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    Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen competition

    GPFNK logoFancy winning a ticket to a live culinary experience with Glynn Purnell, just by taking a photo of your dinner?

    Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen will be taking place in October to help raise money for Cure Leukaemia.  Hosted by Gregg Wallace, Michelin-star chef Glynn will be preparing four courses on stage, helped out by celebrity guests, as they cook up a Friday night with a difference.  Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen is in its third year and with over 400 guests due to attend it’s sure to be a fantastic night.

    They’re offering you the chance to win a ticket to the event by sharing a photo of your Friday night dinner.  I’ve already checked and yes take-out from the local Chinese counts, as does those people with enough enthusiasm to cook on a Friday night.  All you need to do is snap a photo and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – and don’t forget to tag GPFNK (or Cure Leukaemia on Facebook and Instagram) and use the hashtag #FridayNightFoodie.

    The competition runs until Friday 26th June, so that’s 11 chances to take part (if my maths is right).  The top three entries from each month will go into the final, with Glynn choosing the overall winner.  Only photos sent in on Fridays will count, so make sure you hit publish before midnight.  Good luck!

     Of course you could buy yourself a ticket (or a whole table) to Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen which takes place on Friday 2nd of October at the Aston Villa ground.  Tickets start from £125 for standard and £150 for VIP seats. Contact to book.

    Food and Restaurant News, News

    Fiesta del Asado’s gift that keeps giving


    After calling on diners to unburden themselves of superfluous Christmas presents, Argentine restaurant, Fiesta del Asado, donated the gifts to a local charity.

    Offering up a tasty discount in exchange for the new and unused but unwanted gifts, Fiesta del Asado on the Hagley Rd donated them to Digbeth based St Basils charity which supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  The charity helps young people regain the stability needed to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment, ultimately aiming to break the cycle of homelessness.

    Lucy Hackett, head of fundraising for St Basils, said: “We know that the team at Fiesta del Asado have been working really hard to raise awareness of the work of St Basils in Birmingham as part of this special campaign, as well as encouraging their staff and customers to get involved and kindly donate gifts. We’re really grateful to have their support.”

    Read my review of Fiesta del Asado.

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    Borne2Bake charity cake competition

    Cake is brilliant, charities are ace, so it only seems reasonable that together they’ll make a damn fine match.  Coupling the two is Borne2Bake, who are inviting people to enter a charity cake baking competition to raise money for a Birmingham-based charity.  And for those that like to taste test, there’s the option to help pick the winners.

    The competition takes place on Saturday 12 July with bakers dropping in the goods at 11am and the taste test starting at midday.  It’s taking place at the New Inn in Harborne, so you’ll be able to get yourself a nice drink to go with all the charity cake (I recommend a nice Tom Collins cocktail).  Categories up for judging include best cupcake, best decorated cake and best tasting cake.  Prizes so far include a meal for two & bottle of wine at Zizzis, meal for two and drink each at The Plough, a £15 coffee voucher for Urban Coffee Co and a tray of Cupcakes from Fallen Angel Bakery.

    Borne2Bake are raising money for Red Boots who are based in Moseley and are part of the Foundation for Conductive Education.  They seek to work with children and families of children with neurological motor disorders, such as cerebral palsy.  The organisers have seen the amazing work they do helping children unable to sit upright, walk, hold things or feed themselves progress to walk with braces, hold objects and some even feeding themselves.

    For more information check their Twitter or take a look at the poster below – there’s lots of contact details on there!  And Good luck to anyone entering.