National Curry Week News Updates
NATIONAL CURRY WEEK NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
NEWS FOR 2013
University of Cambridge Robinson College celebrated National Curry Week with a special menu including Chicken Jalfrezi (Tuesday), Pork Madras(Wednesday) and Indonesian vegetable and tempeh curry on Saturday.
Leyton Orient FC have an online Message Board dedicated to National Curry Week (leytonorientforum.com)
To celebrate National Curry Week consultant chef Pascal Proyart of The Leconfield in Petworth is creating and Indian inspired menu from £18 for two courses and £21 for three. Starters include Tandoori Woodpigeon with Black Dahl or Jhinga and Mains Sikandri Raan, or Murg Malai Kabab with Faluda Kulfi and Phirni for dessert. Telephone 01798 354111 for reservations throughout Curry Week.
Mrs Malini Kakkar of curriesfromhome.com is donating 10% of total sales during National Curry Week to The Curry Tree.
With National Curry Week just around the corner, 7th-13th October, we wanted to share some delicious Hardys tipples for you to pair with your favourite curry. A lot of people are apprehensive about matching wine with spicy food, but with such a wide variety of subtle and enhancing wines available, you can always find the perfect match to compliment a range of curry dishes including Chicken Balti, Prawn Laksa or even a Vindaloo.
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Medium curries -
especially chicken or seafood based such as Prawn Laksa, Chicken,
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curry fans who prefer something with a little bit of a kick or a hot
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Top tip: Try putting merlot in the fridge half an hour before drinking to help cool down hot curries
Archway Diner in Selby is supporting National Curry Week. Owner Karen Scott has pledged 50p for every curry meal sold 7-13th October to The Curry Tree.
Calcutta Brasserie in Milton Keynes is linking with ebay to allow you to bid for Chef Salam to cook a three course meal for up to 6 people at your own location in the area. You can choose the location as long as the authorities agree and it will be made an ultimate alfresco experience complete with waiters and a banquet of food and drink. Bid on www.ebay.co.uk from 6th October and search for Calcutta Brasserie.
Alun Sperring and his team at The Chilli Pickle in Brighton are donating 50p from every set meal to The Curry Tree,
I would like to register our ferries in support of National Curry Week. Calmac Ferries Ltd is a ferry company which operates ferries on the west coast of Scotland . We are the main operator of lifeline ferry services for Clyde, Inner and Outer Hebrides . We will be supporting National Curry Week with 9 ferries (listed on Participating Restaurants). http://www.calmac.co.uk/
On 7th October Mr Maliks in Newcastle under Lyme celebrating National Curry Week by inviting people to raise money for the homeless. Tickets cost £15 and money raised will go to Gingerbread
Aberdeen looks to competing in Curry Capital of Britain by launching its own Aberdeen Best Curry Awards on the last day of National Curry Week 13th October
Bradford Council have become the first to confirm the participation in the new Poppadomathon event to raise money for charity
Leeds University Union will celebrate National Curry Week in the Old Bar on 7th October.
Educateringtoolkit.co.uk are offering a complete National Curry Week promotional pack for schools and other institutions..
NEWS FOR 2012
For National Curry
Week, Ill be offering free curry sauce tasting (six sauces) on
Saturday October 13 on my curry stall on Todmorden outdoor market
(West Yorkshire). (Idea to give people chance to sample various
sauces from korma to jalfrezi).
Plants4Presents love all things curry and this week have teamed up with national curry week to support their work helping the poorest communities to grow their own food. Well donate £5 to the trust for every curry gift set sold this week so that they can put this money to work helping others grow their own. Each thai curry set (£44) includes a lemongrass, chilli and kaffir lime plant as well as recipes to use these fresh ingredients to create your own curries at home. Find out more about the charitable trust and their work with charities like find your feet
Anjuna Restaurant in Leicester has been voted once again to represent Leicester in the Curry Capital of Britain Competition! The first thing everybody has been asking us is what our plans are for the charity event this year after the hugely successful Anjuna Beach party last year!?
Well, Anjuna in Goa is famous for an amazing flea market which is held once a week on Anjuna Beach, so what better than to turn the restaurant into one big international flea market selling an array of goods from spices to jewellery and street food... all in aid of charity for you to buy with lots of other surprises also in store!! The date of the event is Monday 15th October 2012. (Please keep this evening free... no excuses, we need your support).
Tickets will be only £10.00 and will included, unlimited beach type food and snacks, a welcome cocktail, great music, prize draws, live cooking and an amazing fun evening for all to enjoy. With the bar open all evening serving 241 cocktails, shots and beer what more could you ask for!!
The fun starts at 5.30pm till late (10.00 pm)... please support the event and book tickets in advance, it's all very casual and it's all for a for a great charity called the Curry Tree which is for the starving, malnourished and poor people in South East Asia and the world.
Kizzy and Chris at the famous The Cotswold Arms are hosting a curry night at The Cotswold Arms in Burford on Wednesday 10th October It is £15 all you can eat, to include your 1st drink.
The Red Turban in Harrow will be doing Turban vs Food next Wednesday 10th October for National Curry Week. The deal consists of eat as much and as often as you like of one starter, one main, one side dish for just £12 per person. Only available on Wednesday 10th Oct for National Curry Week.
We are two friends Jyotish and Harriet, both have close associations with India. Harriet lives in the Laughton Lodge Community where we are planning to cater and offer a very special Indian Dinner evening at Shawfield on Friday 12th October. It will be open to the Laughton Lodge Community, friends and family and local community.
All proceeds from the evening, profit from the dinner we may also have a raffle/auction etc, we will donate toThe Curry Tree Charitable Fund. We would like to register this event and also know what is available in terms of support,promotional material, publicity, suppliers, sponsors etc. We are delighted to be part of this meaningful venture
Celebrity chef Tipu Rahman (www.tipurahman.com) an Indian based in Northampton and crowned the International Indian chef in 2009 will be attempting to break the current Guinness World Record for the tallest poppadom stack in the world On 11th October 2012. He has selected this to happen during the National Curry Week which also coincides with World Sight Day where Sightsavers is the designated charity. (He did it - new record 5' 8")
Hertfordshire County Council wll be organising a week long project for 8th - 14th October to run in all of our Secondary Schools which will have a total target audience of circa 50,000 students.
They will offer 10 Curry Dishes that they feel would appeal to the average teenager, promote what they are doing as a County and are going to give each of their 40 Secondary Schools a Theme Kit to decorate their dining room during this week.
National Curry Week is back, and so is Calcutta Brasseries Bid for the Chef the chance to have the person behind their amazing dishes cook for you in your home. From Monday 8 October until Sunday 14, the UK celebrates the nations favourite dish, the humble curry and Stony Stratfords favourite restaurant, Calcutta Brasserie is giving the public a chance to experience curry like never before. Through auction website, Ebay, the public can bid for the following:
Calcutta Brasseries Head Chef and a member of staff will cook for you and up to five guests in your own home. The winning bidder will be invited to choose a two course meal from the restaurants award-winning menu and select their preferred date*. Cooking equipment and ingredients will be provided by the chef allowing you and guests to sit back and relax. A waiter will serve each course, including a bottle of champagne, and clear your plates appropriately.
Mo, proprietor at Calcutta Brasserie said: We know our head chef is one of the best in the country and this is a rare opportunity to offer people in Milton Keynes. We tried this last year and it was a great success and completely unique experience for everyone.
Last year the
restaurant raised £150 for the Curry Tree Charitable Fund and
all funds will be donated to the same cause. To bid to have Calcutta
Brasseries chef prepare and cook a meal in your home, visit
www.ebay.co.uk and search Calcutta Brasserie or number
320982077066. For more details about Calcutta Brasserie, visit www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk
"We are a pub that doesn't normally serve food but we wish to hold a special curry night on Thursday 11th October. As this is in national curry week, we'd love to support your cause and be part of the fundraising. We may not raise a lot of money but it will help aid awareness in our local community. The pub is The Waterloo Arms in Southampton. 101 Waterloo Road, SO15 3BS. Telephone number is 02380 22022. Website is www.thewaterlooarms.co.uk"
Requests are pouring in for copies of the National Curry Week Quiz. Altrincham Grammar Scool for Boys, Coulsdon Sixth Form College, The Horse & Groom pub in Milcombe Oxon, Nottinghamshire Youth Service and Folkestone College already have plans in place.
NEWS FOR 2011
Many people are taking advantage of using the special National Curry Week Quiz to have fun and raise money. Take the challenge and see just what you know about curry. Already several schools will be taking part and bodies ranging from Northumbrian Water Board to Fraserbrown Solicitors in Nottingham.
Oceana Swansea will be holding a Curry Quiz night to open their Bar Quarter dining area during National Curry Week.
Students at Newcastle Univerisity will be having fun with a Curry Quiz during National Curry Week with a charity whip round.
BID FOR CHARITY From Sunday 9th October, one of Milton Keynes restaurants is offering curry-lovers an opportunity of a lifetime to have its award-winning head chef cook in their home. Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford is auctioning of its award-winning chef, Saj Khan, who was recently named the UKs number 2nd Indian chef, to the highest bidder to raise money for the Curry Tree Charitable Fund and MK based charity, Climb Your Mountain. Through auction website, eBay, people can bid for Mr Khan to cook a three course meal for four people that can choose anything from Calcutta Brasseries à la carte menu, available to anyone with an MK postcode. The chef will then visit the winning bidders home to create a culinary delight on a night of their choice and will even include a waiter for the night. Mo, proprietor at Calcutta Brasserie said: We know our head chef is one of the best in the country and this is a rare opportunity to offer people in Milton Keynes. Saj is a wonderful personality as well as chef and wants to give his all to help raise money for charity. To bid to have Calcutta Brasseries chef prepare and cook a meal in your home, visit www.ebay.co.uk and search Calcutta Brasserie.
Blue Apple @Barry Callebaut Wildmere Industrial Estate Banbury Oxon OX16 3UU Tel : 01295 224782 have registered their staff restaurant for National Curry
Kitchen staff at India
Dining restaurant in Warlingham, Surrey have come up with the
"curryziest" idea yet, a curry-scented perfume! Developed
to mark National Curry Week (9th - 15th October 2011), Tears on
my Pilau is described as a delicious mixture of
fragrant oils, exotic herbs and a blend of Indian spices. Its top
notes consist of cumin, conifer resin and bergamot, while middle and
bass notes include turmeric, tobacco sauce, chilli and fenugreek. The
unisex scent which lingers for up to 24 hours - is still being
tested but could hit the High Street in as little as 12 months, it is
claimed. When it is released, the perfume is likely to retail for
£39.99, although no perfume manufacturers or distributors have
yet been named.
Off The Ball (ESPN
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These are just a small selection of events that happened around Britain for National Curry Week 2010. If you have a special event just email us with the details so that we can tell other curry fans
JAQEX, which creates computer games, is typical of the tremendous support from around the country - "we just wanted to let you know that we will be sending a cheque to you in the post for £439.68 We paid a local company to come in and serve our employees a curry buffet and then employees gave donations to the fund. The food was amazing and we all had a great time as well as making some money towards a good cause".
Donations have also been made by top restaurants including Gulu Anand's BRILLIANT in Southall and Cyrus & Pervin Todiwala's CAFE SPICE NAMASTE in London E1 who continue to support National Curry Week year after year.
November was the start of National Curry Week and, to celebrate, The Rose Bowls groundstaff will be eating nothing but curry all week! Nigel Gray, Mark Miller, Dave Henbrey and Ian Easel Tulk (pictured L-R) will be dining on curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday - all with the aim of sampling five Indian curries and five Sri Lankan dishes, designed by the venues chefs from Compass Group UK & Ireland. The "guinea pigs" favourites at the end of the week-long experiment will be served to cricket fans attending Englands NatWest Series One Day International match against India and historic first-ever Test Match against Sri Lanka at The Rose Bowl on 6 September and 16-20 June 2011 respectively.
Taylor Wimpey - Wimpey is cooking up a sizzling special offer during National Curry Week to celebrate the launch of the brand new showhome at its Sandringham Park development of property for sale in Ruislip. To celebrate the official opening of this tastefully decorated townhouse on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November which coincides with National Curry Week the leading housebuilder offering lucky purchasers who reserve any of the new houses or flats in Ruislip that weekend the chance of an all-inclusive holiday for two in Goa.*
SEASONED PIONEERS LIMITED sent out a newsletter to their 30,000+subscribers regarding National Curry Week with them making a donation from each online sale of their curry lines to The Curry Tree Charitable Fund over the week.
Koolba Glasgow were happy to donate 50p per A La Carte curry sold in the month of November (max £600) and Mother India Café matched it.
Rickshaw Wolverhampton - For the National Curry week (21-27 November) we are donating 50% of the sale to Curry Tree Charity from the special boards.
Contract caterers Eurest Services, for UCB Celltech in Slough are selling curry every day in their restaurant at £3.00 with £1.00 coming direct to the Curry Tree
The Lets Get Cooking Club at a school in Great Wakering Essex held a curry banquet on the Friday 26th November 2010. They held a quiz night and donated any raffle money to The Curry Tree.
Even before National Week began media coverage throughout the country has been huge. Interviews on BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 6, Sunrise Radio, Phoenix Radio, Colourful Life Radio, BBC Radio Asia and articles in Daily Mirror, The Sun, Yorkshire Post and Daily Mail Online are just a few.
Watford Chamber of Commerce - the official launch of the Watford Curry Networking Club with a meal at the Prince of Bengal, Watford £25 per person.
Brakes Catering Equipment - Brakes have created the Brakes Curry Club and made a special curry deal available to caterers and retailers.
Holiday Inn Corby in Kettering held a special curry evening on 22nd November with a two course meal costing £16.95
Punch Taverns ran a National Curry Club incentive award scheme at its pubs throughout the country.
Shepherd Neame - Britains Oldest Brewery is offering a tour plus an Ale Samplers Menu on 26 November for £24.50 per person Tel : 01795 542016
Newcastle University celebrated National Curry Week and raised money for charity with a Bangra Night on 23rd November.
Mister Singhs India (one of the four restaurants representing Glasgow Tel : 0141 204 0186) held a Race Night on Tuesday 2 November, which raised £1200 to be split between three charities, (£400 for the Curry Tree Foundation Mister Singhs have also recently launched a curry pie which is being distributed at eleven Scottish football grounds. They are discussing with their partners the possibility of donating a small amount of money from each pie sold at some matches during November to the Curry Tree Foundation
Heart Research UK
supports NCW - The last week in November was National Curry Week.
People were asked to spare a thought, however, for the nutritional
implications of indulging in this popular dish. Curries can be high
in saturated fat and salt, which are both a cause for concern for
your heart and your arteries. Cooking methods and ingredients such as
ghee, oil, cream, salt and fatty cuts of meats, with little or no
vegetables in the sauce, can lead to raised cholesterol levels and
blood pressure, therefore increasing risk of heart disease. Curries
make a nutritious winter warmer and with a little tweaking can be
The Heron the Lake, Fleet held a special night for National Curry Week on 22nd November Tel : 01252 812522
Celebrate curry in Britain with National Curry Week