On Thursday September 27, British charity Farm Africa is hosting a Michelin-starred fundraising gala at the Grade I-listed One Marylebone, to support sustainable farming projects in east Africa. A trio of famed chefs are working on the exclusive three-course menu: Jason Atherton, Heston Blumenthal protégé Ashley Palmer-Watts and Bibendum’s celebrated Claude Bosi will cook one course each.
Tickets for the event cost £4,000 for a table of 10, and the 230 revellers will be welcomed with a champagne reception to commence the evening of gourmet food accompanied by live African music. The starred banquet will end with both silent and live charity auctions featuring tickets for the English National Ballet with backstage tours, a trekking adventure in Tanzania and a selection of lithographs of artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and Chagall.
The last gala, in 2016, raised £140,000 and this year the aim is to raise over £150,000. Almost half of the world’s extreme poor live in sub-Saharan Africa, and the vast majority work in agriculture. All money raised will support Farm Africa’s efforts in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, where it helps workers to optimise their produce, improve quality and learn sustainable farming techniques to promote long-term sustenance and development.