Wanting an excuse to don fishnets and a beret? A New Plymouth restaurant owner has added a French theme to her annual fundraising dinner this Thursday.
Bach on Breakwater owner Barbara Olsen-Henderson said she holds the dinner to raise money for the Te Rangimarie Hospice and customers pay what they think the evening is worth.
With a menu including duck, lamb, fish, a chai creme brulee with gingernut shortbread, a meringue trio, plenty to drink and entertainment by French musicians, Mrs Olsen-Henderson is hoping people will be happy to open their wallets this year.
"It will be quite fun and great to do something a bit different to raise money for a local charity," she said.
More than 60 people had signed up for the night so far, but she was hoping for at least 80.
"If more want to come we'll fit them in, too."
Last year 60 people attended the dinner, and paid an average of $83 per meal, she said.
"A couple of years ago we had a couple of miserable beasts who ate and drank all the wine and only paid $30, but most people are very generous and pay at least $50 or what they think they would pay for a restaurant meal."
Last year some customers paid up to $250 for the meal and together raised $5000 for the hospice.
This year, dinner guests also have the option of dressing up French-style, she said.
"I've tried to make it clear that if dressing up will embarrass you that's fine, just come looking beautiful."
Call the Bach on Breakwater for reservations. (06) 7696967
- © Fairfax NZ News
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