- Food & Drink
Food bloggers, you will be shocked to learn, have a reputation for blagging. For stuffing their pockets with free olives and biscuits at launches, troughing freebies and then never quite getting round to reviewing them and demanding extras at restaurants because they are special. This is a terrible scandal and something must be done to restore the reputation of the noble eScribbler.
Luckily, Niamh of eatlikeagirl has come to the rescue with a fundraising feast that will see 50 food bloggers turn their wicked blagging ways into a force for good. The Blaggers’ Banquet is going to be a unique charity dinner that will raise oodles of cash for Action Against Hunger through the magic of blagging and free labour.
A crack team of food bloggers are already wheedling meat, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine and other essentials from producers. On the 15th November these freebies are going to be turned into a fabulous meal by a crew of bloggers and, because we have a sense of humour and no sense of shame, the diners are encouraged to review the meal afterwards. There will also be an auction of blagged prizes, and some very tempting hampers and restaurant meals have already been secured.
Last night we met to plan the Banquet and enjoy the first fruits of our blagging: Charlie McVeigh had volunteered the use of his not entirely finished new pub, The Draft House on Northcote Road, for the meeting and he threw in some nibbles for good measure.
If anyone is wondering where the spirit of Elizabeth David is currently residing, she is undoubtedly stuffed up an extractor fan in The Draft House. We tucked into small dishes of Modern British fare with a distinctly Mediterranean twist. Pork scratchings, rillettes and toast, meatylicious ox tongue with beetroot dip, squid and chorizo and whacking great big slabs of cheese (bought because the gas upped and left for four hours) were all devoured. It’s gutsy fare and the gentry of Battersea must already be licking their chops in anticipation of getting their hands on it and the wide selection of beers.
Apart from stuffing our faces, we did actually do some planning and what we need is more freebies. The generous people behind the wonderful Hawksmoor have given us the use of their restaurant for the banquet and several producers have already come through with ingredients, including buffalo meat, fancy teas and fresh horseradish. But we need more. If you can contribute raw ingredients, drinks, the training so we can stir a martini together or a highly desirous prize for the auction, get in touch. Email Niamh at email@example.com.
A website dedicated to the event is coming soon and tickets will go on sale next week. If you’re on twitter then you can follow everyone’s efforts using the hastag #blaggersbanquet. Please help us raise tons of cash by donating what you can, and if you can’t donate then spread the word. Every tweet helps.