Auction Against Hunger

A great and worthwhile charity, a night full of great street food traders and some of the worlds best chefs, who could ask for more…

This write up has taken far too long to do.   Things have been somewhat manic with work and renovating the house, so at the time of writing this the event was a month ago, but what a great night it was.

The event was in aid of Action Against Hunger and was heald at one of my favourite places, Dalston Yard, one of the homes for Street Feast.  There were some amazing chefs there, some of the top in the world donating their time and skills to a very worthy cause.  Basically, it was the top chefs doing street food.

During the night I made it my mission to eat as many of the dishes as possible, when else would you get a chance to eat from so many top chefs in one go?  I made sure I got there early and headed in, taking in some of the sights and sounds before the food was served.

I did a quick walk round and made sure I knew who was were but also looked at all of the amazing auction prizes that were going to be on offer, more about that soon.

So it was off, the chefs were cooking and I was eating.  It was absolutely amazing, eating from the likes of Nuno Mendes, Sat Bains, Paul A Young and far too many more to mention now, but check out the pics for more details.

As well as all the food there were amazing drinks from Taittinger, Kamm and Sons & Rotary Bar with some amazingly good (and big) cocktails.

On top of that the music was amazing with sets from the likes of Sophie Ellis Bexter.

The whole point of the evening (no, not my stomach) was to raise lots of money for Action Against Hunger.  To help with the funds they had arranged 2 types of auction, one a silent auction, which was done electronically and then a live auction with some amazing prizes.  During the evening I had met up with a couple of people from work and we watched as the auction unfolded.  As it started I said that some of the lots would go for thousands and I was not wrong.  Most going for in excess of £3000, but they were once in a life time opportunities!  All with the encouragement of a brilliant auctioneer and it had been kicked off by the hosts for the evening Tim Hayward and Gizzi Erskine.

The silent auction was in full flow and there was also a Tombola on the go.  The odds were apparently 50/50 of a prize and at £50 a ticket I thought that sounded good to me.  Even if I did not win the money would go to a great cause, but I was lucky with my one ticket and won a meal for 2 at Bam Bou.  Mrs Smith will be joining me for that one.

So as the evening was coming to a close, it was time to chill out with a glass of wine and take it all in.  What an amazing evening of food, drink, music and fun.  I really hope they do this again next year as I will be one of the first ones to get a ticket.  As normal I went alone (no one around to join me again) and do not care as they are the ones that miss out.  It was great to have a couple of people from work there and they bagged themselves a great silent auction win.  But the one thing people will know by now is that I will not miss out on experiences like this and I would highly urge everyone to grasp the nettle, do things and just go for it!  Especially when there is such a worthy cause, amazing food and great fun.

The good news is that from my side of things the event was an amazing success and thanks to all involved, but even better was over £100,000 raised from the event, well done everyone

Just waiting to go in
Quickly checking out what was going on
Taking in where the chefs are located and what they have on offer
The chefs in the final moments before the hoards arrive
Ben Tish & Meringue Girls
Dishoom getting ready to go
Nun Mendes and Breddos Tacos side by side
The starting point
The Kamm & Sons shed
Some of the amazing prizes
Vitello Tonnato from Franceso Mazzei
The Q for Nuno Mendes
Rotary Bar just as the food started to be served
Nuno Mendes
Amazing Crab Doughnuts from Nuno Mendes with a glass of Taittinger
Amazing Crab Doughnuts from Nuno Mendes
Pascal Aussignac from Club Gascon
Pascal Aussignac from Club Gascon serving Marmite Royal (silky duck flan topped with marmite sauce)
Pascal Aussignac from Club Gascon serving Marmite Royal (silky duck flan topped with marmite sauce) with a glass of Taittinger
Sat Bains preparing
Chicken Liver Muesli from Sat Bains
Now that is what I call refreshments 🙂
Ben Tish from Salt Yard
The Meringue Girls
Ben Tish from Salt Yard
Iberico Pork and Foie Gras Burger from Ben Tish at Salt Yard
Anna Hansen from The Modern Pantry
Krupuk-crusted Soft-Shell Crab in a Singapore Style sauce with pickled cucumber from Anna Hansen at The Moderrn Pantry
Taking in the view from my chill out spot
Taking in the view from my chill out spot
Gizzi and Tim hosting the evening and telling us all what is on offer
I do not do Gin, but I definitely do Sipsmith!
Sophie Ellis Bexter on the decks
A bit of tombola action
Neil Rankin from The Smokehouse
Lots of people taking in the atmosphere and the food
Pascal Aussignac from Club Gascon
Korean pulled pork with fresh apple kimchi from Neil Rankin at The Smokehouse
Naved Nasir from Dishoom
Vada Pau  (Bombay’s version of a chip butty) from Dishoom
Eager dinners Q’ing for meat from Jose Pizarro
Amazing Jamón Ibérico Cinco Jotas from Jose Pizzaro
Amazing Jamón Ibérico Cinco Jotas from Jose Pizzaro
Giant Cocktail list from Rotary Bar
Amazing Jamón Ibérico Cinco Jotas from Jose Pizzaro
Time for some dessert from Paul A Young
Peanut Truffle and Chocolate Pork Scratchings from Paul A young.  I do not normally do chocolate, but this was devine
Peanut Truffle and Chocolate Pork Scratchings from Paul A young.  I do not normally do chocolate, but this was devine
i just could not help myself, had to have meringues from the Meringue Girls
i just could not help myself, had to have meringues from the Meringue Girls
Everyone chilling out, or warming up, at the end of the night
Time for things to wind down a little
Although still time for a drink for some
What a great night, fingers crossed it will be on next year

Author: The Mr Smith

Photographer, Gourmet, Cook, Oenophile, Traveller, International Athlete, Investor, bit of a Geek and observer of life

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