We did it! What next?

Food Partnership staff cheering in their officeThank you, thank you and thank you again. We cannot say it enough.

Thanks to your amazing generosity we smashed through our crowdfunding target and achieved our stretch target too – with some left over. Our final crowdfund total to kit out a new Brighton and Hove Community Kitchen amounts to an amazing £27,305.

Now, we can really put our foot on the accelerator. Fitters for the Kitchen will start work on Friday 16 March (yes, a Friday), if the building works go to plan, we hope to launch in mid-May (look out for party plans). Thank you to MacConvilles Surveying for their generous support with this next stage.

We aim to deliver our first cookery courses in the brand new, state-of-the-art, fully accessible and designer-gorgeous Community Kitchen from June – and booking should be open from April. We can’t wait.

Cookery courses

The Community Kitchen will be for everybody and so we are now fine-tuning a schedule of courses that will appeal to all.

We are planning Masterclasses with CanTina supper club hostess Tina Horvath, and Olly Dawson of Olly’s Fish Shack (a regular at Street Diner), plus a few chefs and food experts who have approached us during the crowdfunding campaign – more will be revealed soon.

There will be cookery classes on making more of seasonal veg, eating for better health, cooking on a budget and family cookery classes. And we have lots more ideas in the pipeline: Thai cookery, vegan & vegetarian cooking, cooking with foraged foods, fermenting & preserving… Find out more about our ideas here, and please get in touch with your thoughts on what you want to see offered in the Community Kitchen.

As part of its activities the Kitchen will also deliver a range of community cookery courses. One of these will be the Jamie’s Ministry of Food course, providing basic cookery and nutrition skills over 8 weeks. We’ll be working with partner organisations to identify participants who can benefit most from this subsidised course. The Community Kitchen and Ministry of Food offer has been funded by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery alongside the Veolia Environmental Trust and is supported by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Community support

The crowdfund demonstrated to us just what is possible when you put your minds to it. We had a vision of this Community Kitchen a decade ago. It’s incredible to see just how many people shared that vision and the diverse quarters that they came from. Pledges ranged from £2 to £1000, people came forward with offers to help with the construction and gave their time (and donned vegetable costumes) to promote the campaign. This breadth of involvement is what the Community Kitchen will be all about.

We didn’t do this alone and want to thank the group of people who helped us plan the campaign and got us off to a flying start by donating in the first 24 hours. We were blown away by the support from local chefs and food businesses, who offered rewards and shared the campaign online to help us reach new audiences. We couldn’t have reached the stretch target without help from the Santander Changemaker fund – thank you to the team at Crowdfunder UK for supporting us to connect with them. And we were particularly touched by the the larger donations we received from local organisations over the final days of the campaign – Hisbe, Mid-Sussex Wood Recycling Project, the FAIR Shop and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service all helped us cross the finish line with time to spare. Finally thank you Seedy Sunday for the chance to ask a question on Gardeners Question Time which has convinced us we can have a living wall!

Here is just a small sample of the lovely support we have received over recent weeks:

You guys rock! Good luck with the crowdfunding… it’s a fantastic project Cx – message on crowdfund supporters board from Brighton’s queen of recycling Cat Fletcher

A great cause and something I really believe can be a massive success – comment from 64 Degrees restaurateur Michael Bremner

Super excited to be coming to this with my friend! – comment on Facebook from Gill Keighley, one of the 12 lucky pledgers who snapped up a Michael Bremner Masterclass reward within 24 hours of the reward being announced.

This is the raddddest project – tweet from Brighton blogger Cate in the Kitchen.

Tweet from British Sea PowerHelp out this great worthwhile project in Brighton by @btnhovefood Support a new community kitchen. Some great rewards such as cookery courses and meals out too! – tweet from Brighton-based indie-rockers British Sea Power (right).

Can’t wait to eat the deliciousness dished out in this new space 🙂 – message on supporters’ board from Phil & Kate.

A donation from “Bear Paw Baking”, a baking club organised by Willow (age 8) and her mum, where £1 of a £2.50 fee always goes to a charity. “We hope that Bear Paw Baking can come and bake in the new kitchen.”

Just 3 days left to support crowdfunder for amazing community kitchen project from @btnhovefood – make sure you’re part of it! – tweet from Brighton MP Caroline Lucas.

This new kitchen concept from the Food Partnership is a delightful way to demonstrate that there are groups who really care about the people in our community. I love the way that this kitchen will bring people together, helping us understand more about our relationship with food and each other. – message on supporters’ board from Kayla Ente.

People power. Nothing stronger than that – message on supporters’ board from Andrew Foulkes.

We look forward to seeing you all in the Community Kitchen very soon.

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