The Acre Foundation

Sustainable wine & locally sourced canapés in aid of GOSH

Posted on 07 September 2014 by Bairbre

Sustainable wine & locally sourced canapés in aid of GOSH

In September, Acre’s GOSH Challenge Team ascended 4263m and covered a total of 50.9km to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. To help us reach our £8,000 target, the Acre team has organised a series of fundraising events, from clothes swaps to comedy.

Tasked with hosting a Sustainable Wine Tasting event, Christian and I firstly explored what qualified as ‘sustainable wine’, which we categorised as organic and/or biodynamic, local or natural. After investigating suppliers with strong green credentials we decided to source our wine from Les Caves de Pyrene, renowned for its real wines expressive of their region, and Stellar Organics, the leading UK supplier of organic, ethically produced and fairly traded wine. With Christian’s background in the restaurant industry we were lucky enough to secure Mark Graham, Sommelier at OXO Tower.

We hosted the event at Fairly Square, London’s first Fair Trade Bar and Café, and only a stone’s throw from the Acre offices in Holborn. Our seasonal greens were sourced from Olwang’s rooftop garden, part of an Inmidtown initiative. As previous winners of Inmidtown’s award for ‘most sustainable project’ we were delighted to become more involved in their programmes in the Holborn area. We had an excellent turn out on the night with over 50 of Acre’s network attending the sold out (and jam packed!) event. On the night we showcased:

  • Prosecco Colfondo Casa Belfi – an organic and biodynamic Prosecco that is naturally cloudy and unfiltered, paired with a smoked salmon entre
  • Bierzo Breza Blanco, Bodegas Mengoba – an organically grown Spanish white wine harvested with minimal intervention, paired with roast chicken and seasonal greens
  • Stellar Organics Running Duck Rose – a certified Fair for Life, organic and vegan friendly South African Rose wine, paired with brie and seasonal greens
  • Ottavio Rubio Rosso, Valli Unite – an organic and biodynamic Italian red grown by a local cooperative using traditional methods, paired with a mix bean entre
    Acre’s CEO Richard Wright closed the evening with a surprise raffle, and in-keeping with the evening’s theme the winner received a box of Fair for Life Running Duck Wine supplied by Stellar Organics.

Thanks to the hard work of the Acre team, the support of our suppliers and hosting venue, and the generous donations of both attendees and non-attendees, we raised over £1,400 for GOSH.
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