Fine food sure to get the juices (and the donations) flowing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 October, 2010, 12:00am

It's probably a good idea to feed the donors well at any sort of fund-raising event. The Women's Foundation appears to agree. Rather than cheap champagne and cold canap?s, the foundation's charity dinner tomorrow night seems to be focused on fine dining.

The event, with only 56 guests at Japanese bank Nomura's executive boardroom, will feature Liberty Private Works providing a five-course dinner. The foundation was lucky to secure the private kitchen, which has been booked out through next month.

'Happily, they were really enthusiastic when we approached them. I'm sure having chef Makoto Ono and his team importing their private kitchen to Nomura for the night was a big draw,' said Su-Mei Thompson (pictured), executive director of the charity, which aims to help disadvantaged women achieve their full potential.

Tickets for the event were quickly booked, but Thompson has insisted on keeping the vibe intimate.

'We wanted to keep the dinner intimate in keeping with the Liberty Private Works ethos, and hopefully we can provide guests with a unique culinary experience while raising awareness and support for disadvantaged women.'

Thompson said the key to improving rights for women was education.

'More education [is crucial] for educators, parents and employers about gender stereotyping and the impact of gender bias on women, who are too often constrained from reaching their full potential because of both explicit and subtle forms of discrimination.'