about. Wishing a most wonderful Yule season to all –

  • Thanks for the links. Merry Christmas!

  • I would absolutely love to donate to any of the organizations you mention David, but having recently divorced I find myself in the position of having to find ways to collect household essentials for myself and for my children.

  • thanks daveleb. youre a great inspiration in so many ways.

  • Doctors without Borders is a great charity.

    Happy Holidays to everyone- and here’s to a great 2011!

  • I love this blog – just found it – great things here. My favorite charity listed here is Smile Train. Having a cleft palate repaired changes a child’s life! Thanks again for making people aware of these charities.

  • Such a great post, David. Thank you for the reminder that there are brave and loving people out there trying to make the world a better place—my part is to help them succeed!

  • Love this set!

  • Happy holidays!

  • I enjoy your blog and appreciate your generous give-away! Happy Holidays!

  • Thank you for another year of wonderful posts. Happy Holidays.

  • Merry Christmas David! Love your blog!!!

  • I would really love some Le Creuset as everyone who cooks alot knows, we go through a lot of cooking products. Fast.

  • Drs w/o Boarders is such an amazing charity. We are spending our year in Africa, and it doesn’t take long to see through many of the bazillion NGOs, but DWOB is the exception to the rule. Thank you for shining your light on this organization. Merry Christmas David.

    I would LOVE this gift! And in red, my favorite!

  • merry christmas david! thank you for your wonderful site!

  • I love how World Vision helps people around the world and you can select the area of giving that’s closest to your heart – school supplies for kids in Africa, clean water, rescuing child prostitutes and teaching them job skills, etc. It’s wonderful!

    Thank you, David, for thinking of others!

  • Joyeux Noël from Charleston, South Carolina. Just returned from Paris a few weeks ago loaded down with Bernachon (that I’m saving for Christmas Eve). Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Merry Christmas David! :) What a lovely give away, I’ve always hugely supported and admired everyone involved with Doctors Without Borders and it’s great to see them get some recognition.

  • Best wishes for a tasty Christmas David. I support doctors without borders and heifer.org!

  • Joyeux Nöel! Thanks for the great blog.

  • I used to have a blue set! I love this color. Happy Holidays!

  • LOVE that you’re helping people remember that not everyone is celebrating the holiday(s) with great food and lots of presents. So important to help where we can. Best wishes to you and yours!!

  • Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! And you’re spot on with the charity donations this time of year…donating to a great charity in someone’s name makes a wonderful (and thoughtful) gift for the person who has everything!

  • Joyeux Noel David, love your Blog & FB!

  • ”Kissing don’t last, cookery do!” (George Meredith)

  • Merry Christmas! I have enjoyed following your blog and look forward for many posts to come!

  • Le Creuset! My favorite! Best wedding gift ever? I think yes!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • Thanks, David. I support Partners In Health, which is also a worthy charity. They have a long record of providing support in Haiti.

    Happy holidays!

    PS: Can’t wait to make your Fresh Ginger Cake again this year.

  • I always try to remember a local organization that helps the homeless obtain and maintain housing. Especially this time of year, it breaks my heart to think that people are without the simple pleasures of home and hearth! Feliz Navidad!

  • Why, yes, I would like these please! Thanks for not just keeping the set for yourself (like I probably would’ve). Happy Holidays!

  • Merry Christmas David! Love the blog and all the authentic French recipes.

  • Tanzanian Children’s Fund is a great place to give to. I enjoy your blog. Many thanks for it!

  • Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! This time of year, your Caramel Matzoh Crunch is known as “Christmas Crack” and it’s becoming “famous” among my friends locally and on FB!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway…what a fun idea!

    Nina Wichman

  • These are all great charities. For the past few years, I’ve been supporting the local foodbank in my city. It’s easy to get consumed in the petty details of the holidays (oh no! no more gift bows! tragedy!). It’s important to remember that if you have the time to worry about something like that, you are very very blessed. Working with the foodbank is a good reminder that not everyone is so fortunate and when you can, you should help out.

    Thanks for all the great post this year David! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  • I really enjoy your website and it sincerely makes me miss Paris (I used to live there, as well!). Thanks for all the wonderful ideas over the years and thanks for the great links to the charities. It is always better to give than receive this time of year!

  • David, I will post this on your FB page, but I just want to wish you a beautiful Christmas and a very happy New Year. When comes Christmas, you make my life so easy. I just log on Amazon and order your books for my friends, and moi, of course. I would love more “Sweet Life in…” somewhere, anywhere, in France!
    You are the best.

  • Kiva is my favorite. I didn’t know there was 101 Cookbooks group for it though. Thanks for the info.

  • Thanks for this! I love the website and the links from FB – Happy Holidays to you!

  • I love those vintage cheese ads you posted on Facebook today!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • Love your blog. Happy Holidays!

  • Love your blog. Happy Holidays!

  • Really enjoy your blog and your book…

  • Merry Christmas!

  • happy holidays and a merry christmas :)

  • This looks wonderful, David, and thanks for the links to the charities! I met a doctor once who volunteered for the Smile Train and I was so touched by the work that they do.

  • So festive! The culinary possibilities are endless. : ) Happy Christmas, everyone!

  • All the best to you and yours. Our local chapter of NACTA National Associate of Career Travel Agents donated monthly chapter fundraising proceeds a number of times this year to Doctors Without Borders. But our holiday donations went to Thyroid Cancer Research and for Leukemia research

    Great idea

  • Merry Christmas David! I’m an avid reader of your blog, but first time commenter. Thank you for all the wonderful posts, photos, recipes and the opportunity to win this set!

  • All my life I wanted a Le Creuset French oven (3.5 QT) in Dijon yellow. Pick me! : )
    Happy holidays.

  • Happy Holidays, David!

  • joyeux noel!

  • Coming to the party 6,000 people late, oh well. Great idea David, we can all use a little reminder of how important it is to help others.

  • Happy holidays, David! Thanks for the links and the gentle reminder. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in one’s own little bubble of family life. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

  • Thank you for offering this contest, David, and happy holidays to you as well! This red cookware looks so cheerful. I enjoy your website with all your news, ideas and insights.

  • All are wonderful charities.
    My 17 y /o son had cerebral palsy (spastic quad). His favorite thing to do is cook!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Happy holidays to all. My aunt once told me: there’s never any extra time, or extra money, so give away what you want to give away first, before you deal with your own wants and needs.
    This year I’m volunteering with a group that brings young women into contact with science, and writing (for free) for the local research institutions. It’s fun and awesome!
    Anyway, happy holidays again!

  • Thank you for reminding everyone about charity. In all of the frenzy of the holiday season it is very important to remember to give back.
    Love Le Creuset and so cool of you to have this contest.
    Happy Holidays!

  • Happy holidays, David! I hope your post reminds us all of people less fortunate than we are, and will encourage them to contribute. If people don’t have money, volunteering your time is also a wonderful charitable gift!

  • Happy Holidays! Your gentle reminder to give to others less fortunate, is just another reason why I love your blog so much.

  • Happy, happy holidays, David!

  • Merry Christmas from the “Land of OZ”

  • wait — what are the other two components of the 6-pieces set?
    pretty exciting prospect, thanks

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Merry Christmas, David !

  • Merry Christmas! Thanks for this post. Love your blog.

  • Have a very happy holiday season, David !

  • feliz navidad

  • The 24th is my birthday and I could use some Creuset. Joyeux Noel

  • Merry Christmas

  • This looks lovely. Love your blog.

  • May you have a happy and healthy new year that includes lots of inspiration for creating more fabulous recipes — especially ice creams because yours are the best!!!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Happy Holidays – I enjoy your blog every day – and what a great way to help people – Thanks!!!

  • Oh, I could make fine se of these Le Crueset pieces! Xo David and joyeaux noel!

  • David,
    Thank you for sharing all of your posts, wisdom and parts of your life with us during 2010. I look forward to reading more from you in 2011!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • OMG I would love to win one of these! It will make an awsome Christmas present.
    It will be a great addition to my kitchen set.

  • What a generous giveaway! Thank you for the links to some of your favorite charities as well-I work in a nonprofit agency, and I know that every little bit helps! :) Happy holidays! :)

  • Love your site- thank you.
    M Xsmas!Chris