Earlier this week I went to my first ever Supper Club! When I heard about this one, being hosted by Elizabeth and Khyati, both women I know from running and fitness events, I was really excited. They promised home cooked vegetarian food at Nanna’s Café in Islington. Not only that, all proceeds were going to FoodCycle and all the food being used was wasted food – food shops and restaurants threw out.
FoodCycle is a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food, and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. I know people still think of ‘surplus’ food as somehow being icky (for want of a better word) but it is perfectly fit for consumption. As I learnt during the evening, sometimes the packaging has a mistake and that’s why the food has been thrown out. FoodCycle provide delicious, healthy meals, reduce food wastage, and tackle the issue of food sustainability.
Not only did the proceeds go to FoodCycle but the evening was a brilliant opportunity to find out more about the work they do in local communities. I will definitely be volunteering at one of my local Hubs and taking part in the Breadline Challenge later on this month. More information about both of these as at the bottom of the post.
The Supper Club
The three course meal was all prepared by Elizabeth, Khyati and Karishma using surplus food from local shops and supermarkets, including the nearby Planet Organic. For starters we were served, fresh bread, crudites, and a selection of hummus donated by ChicP who make the dip using surplus ingredients. Their carrot, ginger, and turmeric hummus was my favourite and if I had been alone I would have quite easily finished the whole tub.
I actually snuck into the kitchen before the main course arrived so I knew they were going to be delicious. Winter salad followed winter salad and all of them were made from seasonal produce. There was a kale, almond, and apple one I particularly loved! There were two options for dessert – raw banana and coconut cake or a bread pudding made from croissants. As my heart is made out of croissants I picked that one. It was the perfect end to the meal.
What Happens Next?
FoodCycle’s work doesn’t end with this SupperClub. Like I said at the beginning of the post, you can volunteer at one of their Hubs (all the information is here) and you can also take part in their Breadline Challenge. All the information about that is here and it is definitely something I want to try. I don’t know if I can live on a food budget of £2.50 per day but, as I said, I am going to try.
Reducing food waste is so, so important. I urge you all to think twice before you throw something out because it doesn’t ‘look right’ or stale. This Supper Club taught me a lot and just seeing how much food and the variety of food that is thrown out was very eye opening.
LondonETC is a new series I am starting on the blog and the fist post is going live on Monday! Not only that but it stars the one and only…..Elizabeth! Make sure you come back then because I am so excited and have a very good feeling about it.