Friday 31st March saw Itihaas’ head chef Pavneet Sangwan, and comedian and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli, join forces with Ampersand’s head chef Phil Bradley to produce a four course meal for 270 people who had gathered to support Let’s Feed Brum. Alessio Franzese from London’s famous Rum & Sugar was also on hand to provide a rum tipple for each guest to accompany each course.
From canapés of classic Mini Fish and Chips, to the finale of scrumptious Jaipur Mess, the night was full of delicious food that presented beautifully to every single guest. The night also wasn’t short of its entertainment, with former BBC Masterchef finalist and comedian, Hardeep Singh Kohli, presenting the evening, and complementing each course with his famous Scottish wit.
Set in Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the extravagant surroundings of the ball didn’t take away from the night’s charity focus.
The evening began with a screening of the first-ever Let’s Feed Brum video; explaining more about the cause and the work done by the founders and volunteers. Throughout the night, guests were encouraged to enter a raffle via our donation envelopes. Towards the end of the night some great prizes were handed out, including a Bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, bottle of Medea Vodka, boxes of Raspberry & Prosecco Gourmet Marshmallows, a ‘Boozy Night in for Two’ hamper, a Vibro Suite spa + gym voucher worth £100, a £50 Purecraft Bar and Kitchen dining voucher, two tickets to ‘All or Nothing: The Musical’ and VIP tickets to the show after-party, two wristbands to the Midlands Whisky Festival, two wristbands to Birmingham Cocktail Weekend, and paintballing vouchers worth £100.
With almost £3,000 raised on the raffle alone, guests then had the chance to take part in a live auction, with prizes including a framed Evander Holyfield signed glove, Itihaas’ head chef cooking a 3 course meal in your own home for a private dinner party of up to 10 people, a day on a luxury yacht sailing the Solent, and a special stay at The Hyatt Regency Birmingham. The prizes understandably caused excitement and some competitiveness from the guests, and with the motivation of Let’s Feed Brum behind them, the total raised on the evening was an extraordinary £10,475!
The Let’s Feed Brum Team was completely overwhelmed by the amount raised, and it comes from the generosity of the local community understanding the importance of helping those living on our streets.
Homelessness isn’t a choice and it can happen to anyone, at any time. A lot of the stories we hear from those on our streets are completely heartbreaking, with most citing unemployment and loss of family and friends as the catalyst for their current situation.
The money raised on Friday night will not only help us to continue serving food and providing clothes/sleeping bags for the homeless, but it helps the next step of helping them out of their current situation and back on their feet within our community; providing shelter and help with employment.
This forms the foundations of what we’re trying to achieve at Let’s Feed Brum; the food is often a means to an end. For us, spending time talking to the guys and girls on the street, and understanding their story, means that we can be part of the solution and signpost them in the right direction.
Reducing homelessness in our city is no mean feat, which is why we will continue to need your help. £10,475 is an incredible head start, and we cannot thank you enough.
Please stick with us and we can continue to tackle homelessness, together. Remember to get in touch if you want to get involved and check out the first in our series of videos about Let’s Feed Brum below!