Get ready for an exclusive Syrian-inspired charity supper-club hosted by Petersham Nurseries in conjunction with executive chef Damian Clisby, Syrian chef Imad Alarnab, Clerkenwell Boy, Unicef's NEXTGeneration London and friends of #CookForSYRIA. The family-style feast will showcase many of the dishes including from the best selling #CookForSYRIA Recipe Book.
Damian Clisby, the award-winning executive chef from Petersham Nurseries, and Simon Whitley, the executive chef of Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, will be cooking alongside friends of #CookForSYRIA, including Imad Alarnab, a successful restaurant entrepreneur from Syria, who owned several popular restaurants, juice bars and cafés in his native country. When war broke out, Imad had to flee and leave his business empire behind, but now living in the UK with his family, he is determined to make his dream of running his own restaurant a reality once more.
Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is a charmingly casual yet sophisticated restaurant, set within a glasshouse. Brimming with fragrant bougainvillea and jasmine, draped with Indian blinds and decorated with antique furniture, mirrors, and paintings.
THE MENU (SERVED FAMILY STYLE)
Welcome Drink: Donated by Seedlip - including Syrian spritz & NOgroni on ice
Mezze: a selection of our favourite recipes from the #CookForSyria recipe book including beetroot & chickpea hummus, falafels, kale & roast squash mujadara, labneh balls rolled in Syrian spices, moutabal (smoked aubergine dip), muhammara (pepper & walnut dip), and Syrian beef tartare
Main: Damian’s roasted poussin with couscous, fennel & parsley salad, nigella flatbreads & yoghurt (vegetarian option available upon request - see ticket options)
Dessert: Olive oil & pistachio cake, Syrian-inspired shortbread and cookies (recipe by Lily Vanilli), fig & orange blossom jam (donated by Newton&Pott), #CookForSyria inspired Toasted almond & honey ice cream (donated by Jude's Ice Cream)
Wine: Donated by Barrafina restaurants, Borough Wines & Corrado De Angelis Corvi
All profits will be donated to our charity partner Unicef.
Due to the nature of events with feasting tables, there will not be a seating plan. To ensure that groups can sit together we recommend you arrive early. We will endeavor to help groups to sit together, however, this cannot be guaranteed.
The signed cookbook will be exclusively available at the #CookForSYRIA charity dinner and you have to attend the dinner to be able to purchase it.
#CookForSYRIA is an international fundraising initiative, curated by award-winning influencer Clerkenwell Boy, Gemma Bell and Serena Guen (of SUITCASE Magazine), with an aim to preserve and celebrate Syrian culture amid one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.
Winner of The Observer Food Monthly Awards “Best Ethical Food Project”, the #CookForSYRIA campaign officially launched in London on October 31 last year, followed by volunteer-led charity supper clubs around the world including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dubai, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney and more. The initiative hopes to encourage everyone, from the UK’s top chefs to aspiring home cooks, to raise money for Unicef’s Syria Relief Fund.
For more information, visit cookforsyria.com
On Foot or by Bicycle
Our location on the edge of the Thames Embankment and the national cycle route network makes walking and cycling to Petersham Nurseries safe, easy and enjoyable for both adults and children. Please see our website or enquire at reception for possible routes.
As parking on Church Lane is extremely limited, we encourage people to leave cars at home where possible. Priority is given to customers buying plants and heavy items. On weekends, limited parking is available at the nearby Russell School, prioritised for restaurant customers (bookings essential). Please drive slowly and with care for pedestrians.
Fast trains operate between Richmond and London Waterloo, taking as little as 15 minutes. The District Line also goes to Richmond. Petersham Nurseries is located a brisk 20 minute walk from Richmond station along the river, or a short bus journey – the no. 65 stops frequently outside the station. There is also a taxi rank outside the station.
South West Trains to Richmond Station from Waterloo and Reading.
Underground and Overground trains run to and from Richmond.
No.65 and 371 depart outside Richmond Station and Kingston town centre, alight at the Dysart.
Unicef NEXTGen is a global movement led by passionate young professionals, aged 21 to 40, committed to supporting Unicef's work towards zero: our mission to ensure that no child dies from preventable causes. Since our first event in July 2014, we have raised over £1,000,000 in aid of Unicef for the children of Syria.