Every day next week we are holding an online charity auction offering you the chance to bid for an exclusive dinner for two at a Michelin star restaurant in the UK, France and Switzerland.
Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata at Chez Bruce
All money raised will go to the ground-breaking school, Etoile de Mer, in Mauritius that helps disadvantaged teenagers get back on their feet, teaching them vocational and life skills.
How it works
From Monday 18 – Friday 22 March you can choose which of the following restaurants you would like to bid to dine at:
1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)
The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.
At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.
Visit their website to read more about Chez Bruce and Chef Bruce Poole.
2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)
Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira
The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink
At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.
Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.
Visit their website to read more about Restaurant Serge Vieira and the masterminds behind it.
3. Beau-Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)
The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté
At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.
Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage
Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau-Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.
Visit their website to read more about Beau-Rivage and Chef Dominique Gauthier.
How to take part
Join us on Facebook, Twitter or here on the blog on Monday 18 March, where you can start bidding. We’ll be keeping you updated on how the bidding is going, and publishing more information about each of the restaurants taking part.
The charity we’re supporting
All money raised in this auction will go directly to the Mauritian school, Etoile de Mer to help the students turn themselves around, and discover opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.
At Constance, we have supported the school for teenagers for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.
Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012
The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.
The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.
Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013
We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Follow us on Twitter for photos and updates, using hashtag #CFBL13.
Read more about this year’s festival, and the big names from the culinary world who are flying into Mauritius for the event this weekend: 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.