BM, Hogan Lovells and Ellis Wines raised over £40,000 during a special three-course Michelin-starred dinner in London, supporting the work of citizenAID’s in the Ukraine.

The Golden Hearts Gala Dinner, in partnership with Ellis Wines and Hogan Lovells, took place on Thursday 6 October at the law firm’s Atlantic House headquarters in Holborn.

The menu was developed by Adam Byatt, chef-patron of Michelin-starred Trinity in Clapham, who is also consultant chef at BM.

Featuring an array of sporting guest speakers, guests were able to hear from former cricketer Azeem Rafiq, relay champion Derek Redmond, and field hockey player Susanna Townsend, as well as participate in a live charity auction to raise funds for citizenAID.

Following a canape and Champagne reception, the meal began with a starter of H Forman & Son cured royal fillet of salmon, or caramelised barrel-aged feta, both served with heritage beetroots, caviar, crème fraîche, spring onions, radish and dill oil-compressed cucumber.

The main dishes included roasted Fallow venison loin, potato terrine, Roscoff onion and Périgord truffle and a potato gnocchi, Watts Farm vegetables, sage beurre noisette and shaved Pecorino.

The meal was finished off with a desert of Islands chocolate cremosa, vanilla Chardonnay vinegar, marinated raspberries, honeycomb and candied pistachio.

Money raised from the auction and ticket sales will go towards supporting citizenAID’s work, providing medical aid, tents, shelter and beds to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Angus Brydon, managing director, BM: “The war in Ukraine has touched so many of us in different ways. We, like so many others, are saddened by the difficulties faced by ordinary Ukrainians and wanted to show our support by creating an event which can not only raise funds to support citizenAID’s efforts, but also continue to keep the plight of so many in the forefront of peoples’ minds.”

Established in 2016, citizenAID is a UK charity which supports individuals, communities and organisations to help themselves and each other when caught up in conflict. The charity also creates and distributes first aid advice for serious injuries.

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