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Fund Raising - gourmet dinners at home

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I've been involved in a few fund raising projects which involved a chef, either professional- or hobby- donating their time and efforts to preparing a meal in someone's home. I'm interested in experiences that anyone may have had, either as the chef or an attendee and how the function turned out. In addition, I would be interested in how much was raised/paid for the meal, how many where served, what was served, etc.

Any tips/recommendations/ideas would be helpful.

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  1. I do about 5 or 6 of these per year for various charities. Typically they are the top earner in an auction, and certain charities attract much higher donations than others. If I donate a dinner for 8 plus wine and all necessary service, it might fetch 3 or 4 thousand for the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, while the same donation for the Dana Farber Institute might bring in 25 thousand. And the dinners are always a great time.

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    1. re: almansa

      Thanks. I've done four myself and it does appear to depend on the charity or group it is supporting as to how it turns out. We've seen 2,500 to 3,000 at the low end and 16,000 at the top end. Have you had better luck with a particular theme or cuisine? Any unique ideas that have seemed to be more attractive?

      We have one coming up and I'm try to find something that would be particularly appealing to a relatively well-healed group.

      1. re: Daneb

        I usually do a 6 course tasting menu with paired wines, and I bring my own china and glassware. I've never offered a particular theme, but if the host has something in mind I'll work with it. It's really the chef that's the draw, like "How did you get so and so to come to your house?" So the bigger the name, the higher the bid.