Wine and dine 4  Rod

Chef Jonnie Pratt will be cooking up a South African storm at the Bistro des Z’Artes in Almancil on June 6 to help raise funds to pay for a life-saving kidney transplant for British resident Rod Smyth.

Having suffered with diabetes since childhood, Rod was diagnosed with kidney failure 10 years ago, one month after the birth of his daughter Phoebe, and has been on a transplant waiting list ever since (see the Algarve Resident edition, March 13, 2009).

For the all inclusive price of 40 euros per person, diners can enjoy a seven course meal with a selection of South African wines.

The seven courses will include a welcome cocktail with Graham Beck Brut, the sparkling wine chosen by both Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama for their inaugurations. This will be followed by canapés of boerewors in a braai sauce, biltong, tomato, avocado and buttermilk soup shots  and sweet potato fritters with Cape Malay pickled fish, among others.

This will be followed by an avocado mousse with venison carpaccio starter accompanied by a Thelema Chardonnay 2006 before the fish course. The meat course will include pan fried ostrich fillet followed by a cheese course, then dessert, coffee and petit fours.

Chef Jonnie Pratt is charging the food out at cost, his staff will be volunteering their services for free and Bill Godley from Prime Wines is sponsoring the wine so that 30 euros from the price of each meal will be donated to Rod’s fund.

Meanwhile, Touchelle, Rod’s wife, has already raised more than 15,000 euros of the minimum 30,000 euro target. To help raise the final amount, a Wine and Dine 4 Rod promotion will be running throughout the summer. This will involve six smaller venues hosting sponsored gourmet evenings for up to 40 people each with a silent auction.

At the end of the summer, Touchelle is planning a major summer ball, the location of which is yet to be announced, to launch Rod on his journey to gain a new kidney and a new lease of life.

Any funds not used directly for the operation and Rod’s living expenses in the UK will be split between charities in the UK and Portugal as both countries have contributed massively to Rod’s wellbeing.

For more information, please visit the website at call Touchelle on 919 910 139 or email To book for the meal on June 6 please call 919 407 366.