On Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 16 celebrated chefs gathered together on the lawn of Hatten Wines to celebrate and commemorate the life of Anthony Bourdain. In a unique, culinary night market experience, over 700 people came to eat, drink and raise funds for charity. 

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Anthony Bourdain was a culinary icon. He opened to us the idea that food and travel go hand in hand, that cultures could be explored through the kitchen. Bourdain, who sadly passed away at age 61 on the 8th of June 2018, is an icon worth remembering for all food lovers around the world. It was this idea that brought The Hatten Wines Tribute to Anthony Bourdain to life.

In Bourdain’s name, 16 chefs banded together to cook. The brief of the evening: “if you had the opportunity to cook for Anthony Bourdain, what would you make?”. Of course, instead of Bourdain, it was a food-loving crowd of 700 people from Bali’s community who had come to savour the delights of the all-star list of chefs.

Travelling in from Jakarta were celebrities Chef Marinka, Ibu Sisca Soewitomo and Chef Ragil (Nusa Gastronomy). From Bali, chefs taking part were Chef Henry Bloem (Alaya Ubud), Mandif Warokka (Blanco par Mandif), Bayu Retno (Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Reserve), Jethro and Braden (BIKINI), Chef Davin (Ayodya Resort Bali), Kieran Morland (Merah Putih, Sangsaka), Dean Keddel (Ginger Moon, Jackson Lily’s), Gustav (LYD Group), Chef Wayan (Kaum), Bernadette (Berdanette’s Waroeng), Chef Patrick (Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak), Locavore and special gelato from Bella Bella Gelato. Hosting all of the participating chefs was none other than Chris Salans of Mozaic Restaurant Ubud.

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The evening centred around guests trying the uniquely prepared dishes each chef had made. From 4pm until late into a cool, Sanur evening on the manicured lawn of Hatten Wines, indulgence took over. Other than the food, the drinks on offer were special as well, with the 40 Thieves bar making special arak cocktails, a Jose Cuervo truck preparing their own concoctions, San Miguel, Albens Cider and of course plenty of wine from Hatten Wines and Two Islands filling glasses. Entertaining the crowds with amazing live music was the Bali Ska Jazz Syndicate.

Most importantly, the event was about raising funds for charity. Money was raised through tickets, food and drink sales, as well as numerous lucky draw and raffle prizes donated by 80 generous businesses in Bali. The Hatten Wines Tribute to Anthony Bourdain managed to raise Rp. 155 million. These funds would be donated to two important causes: the victims of the Lombok Earthquake as well as an amazing organisation, the Sumba Hospitality Foundation.

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It was a food-focused fundraiser that was a first of its kind in Bali, not only raising money but also an awareness to the quality food and beverage scene that has come up in Bali. Organised by a committee including Hatten Wines, Mozaic Restaurant Ubud, Bali Discovery Events and NOW! Bali, the event’s success just may see it becoming an annual series. The event would not have been possible without the support of accommodation partner Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, Lotus Food Services and Avani Eco who provided all of the compostable cups and cutlery.

NOW Bali Editorial Team

NOW Bali Editorial Team

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