Ari’s Food Safari – 2015

 

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Left to right: Sean Murray, Mark Rotolone, Vanessa Diana, Damian Griffiths, David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral

When restaurant proprietors Mark Rotolone and Vanessa Diana lost their son, Ari to mitochondrial disease last year they set about fundraising the best way they knew how – with food. With help from fellow restaurateurs, they organised “Ari’s Safari”, a progressive dinner that sold out and raised $21,000 for the Mito Foundation.

This year’s event was also a sellout. Two brightly coloured London style double decker buses transported diners to the different venues for drinks and a course at each – Kwan Brothers, Vine Restaurant Bar, E’cco Bistro and Chester Street dessert bar with an after party at Alfred & Constance.

Guests, besides enjoying outstanding food, were entertained by jugglers, flame throwers and a Chinese dragon dance.

“We fundraise because there is no cure and no answers,” Mark said. “Over a year has passed since we lost Ari and there has still been no definite cause. We want to make a difference and held find answers.”Left to right: Sean Murray, Mark Rotolone, Vanessa Diana, Damian Griffiths, David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral

The evening was a huge success, and Mark and Vanessa presented the Mito Foundation CEO, Sean Murray with a cheque for $24,375. Plans are under way for a bigger and better event in 2016.

Thank you so much Mark and Vanessa for being the impetus behind Ari’s Food Safari. Thank you also to Philip Johnson for hosting the main course at his E’cco bistro, Damian Griffiths, the driving force behind the event, and everyone else who made the night such a success.