Business Development Chef Andrew Aston and Creative Manager Lara Kenny have raised an impressive £18,236 for The Springboard Charity, following the glitzy Trek 19: Party with A Purpose at 116 Pall Mall.
The charity dinner was the culmination of several months of fundraising for Andy and Lara, who initially set themselves a target of £7,000. Commencing with a canape reception and an arrival drink of Valento Spumante Brut donated by Majestic, over 130 guests were treated to a three-course dinner, followed by live music from BaxterStorey chef, DJ Bradshaw Jooste.
The celebration was supported by our talented culinary teams and front of house stars to demonstrate their skills in delivering fresh, local ingredients prepared and served with great professionalism. Guests were treated to:
Canapes – Luke Smith and Duncan McLelland
Wye Vale asparagus and mint bavarois, summer truffle cream, pickled St George mushroom
Lime marinated crab, squid ink cracker, cucumber gel, salty fingers
Chickpea meringue, pea and wild nettle pesto
Crispy Cranswick Crown chicken, popcorn, sweetcorn puree
Starter – Chris Terry and Ray Yeung
Sea trout, Yorkshire rhubarb, watercress, jersey royals, pickled samphire
Main Course – Scott Dineen and Peter Ley
Welsh Hills lamb rump, glazed breast, smoked ewes curd, wild garlic, morels, confit lemon jus
Dessert – Audrey Bonnafous and Simon Burton
Strawberry chocolate cremeux, English strawberries, basil sorbet
Petit Fours – Audrey Bonnafous and Simon Burton
Salted fudge, caramelised peanut fudge, passion fruit jelly, pistachio macaron, salted caramel truffle
Complementing the food at the Institute of Directors was an extensive mix of beverages. Our Graduates and Service Academy apprentices were on hand to provide the very highest level of service. Wines included Chablis Domaine Vincent Dampt to accompany the sea trout, kindly donated by Corney & Borrow and a Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano gifted by Liberty Wines for the lamb.
Andy and Lara participated in the annual Springboard Trek, which this year took place in Borneo from 24th March – 5th April. The trek involved climbing Mount Kinabalu, trekking through the rainforest and helping build a school for the community of Kampung Garung.
The Springboard Trek aims to raise £140,000 in total, all of which will go to The Springboard Charity. The money will be used to support people across the UK who face hardship and difficulties, giving them a chance to join one of the charity’s life-changing programmes and find sustainable employment within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.
Of the experience, Andy said: “Springboard have been a big part of my life since 2003 and they continue to make a difference to many lives across the UK and the world, giving hope and opportunity to many along the way. I am so proud to have played just a small part in the amazing work that they always do. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along this life-changing journey”.
Lara continued: “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to support a charity which focuses on the personal development of its beneficiaries. It’s a subject which resonates with me personally, as BaxterStorey have supported me in the very same way, giving me the skills and knowledge to flourish on my own. Thanks to their generosity, and yours, I now have a chance to pay it forward and give to others a gift which will continue to benefit them throughout their lives”.
“A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the night a success – our chef team, Service Academy and front of house team, our graduates, suppliers and all who worked so hard to make the event a success”.