Restaurant Month

Posted on August 3, 2009 by Aun


Photo:WFP/Mark Warne Smith

This month, August 09, you can eat well while also doing your part to help others. I’ve been very proud to have helped create The Miele Guide Restaurant Month. And I hope you will all do your very best to support this initiative.

The Miele Guide Restaurant Month is both a celebration of the best restaurants in Asia and a very unique charity drive to combat hunger and poverty in the region. This month-long initiative sees 57 participating restaurants, a majority of which are listed in The Miele Guide 2008/2009 edition, offering special set menus or promotions unique to the programme. Fifteen percent of revenue derived from these special menus or promotions will be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). These proceeds have been earmarked for WFP’s activities in Timor Leste, one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia.

The Miele Guide Restaurant Month is slated to be an annual initiative and is one great way of making a difference in alleviating hunger and poverty in Asia.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and the United Nations’ frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. In Timor Leste, WFP provides meals in schools, supports Mother and Child Health programmes that fight malnutrition, and helps local communities build up their infrastructure and assets. Altogether WFP assists over half a million of the most vulnerable people in Timor Leste.

WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions from corporations, governments, foundations and individuals. The operations in Timor Leste are currently at risk of being cut back or stopped altogether due to a lack of funding, so whatever can be raised by this month’s campaign goes a long way in making a difference.

The goal this year is to raise US$200,000 with the support of 57 participating restaurants and our official media partners in the region. According to WFP, it takes only US$50 to feed one child a year. The target amount of US$200,000 raised will therefore be able to feed 4,000 children a year.

Below is a list of participating restaurants. For more details and addresses and phone numbers of participating restaurants, click here.

China: el Willy, Lost Heaven, Vue Restaurant

Hong Kong: Bo Innovation, Fook Lam Moon (Wan Chai), Fook Lam Moon (Kowloon), Grissini, Kaetsu Japanese Restaurant, NOBU, One Harbour Road, Pierre, Thai & Grill Restaurant, The Krug Room, Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant, Yan Toh Heen, Yung Kee

Indonesia: Bebek Bengil Restaurant (Bali), Bebek Bengil Restaurant (Jakarta), Blowfish Kitchen and Bar, Ku De Ta, Lara Djonggrang, Mozaic, Puro Ristorante e Bar, Social House

Japan: Hanasanshou, Il Ghiottone Ristorante, Kikunoi, Peking, Restaurant tateru yoshino shiodome

Malaysia: Chalet, Kampachi, Third Floor restaurant

Philippines: Antonio’s Fine Dining, Bizu Bistro, Chateau 1771, Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino, Cirkulo Restaurant, Kanin Club, Le Soufflé at Fernandos, People’s Palace Thai, Sentro 1771

Singapore: Buono Pizza Bar & Italian Restaurant, Chef Chan’s Restaurant, Club Chinois, Coriander Leaf, Forlino, Iggy’s, il Lido, Majestic Restaurant, Taste Paradise, The Song of India, True Blue Cuisine

Thailand: Cy’an, Philippe Restaurant, Zanotti Il Ristorante Italiano.

Vietnam: Restaurant Bobby Chinn, Xu Restaurant Lounge.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Kitty August 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    What a wonderful charity initiative. I will definitely go to a few of the HK-based restaurants this month.

  2. maazza August 3, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    great that all your restaurant friends are being so supportive……chubbyhubby makes me want to live near you…..i hope next year some of the super ‘asian’ restaurants in major european and american cities will be included in an appendex of the miele guide

  3. OysterCulture August 4, 2009 at 1:33 am

    What a great idea, best of luck with the program

  4. papercut August 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    great idea! on my way to singapore today! will definitely try one out!

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