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.