2 October 2015
Since the launch our Refugee Emergency Appeal we've been truly touched by the amazing response of many people in the UK. Some of our supporters went the extra mile and used their skills and imagination to raise most needed funds for refugees.
Rosie from pop-up restaurant A Little Lusciousness tells us what happened when she and our long term ActionAid supporter Hardeep Singh Kohli organised a dinner for 65 to support our emergency response.
The 'Ginger Spice' event
Wednesday night I joined forces with Hardeep Singh Kohli, chef and comedian extraordinaire, to cook a seven course, cardamom themed meal for 65 people on top of the old BBC Centre car park in West London.
As long term supporters of the amazing work that ActionAid do, we decided to raise money for their refugee crisis appeal, and being two chefs, it was obvious we should do something food related. So we organised the 'Ginger Spice' event.
The lovely people at Grub Club said they'd drop their commission fee for the event, we came up with a menu to warm people up, and tickets went live, beforeflying out.
Here's a little taste of our menu on the night: Cardamom Martini, root veg chat with nigella seeds in a sour cream cardamom dressing, curried devilled egg, mussels in green chilli coriander butter served on a round of cardamom bread, spiced sea bass with coconut rice and dhal, pork belly vindaloo with masala cracking and apple chutney, venison belly croquette on spiced damson sauce, and apple and pear gyoza with cardamom and ginger ice cream.
Why we're helping refugees
The refugee crisis is ongoing and sadly not new. Millions have fled their homes and left everything behind to seek safety in Europe and elsewhere. We can't possibly turn our back to something like this. With recent press coverage in the UK we felt it was important to do what we could to support this, and so did all of our guests who bought tickets to come and eat with us last Wednesday.
There was a huge amount of support for ActionAid's work on the night and we overheard several conversations between guests discussing what they could do to help. Through food we brought people together, raised awareness of what ActionAid are doing to help the refugee crisis, and also raised around £1,000 to donate to ActionAid's appeal. All in all, a great night!
We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped with the event - Radski Photography Studios, Wyndham House Butchers, Wild Harvest, Farmdrop, Inverarity Morton, Grub Club, Yum Jungle, Storeys and our wonderful volunteers, Emily, Amina, Steph, Hana, Michelle, Leanne, Tracey, Tobi and Annushka.
What you can do to help
Want to help refugees? Please donate to our appeal. It takes just two minutes, and it could make all the difference to a family who has lost everything.