Reflecting on our Annual Dinner
Our black-tie fundraiser on 22 October has currently raised a profit of £11,500 for The Food Chain!
75 guests were present for our biggest fundraiser of the year, which took place in the stunning RIBA building at Portland Place. This was our first black-tie evening since 2012, and it was so nice to see friends and colleagues who were dressed to dazzle in their dinner jackets and dresses.
The night began with sparkling wine – kindly donated by Juvé & Camps – and vibrant jazz grooves from the immensely talented saxophonist Yasmin Natasha and pianist, Peter Khoo. Our alluring ‘Food Tree’, sponsored by Core Recruitment greeted guests as they then stepped into the magnificent Florence Hall; with its many dangling apples and illumined green backdrop our tree looked quite spectacular! Each apple represented a chance to win a prize. The Food Tree alone went on to raise nearly £3,000 on the night! Meanwhile, our silent auction was in full flow, with bidding taking place using mobiles and tablets supplied by event technology specialists, Give Smart. It was the first time we’ve used this kind of technology at a Food Chain event, and although we will continue to encourage traditional donation methods, it’s certainly exciting to see the impact technology can have on charitable giving.
Thank you from Siobhán, Chief Executive
“The Food Chain is incredibly lucky to have such committed and loyal support from the many individuals who make donations and attend events such as the Annual Dinner. These are difficult economic times for everyone, so to raise £11,500 (profit) in one evening is just fantastic. It is humbling and very rewarding to work for a charity that has sustained such great support for 27 years. A very big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening such an enjoyable and successful one for The Food Chain”
Read Siobhán's speech from the evening by clicking here.
Not to blow our own trumpet, but we’re used to fine dining at The Food Chain. After all, our volunteers rustle up five-star meals multiple times a week in our kitchen! The menu for our Annual Dinner, though, was a real treat – view the evening’s menu.
Our New Film
One of the most important parts of our fundraiser was the launch of our new short film, which was shown not long after guests had parted with their dessert plates. Our film seeks to capture the essence of the difference our nutrition support services make to the people we work with. It was nice to receive positive feedback about the film on the night, which made it clear to us that our filmmaking project – funded by the City Bridge Trust and The Media Trust – had achieved its objective. Facts and figures are one thing, but it is personal stories that bring The Food Chain to life, and it was brilliant to see this represented on the big screen at RIBA. If you couldn’t attend our Annual Dinner, you’ll be able to view our film on our website and social media channels before the year is out. We are particularly grateful to Luke, Rose, Neil and Teresa for their huge contributions to our film.
Mark Head brilliantly compered our live auction, which inspired a total just shy of £10,000 in generous bids. The prizes on offer were amongst our best ever, with top chefs including Martyn Nail and Alexis Gauthier kindly donating exclusive dining experiences, and top London hotels such as St James’ and The Goring contributing luxury overnight stays. Also on offer was a delightful weekend break in a townhouse in Deal, a Gin Masterclass for 12 and a chance to dine out with our patron, Jay Rayner, who writes restaurant reviews for the Observer.
Photographs taken at our Annual Dinner are available to view on The Food Chain Facebook page >>>
All in all, our Annual Dinner was a lovely occasion. We would like to thank the many individuals and organisations listed below, without whom the event simply wouldn’t have gone ahead.
Firstly, a big thank you to the following people who worked particularly hard in support of this event:
Neil, George, Gillian, Sam, Simon, Judith, Maria, Paul, Andrew and Gill.
Yasmin Natasha and Peter Khoo
Our prize donors
Laurence Benson - The Goring Hotel - Claridge's - St James' Hotel & Club
Alexis Gauthier - Jay Rayner - Jonathan Harvey
Broad Gallery - Chalk PR - Chelsea F.C. Foundation
China Tang - Cookery School - Corinthia Hotel - He-Shi Tanning
Konditor & Cook - Laurent Perrier - ME Hotel - Orlebar Brown
PZ Cussions Beauty - Renaud Gregoire - Roja Dove
Schwarzkopf got2b - The Hospital Club
Better Raw - Borough Kitchen - Coca Cola London Eye
Giovanni Rana - LEON - Reiki - Sipsmith Spirits - Tiptree Jams