• Love Food Give Food campaign kicks off in London's restaurants

    action against hunger campaign

    Some of London's top restaurants are hoping that you'll help them raise funds for Action Against Hunger this autumn. They've signed up for the charity's Love Food Give Food campaign which runs throughout September and October. The idea is that restaurant goers add an extra £1 on to the bill which goes direct to support communities in the UK and across the world who are facing life-threatening hunger.


  • Grey Goose are selling a charity martini kit involving The Connaught Bar

    grey goose connaught martini kit

    As any long-time readers of Hot Dinners will know, we are rather partial to a good vodka martini. So it's fair to say that when we heard that a charity martini kit involving the World's Best Bar, The Connaught Bar, was launching we were very much interested. Drinking (sensibly of course) and raising

  • London Bakers Against Racism are back with a new spring bake sale

    felicity spector bakers against racism

    Updated 12/3/21 with link to sale

    Who doesn't love baked goods that also do good? London Bakers against Racism are gearing up to hold their biggest virtual bake sale yet at the end of March. They'll be raising money for The Black Curriculum - a social enterprise set up to address the lack of Black British history in school curriculums.

    As before, bakers and cafes who are taking part donate

  • Curry Club are bringing chefs together to cook for London's vulnerable

    curry club charity cooking london

    This is a lovely idea, guaranteed to warm the cockles of even the most frozen heart. A whole bunch of restaurant and food folk are coming together to cook food for vulnerable Londoners.

    Curry Club was set up by Matt from Holloway shop Provisions along with Lizzie Parle and her team from Railroad in Hackney. They've brought together some impressive names who are aiming to send out 2000 free meals. Chefs

  • MEATliquor head to North Finchley for a lockdown drive-through popup

    meatliquor finchley popup

    Updated 26/2/21

    What's a pub to do when it a) can't open and b) isn't allowed to sell its beer for takeaway? Well, one North London pub has hit upon the answer. They're going to do a big charity beer giveaway and they've teamed up with MEATliquor to help them do just that.

    Ten years after MEATliquor blew the doors off the London burger scene with their van in New Cross, they're returning to the pop-up

  • The Duke Bakery at this Islington organic pub is raising funds for StreetSmart

    dukes bakery st peters street

    If the onslaught of emosh Christmas ads has already got you sobbing into your laptop, then this story from a London pub may push you over the top.

    The Duke of Cambridge organic pub in Islington is today launching an initiative to help StreetSmart - the UK charity for the homeless that normally gets its money from a donation added onto restaurant bills and whose funds have been decimated by the lockdown.


  • From Beder's Kitchen features recipes from Gordon Ramsay, Ottolenghi and more

    Bel-Air brings wholesome LA-fare to Farringdon with their second branch

    It's the time of year when we start to hear about all the exciting recipe books that are coming out in time for Christmas. But one in particular, From Beder's Kitchen, stands out so far.

    It's a charity cookbook which has gathered together what sounds like a superb collection of recipes from people in the food world. Those who've taken part include a veritable who's who of restaurant folk like Gordon

  • This cookbook raising funds for BAME Covid victims is a must-buy

    community comfort charity cookbook

    Great food can be an enormous source of comfort, and the author of a new cookbook hopes not only to provide the people who buy it with great dishes to cook, but also raise funds for those in need.

    Community Comfort, is the brainchild of Caribbean food expert and activist Riaz Phillips. He's roped in the services of an incredibly impressive group of friends - all People of Colour - in the food world to provide recipes for the book. The aim is

  • The Cookdown releases recipe books from London chefs to help the homeless

    cookdown charity cookbook

    This is a good idea which, in turn, actually does good. During normal times, the charity StreetSmart would be raising funds for the homeless through donations added to the bill in restaurants. But while restaurants remain shut, they've had to diversify. 

    The plan they've come up with is to get some of London's top chefs to create online recipe books - the sale of which will raise funds to help the homeless and

  • Yauatcha's rainbow dumplings are helping feed hungry kids

    yauatcha rainbow dumplings

    Well, now - aren't these pretty? These gloriously rainbow coloured potstickers are a dish to order that'll not only brighten your day but start someone else's off well too.

    Yauatcha have brought them in for the month of June and, for every box purchase, they'll donate a whole month of breakfasts for a child via the charity Magic Breakfast.

    The seven rainbow dumplings are:

    • Red - filled with Szechuan tenderloin
  • Fancy a Supersizers dinner out with Giles and Sue?

    supersizers charity dinner with sue perkins and giles coren

    Well, this sounds like fun. If you're a fan of the TV show Supersizers, then here's your chance to step back in time with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren.

    The pair are offering a dinner out as part of a charity auction Asks for Masks. The whole thing aims to raise funds to get PPE to places where gaps remain, from hospitals to care homes, hospices to GP hubs.

    In a post on Instagram Giles says "Sue and I are

  • Top chefs, restaurateur and bakers join forces for The Lamington Project

    Project Lamington

    Australia Day may be behind us, but fundraising efforts to help the firefighters and animal rescue workers dealing with the devastating Australian Bushfires are still ongoing.

    The latest tasty endeavour to do just that is The Lamington Project. It's the brainchild of Bianca Bridges - the Instagrammer behind @BreakfastLondon and co-founder of The

  • Join a brigade of top chefs at the Action Against Hunger dinner at White City House

    action against hunger dinner white city house

    There's an all-star line-up at Soho House's White City House next week for a special charity dinner.

    Hus Vedat, Neil Rankin, Josh Katz, Sabrina Ghayour, Harneet Baweja and Nirmal Save are all coming together for an evening of top drawer food in aid of Action Against Hunger, a global nonprofit that works to ensure everyone has access to clean water, food, training and healthcare.

    The dinner, hosted by DJ BBQ, is on

  • London's restaurants, bars and cafes raise money to support the Australian bushfire relief effort

    australian bushfire relief london restaurants

    Many restaurants across London are keen to help raise money to support those affected by the catastrophic Australian fires, from wildlife charities to disaster relief. Instagrammers Felicity Spector and Clerkenwell Boy have been hard at work collating a list of the events and efforts for Hot Dinners.

  • Street Smart helps restaurants and diners give the greatest gift this Christmas

    street smart campaign launches for 2019

    In the run-up to the commercial moneyfest that is Christmas, it's always nice to have something to remind us that this time of year can also be, you know, about doing something nice for others.

    So we're pleased to hear that once again StreetSmart are launching their annual fundraising campaign, working with London restaurants to raise money for vulnerable and homeless members of their local community during November and


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