Tampopo has recently turned 20 years young and to celebrate the milestone the restaurant has commissioned a special, commemorative photography exhibition starring some of their most supportive, long standing, and best known fans.
The unique portraits capture a range of local “Tampopo Heroes” with their all-time favourite dish. Each of these dishes will be identified on the menu at Tampopo Albert Square, and 20p from each dish will be donated to charity for three months – that’s 20 lots of 20p all day, every day for 92 days!
The exhibition will be raising money for two separate charities:
The Tim Bacon Foundation is a charitable trust set up in the name of Living Ventures Founder, Tim Bacon who passed away from cancer in 2016. This trust is set up to support charities in the fight against cancer in all its painful guises. The first appeal to be undertaken by the Foundation is to support the Christie Hospital and University College London in their appeal to raise funds for Proton Beam Therapy centres in Manchester and London, and for Maggie’s Centres.
Project Sumatra is an educational documentary that aims to highlight the issues driving the Sumatran orangutan towards extinction. The project will show how people in Sumatra are living alongside the orangutan and how our lives in the west shape the future of these amazing creatures. Further details can be found on www.generosity.com/animal-pet-fundraising/project-sumatra-part-one-orangutans
The exhibition has been created and artistically directed by acclaimed Manchester photographer Paul Wolfgang Webster. Paul is a fine art photographer and has photographed some of the country’s most famous faces. His work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, and he is known for his natural, authentic style of portraiture. The Tampopo20 portraits feature Paul’s own take on each of the subjects, celebrating who they are and what they love about Tampopo.
The stars of the exhibition were revealed at a 20th anniversary dinner held on May 24th at Tampopo Albert Square. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the faces which you find displayed at the Albert Square restaurant….
Clint Boon – Inspiral Carpets, DJ and Radio Presenter
Favourite dish – Prawn Tempura
“When myself and Charlie decided to get married back in 2005, one of the main things on our wish list was to see if we could have our ‘wedding breakfast’ at our favourite Manchester eatery, Tampopo. We contacted them, they happily obliged and there started a lovely relationship. Twelve years on, and now with three little boys in tow, we still love Tampopo as much as we did back then. The service, the vibe and the food (obviously) are always second to none. Thanks for being part of our story Tampopo, and thanks for letting us be part of yours. Love and Ramen, The Boon Family xxx”
Justin Moorhouse, Comedian
Favourite dish – Sweet Potato Katsu
“I like coming to Tampopo because the food is fresh, and it’s the kind of place you can come on your own – it doesn’t matter whether you’re dining solo, or if there’s a big gang of you. My favourite dish is Sweet Potato Katsu Curry – I love it!
Rowetta – Singer
Favourite dish – Pad Thai Chicken
“Tampopo is a real family favourite for me. I love how it’s proper, vibrant, tasty food with loads of fresh ingredients – you can enjoy gorgeous food knowing it’s healthy too”
Julie Hesmondhalgh, Actress
Favourite dish – Vegetable Ramen
“I’ve been coming to Tampopo for years, my favourite dish is the vegetarian ramen soup (I’m a veggie) – it’s absolutely delicious.”
Phil Jones – Founder of MFDF
Favourite dish – Banana Fritters
“David and his team at Tampopo were amongst the first we spoke to about setting up the inaugural Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Now 20 festivals on, we are both still doing what we do best – celebrating fabulous food!”
Tampopo, 16 Albert Square, Manchester M2 5PF
0161 819 1966