Feb 28, 2019

FRAHA hosts the press launch for Birmingham’s first Parkinson’s UK ‘Secret Supper’!

A ‘Secret Supper’ for Parkinson’s UK is coming to Birmingham, and we’re in on the secret! On April 9th, Birmingham will experience an exciting dining event with a twist. Based around St Paul’s Square, guests will enjoy three delicious courses at three different Jewellery Quarter restaurants, with the location of each course being kept a secret until the night. It’s the first ‘Secret Supper’ in Birmingham and FRAHA had loads of fun hosting the press launch!

Why a press launch?

To whet Birmingham’s appetite for the very first Parkinson’s UK Secret Supper, and future Secret Suppers, we thought it would be a great idea to get all our local press and bloggers involved! So, we hosted a press launch on Wednesday 13th February at the charming and popular Italian restaurant, Pasta Di Piazza.

What went down at the press launch?

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, and speakers from Parkinson’s UK gave moving and insightful speeches about their personal experiences with Parkinson’s and with people close to them who are suffering with the condition.

The Lord Mayor shared how much her father’s struggle with Parkinson’s affected his daily life and their collective family life. She shed light on the important work that Parkinson’s UK do for people and families suffering with a condition that “not many people talk about” but that we need to and should do.

“Our lives are not just about ourselves, but about helping, inspiring and encouraging other individuals.

“Your money, but most importantly, your time, is really valuable to making a difference to people who are suffering with Parkinson’s” said Lord Mayor, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito.

The Lord Mayor thanked and praised FRAHA and Gayle from Parkinson’s UK Birmingham & Black Country, for raising awareness for an important charity which offers vital and specialised support to people and families suffering with the condition.

Barrie Smith, a volunteer and ambassador for Parkinson’s UK, also spoke about his personal experience:

“Parkinson’s is life changing; it affects you in many ways and seriously complicates your life.

Parkinson’s UK supported my family through one of the most difficult periods of our lives. We wouldn’t have coped as well as we did without them…their continuance is absolutely necessary.”

The team at FRAHA, as well as our guests, learned so much about Parkinson’s and the important work that Parkinson’s UK carry out from our speakers and we are delighted to report that the Press Evening went incredibly well! The drinks and conversation were flowing, and our guests loved the delicious Italian canape spread which was wonderfully prepared for us by Pasta Di Piazza.

We’re so grateful to everyone who came along, to the Lord Mayor, and to Barrie and Gayle from Parkinson’s UK, who all so generously shared their experiences with Parkinson’s.

The FRAHA team are even more determined after the Press Evening to help make the Secret Supper a success! We, along with Gayle, have high hopes to keep the Secret Supper going annually to raise much-needed awareness for this fantastic cause, in a fun way that showcases the best of Birmingham and its culinary delights!

What else we’ve been busy with…

As well as being one of the drinks sponsors, along with Jewellery Quarter based Sonny’s Jewellery and Jones Davey Legal Search Consultants, for the Secret Supper drinks reception at the iconic Jam House, we’ve also been providing media support to get things off the ground with the Secret Supper. From press releases and digital content creation, to organising, hosting and sponsoring the food and drink for the press launch, and helping to organise the Secret Supper itself, we’ve had lots of fun getting stuck into this exciting project, all for a truly brilliant and much-needed charity.

A little bit more about the Secret Supper…

The Secret Supper is a unique, multi-dining experience centred around the Jewellery Quarter’s St Paul’s Square, where guests will visit three different restaurants for three different courses, with the exact location of their courses being kept a secret until the evening.

The six restaurants taking part in the Secret Supper are; award-winning steak restaurant, Anderson’s Bar & Grill, modern Italian restaurant popular for its fresh seafood dishes, Cucina Rustica, the beautiful St Paul’s House, serving simple and tasty food, Mediterranean restaurant specialising in tapas dishes, Locanta, rustic Italian restaurant, Pasta Di Piazza, and a Birmingham favourite – music venue and restaurant, The Jam House, which will also be hosting the drinks reception and charity raffle for Parkinson’s UK. Guests will find out at the drinks reception, which three of the six named restaurants they’ll be dining at for each course!

How you can get involved

Buy a ticket

To buy your ticket for the Secret Supper, please click HERE (they’re selling fast so get your skates on!)

Spread the word

Tell your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours all about the Secret Supper and about Parkinson’s UK!

Make sure you spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using these hashtags:

#SecretSupper #ParkinsonsUK #Birmingham #JewelleryQuarter

Or feel free to follow, like, retweet and share posts from us and Gayle at Parkinson’s:

Twitter: @GaylePUKBhamBC / @FRAHAUK

Instagram: @parkinsonsmidlands / @fraha.uk

Facebook: Parkinson’s UK Fundraiser Birmingham & Black Country / FRAHA

BrumHour Radio Parkinsons UK #SecretSupper (36:36)

Future Secret Suppers

If you’re a venue that’s interested in being involved with future Secret Suppers, get in touch with us at [email protected] to register your interest!

To learn more about Parkinson’s and how you can get involved with fundraising for Parkinson’s UK, click HERE