Bath FoodCycle and The Pantry Partnership

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Last Friday, we provided support to Salisbury-based social enterprise The Pantry Partnership at an Indian-themed event to celebrate Diwali. The event raised funds for The Pantry Partnership’s projects in Ghana and the UK, which support people who have little or no access to food or cooking equipment.

We served 60 guests a three course feast of traditional Indian food including home made breads, Matter Paneer (pea and cheese curry; highly recommended) and dahl with tamarind rice, and a carrot halva with saffron cream and fruit salad for dessert. True to The Pantry Partnership and FoodCycle cause, surplus food from the local Sainsbury’s was transformed into unique Indian style appetisers including baby corn pakoras, Indian style bruschetta and spicy Brussels sprout lollipops. The Pantry Partnership’s Founder and event organiser Fiona Ollerhead told guests, “If you are given Brussels sprouts you cook with Brussels sprouts! The Pantry Partnership is all about being environmentally efficient and making the best of the food that we have”.

Fiona kindly gave me the opportunity to chat to a few guests about FoodCycle; most of them were attracted by my FoodCycle t-shirt, which was rather different to the saris and turbans that most of them were dressed in! All were enthusiastic about our work and the surplus starters, plates of which had to be constantly refilled by the outstanding Indian chef George and myself working in the kitchen.

Participating guests were dressed in colourful saris and entertained with traditional Indian dancing by the Salisbury Malayalees, an Indian youth dance troupe. We finished off the evening by joining in with some Bollywood dance moves to the Slumdog Millionaire song ‘Jai-ho!’

By Pascal Cissé

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Newsletter #2, New volunteer slots for this week’s session!

New slots available for this week’s cooking session and thank you to last week’s volunteers!

This week’s newsletter is just a short update on our cooking sessions!

Due to popular demand we are opening up more cooking slots for volunteers, some original sessions beginning at 4.30pm and a few for busy bees who can only make it after 7pm! These have been added to the rota, head over to foodcycle.org.uk, go to “log into your foodcycle group” and once you’re in the Bath Hub click on ‘volunteer’ to see the rota. If you aren’t on the website yet, see the bottom of the newsletter for how to sign up!

Thank you to all our volunteers for helping out this week– we produced a fantastic three course meal from our donated food! It was an awesome evening with diners enjoying the foodcycle atmosphere! With only a few minor hiccups – (new ovens always get the better of you!) we are well on track to make each week better and better. Remember to bring mp3 players so we can have some music in the kitchen! 

Drivers!

With regular cooking sessions becoming a reality we are in need of drivers (with cars!) to help move the donated food from Sainsbury’s to the location of our cooking sessions. This will usually be between 9am and 10.30am and 9pm to 10pm (but can be flexible if needed!) on the day of our sessions. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who might be interested and able to help us!

If you are able to give up your time to help us transport food and equipment to and from our venues, please email bathfoodcycle@gmail.com and put the subject re: Drivers

Final note

A reminder for everyone who wants to be involved in cooking.. you need to sign up on the website and do the Health and Safety Quiz before you can cook with us. This is also where I’ll be sending the newsletters and rotas out from so it’s quite important you sign up even if you don’t want to attend a cooking session!

  • o To do this go to www.foodcycle.org.uk
  • o On the top of the page there will be a little headline saying volunteer, and do the test and fill in the details
  • o Once you have done this, you will be able to access all the bits and pieces on the foodcycle website, such as the rota!

As ever, if you would like to get more involved with Foodcycle or have an idea of event you think we should be involved in, drop me an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing people on Wednesday and hope everyone else is having a great week!

Alice & the Foodcycle Team!

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November Newsletter #1

 

Hello fellow foodcyclers!

Cooking Sessions begin, fundraising coming up and Bath Foodcycle wins an award….

 

This Wednesday is the first of our new cooking sessions at St Mary’s Church on Julian Road. A very exciting time for Foodcycle and a culmination of hours of hard work by our dedicated volunteers so something definitely worth celebrating!

To those volunteers who have signed up on the rota, our Food coordinator Phil will be getting in touch with you to go over last minute arrangements. If you have signed up to be a reserve chef we will be in touch in the days leading up to the session if someone is unable to make it. This is a really crucial role so thank you to everyone who puts themselves down to be our last minute hero! There is still a space for a reserve chef for next week (28th) so if you are interested put your name down quickly before it goes!

Now for the important bit: if you have signed up for the cooking sessions please be aware of the following health and safety guidelines: please don’t wear any nail varnish, jewelry and if you are able to put your hair up you bring something with you to do this. Kitchens are messy places so please wear something you don’t mind getting grubby! We will provide aprons for you to wear.

As this is our first session in a new place, it would be helpful to bring some extra bits of kitchen equipment with you so if you are able to bring chopping knives it would be very helpful! Also, feel free to bring music and speakers if you have any! Who doesn’t love cooking to decent tunes!

If you aren’t signed up on our website you won’t be able to see the rota; for details of how to do this please see the bottom of the newsletter.

Drivers!

With regular cooking sessions becoming a reality we are in need of drivers (with cars!) to help move the donated food from Sainsbury’s to the location of our cooking sessions. This will usually be between 9am and 10.30am and 9pm to 10pm (but can be flexible if needed!) on the day of our sessions. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who might be interested and able to help us!

If you are able to give up your time to help us transport food and equipment to and from our venues, please email bathfoodcycle@gmail.com and put the subject re: Drivers

 

Zurich students support Foodcycle!

Two groups of Bath University students have taken on the “Zurich Challenge”, to raise money and create awareness for Foodcycle! This initiative sees the groups complete a challenge set by a charity to complete by the end of November and the two teams have been hard at work planning fundraising opportunities! Show your support if you are in the area by going along to their food stalls!

Our creative challenge group will be in Bath University hosting a bake sale on Tuesday the 20th of November to raise money for their advertising campaign, check the facebook group for location in the near future!

The cook off challenge group will be around Union street on Friday the 30th of November between 1pm and 5pm so hunt them out and buy some of their delicious home cooked snacks and treats!

 

Bath Foodcycle wins award!!  

At the end of October National Foodcycle held its annual conference in London, inviting volunteers from hubs all over the country to gather and discuss all things foodwaste! Everyone found it really inspiring to speak to other hubs and hear how their hubs work and to trade tips and ideas. There was an awards presentation and we won the award for Community Outreach and building connections in the community! An awesome accolade, well done everyone!

 

Final note

A reminder for everyone who wants to be involved in cooking.. you need to sign up on the website and do the Health and Safety Quiz before you can cook with us. This is also where I’ll be sending the newsletters and rotas out from so it’s quite important you sign up even if you don’t want to attend a cooking session!

  • o To do this go to www.foodcycle.org.uk
  • o On the top of the page there will be a little headline saying volunteer, and do the test and fill in the details
  • o Once you have done this, you will be able to access all the bits and pieces on the foodcycle website, such as the rota!

As ever, if you would like to get more involved with Foodcycle or have an idea of event you think we should be involved in, drop me an email at bathfoodcycle@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing people on Wednesday and hope everyone else is having a great week!

Alice & the Foodcycle Team!

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