A filled-to-capacity Central Café at Heathlands Village was the venue for The Fed’s inaugural Whisky & Cholent Evening on January 16th.

Presented by Ben Burrows, representing independent bottlers and distributors, Gordon & McPhail, the event, arranged by whisky expert Graham Burns, attracted an audience of more than 80 and raised over £3,000 towards The Fed’s essential services.

A selection of eight Gordon & McPhail single malt whiskies, coupled with five locally-sourced cholents, were on offer for tasting.

Raphi Bloom, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Fed, described the evening as ‘huge success’.

“The evening was a great opportunity to raise vital money for The Fed, and to showcase our fantastic facilities at Heathlands Village to a crowd who ranged in age from early twenties to over 100!,” he said.

Ari Steinberg – The Cholent Connoisseur – delivered his expert opinion on the differing tastes and textures of five dishes, catered by Dovid’s Deli, Celia Clyne, The Heimishe Kitchen, Shefa Mehadrin and Heathlands Village, which provided much-needed interludes between the evening’s alcoholic offerings.

A rare, 30 year-old Miltonduff, one of only 110 bottles ever produced, was raffled and won by Ben Rose, celebrating his 33rd birthday on the night with a group of friends!