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!)

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  • Kate Schneider
    December 24, 2010 5:29am

    Love the blog! thanks!

  • December 24, 2010 5:38am

    Ooh Le Creuset. How dreamy!

  • Cooper Lee
    December 24, 2010 5:40am

    Thanks for all of the inspiration David! Have churned my way through the perfect scoop and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet life. Hope you have a great holiday

  • SL Chong
    December 24, 2010 5:43am

    thank you for your inspiring and wonderful blog.

  • Felicia M Lazar
    December 24, 2010 5:44am


    Your books and blog have saved me more times than I could ever thank you for and you are a constant source of culinary inspiration; I am more than happy to show my appreciation by making a donation in your name in addition to the ones I’ve already set up.

    Best wishes for ’11 and always,

  • David P
    December 24, 2010 5:46am

    Feliz navidad!

  • Paul S Heath
    December 24, 2010 5:46am

    I can’t wait to break in the new cookware. Oh what will I make first?

  • mar
    December 24, 2010 5:50am

    Would love to win this!!! Joyeaux Noel!

  • Jeremy
    December 24, 2010 5:58am

    Giving it a shot!

  • cathie
    December 24, 2010 6:05am

    This would make a wonderful Christmas gift for me or one of my daughters :-)

  • Amy Agin
    December 24, 2010 6:07am

    Thank you for this wonderful give-away, David! I follow your blog religiously and used a lot of your advice on my recent trip to Paris. We had the pain perdu at J’Go (and met your dreamy waiter, Florian), dinner at Hidden Kitchen and spent the most enjoyable 30 minutes of my trip with truly “the sweetest woman in Paris,” Denise Acabo, at A l’Etoile d’Or. Merci, merci, merci! Please keep doing what you are doing! Joyeux Noël!

  • Kathy in Napa
    December 24, 2010 6:13am

    Happiest of Holidays to you David! I just made your spiced nut mix and biscotti and gave them away as pressies. Thank you for all you do. Cheers!

  • Martyna
    December 24, 2010 6:14am

    Cherry red wonderfulness is a christmas wish come true…

  • Ann
    December 24, 2010 6:15am

    Would love to win this. Mele Kalikimaka!

  • Conrad
    December 24, 2010 6:15am

    Nice, even the color is not offensive

  • Jonathan Zilli
    December 24, 2010 6:16am

    I only recently have started following your blog and am enjoing it immensely. Almost feels like I’m in Paris when I read you postings, well done.
    Guess the next best thing is to use that new Le Creuset set that I’m hoping I will win to fire up some tasy meals!
    Happy holidays!

  • Patricia Lisi
    December 24, 2010 6:18am

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy and prosperous New Year David! I have your ice cream book and love it. Your blog is great too. Thank you for providing such amazing inspiration in such a fun and down to earth way. I will give the Le Creuset a wonderful home and will take care of it always if I am the lucky recipient! Best Wishes, Patricia

  • Lou Ann
    December 24, 2010 6:20am

    Christmas present for me, why thank you. Love the recipes and stories. Happy Holidays.

  • Laura
    December 24, 2010 6:21am


  • Eli Katz
    December 24, 2010 6:25am

    I love your post!
    Happy Holidays!

  • December 24, 2010 6:27am

    David-Just made your spiced caramel corn! Would love some new pots to whip up some more of your recipes!

  • December 24, 2010 6:31am

    Great causes!! And did I mention red is my favorite color for kitchen items? :)

  • YJ Lin
    December 24, 2010 6:31am

    Fingers are crossed, I have been wanting a set like this since my French host dad showed me the magic of le creuset.

    Joyeux Noel!

  • Laura
    December 24, 2010 6:36am

    I would love to cook with this set!

  • Charlotte
    December 24, 2010 6:39am

    What a wonderful christmas gift!

  • Karen
    December 24, 2010 6:40am

    Love your blog, David! Happy Holidays from a devoted reader!

  • December 24, 2010 6:43am

    WOW! That is a pretty epic set. Don’t tell my husband that I’m trying to cram more cooking implements into our tiny kitchen. It can be our little secret.

  • Jenny
    December 24, 2010 6:45am

    I’ve always wanted one! Happy holidays!

  • HB
    December 24, 2010 6:45am

    Hope luck’s on my side.

  • fran Rorie
    December 24, 2010 6:50am

    I have 3 pieces and love them !

  • M
    December 24, 2010 6:51am

    Would love some Le Creuset.

  • Beth Demoz
    December 24, 2010 6:57am

    Love your blog! Happy Holidays!

  • Andrew Padon
    December 24, 2010 7:04am

    Fabulous set of charities! I’m proud to regularly support a couple of them already. Top notch prize too. :-)

    Happy holidays to all!

  • December 24, 2010 7:08am

    I was very happy to make a donation to Share Our Strength this year. Thanks for using this giveaway to bring attention to these wonderful organizations!

  • Marie
    December 24, 2010 7:10am

    Been a closet reader of your site for a while; this is my first comment… thanks for entertaining and informative posts! =) Happy holidays to you!

  • Lisa Vuong
    December 24, 2010 7:11am

    I hope to win this! My flame collection will grow! Happy holidays!

  • December 24, 2010 7:12am

    I’ve lurked around here for ages, and I figure a comment no one will read is a great way to break the ice.

  • Tracy
    December 24, 2010 7:14am

    I want that Le Creuset! (I donate year-round, btw.) I read your blog all the time and annoy my sister with some of your stories. ha!

  • Sarah
    December 24, 2010 7:15am

    Joyeux Noël!

  • Ana Maria Leech
    December 24, 2010 7:16am

    I love reading your blog and food ideas!

  • Tom Shirley
    December 24, 2010 7:18am

    Merry Christmas Le Creuset!!

  • Traci K
    December 24, 2010 7:21am

    Just stumbled upon your blog! Looking forward to looking around.

  • Paige
    December 24, 2010 7:23am

    I can’t imagine a better Christmas present! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, David!

  • Brad
    December 24, 2010 7:24am

    Merry Christmas to everyone! Keeping my fingers crossed for Le Creuset!

  • Bonnie
    December 24, 2010 7:25am

    Several of your favorite charities are mine, too. Good for you, David!

  • Michelle Spinelli
    December 24, 2010 7:27am

    I’m a huge fan, David, of your books and your blog. Thank you for being a terrific writer and an amazing chef. You have inspired some pretty yummy baking in my home!
    Feliz Navidad from Southern California!

  • Shawn
    December 24, 2010 7:30am

    I would love to win this; I can’t afford Le Creuset!

  • Joyce
    December 24, 2010 7:38am

    Thanks David!
    Merry xmas!

  • christina Antonia scott
    December 24, 2010 7:42am

    Oh what has become of my 41 year old self that I am pining away for fabulous Cookware??!!

  • December 24, 2010 7:42am

    What a wonderful giveaway!

  • Louisa Baer
    December 24, 2010 7:43am

    Happy Christmas!

  • Scott Atherton
    December 24, 2010 7:43am

    These would go nicely in the kitchen!

  • Richard
    December 24, 2010 7:56am

    happy holidays

  • Elaine
    December 24, 2010 7:59am

    What a beautiful set of cooking ware :) Happy holidays and thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  • laura agarwal
    December 24, 2010 8:01am

    love your site. just enjoyed some comte cheese in tahoe! happy holidays.

  • Michelle
    December 24, 2010 8:02am

    I’ve been wanting Le Creuset for a long time, but my budget won’t permit, so I’d love a chance to win!

    But more important than pots or pans, thank you for your charitable giving, and for reminding us how fortunate most of us are. There’s always enough left over to give! Please do, everyone!

  • Mary Ellen
    December 24, 2010 8:07am

    Love your blog, David. Hope I win! Joyeaux Fete

  • Anthony Smouse
    December 24, 2010 8:13am

    I live in Japan, serving as a musician in the U S Navy, as much as I love Japan, I love france more…the food, the music, culture, art. I’m a huge fan of your blog, and givin a try to win some La Creuset. I gave to Servicemembers United, the organization that worked very hard for repealing US Code 10, aka ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’. Either way, I too sit in a warm house with a full belly and am very grateful this holiday season, I hope your are happy as well!

  • eric
    December 24, 2010 8:23am

    As a graduate student living in a basement apartment, some Le Creuset would certainly brighten up the place!

  • TC
    December 24, 2010 8:39am

    gah, I’m drooling over the saucier. :)

  • December 24, 2010 8:41am

    I would be absolutely delighted to brighten up my apartment with some shiny new le creuset!

  • Michelle O'Donnell
    December 24, 2010 8:59am

    Happy Holidays David! Thank you for your fabulous recipes and stories!!

  • Myriah Zaytoun
    December 24, 2010 9:08am

    I love your blog and I think it’s great that you are using it to promote these awesome charities!

  • Christina Matthewson
    December 24, 2010 9:10am

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Years David, I just love your recipes :)

  • Nina Steiert
    December 24, 2010 9:14am

    Glædelig jul.

  • Linda
    December 24, 2010 9:14am

    Happy Holidays! Cheers to you and your red hot Le Creuset!

  • Jennifer
    December 24, 2010 9:21am

    Happy Holidays and thanks for all the great posts this year!

  • December 24, 2010 9:33am

    Having just moved cross-country and having left most pans behind, I sure could use this.

    Also, my charity of choice year-round is Kiva.org.

  • December 24, 2010 9:36am

    Just sitting down to make your cookies as Christmas giveaways. The Frenchies have requested carrot cake but I’m feeling the need to be a bit traditional and so out come the cookie sheets. Thanks for the great recipes and the Parisian anecdotes. Merry Christmas!

  • Ian
    December 24, 2010 9:53am

    favorite blog on earth, don’t stop sharing.

  • shanel Roy
    December 24, 2010 9:56am

    I hope I win!!

  • Annie Rousseau
    December 24, 2010 10:00am

    J’espère gagner :D
    Love your blog!

  • Eric T
    December 24, 2010 10:04am

    Please enter me!

  • Fred
    December 24, 2010 10:09am

    Enjoy your writing

  • John Navarra
    December 24, 2010 10:11am

    what a great idea to promote the spirit of giving!

  • Alice
    December 24, 2010 10:18am

    Merry Christmas everybody!

  • Vikki
    December 24, 2010 10:26am

    Don’t know if I’m too late…..

    Anyway, Merry Christmas!

  • Kathleen
    December 24, 2010 10:29am

    Merry Christmas . . . thank you for your generosity.

  • Buck Chaffee
    December 24, 2010 10:29am

    We have your Ready for Dessert and really like it.

    Great blog, and how nice to support such nice charities at Christmas.

    Thanks much.

  • December 24, 2010 10:31am

    Merry Christmas, David! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  • GP
    December 24, 2010 10:31am

    Thank you for the inspiring blog! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year to you!

  • Dory
    December 24, 2010 10:40am

    You’re wonderful. Happy holidays!

  • Joy
    December 24, 2010 10:55am

    Merry Christmas!

  • Andreas
    December 24, 2010 11:06am

    I love your blog (and your book)!!
    Hope you have a very merry christmas and good new year!

  • Danica
    December 24, 2010 11:14am

    Happy Holidays David! I’ll be making your Sticky Toffee Pudding & Vanilla Ice Cream recipes on Christmas.


  • December 24, 2010 11:21am

    This pretty red set is on my wish list. Merry Christmas!

  • sandra
    December 24, 2010 11:58am

    merry christmas to me!!!!!!

  • Sonia
    December 24, 2010 11:58am

    love this site for the amazing charity!

  • David
    December 24, 2010 11:59am

    Merry Christmas David! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Bizzle
    December 24, 2010 12:06pm

    Great contest. If I’m fortunate enough to win I am totally going to donate a piece or two to my local soup kitchen. Happy holiday to those for celebrate!

  • Carrie
    December 24, 2010 12:28pm

    Just made your spiced nut mix. It wouldn’t be the holidays without it!

  • Randy
    December 24, 2010 12:29pm

    Merry Christmas and thanks for providing great cooking with interesting reading!

  • Chris
    December 24, 2010 12:31pm

    Wonderful foodie blog, we come here often for inspirations, gonna try the spinach cake later this week…thanks!

  • Hilary Lannan
    December 24, 2010 12:39pm

    Yay, love le crueset!

  • December 24, 2010 12:40pm

    I dream of owning beautiful La Creuset cookware:-)

  • Michelle
    December 24, 2010 12:59pm

    Like many of the commenters, I too, dream of owning le creuset…

  • December 24, 2010 1:02pm
    David Lebovitz

    Thanks everyone!

    The give-away is now closed and the winner will be notified via e-mail.