The Economic Times (02 June 2016)
Virat Kohli, along with Smile Foundation, will host a charity gala dinner in Mumbai on June 3, where chef Vikas Khanna will be serving up for Kohli’s close cricketing friends, including Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. But someone who seems to be missing out on the action is Sachin Tendulkar. While the cricketer has been invited, he seems to be staying under the radar, thanks to the recent comic drama with Tanmay Bhat. Tendulkar hasn’t sent his RSVP yet but Kohli is hoping he’ll be there. Perhaps the menu will tempt him. The cricketers will enjoy an elaborate sit-down dinner with lobster carpaccio, poached pear carpaccio, green asparagus soup, apricot braised lamb loin and Chilean sea bass, with chocolate hazelnut mousse and pralines for dessert.
The evening will also witness an auction of products like paintings by Anjolie Ela Menon, Seema Kohli and Babu Xavier, Tissot skeleton watches and limited edition Montegrappa pens. The foundation aims to raise Rs 50 lakh towards the cause of educating underprivileged children. Also on the auction block is Chris Gayle’s bat… the willow kind.