Farm Africa toasts success of second spectacular charity Gala

Farm Africa Gala Dinner 2018
The Farm Africa dinner was held in the stunning surroundings of One Marylebone, a spectacular Grade I listed former church, which has been beautifully refurbished to the original designs of Sir John Soane. Photo: Rebecca Maynes / Farm Africa

Last Thursday (27 September), the Farm Africa Gala brought 170 guests together at the stunning surroundings of One Marylebone to enjoy an evening of spectacular Michelin-starred food prepared by Ashley Palmer-Watts, Paul Hood and Claude Bosi.

Farm Africa Charity Gala 2018
The evening’s menu was prepared by Michelin-starred chefs Ashley Palmer-Watts, Claude Bosi and Paul Hood. Photo: Rebecca Maynes / Farm Africa

The evening marked the second time that Ashley Palmer-Watts, Chef Director at two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, has created menus for Farm Africa galas after previously taking to the kitchen at the charity’s last gala in 2016, held at the V&A.

Guests enjoyed entertainment from the London African Gospel Choir, Jessica Radcliffe’s Jazz Band and a unique chance to bid on exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ prizes in both live and silent auctions.

London African Gospel Choir
Entertainment was provided by the London African Gospel Choir. Photo: Rebecca Maynes / Farm Africa

Auction lots included lunch for two at Osteria Francescana’s sister restaurant in Modena, Italy, the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet, a Tanzanian trekking adventure, a limited edition photograph of the Beatles and original lithograph prints of artworks by Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Miro, and meals at restaurants including Asador Etxebarri in Bilbao, Le Bernardin in New York, Steirereck in Vienna, Disfratur in Barcelona, Sorrel in Dorking and Septime in Paris.

Farm Africa Auction 2018
Auction lots included a limited edition photograph of the Beatles and original lithograph prints of artworks by Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Miro. Photo: Rebecca Maynes / Farm Africa

All the money raised was in aid of Farm Africa’s work helping farmers in eastern Africa escape poverty by increasing their yields and profits, while protecting the environment for years to come.

For more photographs from the event, please visit the Farm Africa Facebook page.

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