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December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

Issue 2 – December 2012

The Christmas season is upon us, and as a time well-known for over indulgence, why not take a different approach and make it a more sustainable one with a focus on buying seasonal, locally sourced food and drink and planning your event to be a little more ethical?
 
This month we are featuring one of our founder member's Vinceremos, the UK’s longest established organic wine importers. Find out what we’ve been up to over the last month. Included are some top tips from our maître d' Ted the dog on how to make your Christmas more sustainable. Ted has also selected his favourite-five seasonal winter produce.
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This month we’re featuring Vinceremos, the UK’s longest established organic wine importers, offering a comprehensive range of the best organic drinks available.
·         Over 300 organic wines from around the world, including many biodynamic options, Fairtrade and Fairly Traded wines from South Africa, Chile and Argentina, and a small ‘no added sulphur’ selection.
·         British and European organic beers, ciders and perries
·         100% pure fruit organic juices
·         Fair Trade and organic liqueurs and spirits.
Further information about why to choose an organic, vegan, biodynamic or fairtrade wine over a regular bottle, can be found at www.vinceremos.co.uk.
 
Vinceremos is offering some great deals on Christmas Spirits. Don’t miss out, get in touch with lesley@vinceremos.co.uk

Think.Eat.Drink Events
 
With seasonal menus, a focus on healthy eating and environmental responsibility, the team at Think.Eat.Drink Events can help you organise and deliver your personal or private event. Drop us a line at events@thinkeatdrink.co.uk and we can discuss how we can help. 
For some testimonials and case studies have a look at our events page. Also check out for the first time the video on You Tube which our Jamie G-S took, of the pop up Think.Eat.Drink worked on with HRH The Prince of Wales' Charity Start UK, to show you what we can achieve. For more sustainable living tips see Start UK's fantastic website.
 

Recent and Upcoming Events
 
We have just organised and delivered a fantastic sit down bowl food experience for Argent who hosted an architectural competition for the King's Cross development site. More details to follow.
We’re also working on an event for The Long Run Venture, at the Hub Westminster, a company which aims to put entrepreneurs and young people at the heart of helping businesses achieve sustainability faster.

Happy 10th Anniversary to Fifteen Restaurant
 
T.E.D’s founder Jamie G-S helped set up and founded Fifteen Restaurant 11 years ago, but launched it 10 years ago. He and the T.E.D team are immensely proud to wish all the past and present students, as well as all staff (past and present), a Happy 10th Anniversary as well as an amazing Christmas and a fantastic, prosperous New Year. 


To find out more have a look at the before and after shots on our website

 
New T.E.D Member
 
We’re excited to welcome a new operating member, Unity Kitchen, to our T.E.D Membership Scheme. Jamie worked closely with The Camden Society to develop this fantastic concept which now has eight branches. You can read more about what he did here.
 
Unity Kitchen offers healthy, wholesome food, whether you’re grabbing breakfast to go, socialising over lunch or ordering party food to impress. Its cafes are right at the heart of community venues, so you can feed your interests too. Unity Kitchen is a social enterprise that uses the money it makes to create jobs and apprenticeships for people with disabilities to build careers in catering.
 


Platinum Founder Member Cafédirect wins Global Sustainability Award

We are pleased to announce that our Founder Member Cafedirect has won the Beyond Business award (for SMEs) from This is Africa (a Financial Times publication). The T.E.D team wish them many congratulations.

The award aims to identify and reward businesses operating in Africa for the additional work they do to further development, by exceeding best sustainable practices. To read more see here.
 

 
 

Become a T.E.D Member
 
Are you involved in the hospitality industry in any capacity such as a cafe, bar, deli, hotel or restaurant and would like to become a more responsible operator and be part of this unique project? Would you like support, advice and to link in with some amazing companies with huge amounts of experience?
 
Get in touch now and find out how we can help: membership@thinkeatdrink.co.uk
 
 
Have a Sustainable Christmas
Ted has put together his top 10 tips to make your Christmas a more sustainable one. You can check them out here.

Your guide to Ted the Mairte'd's favourite festive foods in season now

Out of season foods either need to be grown abroad and transported to the UK, or cultivated using energy intensive methods in greenhouses over here

So how do you know what’s in season? Here are Ted’s favourite-five, seasonal Christmas foods.

Thank you for reading our news and supporting us, we wish you all the best for the season and look forward to sharing more with you in 2013!

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