Place: Saf, Europes top raw restaurant
152-154 Curtain Road, London EC2A
Date: Sunday December 6th
5pm to midnight
Just because youre into all things eco and organic doesnt mean you dont enjoy a big night out and a good old knees-up as much as the next person. But if you choose to eat raw vegan, chances are youre used to being left pretty disappointed on the food front, as you politely pass on the champagne, the steak and the crème brulée and push limp lettuce leaves around your plate.
But not on Sunday December 6! We are holding a party at Londons Saf restaurant, which is for our money not only the UKs but also Europes top raw restaurant. This will be THE raw party of the year, folks! And there are still some tickets left, so read on to find out more...
5pm Doors open for discount shopping
6pm Party begins
7pm-9pm Enjoy the canapés and visit the salad bar
9pm-11pm Music and dancing
Midnight Doors close
Highlights from the nights menu...
Lavender & Ginger Lemonade
Baby Gem Caesar Salad
Spinach, Tomato and Basil Salad
Thai Papaya Salad
Chocolate and Orange Marble Torte
Raspberry Geranium Cake
Four reasons you will want to be at this party:
The food We tasted everything on Safs menu and hand-picked the delights to serve to you on this special night. Naturally, it was a tough job but we dont cut corners when it comes to ensuring our customers are getting the very best! The food will be served as passed canapés, starting with savoury delicacies and moving to sweet treats as the night progresses. Among other things, we selected amazing raw sushi, Safs famous beetroot ravioli, an out-of-this-world cashew cheese with sage pesto and a pink peppercorn crust, and some raw cakes that have to be tried to be believed. There will also be a salad bar serving three gorgeous "to-live-for" salads. Food will be in abundance, and its all created by none other than Safs executive chef, the legendary Chad Sarno, and brilliant new head chef Anupam Som.
The people If youve attended previous Fresh Network events youre sure to see familiar faces here! If you havent, you will find it the ideal place for meeting people who are on your wavelength, should you wish to. A hint: if youre passionate about all things raw but dont have any (or many) friends who share that passion, consider it a priority to be at this party! Ask anyone who lives an alternative lifestyle and has plenty of like-minded friends: it makes a huge difference to your quality of life. Many customers report that they have forged some of their best friendships at our events. Oh, and did we mention that a number of high-profile raw food experts will be there on the night to chat to guests and sign books? This will be your chance to meet some of the people youve read about online, seen in the pages of Get Fresh! magazine, or heard on the radio. Among those looking forward to 2009's biggest raw food fiesta are Janey Lee Grace, Karen Knowler, Elaine Bruce, Philip Weeks, Russell James, and Dr Doug Graham and Professor Rozalind Graham plus daughter Faychesca.
The discount shopping Theres no need to wait for the January sales if you shop with us! We will be selling everything from our online store at extra-special prices at this party, with discounts ranging from 10% to 20%. Why not beat the crowds by arriving at 5pm for the hour of pre-party shopping? Well be operating a system whereby you can leave your shopping with us and collect it later. If you purchase any of our kitchen equipment (ideal as Christmas gifts, including to yourself!) we will mail them to you to save you lugging heavy boxes across London. With discounts like these you dont have to do much shopping to make back the cost of your party ticket in savings!
The goody bag As our gift to you for attending you will receive a goody bag worth over £30 and packed with raw treats. It wouldnt be a surprise if we told you any more than that, but suffice it to say that Christmas will come early for you if you attend this party.
Tickets will not be available on the door and numbers are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Ticket price includes:
- welcome cocktail and raw nibbles
- savoury and sweet canapés, in abundance
- as many visits as you want to the salad bar
- unlimited filtered water and herbal and green teas
- goody bag worth over £30
Want to bring your little ones to the party? No problem! Children of all ages are welcome and there is no charge for children under 10, up to a maximum of two free childlren per paying adult. Additional children under 10 may attend at half price: £25 each. Whether they are eligible to come for free or at the discount price, be sure to book your kids in when you buy your ticket/s as they will need to be on the guest list.
Whether you are travelling from within London or from further afield, were here to help with any queries you have about getting to the party and/or finding a place to stay for the night, should you need to. Read on for directions to Saf, a list of nearby hotels and a guide to enjoying some of the capitals other raw highlights during your stay. We dont know the hotels that well (we have suggested them based on reputation, price and location) but we hope you will love the raw food recommendations. If you need information you cant find here, just give us a ring on 0845 833 7017.
Apart from being a great raw food restaurant, Saf is also a really easy place to get to whether you are coming by tube, driving or even walking from one of the local hotels. Its right on the corner of Old Street and Curtain Road in trendy and up-and-coming Shoreditch.
For your address book
Saf Restaurant & Bar
152-154 Curtain Road
Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AT
Tel 0207 613 0007
Nearest station: Old Street (Northern Line, City branch)
Leave the tube at exit 2 then walk east down Old Street until you see Curtain Road on your right. Saf is right at the top, near the junction with Old Street - the walk should take no more than 5-6 minutes. If you get to the railway bridge and Shoreditch High Street, turn around - youve gone too far! According to the London Transport website, the last train from Old Street on Sundays is at 23.32hrs. Liverpool Street mainline and tube station (Central, Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines) is a 12-15 minute walk from Saf.
Parking possibilities - there are many so these are just a few suggestions:
- Hoxton Square - on-street parking - 3-minute walk to Saf
- Shoreditch High Street - open-air car park next to petrol station, almost opposite Crowne Plaza hotel (see below) - 5-minute walk to Saf
- Willow Street - pay and display - at the back of the Hoxton Hotel (see below) - 5-minute walk to SAF
2 things to remember
1. Before leaving your car, check the payment instructions. Even on a Sunday night, not all "on-street" parking is free.
2. If you are leaving your car overnight, check whether you are parked in the Congestion Zone and/or whether you will drive through it on Monday. It comes into force at 7am and paying the £8 charge is much better than paying the fine!
- Pre-book - there are numerous companies in London. We have experience of Addison Lee (0844 800 6677) who were professional and punctual
- Pick up a black cab
If you will be staying overnight in London, here are some suggestions. There are, of course, thousands of hotels in London, with prices to suit every budget. The four below, whilst being close to Saf, are also within easy walking distance of some interesting areas, should you have time to explore a little. Old Spitalfields Market with its numerous stalls (often including Rainforest Creations with their fabulous raw salad boxes and raw cakes) is only a few minutes walk away, as is Brick Lane. But wherever you choose to stay in central London, getting to Saf is quick and easy.
81 Great Eastern Street
Reservations 0207 550 1000
A smart, trendy hotel around a 5-minute walk from Saf.
Price region: £79
Ibis London City
5 Commercial Street
Reservations 0207 422 8400
Part of major international chain and less than a mile from Saf.
Price region: £89
100 Shoreditch High Street
Reservations 0871 423 4901
Part of major international chain around 350 meters walk from SAF
Price region: £145
Express By Holiday Inn, London City
275 Old Street
Reservations 0871 423 4896
Part of major international chain and around 300 metres from Saf.
Price region: £97
Marylebone - Price region: £29
Farringdon - Price region: £32
Kings Cross Royal Scott - Price region: £32
Euston - Price region: £59
Whether you are just in London for the day or making a weekend of it, here are some other wonderful raw food eateries you might want to check out.
74 Wardour Street, Soho
Tel: 0207 734 8986
Enjoy juices, smoothies, salads and raw cakes. Worth a trip just to taste the amazing carob and lemon torte. If you are there in the evening, theres a fabulous gourmet raw menu which starts at 6pm.
250 Camden High Street
Tel: 020 7428 5875
Located on trendy Camden Lock, inSpiral serves juices, smoothies, raw salads and raw chocolate, plus the best raw ice creams for miles.
Madder Rose Cafe at Triyoga
6 Erskine Road
Tel: 020 7483 3344
In the beautiful and tranquil environment of Triyoga, Madder Rose serves juices, smoothies and salads, not to mention a wonderful avocado sushi (all raw).
24 Highgate High Street
Tel: 0208 347 6087
17 live-food dishes, a daily raw buffet, and raw cakes, chocolates and treats in abundance.
Whole Foods Market
Incorporating Fresh & Wild, Whole Foods Market has three stores in London - the enormous flagship store on Kensington High Street plus outposts in Camden and Soho. All make fresh juices and have a variety of raw salads on offer.
If you require further information, dont hesitate to call us on 0845 833 7017.
We look forward to seeing you on December 6! Remember - numbers are strictly limited so to avoid disappointment we suggest booking now.