The World’s 50 Best Restaurants | Bid for Recovery
Until this Sunday (July twelfth) all food and travel enthusiasts have the opportunity to bid for out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences with the world’s best chefs. The ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction is organized by the organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction is the largest global event of its kind, aiming to raise funds that will provide direct and tangible financial relief for restaurants worldwide as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. The auction is a key fund-raising element of the 50 Best for Recovery programme, announced last month, in partnership with founding donor S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
The 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction does feature more than 100 lots, providing the opportunity for bidders to select from an array of the most extraordinary global gastronomic experiences imaginable, as well as rare and limited-edition items. For example the Dutch restaurant De Librije (***), offers a package that includes a food-and-wine pairing with Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, a dinner at their new Brass Boer Thuis restaurant, an overnight stay at Librije hotel including breakfast and a lunch at De Librije. Until now they’ve received 6 bids and the price is now 1.350,= pounds. Many more bid possibilities in the vicinity of the Netherlands! They also launched an e-cookbook with simple lockdown recipes by chefs, in exchange for an eight pound minimum donation. The proceeds of this e-cookbook will also go to the 50 Best Recovery Fund.
Some of the bespoke auction lot highlights of the ‘Bid for Recovery’
A day with Mauro Colagreco of restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France. Mauro and Julia Colagreco will welcome two lucky guests to idyllic Menton, visit Mirazur’s famous gardens to select produce, meet the fishermen who supply the restaurant’s seafood at the harbour, and lunch with Chef Mauro at his organic Pecora Negra pizzeria. Guests will also taste dishes at Mirazur’s ‘creation kitchen’, meet the team and enjoy the full, newly developed tasting menu, before departing with a set of wine glasses and case of wine.
An incrennible experience at Atelier Cren in San Francisco. This truly unique prize includes a day on Chef Crenn’s Bleu Belle Farm, taking in activities such as fermentation, beekeeping and olive oil production. An exclusive wine tasting session with a renowned Californian winemaker will be followed by the tasting menu dinner at Atelier Crenn. The next day, acclaimed pastry chef Juan Contreras will lead guests in a chocolate-making masterclass. The experience culminates in an evening of dinner and drinks at Petit Crenn.
These are two examples but the ‘Bid for Recovery’ auction takes place all over the world! With bids from Singapore (accommodation at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, dinner at restaurant Odette, dinner at Burnt Ends and many more) but also an ultimate three day Peruvian food safari with dining experiences at both Central and Kjolle in Lima. Additional auction lots include:
- Ultimate Delhi food experience for four people with Indian Accent, India
- Three-day culinary safari in São Paulo with A Casa do Porco, Brazil
- Cocktail masterclass, dinner and night in suite at iconic Connaught Hotel, London, UK
- Eating, drinking, shopping & clubbing in Berlin with Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Germany
- Overnight Soča Valley immersion with Ana Roš from Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
- Fishing and feasting day with Florilège in Tokyo, Japan
- Gastronomy and culture in Vienna with Steirereck, including helicopter tour, Austria
- Mexico City tasting tour with Édgar Núñez of Sud777, Mexico
- Three days of gastronomic discovery in Moscow with White Rabbit and Selfie, Russia
- Explore HK with Amber’s Richard Ekkebus; suite at The Landmark hotel, Hong Kong
- Plus, rare bottles of spirits, chefs’ artworks, private cooking classes, wine region tours, sailing trips, exclusive tastings and bespoke parties all available
The proceeds go to the Recovery Fund to restaurants, bars and non-profit organisations supporting the sector
In order to contribute to the global recovery of the hospitality industry, 50 Best will distribute all proceeds of the Recovery Fund to restaurants, bars and non-profit organisations supporting the sector in the following ways:
- Direct grants: 50 Best will make direct contributions to restaurants and bars with grants of up to US $5,000 per establishment. Applications will be open to independent restaurants and bars from any country in July (precise dates tbc), according to a number of criteria to be published in the coming weeks. 50 Best is committed to ensuring that the funds are distributed to businesses led by individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
- Non-profit organisations: 50 Best will make additional donations to a number of charitable organisations that it has identified as supporting restaurants and their staff, as well as feeding those most in need. These include: Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Reboot Relief Program and Black Urban Growers, both in the US; Nosso Prato in Brazil; the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund in South Africa; the National Restaurant Association of India’s Feed the Needy campaign; Horeca Next in Belgium; Italy’s Ambasciatori del Gusto; the newly founded Singapore Cocktail Bar Association; and Chefs for Spain, the Spanish arm of World Central Kitchen.
- 1 million meals: 50 Best will also join forces with Social Gastronomy Movement, a global network of charitable organisations across 38 different countries, in its campaign to provide 1 million meals to those most in need.
E-cookbook | Home Comforts
50 Best for Recovery will also see the publication of an e-cookbook entitled Home Comforts with simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders, which will be unveiled to the public for download on 1 July in exchange for an eight pound minimum donation. Money raised from the e-cookbook will also go direct into the 50 Best Recovery Fund and used to support the global restaurant and bar industry.
Website: The 50 Best for recovery