Exeter Chiefs Charity Dinner hosted by Gareth Steenson & Michael Caines


March 27, 2024

March 27, 2024


£200 per person

Join us for a celebration of food, wine and all things rugby! Michael Caines and head chef Craig Beecham from Sandy Park create a menu championing produce of Devon followed by a Q&A with Gareth Steenson and an auction to raise money for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation charity.

This special gala dinner which will commence at 7pm with aperitifs and canapés followed by a Q&A with Gareth Steenson for your chance to hear about his career on the pitch. After dinner, there will be a traditional auction held in the room, with Rugby mementos!

Enjoy a six-course collaborative menu with Michael Caines and the Exeter Chiefs own head Chef Craig Beecham. Each course will be paired with matching wines and will begin with a glass of Champagne and canapes.

Brought to Sandy Park in 2008 from the Cornish Pirates, Dungannon-born playmaker Gareth Steenson is well and truly part of the folklore of Exeter Rugby Club having been at the forefront of Exeter’s rise out of the Championship and their subsequent rise to Premiership and European champions. Having settled quickly into life in Devon in those early days, the years that followed saw Steenson establish himself as one of the deadliest goalkickers not just in England, but in Europe. Join Gareth and Michael for an evening of sporting anecdotes and rugby tales uniquely paired with Michael’s famed cuisine.

The evening is in aid of the Exeter Chiefs Foundation, a fundraising organisation committed to improving the prosperity of the communities they serve by incorporating sport and donations in their work to enrich people’s lives. It exists with a key aim of helping other charities.

All money raised by Exeter Chiefs Foundation is donated to worthy causes in and around the city of Exeter with a focus on supporting ‘tangible’ investments. Since its creation, the projects the Foundation has supported have included funding building and renovation works, the installation of play equipment, IT suites, and donating a range of vehicles – from minibuses to boats, from community kitchen hubs to specialised access equipment.

Founded in 2011 by Exeter Rugby Club’s Chairman, Tony Rowe CBE, the team of trustees was drawn from the Exeter Chiefs board of directors and the local business community. As well as deciding on how the charity’s money is shared, the trustees organise several fundraising events each year to add to the funds generated by the wider foundation from which people and projects can apply for grants.

All charities, community groups and organisations in the greater Exeter area can apply for funds – either as a matchday charity or as one-off donations through the Foundation’s grant programme.

The Foundation to date has raised close to £3million and helped over 150 projects, charities, and organisations.

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Exeter Chiefs Charity Dinner hosted by Gareth Steenson & Michael Caines

Wednesday 27th March 2024


Michael Caines

2020 Lympstone Manor Estate Classic Cuvée, Devon, England


Wild mushroom ragu

Parmesan cheese bun, parsley emulsion

Craig Beacham

2022 Chardonnay, Forma de Arte, Quinta do Casal, Tejo, Portugal


Lyme Bay crab

Compressed watermelon, dill mayonnaise, seaweed cracker, Exmoor caviar

Craig Beacham

2022 Isabeau Rosé, Lympstone Manor Estate, Devon, England


Shellfish chowder

Spring vegetables, mussels, smoked eel, oyster velouté

Michael Caines

2018 Hermitage Blanc, Chante-Alouette, Chapoutier, Rhône Valley, France


Creedy Carver chicken

Hen of the woods, celeriac and truffle, Madeira cream sauce

Michael Caines

2018 Luke’s Pinot Noir, Balfour, Hush Heath Estate, Kent, England


Loin of lamb

Crispy lamb belly, wild garlic, confit tomato, truffle potato cake, purple sprouting, split lamb jus

Craig Beacham

2016 Chateau des Antonins, Bordeaux Supérieur, France


Yorkshire rhubarb mousse

Poached rhubarb, confit lemon, rhubarb and vanilla sorbet

2020 Coteaux du Layon, Cuvee Thomas, Domaine Essarts, Loire Valley, France


Coffee & Petit Fours

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