Ellie Sales, PTA Chair, Hazelwood School, London (660
pupils) told us:
'The PTA Chair at another school suggested a "pop-up restaurant"
fundraiser. Two parents at our school - Al and Helen - are
professional chefs and agreed to help. We transformed the school
canteen! We had rows of tables and benches and kept it simple,
using brown paper for table cloths and black sugar paper runners as
tablemats. We dressed tables with fairy lights and tea lights in
jars. Al (who runs a catering kitchen) worked on our menu, sourcing
ingredients at cost through his suppliers.
The first course was a butternut squash salad with sage
oil, orange and toasted seeds, followed by chicken breast with
wild mushrooms, caramelised button onions and Madeira jus
or wild mushroom and spinach wellington; both served with
hasselback potatoes and seasonal greens. Dessert was
a rich chocolate cake served with whipped cream,
or stewed plums and custard, followed by a
cheese board with chutney, pears and coffee (donated by
Starbucks)! Starbucks support all our events, donating coffee in an
urn that holds 92 cups. We pay a £50 deposit - they also provide
milk, tea and sugar. The platters for the cheese were tiles donated
by a local tile shop, and an estate agent sponsored the cheese
board for £100! We visited farmers' markets to find the cheese, and
our local supermarket donated olives and nuts. We selected four
wines from Majestic Wine and set up a tasting table so that diners
could try before buying.
We took bookings in advance, charging £20 per head (wine was
either £10 or £15 per bottle) and it wasn't long before we were
fully booked - 100 diners including 35 diners that weren't
parents at our school! A parent
played the piano and sung throughout the meal adding to
the ambience. Once all courses were served,
our volunteers sat down to eat together.
Next time I would charge more as everyone said the evening was
too cheap and far exceeded their expectations. Our costs were
£1,462 but after taking £2,762, we made a profit of £1,300! It was
a great opportunity for friends to get together to enjoy good
company, excellent food and to support the school.'
If you plan to serve alcohol at your event, read
our guide to licensing requirements.
If you plan to play music at your
event, read our guide to licensing requirements.
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