Cala Hotels’ Nepalese chefs, from left to right; Raj, Dhakendra, Deepak, Thapa, Amir, Tek and Bandari
The recent disaster in Nepal has affected families and friends of the eight Nepalese chefs and other staff working in the Caladh Inn, Royal and Cabarfeidh Hotels, as well as others in the sizeable local Nepalese community. Some have lost family members, while other relatives have become homeless following the earthquakes.
Immediately after the first ‘quake, collection buckets were placed in the hotel restaurants and guests donated just over £800 in the first two weeks – for which thanks are due to local residents and visitors.
With support from Cala Hotels and their suppliers, the chefs will provide a sumptuous Nepalese themed buffet at the Cabarfeidh Hotel on the evening of Saturday 6th June, from 7.00 until 9.30pm, plus a ceilidh afterwards. All of the money paid for the buffet, priced at £20 per person for three courses, will be donated directly to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Diners will be able to stay on for the ceilidh and live music, from 9.30 until 11.30pm, included in their ticket price. The buffet is sure to sell out, so £5 ‘donation’ tickets for the ceilidh will provide a chance for additional guests to join in and support the appeal.
There has been a great response to the event by local musicians and the list of performers includes Isles Ceilidh Band with Murdigan Macdonald, Shonnie "Beag" Macmillan, Euan Morrison (Scalpay ), Lyn Maclean Dancers and Piper, Ian "Tosh" Macintosh, Rebekah Macleod, Amy Mackay and Emma Macleod.
“Over several years, Nepalese buffet nights have been great successes at Eleven restaurant, so we’re expecting a great turnout and aim to raise several thousand Pounds for the fund,” said Eleven’s head chef, Tek Khatri, “and those who support the event can help save lives in Nepal, just by enjoying a great night out.”
If you want to enjoy the evening’s activities, it’s essential that you buy your tickets as soon as you can, from the reception desks at the Caladh Inn, Royal or Cabarfeidh Hotels.
As a result of the earthquakes, more than 10,000 people have died, more than 20,000 were injured and over 250,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged – the local Nepalese families have asked us to express their gratitude to everyone who has donated to help provide aid.
Jayanti, who works in Eleven Bar Restaurant with a collection bucket and one of the information boards she produced to tell guests more about the disaster in Nepal.