Fancy a first look at what to expect from two of Jason Atherton's new restaurants? Well this June you'll get just that chance and help raise money for a worthwhile charity to boot.
On Sunday 7th June, Jason Atherton and The Social Company are going to be hosting Social Sunday; a series of collaborative lunches and restaurant previews in aid of Hospitality Action, the hospitality industry benevolent organisation. All six of Atherton’s London restaurants will participate - Pollen Street Social, Little Social, Social Eating House, Berners Tavern at Edition Hotel, City Social and Typing Room with all the chefs and front of house staff donating their time and working for free.
- Pollen Street Social - Jason and his former boss and mentor Pierre Koffman (Koffman’s) will host a very special lunch recreating some of Koffman’s classic dishes.
- Little Social's chef Cary Docherty will be joining forces with Robin Gill (The Dairy)
- Social Eating House's chef Paul Hood will be joined by Isaac McHale (The Clove Club)
- Typing Room at Town Hall's Lee Westcott will cook with Tom Aikens, who gave him his first job
- Berners Tavern at The London EDITION hotel will see Stephen Terry (The Hardwick) make the journey from Abergavenny to cook alongside fellow Welshman Phil Carmichael
- City Social will have Paul Walsh partnering up with Ollie Dabbous (Dabbous)
As for the preview events - a day ahead of its official opening on 8th June, Social Wine & Tapas will offer a sharing style menu by head chef Frankie Van Loo, with wines matched by Laure Patry, executive group sommelier for £90.
Sosharu - a Japanese restaurant which Atherton is opening in Clerkenwell in Autumn - will offer an exclusive preview menu of Japanese dishes by head chef Alex Craciun which is going to be offered to just 24 guests in the private dining room at City Social (pictured) for the event. Tickets for this will be £135 and dishes will include cod cured in miso, bake in ash shitake and tempura avocado as well as ramen, shitake consomme, black garlic and pork shoulder.
“Our dream is that once a year all other chefs close their restaurants and everyone teams up to raise as much money as we possibly can, " says Jason.
Each of the lunches on the day will be a ticketed event, costing between £90 and £135 per head, with all proceeds raised going directly to Hospitality Action. And All chefs and front of house staff will be donating their time and working for free on Social Sunday. Social Sunday tickets will go on sale from Thursday 7th May - you can book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more and book go to http://www.jasonatherton.co.uk/socialsunday/