The Real Junk Food Project – Chester’s first pop-up event at Wesley Church last Friday was a sweeping success.
We intercepted 34 kilos of fresh strawberries, which we made into jam (see above). In addition, we saved 10 kilos of salmon pate, chicken and bacon spread, boxes of fresh salads, dozens of breads and rolls, quiches, and pizzaz. There was Carrot Cake and Tiramisu, cherry chocolate cake, croissants and scones. There were 6 kg of fresh kale and 10 kg of spinach. There was so much food that we didn’t know how to serve, such as crabs’ claws and lobster legs. In the end, we gave the leftovers to Richmond court’s residents, a local hospice, and shared with freinds and neighbours, and the patrons of St. Barbara Orthodox Church in Chester.
We also had bought coffee and tea which were very appreciated at our event. We fed about 40 people and enjoyed a visit from Hoole Councillor and Chester Sheriff Alex Black and his wife, Lady Janet. Their kind words and evident appetites warmed our hearts and made us proud.
Special thanks gomout to our unbeliavably disciplined, savvy and kind volunteers: Vanisa Tailor, Anika Shingdia and Catrin Lewis from Chester University, and the wonderfully thoughtful Helen Blank. Of course, we also couldn’t have done this without the patience and faith in us of Andrew Herbert and the Rev. Neil Stacey.
Thank you all who stopped by and tried our food!
We are at Wesley Methodist Church again two weekends from now, 17th April. We hope to see you there again.
In the meanwhile, please check out our Facebook page for photos from the event:
And follow us Twitter: @payf_chester
Let’s spread the word about The Real Junk Food Project – Chester and find it its won premises so that it can opertae as a cafe every day of the week. There is so much great food waiting to be saved!
The uber-cool Sheriff of Chester, Councillor Alex Black and his Lady Janet broke bread with us at the first pop-up we did on Goood Friday. They were smitten by our peas and spinach soup, as well as by our youngest volunteer/waitress, 10-year old Jane Seymour.
Also, the lovely Shy who is documenting the delicious and colourful doings of The Real Junk Food Project’s Pay as You Feel cafes in the UK, came to see us. She took some great photos, and since a picture is worth more than a thousand words, I will let them speak for themselves.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the next pop-up event. Thank you to everyone who supported The Real Junk Food Project – Chester.
Ellie and Galina will be cooking with food that they have procured from major Chester supermarkets. This food would otherwise have gone to waste. Thanks to the young entrepreneurs’ kitchen savviness, it will instead be given a chance to make its debut on your plate.
So come to Wesley Methodist Church’s Cafe at 8 St.John Street, CH1 1DA in Chester city centre on Friday. Doors open at 4:30 PM and close at 6:30 PM.
Meet Ellie, Galina and their families. Tell Andrew Herbert and the Reverend Neil Stacey how thankful you are to have a hot meal and good company on the first evening of the Easter holiday. Have a chat with Councillor Alex Black and Lady Janet Black, who will be gracing the event. Last but not least, donor stores’ representatives will be there to taste the fruit of their good deed of the day, so make sure you thank them, too.
And don’t forget to invite your friends to an evening bursting with flavour, good music and good vibes.
You don’t need to RSVP. You can pay for your meals in cash or in kind, by donating your talents, skills and time to the project. We count on your discretion and your support to make this event happen again a week from the 25th March.
Thank you for caring about food and helping us to prevent food waste!
Food waste has reached remarkable proportions globally.
One growing initiative that battles food waste on a macro level by partnering with major food producers and resellers and re-distributing food that would have otherwise been wasted, is The Real Junk Food Charitable Foundation.
The organisation encourages and supports the organic development of Pay As You Feel Cafes, where fresh, delicious meals are cooked from food intercepted from the landfill. At these cafes, food and drinks are served against voluntary donations of time, skills or money.
The Pay As You Feel Cafe in Chester is now operating on a pop-up basis, using the premises of the Commnity Hub & Cafe at Wesley Methodist Church in Chester.
The Co-Directors of The Real Junk Food Project – Chester, Ellie Seymour and Galina Nasteva, are looking forward to welcoming everyone who cares about preventing and reducing food waste. They cook from scratch and serve food donated by local supermarkets. Patrons are invited to pay for their food in cash or in kind, by offering their services, skills or time for volunteering with the project.
By choosing to eat at the Pay As You Feel Cafe of The Real Junk Food Project – Chester, you choose to feed people, not bins.
Let’s really feed the world!