1. Want to dine at Bistro Bruno Loubet with an FT Food & Drink Journalist?

    For the second year running, The FT joins forces with some of the world’s leading restaurants to offer readers the chance to bid for lunches with two dozen of their star editors & writers, to raise money for Sightsavers, which fights blindness in the developing world. Proceeds of the online auction,  hosted by Ebay from December 1 to 11

    We’re delighted that one of the restaurants taking part is Bistrot Bruno Loubet in London.  You can find Bruno’s restaurant on Great British Chefs website and recipes from his Festive Menu (including the gorgeous Chocolate & Drambuie Truffles pictured above) are also in our Great British Chefs Feastive App. Other restaurants include Le Gavroche, The Ivy, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, and  Le Bernardin and The Modern in New York; The Principal in Hong Kong; Il Vino d’Enrico Bernardo in Paris and Fischers Fritz in Berlin.

    In 2010, thanks to readers’ generosity, the FT raised £45,000 from our restaurant auction in aid of the charity Action Against Hunger. This year they’re looking to raise more as they’ve we have added restaurants & FT writers around the world, in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Berlin in addition to London.

    The FT’s food and drink team are included amongst the 24 writers up for auction: Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s leading authorities on wine; Rowley Leigh, their cooking columnist who is also a professional chef in London; and Nick Lander,  their restaurant correspondent and a former restaurateur.

    The FT said: “Standard Chartered bank is generously matching donations to the FT appeal, pound for pound, and the British government is doing the same for contributions from the UK public. So successful lunch bidders could see their donations tripled – a huge incentive for giving.”

    For full details of the FT lunchers, the restaurants they are paired with, and terms and condition of the auction, go to www.ebay.co.uk/ftappeal