Love Food Hate Waste, Foodcycle and T.E.D Ambassador Valentine Warner do Feaster!
I was recently lucky enough to find myself at the Love Food Hate Waste/Foodcycle collaborative Grub Club Pop-Up, “Feaster!” at The Museum of Saint John in North London’s Farringdon. I say lucky, in actual fact it was all my own doing- long keen for an excuse to visit one of the charities’ events, I bought myself and my sister a ticket each for her Birthday earlier that month, and spent the next few weeks eagerly awaiting the 5 course banquet. I only found out after booking the tickets that it was none other than T.E.D ambassador Valentine Warner who would be providing our starter, which only added to my anticipation.
As the name suggests, Love Food Hate Waste campaigns to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste, and seeks to educate individuals, and businesses on how to save money, and protect the planet by working to reduce their own waste through a change in mentality, and behavior. Foodcycle, steered by a core full time team, and powered by an army of volunteers nationwide, have set up a number of “Foodcycle Hubs” and community cafes, spanning 10 UK cities to date.
When at last the big day arrived we made our way to the beautiful period museum set inside the walls of a Farringdon city gate, and were treated at once to a glass of prosecco, with a tangy rhubarb puree, and a selection of canapé’s including Aged Surplus Cheddar Crostini with Apple and Plum Chutney, and Roasted Cherry Tomato and Pesto Tartlets. We were then sat at long, banquet style tables and the event was introduced, first by Foodcycle founder Kelvin Cheung, and then Think.Eat.Drink’s very own Valentine Warner, who spoke earnestly but humorously on what it was about this particular cause which had compelled him to give up his Thursday evening to come along and cook Beetroot with Ravigote Sauce for 90 strangers. Our beetroot was subsequently served up by an army of friendly Foodvycle volunteers, doused in the herby ravigote and accompanied by a beautifully soft boiled egg. The main course, provided by Foodcylce volunteer chefs was also very good, a stuffed sweet onion topped with crumbled Shropshire blue, dished up with sharing sides of crushed new potatoes, tomato salad and puy lentils. The dessert of poached pears with chilli-vanilla sabayon, an apricot and pecan stuffing, fresh berries and mint was equally as delicious, and a spectacular plate to look at; and just when we thought we couldn’t eat a single bite more, out came the melt in the mouth meringues, drizzled with chocolate.
I cannot speak for the other guests at “Feaster!” but heading home with a belly full of delicious food composed from ingredients once destined for the bin, must surely have left us all feeling inspired, more than ever, to tackle the issues of food waste facing our country today.