Well, the blaggers’ banquet is all systems go and we’re blagging like k-razy. We’ve had an amazing and very supportive response from producers, restaurants, chefs, wineries, breweries… it’s been really inspiring. Everyone’s really pulled together and gotten things done. Wonderful.
We had our first meeting at the new Draft House on Northcote Rd, who donated the whole bar for the evening which was wonderful. This helped galvanise everyone and get things moving bringing us nicely to where we are now. We had a great evening drinking Murphy’s of Cork on draught and blackberry whiskey with some fantastic bar food – I’ll be back for sure.
We’ve have some fantastic donations since, both for the meal and for the night itself. We’re not going to spoil it by revealing anything for the meal or everything from the auction, but here’s a taster of some of auction items. The auction will run partially on the night and for a month after the banquet online, so, even if you’re not in London or not at Hawksmoor on the night, you can participate.
Autographed cookbooks from Fergus Henderson at St John’s – these are definitely unique and I expect a battle for them!
A year’s supply of Chilango vouchers (£2,400 value).
A Mexican cookery class from Thomasina Miers: author, intrepid tv chef, winner of Masterchef, and of Wahaca in London. The course is being run exclusively for the Blaggers’ Banquet auction. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn authentic Mexican Cuisine in London.
A Kitchenaid worth £369 for all you passionate cooks.
A cookery lesson at La Cucina Caldesi followed by lunch + a signed copy of Katie Celdesi’s new book.
White Christmas Tea collection from the fabulous Rare Tea Company including 2 lovely white teas and a teapot and tea cocktails at Hix Soho with the Tea Lady.
Tasting menus from L’Anima, Racine, Maze, Theo Randall, Tom Aikens & Launceston Place.
1 hour cooking lesson in the Konstam kitchen, a seasonal dish from start to finish.
A lovely Gordon’s Choice Hamper from Selfridge’s worth £130.
There’s lots more, all of which we will write about soon. Thanks to all of the blaggers who are doing sterling work and to all those who donated. We really appreciate it all of the support, as do Action Against Hunger.
So, we still need more auction items and items for goodie bags, indeed we need the bags themselves! Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something you would like to donate. We would love to hear from you.