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Dinner for a cause: Bengaluru eateries to donate part of their revenue for Kerala flood victims



BENGALURU: This year, the city’s F&B industry is celebrating a conscious Onam. The harvest festival, with Thiruvonam on August 25, has taken a CSR route at several restaurants in Bengaluru in view of the grave situation in flood-stricken Kerala.

It’s a dine-and-donate Onam sadhya this time. If anyone reserves a table on the three days around Onam at Bon South and South Indies for their 100-item sadhya buffet, 10% from his bill amount will go towards Kerala CM’s distress relief fund. With this announcement, the two eateries received 80% bookings for Thiruvonam and 45% reservations on August 24 and 26.

Corporate executive chef Manu R Nair says, “Many Bengalureans want to contribute money for Kerala relief but don’t know how to go about it. Onam sadhya will be the best way to dine and donate for a good cause.”

Onam Feast - Vegetarian meal served in banana leaf on the occasion of Onam festival, selective focusOnam Feast - Vegetarian meal served in banana leaf on the occasion of Onam festival, selective focus

At the subsidised Onam buffet at Sheraton Grand-Bangalore, an added Rs 100 will be deducted on every plate on the day of the festival and the proceeds will go towards the CM’s relief fund. General manager Sujeet Kumar says, “Our initial plan was to cancel the Onam festivities. When we watched the reportage on rescue operations, we decided to implement a plan to make our contribution.”

The Oberoi and the Taj Group of hotels, however, have cancelled the Onam festivities this time after viewing the tremendous loss in the state.

Online food delivery platforms are doing their bit to spread the message. While Freshmenu’s Keralite staff has already left for god’s own country to volunteer, Innerchef used social media to announce that it will contribute Rs 10 on each order placed this week across India to the CM’s relief fund for Kerala.

Malayalees celebrating Onam festival with 'pookkalam' arrangement of flowers , in Bengaluru on Monday.........Photo by N Narasimha Murthy

Founder Rajesh Sawhney says, “Startups may not be cash-rich but we have a huge reach. Since we have the best access to a large consumer base, it should be our job to spread the message.”

Almost every segment of the F&B industry seems to be coming together and joining hands to champion this cause. Food bloggers Soham Shoney and Ambica Selvam are organising a food styling and photography workshop, the proceeds of which will go entirely towards both Kerala and Kodagu relief this week. Each participant will be charged Rs 2,000 and will be asked to transfer the amount directly to the selected NGO working towards the cause.

“Food is what we know well. We will use our skills to raise funds for our neighbouring state that is in need now,” says Shoney.

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