Calm AFTER the Storm – a fundraiser at The Savoy

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Keeping awareness of Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath alive

Friday, 17th October 2014 promises to be a night like no other. In the very same hotel kitchen where legendary chef Auguste Escoffier brought London the secrets of French haute cuisine, two of London’s top chefs will prepare an elegant menu featuring a dish or two sprinkled with the magic of Filipino cuisine.
Meanwhile, in the ballroom of The Savoy, the historic landmark and icon of style, over 150 Filipino professionals,  executives and their guests will gather to raise funds to help keep a memory alive. One year on, and much remains to be done to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most catastrophic cyclones in recorded history.

‘Calm After the Storm’ is a unique fund-raising dinner organised by a group of London-based Filipino professionals on behalf of UK charity Wonder Foundation for the benefit of its Philippine (Cebu)-based local partner charity, Banilad Centre for Professional Development. Banilad is a training centre of the Foundation for Professional Training Inc. (FPTI), focused on providing catering and hospitality training to young women from less privileged backgrounds. Since November 2013, Banilad has set up a fund specifically for communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan, helping to rebuild livelihoods.

The evening will begin with a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner prepared by James Pare, Executive Chef of The Savoy, and Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, 2014 BBC Food Personality of the Year, and chef patron of four London  restaurants including the acclaimed Café Spice Namaste near the Tower of London. Entertainment will showcase the musicality of the Filipino, and feature songs by Filipino talent Renee Montemayor from the West End stage, as well as concert pianist Inna Montesclaros from the Royal College of Music. Fashion designer and singer-songwriter, Kate Torralba, will emcee the event.

Olivia Darby of Wonder Foundation said, ‘This dinner is important because we know how easy it is, after all the flurry of attention has gone, to forget that rebuilding lives and communities takes years. Money raised at the event will ensure that young women in affected areas of the Philippines can develop skills and knowledge to work in the growing hospitality and tourism industry and look forward to a better future. That no less than The Savoy and great chefs like Cyrus Todiwala and James Pare are involved, as well as some brilliant sponsors and donors and such a passionate group of volunteer organisers, means that this cause continues to resonate with the people who can make a difference.’
Charlene Ching, Chair of the Organising Committee, said ‘Holding this fund-raiser is the chance for many successful professional Filipinos, their colleagues, family and friends to give back something to the Philippines. This event is a platform through which they can extend their financial and moral support to those who have not had the opportunities and advantages they have had.  I hope everyone can spread the word and help make the evening a true success.’

There will be an auction, with prizes including a stay at the luxury members-only Balesin Island Club and at Costa Pacifica Baler; dinner for 10 at El Cirkulo Restaurant, one of Manila’s foremost Spanish restaurants; a special creation by fashion designer Rajo Laurel; a luxury handbag by Lally Dizon; pair of mixed media artworks by renowned Filipino artist Manuel Baldemor; behind the scenes access to the workshops of French jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels at Place Vendome in Paris; a private chef evening by The Adobros; tickets from Cebu Pacific; books by award-winning publishers Ilaw ng Tahanan Books and many, many more.
The evening is sponsored by Ayala Land who are giving away a raffle prize of a 2-night stay at Avaya Cove, and Les Vignobles Foncalieu. Companies or individuals interested in becoming a sponsor or donating a raffle prize should contact Charlene Ching at calmafter@gmail.com.

For more details and the latest news about the event, please see the Facebook event page

Tickets (representing the minimum donation) are £120 each and can be booked by sending an email to calmafter@gmail.com

If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to donate whatever you can at the donation page


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