An Evening of Food, Fun & Philanthropy

Gallery Helios is organising an awareness session on Friday, 21 January 2011, for Gabriel Teo and the Tana River Life Foundation.

Gabriel Teo, the founder of Tana River Life Foundation is back in town and Gallery Helios is hosting a session for Gabriel to meet folks who have contributed or supported the foundation. There will be some children’s art for sale, the proceeds of which will be contributed to the foundation. Gabriel will update us on the inspiring work the foundation has been doing as well as the progress on the past year’s projects. The takings for the dinner will be donated to the foundation.

Time : Friday, January 21 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location : Gallery Helios, 38 Petain Road, Singapore

Gabriel has been living and working with the poor in rural Kenya since 1995. In 2005, he founded Tana River Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation, which supports sustainable living in rural Kenya. This foundation helps women and children from poor villages in the Tana River delta receive education and obtain skills to achieve self-sufficiency. He believes that when mothers are provided a means to a livelihood, their children will be fed and educated, thereby creating a virtuous cycle. Gabriel builds schools, gives out scholarships, promotes sustainable agriculture and helps women supplement their family incomes through the sale of second-hand items donated in Singapore and Malaysia.

More information on the Tana River Life Foundation is available at

There will also be some children’s art for sale during the evening.

This event is ticketed at $80 per person, which includes wine and a selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by JAM, a young, innovative trio of culinary talent recently featured in Epicure Asia Magazine and the Business Times.

The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Foundation.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 19 January 2011.



Savoury Palate Pleasers

~Insalata Caprese~

jambu manis, sweet basil, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes

~Forest of Mushrooms~

sautéed Swiss browns, champignons and fresh shitake in pastry shells

~Bún Rau Việt Nam~

rice vermicelli, fresh herbs, julienned vegetables and a savoury Vietnamese dipping sauce

~Meatball Marinara~

pork and beef meatballs with a homemade marinara sauce

~Salmon & Capers~

smoked salmon and capers on cream cheese filled pastry shells

~TAP Salad~

diced tomato, avocado and prawns with a kaffir lime dressing


Sweet Palate Pleasers

~Bananas Calypso~

pisang raja flambé and gula Melaka syrup in pastry shells

~Apple Cinnamon & Water Chestnut~

apple cinnamon compote, water chestnut and grenadine sprinkles in pastry shells

~Sea Salt Caramel~

macarons with salted caramel filling

We had 2 great events over the weekend

Over the weekend of the 7-8th March, we hosted 2 events for the Tana River Life Foundation. Saturday dinner at Palate

Gabriel presenting at Buko Nero

Gabriel presenting at Buko Nero

Sensations, the gourmet cooking school and Sunday lunch at the “hard-to-get-in” Buko Nero.

Thanks to over 40 of you who showed up to meet Gabriel and learn about the foundation. We enjoyed great food, wonderful company and were inspired by the work Gabriel has been doing in Africa since 1995. TRLF received offers for water purification systems and solar energy, as well as cash contributions.

The very talented Michelle sang her original songs for us on Saturday . She has also offered to write and record a song specially for Tana River Life Foundation. Thank you Michelle.

3 of the 6 art pieces were sold and we also received requests to commission works similar to those that were sold out.

Gabriel will be in touch with you.

Meet Gabriel this weekend

Gabriel is back in town. Most of you are keen to meet him again after a year. He’ll be speaking about the progress he has made in the last 12 months, and the new projects he’ll embarking on this year. Find  how you can play a part. Darren Smith, Wong Lee Yuen, Wong Fang Chin and I are co-hosting 2 events this coming weekend. We’ll be really happy to see you there. We’ve picked venues that are destinations in themselves : the private kitchen of Palate Sensations cooking school, which was featured in last weekend’s papers, and Buko Nero, the ever popular Italian restaurant with a one month waiting list. Cut quene by joining us for lunch this Sunday.

Here are the details :

Dinner at Palate Sensations Cooking School

Date : 7th March 2009

Time : 7.30pm

Venue : Palate Sensations, 1 Westbourne Road, #03-05 Aden, Singapore 138941

Menu : 3 course set dinner at $60 per head

Contact Iris Tay for details and to RSVP

Lunch at Buko Nero

Date : 8th March 2009

Time : 12.30pm

Venue : Buko Nero, 126 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088534

Menu : 5 course set lunch at $65 per head

Buko Nero is a Fusion Italian restaurant with a seating capacity of 22, and a waiting list of a month. We managed to book the entire restuarant for this lunch. Seats are limited and you don’t need to wait for a month to get it.

Contact Iris Tay or Darren Smith for details and to RSVP