How far would you go for your favorite meal?
There’s no place like home, but you never know where life is going to take you. You may wind up living hundreds or thousands of miles away from where you were raised, but you may miss some of the things that you moved away from.
Cuisine can be a huge factor in making you miss home, especially if you’re not satisfied with the local food options offered where you end up. Some British people who now reside in France are going to get a little taste of home when a restaurant flies in their meals.
A Christmas Meal
Back in 2014, Roy Buchan stopped into his favorite Indian restaurant called The Akash to get his favorite curry, and he had to travel a long way to get it. The business has been serving up delectable curry in Southsea, England since 1978, and Roy was a regular customer when he lived there.
Ten years ago though, he emigrated to Caen, Normady in France with his wife Jan, and he hasn’t been satisfied with the curry his new home has to offer.
Roy and Jan went to visit their son in Portsmouth just before Christmas. They stopped in the restaurant to purchase over 100 pounds worth of food that they took to France to be devoured later. “Instead of turkey and all the trimmings, we go for curry,” said Roy. He heated up his favorite meal for Christmas day.
The restaurant’s owner Faz Ahmed was impressed by Roy’s devotion to his food. He explained, “This is the first time we have ever had anyone take their takeaway to another country before – and for Christmas Day as well.”
Faz was so moved that he’s decided to bring a massive meal to many hungry Brits now living in France.
Meal With a Mission
Curry-lovers of France have been invited to an airport in Bordeaux to partake in a one-of-a-kind take-out dinner provided by The Akash. For the price of 32 pounds, people can choose a type of curry (like Chicken Tikki Masala, Vegetable Paneer Korai, and Lamb Balti), a vegetable side, and naan that will arrive by a chartered flight.
The Curry By Air Service page on the restaurant’s website reads,
“On 13 January 2018, a TBM700 aircraft operated by Iroise Aéro Formation, will depart from Brest Airport for Lee- On-Solent Airfield in the south of the UK. Once there, it will consist of your food order, which will then be flown to Bordeaux Saucats Airfield, located in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan wine region. Curry lovers are cordially invited to the airfield on 13/1/18 from 7pm, for an evening of curry and good company.”
Customers will also be given a drink and rice.
The idea was inspired by Roy, who pioneered bringing The Akash to France. His fellow France-residing-Brit France James Avery, a pilot, also loved the restaurant. With this in mind, Faz thought he knew of a way to get his loyal customers his curry more often.
According to James, “I have been a loyal customer of the Akash for close to 20 years. Every time I popped in for a meal, I would complain about the bland and uninspiring version of Indian food we get in France. It was on one of these visits that Faz first floated the idea of delivering one to me at home in Bordeaux.”
Faz and James got in touch with the flight schools Iriose Aero Formation, BCA Chartered Accountants, His and Her Story, Global Foods, Snows BMW, Southsea Laundry Company, and Digital Dinos. Collectively, they arranged and sponsored the massive meal delivery.
Faz initially thought that it just wouldn’t work out at first, but so many people supported the interesting idea that it came together perfectly.
“Many of our customers have purchased meals for those we intend to send the food out to,” Faz began. “It is an expensive thing to do but will be worth every penny when we pull it off. I’m excited. We are so appreciative of those who have supported us in making this happen.”
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