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!)


  • Happy Holidays David! You are so right…we are all so lucky and the holidays are a time to give back.

  • Joyeux fetes a Paris!

  • I so lust after LeCreuset, I really do. Love you blog.

  • Merry Christmas Mr.David! I love your blog!

  • Thank you, David, for your entertaining blog, your delightful books, your sense of humor, and your heart. I hope your holidays have been delicious! xoxo

  • This set just makes me drool! Happy Holidays from the great midwest and keep up the great work sir.

  • merci!

  • love your website, use many of your recipes

  • Thank you for your wonderful writing. You have the gift of making your food travels (and travails!) come spectacularly alive!

  • Thank you for all the wonderful links you share on fb, especially this one!

  • We donated (or rather, made loans to people!) through Kiva.org this year. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it’s pretty amazing.

  • Happy Holidays!!

  • Very nice set. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

  • Feliz Navidad! May your 2011 be filled with many delicious things!!!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • I want this!

  • Merry christmas and happy new year. I enjoy all the books that you made.

  • I find you hysterical and incredibly inspiring! Happy Holidays!

  • I too believe it is important to give, whatever group you choose to contribute to, and with whatever means you have available. I am so impressed with those who give their time as well as dollars, especially the teens and young adults. I love your blog! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  • David, this is an amazing giveaway. Would love to be randomly picked to win so that I can give the set to my mom:)

  • Happy Holidays! More Macaroons.

  • Those are all fantastic causes. Kiva is especially dear to me. Thank you for making this giveaway possible and for using your blog to spread awareness!

  • This is amazing, David! Thanks for continuing to blog :)

  • I have been hearing about Kiva. Thank you!

  • Joyeux Noël et bonne année!

  • Another charitable giving suggestion to fellow foodies — your local food pantry or soup kitchen is always grateful for donations of money and non-perishable goods.

  • Thank you for the gift of your post and recipes all year. Have a Joyous Noel in Paris.

  • The best food blog, by far – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • What a wonderful giveaway!

    Just a reminder to all that charities need help throughout the year, not just during the holidays. Sometimes, giving a little often is more helpful than one big chunk at the end of the year!

  • Thanks to you I had some of the best ice cream and gelato in Paris this September. Love your blog…great photos, recipes (even if I can’t make them), and recommendations. Happy Holidays…bonne année.

  • Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

  • Merry Christmas to you, David, and thanks for another year of your insightful & entertaining writing. And for the funniest twitter updates around!

  • To a delicious, happy, healthy new year!

  • What a wonderful prize for this special time of the year! I’d be so happy to finally win something!


  • Tis the season for giving back, and I am thankful for that. Happy holidays!

  • Thanks for the opportunity and reminding me to donate. Cheers, David!

  • Great sentiments David. Merry Xmas.

  • There are so many wonderful non-profits out there to support. Instead of giving Christmas presents to each other, my husband and I do some sort of free experience like snow shoeing and then get a coat and a goat. We buy a coat for a needy child in our community, and a goat through World Vision for a family in a third world country. It feels WAY better then getting each other more stuff.

  • Thank you for your blog, David! It’s my go-to when I want to bake & need a new (to me), delicious, fail-safe recipe. And you’ve not let me down. Just today I wanted a recipe for a Bourbon chocolate pecan pie. I’ve got pecan pie recipes, and bourbon chocolate pecan cake recipes, but you came through with a pie that has all three and looks wonderful. Perfect for a (lapsed) Jew to make her (lapsed) Christian for Christmas dinner.

  • Oh, those are lovely. I would be so pleased to win them!

    Merry Christmas, David, and thank you for the reminder to share the holiday spirit with those who are less fortunate. I’m a grad student on a meager budget, but am sure I can eke out some money to donate!

  • I enjoy your blog tremendously. Thanks for bringing attention at this time of year to those who have so much less. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the rush and busy-ness and forget what’s really important.

    Happy Holidays!

  • I’d like this so much.

    Happy hollidays.


  • Le Cruset I want you so bad! Merry Christmas!

  • Thanks for suggesting such wonderful charities! It’s easy to take things for granted during the holidays, and I am glad that you are helping remind everyone how fortunate many of us are.

  • Happy Holidays David!
    Thanks for all the beautiful recipes year long.
    P.S. Pick me! :)

  • Great sentiment. (And I would love the Le Creuset ware.)

  • Let’s remember the joy and beauty of giving to others not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Thanks to you and to Le Creuset for this important reminder! Joyeux Noel!

  • Let’s remember the joy and beauty of giving to others not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Thanks to you and to Le Creuset for making us stop and think. Joyeux Noel!

  • I love the stove for darfur charity! What a great initiative.

    I would also love these pans as a friend just burnt my only le creuset pan!

    fingers crossed! Shannon

  • Have a Happy Cherry Red Holiday! Pick me. Pick me!

  • Great causes — and great pans. Thanks especially for the heads up on the SOS campaign.

  • Thanks for bringing all these great opportunities for giving to our attention- it is just another reason Iove your site!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Happy Holidays! I just finished your book and loved it.

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

  • Happy Holidays!
    This is an awesome giveaway!

  • I just came over via Shauna @ Gluten Free Girl. What a great blog! Merry Christmas~

  • What a great giveaway! David, I love your newest cookbook and your tweets!

  • I would love a shot at winning this set. Sadly, I cannot make a monetary donation, but I do plant rows for the hungry every garden season and give any excess to our local food bank. I will cook a dish or two to share in this set if I am so lucky to win it! Full bellies make everyone feel more prosperous, especially the cook who was responsible for the meal…

  • I love your blog David and I am imagining how “awful” it must be to celebrate holidays in France. darn you!

  • Thanks so much for these charity suggestions. Doctors Without Borders is a fabulous hard-working organization.

  • I love Kiva – I even gave Kiva cards to a few people as a gift. They get to loan money, learn what Kiva is, and then either keep loaning or get the money back when it is repaid to spend on something for themselves. A win win!

  • I love all of the recipes you post! Happy Holidays!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • Thank you for all of your wonderful posts, and for bringing attention to these charities.

  • Joyeux Noel!

  • What a lovely idea. Not only that but I really like the organizations you chose and hope the community of your readers helps them achieve their worthy goals.

  • I love Share Our Strength! it is definitely a possibility to end childhood hunger. we are a country of excess & no child should go without food.

  • Just discovered your blog and I am really enjoying it.

  • Happy Holidays!!

  • Happy holidays to you and your loved ones, David! Hope your blog continues to give us joy for the coming years!

  • Merry Christmas!! I just made the salted butter caramels…..and I died. THANK YOU!

  • Have a wonderful Christmas David! Also, I love your chocolate chunk cookie recipe!

  • What a good cause. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, tours, and other vicarious food experiences all year long!

  • Happy Holidays!! Love your blog:)

  • Happy Holidays!!

  • Wishing you and your family –peace, love and happiness!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Great blog David!!!!!

  • Happy Holidays and thanks for all of your posts! I love it!

  • Happy holidays to all!!!

  • Just made your chocolate macarons and they turned out lovely! This will be my go-to macaron recipe. Thanks and happy holidays!

  • Le Creuset is great!

  • Bonnes fetes!

  • I really, really need a new cook set!

  • Love your site. Longtime visitor first time commentor. Of course winning the Le Creuset would be a nice Christmas gift!

    Either way…thanks for blogging

  • Happy holidays and thank you for promoting these wonderful organizations. Let us all remember to share generously throughout the year, and not only at the holidays!

  • Looking forward to trying the Rhubarb and Plum Crisp recipe… seems like a nice blend of Midwestern rhubarb with a Parisian touch. Thanks!

  • I would love to have this set. I love to cook and this would be great addition to my kitchen

  • Thank you–this just inspired me to donate to Share Our Strength. Happy holidays!

  • Love your blog!

  • eat, drink & be merry!

  • The chard tart sounds very interesting and quite different than my recipe. I’ll have to give it a try! :)

  • Hope I win!

  • Soooo cool. :) As someone who’s benefited from other’s charity in the past, I would like to second the importance of considering helping those in need. Perhaps even more local options, as these are the people who are your neighbors. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Dave!

  • This would be the greatest christmas present ever! I love Le Creuset! Happy holidays.

  • Très Joyeux Noël :D Enneigé….

  • Happiest of holidays!

  • Happy Holidays!

  • Love your blog, David! That Le Creuset set is gorgeous. Happy Holidays!

  • Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful recipes, David! I have some Le Creuset in Cherry Red! I absolutely love Le Creuset! I don’t have the pieces in the set you’re giving away, so I would love to win it! Especially since I can’t afford to buy Le Creuset anymore! :-/

  • Happy Holidays! That Le Creuset set is amazing! I would love to own any of those pieces.