It’s one of the many features of the indian restaurant trade that they do a huge amount for charity. My friend Nahim at the Indian Ocean in Ashton for example provides food for various homeless charities around his area and has done for many years.

It’s also great to see restaurants supporting Curry for Change and National Curry Week and I’ve put some details of an event taking place in Chessington below.

Many Indian restaurants also support the Army Benevolent Fund through their “Big Curry” events. As they say on their website:

The Big Curry is a chance to change someone’s life while doing something you love: eating curry! Whether it’s you and your family at home on a Saturday night, or you’re taking over the town hall and serving up a feast for 100 guests, do something amazing and host a Big Curry this year. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

So as someone who has organised a few such evenings and knowing what a big effort it is to put on, if you see one in your area please do everything you can to support your local curry house and the charity they are raising money for.
Here are the details of the event in Chessington:

Saffron Summer to host charity fundraiser for National Curry Week

On Monday 22nd October, Saffron Summer will host a fundraising dinner, serving an exquisite meal costing £24.95 a head, of which the restaurant will give £5 to charity.

Executive Chef Awanish Roy, who previously worked at the world-renowned Cinnamon Club in Westminster, is to prepare a special three-course dinner.

Money raised will be donated to the Curry For Change campaign coordinated by the Find Your Feet charity

The gourmet meal comprises a trio of starters (Malai Chicken Tikka, Curry Leaf Calamari and Hakka Chilli Paneer; four mains (with tasting portions of Butter Chicken, Rarha Gosht and Malai Methi and Dum Ka Daal), served with butter naan and a saffron & cumin pulao.

To finish there is a choice of coconut or vanilla ice cream and Pistachio Kulfi.

“By offering customers the chance to sample a trio of three starters and four main courses, diners have the opportunity to relish the distinctive flavours from different regions of Indian in one night,” said owner Ralph Sousa, adding “And raise money for a good cause too.”

The 20th National Curry Week (20th to 28th October) founded by the late Peter Grove, is a seven-day celebration of spice, now sponsored by National Curry Week, which sees considerable sums raised for good causes around the county.

Curry for Change raises much needed funds to prevent hunger in poor rural communities in Africa and Asia.

“Each £50 we donate pays to train 10 women in the skills needed to grow food and start small businesses to build a secure future for their families,” said Chef Awanish Roy,

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