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Borough Market traders come together for Beirut

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Arabica and Juma are raising much-needed relief funds with their special set menu offers

Two of Borough Market’s traders will be donating funds from sales of special set menus to support the people of Beirut following the recent tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen, which has strong connections with Lebanon, will be introducing a new initiative called Pass It On. A new set menu priced at £35 is available all day, Thursday-Sunday, until 31st August, including a complimentary glass of Lebanese wine and a dessert. £10 of each order goes to select Lebanese charities. In addition, the restaurant will be donating £2 to charity from every bottle of Lebanese wine sold between now and the end of September.

Eighty per cent of funds raised from Arabica’s set menu will go to the Impact Lebanon charity, 10 per cent to help rebuild Arabica’s friends’ café, Kalei Coffee, and 10 per cent to help rebuild Baffa House, a boutique guesthouse located in a historic building in Beirut, both of which were badly affected by the explosion.

Borough Market Kitchen’s Iraqi food stall Juma Kitchen is creating a £35 Lebanese-Iraqi vegan set menu, available on Fridays and Saturdays from 28th August to the end of September. Diners will be able to add extras of meat, fish and the stall’s famous meat dumplings. Fifty per cent of the profits will go to Impact Lebanon and Cafi, an Iraqi charity. The stall will be located in the pavilion in Jubilee Place where Lebanese artists will exhibit their work.

“Baghdad and Beirut are both dealing with so much right now and I thought it would be a nice way to raise funds while creating awareness as to what is happening out there,” says Juma’s founder, the British-Iraqi chef Phil Juma.

Borough Market’s managing director Darren Henaghan comments: “Our traders have always found ways to support people in need during times of crisis. For Juma and Arabica the crisis in Beirut is a personal one, so we are proud to be able to help them in finding ways to offer their support to the people in Lebanon.”