If you’ve popped into Tampopo of late you may have stepped into a birthday photoshoot featuring 20 celeb fans from its 20 year history. Each, fork at the ready, with their favourite dish from the Manchester-spawned pan-Asian chain.
Then images have been commissioned from one of the city’s leading portrait photographers, Paul Wolfgang Webster, whose striking images have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.
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 will be revealed at a 20th anniversary dinner to be held on May 24 at the original Tampopo in Albert Square.
These unique portraits capture a range of local “Tampopo Heroes” with their all-time favourite dish. Each of these will be identified on the menu at Tampopo Albert Square, and 20p from each will be donated to charity for 3 months – that’s 20 lots of 20p all day, every day for 92 days.
The exhibition, which will be displayed at the Albert Square venue, is 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 also 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.
David Fox (below), co-founder of Tampopo said: “It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago when we made that huge leap into the unknown and launched our first Tampopo restaurant. Our little spot in the shadow of the Town Hall has been our home ever since, and we’ve seen the city transformed in that time. This exhibition is to recognise that milestone, as well as some of the fans and supporters who have helped, and eaten with us, along the way. I’m hoping that together we can raise lots of money for some great causes, too.”
Reported from Taste of Manchester - http://tasteofmanchester.com/news/tampopo-launch-20th-anniversary-charity-photo-show-with-a-host-of-manchester-faces/