The #CookForUkraine: Abruzzo Peace Raffle is an extraordinary collection of food, wine and hospitality prizes that reflect the wonderful bio-diversity and generosity of this region of central Italy.  Funds will be donated to UNICEF, and tickets cost just €10, making it an affordable, and international way to donate and potentially win a memory-making prize.


It seemed obvious to Life in Abruzzo to create the ‘Mother of all Raffles’.  Abruzzo is famous for having Italy’s oldest cookery school, for its people being strong and kind, it also has one of the largest populations in Italy who have had to leave their family, friends and homes for economic reasons, hunger and to chase work as well as earthquakes over the last 150 years.    


Less card processing fees the maximum amount from each donation will be gifted to UNICEF.  We believe they are the experts, used to war zones who can best determine how to spend funds wisely to protect and normalise these children’s future.


UNICEF has noted that 7.5 million children are at risk in Ukraine, 16 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 2.9 million children are in need of immediate help.



Tickets will be drawn on Friday 1st April and winners will be notified by email.


 See here to read the CookforUkraine initiative.



Our Peace Lotteria started at 23.59 on March 11th and will end at midnight on the 31st March and be randomly drawn on Friday 1st April.   It is open to Italian and international supporters and includes food, wines, experiences (Zoom and offline), accommodation and arts and crafts.  All prizes are valid for 1 year.


4 x Luxury Goodie Bags

Niko Romito, the region’s famous 3 Michelin star chef, has created around his restaurant Reale ***, a gastronomic hub to share his cuisine and the flavours of Abruzzo around the world.

His acclaimed baking and pastry lab LABORATORIO NIKO ROMITO has donated luxury organic food goodie bags, that include the divine ‘Colomba’, defined as an aromatic hymn to lightness and perfect for sharing, an ideal temporary relief in these turbulent times as we gather with friends and family. To be collected from ALT in Castel di Sangro or Montesilvano.

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Heritage Abruzzese Salumi

Salumi: A Little Box of Treats

A fine selection of delicious heritage Abruzzese black pig salumi. To be collected or posted within Italy

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Heritage Abruzzese Salumi

Goodness Grains Selection Box

A selection of organic and heritage wheat and hemp products. To be collected or posted in Italy.

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5 Artisan Flour Boxes

An incredible selection of Molino Cori's artisan and ancient wheats that flourish in the Teramo province.
To be collected from Val Vomano

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Peperoncini Selection Pack

2 x Rosso & Verde Chillies Combo

Taste (or gift) these single-origin Peperoncini 🌶 bestsellers: - 1X each Rosso Maturo and Verde Giovane, heirloom Lazzaretto chillies in EVOO.
Jumbo jars 210g will keep you stocked for 3+ months. Can be collected or posted to the UK or Italy.

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Slow Food Chieti

Slow Food Chieti Membership

Be part of the Slow Food Community. Learn about local foods and enjoy discounted events. You will join a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.

Your Slow Food membership:
- Helps support Slow Food projects and be updated on SlowFood Italia and SlowFood Chieti Convivium initiatives
- Increase your knowledge about the agro-food system and be a responsible consumer
- Enjoy discounts on the events organised by Slow Food Chieti and international ones
- Have free access to the WebApp "Slow Food in Tasca", where you will find the best places where to eat and drink well around Italy
- Enjoy other benefits like a 20% discount on Slow Food Editore shop

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Gourmet Selection Pack

A fine selection of prestigious oil and gourmet products from Fossacesia's Ursini who are repeatedly receive acclaim from Slow Food and press at international oil fairs.
To be collected from Fossacesia

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Pecorino 20202 Talmonti

1 Case, Talamonti Trabocchetto Abruzzo DOC Pecorino Superiore 2020

This 2020 vintage was rated by Decanter with 90 points! Trabocchetto has an intense nose of mint, jasmine, apricot and pear. A pillowy soft attack is offset by freshness and length. Alc 13%. Collection from Talamonti.

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Vinum Hadrianum

A Case of Assorted Fine Wines

A selection of six 750 mL bottles of wine produced by Vinum Hadrianum in Atri, Italy. These wines are the result of a very special project which will take you back to the very beginning of modern wine making. Using techniques developed at the height of the Roman Empire, these amphora-aged wines are like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Collection from Vinum Hadrianum

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Luxury night of Glamping

1 Night Glamping Experience

A luxurious night's stay in a yurt with breakfast in bed at the glamping site, Cerchio del Desiderio with its own private terrace.

Holistic activities including yoga, sound bath and massage, horseriding and donkey trekking are also available on site. Fine dining is available at the on-site restaurant..

An olive grove setting between Pianella and Loreto Aprutino (PE).

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Casa Con Vista

7 Night Stay in Self Catering Apartment

7 night's accommodation in this beautiful converted farmhouse located just outside the famous arts and crafts town of Guardiagrele with sweeping views of the Maiella.

The apartment can sleep up to 4 people, 2 in the double bedroom and 2 on the sofa bed. The apartments have their own fully fitted bathroom and kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine, large screen TV, private terrace and full access to the pool.

The prize is valid until March 31st 2023 and is subject to availability and excluding the months of July and August.

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2 Nights Rental Accommodation

2 Night's Accommodation in Chef Ezio Gentile's newly restored 2nd floor apartment in Prezza, balcony of Abruzzo, close to Sulmona.

This light and airy apartment has 1 bedroom but sleeps 4 as has its own sofa bed, a fully fitted kitchen

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Kokopelli Camping

2 Nights Glamping

2 nights for 2 glamping in a luxury bell tent at the small and perfect Kokopelli Camping in Serramoncesca (PE).

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Assorted Flour Pasta Workshop

A 2-hour cooking lesson with Giulia via Zoom for 2 people in how to make the very best pasta from different flours.

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Forager in Italy

Forager Walk & 3-Course Lunch

Learn how to identify this season's eatable herbs and plants on a walk with Forager in Italy and after how to cook them in 3-course lunch.

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Aperitivo for 2

Enjoy a fantastic aperitivo for 2 in Piazza Duomo in Atri at Chef Gianni Dezio's superb bottega.

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#Come Together' Dinner for 4

An exclusive dinner for four in Atri consisting of multiple courses that combine flavors from around the world into a unique fusion dining experience.

It will include a wine blending experience hosted by nationally syndicated wine and food journalist David Wilson, host of Grape Encounters Radio.

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Colledimezzo Watercolour

Approx 20x20cm An original Watercolour (approx 20x20 cm) on 185gm paper created 2019, en plein air looking up at the iconic village of Colledimezzo by the British textile artist.

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Beaded Necklace

A necklace of Blue Light Stones and flame worked beads of Venetian glass made in Brooklyn, New York, by glass bead artist Toni Guanciale. Will be posted worldwide to the winner.

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Grovesnor Square Recipe Book

6 signed Italian copies of this acclaimed recipe book.

Danilo is the ex head chef of the Italian Embassy in London.

Postage included in Italy.

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How to be an Italian

How to be an Italian & I Heart Rome Book Bundle

A 2-book bundle by author and award-winning journalist, Maria Pasquale, an Italian Australian (of Abruzzo heritage!) based in Rome.

She is the local correspondent for USA Today and writes regularly for CNN, Fodor’s, The Telegraph and Condé Nast publications.

I Heart Rome is a love letter to the Eternal City and a delicious collection of Roman recipes and stories.

How to be Italian is a celebration of the Italian lifestyle – a beautiful deep dive into the Italian psyche uncovering how the Italians think, live, eat, drink, dress, love, speak, travel and have fun.

International DHL Express shipping is included.

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A huge thank you to those who have helped us on this project
Tarina Santacroce for logo design

Pia de Simone for translation

Fede & Luciana Squadrilli for their contact book

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