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News & Views Restaurant supports hospice fundraising

Award winning Bradford restaurant, Prashad, is throwing its weight behind the fundraising efforts of its local Marie Curie Hospice. To celebrate the start of this partnership owner Bobby Patel visited the Hospice with his mother, Kaushy and staff were treated to samples of the restaurant’s menu.

Prashad, which recently became the only restaurant in Bradford to hold an AA rosette, is keen to involve its customers in raising money and will be publicising the various fundraising events and volunteering opportuni- ties they can get involved in. To begin with they will be encouraging custom- ers to organise their own Tea Parties and also take part in Walk 10 at Bolton Abbey in August.

Bobby Patel, operations director at Prashad says,”We appreciate the work that the Hospice does for local people and we want to do what we can to sup- port its work. The relationship will develop over the next few months and we hope to make a difference to the fundraising events which are being organised.”

Hospice manager Elaine Hill adds, “This is an exciting new partner- ship which will bring benefits to the Hospice. We are striving to improving links with the local community and make the Hospice a hub; this relation- ship will enhance those links as we move forward.”

The Hospice provides care and sup- port to patients, families and carers free at the point of delivery. Increasing its funding to meet the need for its ser- vices in this present climate is vital, it says.

Ganges rises again

The Ganges Restaurant in Barnstable, Devon, has reopened after being closed by a fire five years ago. Owner Ashraf Shah issued an apology to neighbours for the delay, which left the site looking untidy and had caused inconvenience to residents nearby, claiming the re- opening would mark a ‘phoenix rising from the flames.

The Ganges was originally opened by Mr Shah 22 years ago, but in June 2006 a fire in a flat above the restau- rant left the building so severely dam- aged it had to be demolished, prior to a rebuild. In the meantime he moved his restaurant and staff to different premises nearby and operated under the name of Cinnamon.

Mr Shah says, “We had hoped to have the building completed earlier but had to halt proceedings when the reces- sion hit. I hope to build a good relation- ship with neighbours now the building is finished.” The new Ganges restau- rant has kept on the staff from the Cinnamon restaurant, which has now closed.

Curry chef takes leading role at Tesco event

Scotland’s biggest consumer food and drink event, ‘Tesco - Enjoy the Taste of Scotland’, which attracts around 20,000 visitors, returned to Glasgow’s George Square recently and one of the city’s curry chefs was given a lead- ing role. Ajmal Mushtaq, of Mushtaqs restaurant, unveiled dishes from Mushtaqs Recipe Book and was fea- tured on stage five times, where he showcased the health benefits of curry food.

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Angus Bell, senior manager for Tesco in Scotland and event sponsor says, “We were delighted to have Ajmal cooking live in the cookery theatre. His demonstrations were both great fun to watch and insightful.The crowds love his style of presentation and cooking.”

Ajmal also hosted additional demos from numerous Scottish chefs and well- known food and drink personalities.


July/August 2011

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