Curry and black tie. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?! But that’s exactly what happened last week when we were invited to the Curry King of Brum event, hosted by LoveBrum. The concept was simple, a competition aimed to showcase Brum’s love of curry and charity by raising funds for Birmingham-based projects that are making a real difference in the city. For such a fantastic cause, checking it out was a no-brainer!
It was a brilliant night and started with a lively champagne reception before we all headed to our tables, greeted by a frying pan and apron. Yep, you read that right! I was nominated to be team captain for our table and had to organise the ingredients needed to make a curry fit for a King or Queen (get it?) I would love to say that we were total foodies about it and knew exactly what ingredients to choose but if we’re being totally honest and we’re all adults here, we (ahem) googled a recipe for a chicken balti and totally used that.
Our ingredients were then brought to life by local chefs and were judged on appearance, taste and creativity by chefs, food writers and food bloggers such as food writer, Paul Fulford; founder of Yumzee, Rebecca Sorusch; balti expert, Andy Munro and founder of I Choose Birmingham, Tom Cullen. So no pressure or anything…
We didn’t quite manage to get our curry featured on a curry house menu for 12 months but we did get to indulge in a tasty three course meal including chicken tikka, onion and coriander bhajis, chilli paneer, chicken tikka masala, tender lamb and more. As a big fan of Indian food, it was pretty special.
Curry King of Brum was a really unique event and was a great opportunity to raise money for Birmingham-based projects whilst catching up with friends, colleagues and meeting different people who work in and around Birmingham. Shout out to the guys on our table who were a lot of fun.
LoveBrum is planning on running another Curry King of Brum event next year so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on their website and so should you. Check out LoveBrum to find out more about the projects they support.
*I was invited to the event. My opinions are my own*