Neil Perry Serve Up Smiles for Starlight

A new campaign to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation

Monday, 22nd August 2011

Exciting New Initiative from Top Australian Chefs will Serve Up Smiles for Starlight. Neil Perry will be Serving Up Smiles this September and asking Australians to do the same in a new campaign to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Neil Perry, Starlight luminary and renowned chef/owner of Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple restaurants, is headlining the Serving Up Smiles campaign, an exciting new way for the food community to work together to support ill children and is calling for more support in promoting the initiative in its first year.

Neil says “Australia’s enjoying a culinary renaissance, and this gives us a great opportunity to share the joy of food with children who are facing health challenges. Starlight is asking people to indulge in this passion by either purchasing a Secret Table, Signing 4 A Smile, or becoming a Star Chef at home with family and friends.”

There are three simple ways to be part of Serving Up Smiles in September:

1. Secret Table – The country’s finest chefs and restaurants will donate fully catered tables for four people. Diners can go online and book a Secret Table for $400. Secret Tables will be allocated in a draw on Monday 3 October. Rockpool Bar & Grill and Buon Ricordo are among the restaurants offering Secret Tables.

2. Sign 4 A Smile - Starlight will settle the age-old debate of who will pick up the bill by asking people to Sign 4 a Smile. When debating who will pay for lunch or dinner, Starlight will ask one party to pay and the other to make a generous donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Donation slips will accompany the bill in participating restaurants.

3. Star Chefs - Starlight will ask food lovers to unleash their inner Star Chef and cook for their friends, have a bake-off in the office or a BBQ at the park, any idea that incorporates their love of food and fundraising. Star Chefs can register at www.servingupsmiles.org.au .

Louise Baxter, CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation says: “Serving Up Smiles is more than just encouraging people to indulge in Australia’s vibrant food culture, we also hope it will raise $500,000 to fund Starlight’s innovative programs, including the Captain Starlights, the Starlight Express Room, Starlight Wishgranting, Livewire and the mobile Starlight Fun Centres.”

“The sad reality is that every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of all seriously ill children and their families.”

Indulge your passion for food while brightening the lives of seriously ill children - find out how you can be part of Serving Up Smiles by visiting www.servingupsmiles.org.au or calling 1300 727 827.