Paying It Forward dinner Brisbane – Wednesday 11th November 2015

Chef Minh Le understands what it’s like to struggle. In 1979, Le arrived with his family from a war-ravaged Vietnam and settled in Cabramatta, where he says, life was tough.

“My parents had to struggle really hard to provide for us in those early days. They both worked long hours while I looked after my younger brother and sister.”

In his early twenties, Le fell in with a bad crowd, got involved in drugs and did a stint in prison.

 “Sometime in life we don’t make all the right choices. I lived a hard life when I was young and did things that I wasn’t so proud of but I was incredibly fortunate to meet people in my life who were willing to give me a chance and with their help I was able to turn my life around.”


Photo credit: The Courier Mail

Now Le, owner of the successful The Foraging Quail restaurant in New Farm wants to repay some of that fortune by helping others.

On Wednesday, November 11, The Foraging Quail is hosting a dinner, with all profits being donated to the group Hospitality with Heart to facilitate a Christmas Eve dinner for disadvantaged families in Logan.  Guests to the all-the-frills Christmas dinner are struggling families, victims of domestic abuse, children, the homeless and refugees and Le will be one of the chefs on the burners for the evening.

“I still look back at where I have come from to where I am today and feel so blessed. I just want to give back to people who have had misfortune and just need a smile and some hope to brighten up their day a little,” Le says.

© Smudge PublishingThe 7 course Paying it Forward dinner menu includes Spanish mackerel crudo, pork jowl with apple, celeriac and truffle popcorn, saltbush lamb belly and Le’s renowned ‘Nine textures of chocolate, peanut butter log and moss.’  Six courses are matched with wine, from Spain, WA, Victoria and SA, while the 7th is partnered with The Foraging Quail’s own house cocktail.

“Not only do I have the opportunity to pay it forward but so do diners. Their meal helps pay for another meal for someone way less fortunate.”

Tickets priced at $150 per head are limited, so book quickly to ensure a place.

Paying it Forward
When: Wednesday, 11 November 2015 at 7pm
To Book: phone 07 3358 6414
Location: The Foraging Quail, 148 Merthyr Rd, New Farm, Brisbane

Cant make it but still want to help?  Make a donation to Hospitality with Heart’s all-the-frills dinner for struggling families in Logan here.

The 7- Course Omnivore Menu
Spanish Mackerel Crudo, Saffron Onions, Orange, Capers, Bread, Verjuice and Grapes
With 2009 Juve y Camps ‘Reserve Cava’ Penedes, ESP

Jowl, Apple and Celeriac, Sweetbreads, Truffle Popcorn, Celery and Fennel Herb
With 2013 Ossian ‘Quintaluna’ Verdejo, Rueda, ESP

Saltbush Lamb Belly, Heirloom Tomato, Smoked Cheese and Dehydrated Tomato Consommé
With 2011 O. Fournier (Urban) Tempranillo, Ribera Del Dueru, ESP

Kangaroo, Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts and Pumpkin
With 2010 Leeuwin Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, WA   

Beef, Mushroom Forest, Confit Garlic, Mustard Mayonnaise, Peas and Wattle Seed
With 2013 Yabby Lake ‘Single Vineyard’ Syrah, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Cheese Course Blue Cheese Parfait, Baby Pear, Lavosh and Lemon Myrtle Black Current
With 2014 Oliver’s Taranga Fiano McLaren Vale, SA    

Nine Textures of Chocolate, Peanut Butter Log and Moss
With The Foraging Quail Cocktail

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