Aulis has been called the smallest restaurant in London, seating just 8 people. For some, the name Aulis will be instantly recognisable, for others, it will be new. So, what is Aulis? Aulis is a chef's table/development kitchen for Simon Rogan in London, working separately but alongside his Marylebone restaurant, Roganic. Now, I'm sure Simon Rogan is a name familiar to most of you since he's the chef behind award winning restaurant L'enclume in Cumbria which holds 2 Michelin stars and is considered by many to be the UK's finest restaurant. Or you might know him from TV's Great British Menu. Or simply from Roganic.
So what's the event?
On Monday 17th September, the fundraising dinner will 'take over' Aulis for the night and feature a very special chef cooking - Simon Rogan himself. Simon of course sports an amazing team of chefs across his restaurants and ordinarily, it is they who deliver up a first class food experience. But, on Monday 17th, Simon Rogan will personally cook your dinner (and that of the other seven guests of course). At Aulis, you sit round a kitchen counter and the food is cooked right there in front of you. So not only will you have Simon cook your meal for you, you will also get the opportunity to talk to him, perhaps getting cooking tips to import some of his food magic to your own home, or perhaps simply to gossip about the UK's food scene, or foraging. Or whatever you would like to ask.
And not only that, Simon's debut cookbook 'Rogan' is published on 6th September, and everyone attending the dinner will not only receive a copy on the night but Simon will sign it for you right there in front of you.
In total then, this is a unique opportunity that is sure to deliver food and experiential memories of a lifetime.
The Charity - Suited & Booted
The charity we are fund raising for is one close to my heart. Called Suited & Booted, it helps disenfranchised men into the workplace by providing interview clothing (suits, shirts, shoes etc) and interview advice to help them get a job. The men are mostly young, but not necessarily so, and the clothing not only helps them look the part, but gives them also a huge boost of confidence, kick starting a new life of contributing and self sufficiency. This turns lives around, not only for the men but their families also while benefiting society at large, immeasurably so. Suited & Booted is entirely dependent not only donations for funding, but donations of clothing also. Even if you cannot attend the dinner, perhaps you can help here with one or both? Find out more about the charity here:
Aulis Dinner - How to Take Part
Two seats at the Simon Rogan Aulis dinner are being auctioned by us. We will use Twitter and email to update you on latest bids. The auction closes 5pm on Sunday 2nd September.
To make a bid, send us a message via Twitter (@criticalcouple) either on the regular feed or via Direct Message for privacy. Alternatively, email me on david at thecriticalcouple.com
We will endeavor to regularly update everyone on where the bids are. Two seats are up for auction and the two highest bids will win those seats. If you wish to come with your partner, feel free to bid on both seats making clear that that is what you wish to do. Please note that due to the nature of the event, there is limited scope to accommodate dietary requirements. Please ask in advance of bidding.
Message us with any questions. Happy Bidding!
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Small print: the winning bidders will be notified at the close of the auction on Sunday 2nd September. All bids are considered binding. Full payment must be received by the close of Friday 7th September. From the winning bids, £195 covers the cost of the restaurant, food, drink and service and any surplus to that amount is the donation to the charity. Payment will be direct bank transfer to the organiser or alternatively, split between a payment to the organiser for costs and a direct donation to the charity. Bidding will be in £10 increments on bids above £200 and £20 increments above £400; bids below these increments will not be recognised. Any payment or donation received is non refundable except in the event of cancellation by the organiser. The organiser's decision on all matters is final.