No one really needs an excuse to eat well but it's nice to feel you're contributing to a worthy cause while stuffing your face. Chi Fan for Charity ( chi fan means "to eat") has been running in Beijing and Shanghai annually since 2009. This year, for the first time, it's coming to Hong Kong.
The concept is a simple one: restaurants agree to donate a table for 10 to 12 people and furnish a three-course meal with matching wines or cocktails. In Hong Kong, tickets are available for individuals or groups at tables in 20 restaurants across town. Some tables are hosted by local personalities, including the writer Xu Xi and actor Derek Ting, while empty tables are available for groups who'd like to host themselves. Depending on the restaurant, ticket prices range from HK$750 to HK$1,500 per head.
"Never has giving back been so easy! All you have to do is eat!", say the organisers.
Whatever you pay for your ticket goes to local charity Child Welfare Scheme, which works to provide education, health care and opportunities for disadvantaged children in Nepal.
"Hong Kong is a multicultural city. [Many] workers in the restaurant industry here are Nepalese. It's good to give back to them, they've contributed a lot," says Cherry Ng, the local organiser.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 9am, at www.chifanforcharity.org The dinners will take place on November 16. There will be an after-party at Kee Club, tickets for which will be available on the website (HK$200) and on the door (HK$300), with some of those proceeds also going to the charity.