Menu for Change Week
September 30 – October 6
Join us for our second week of Climate Aware eating. This year we will have a great line up of chefs each with a different theme. Lap-Lei Fa will be cooking, as will Slow Food member Suzanne Russel, Artisan Epicurean. We will keep you updated as we lock in more talented chefs who are rising to the challenge.
We would like to thank 1000 Trades for hosting this week.
We would like to thank everyone who had given their time to arrange events for Slow Food Birmingham. We are a group run by volunteers and any profit made from events helps us supports new urban food projects in Birmingham.
Taste Workshop combined with AGM & Planning
Wednesday January 16th 7pm – 9:30pm
Kitchen School, Digbeth
We enjoyed an oil tasting and a talk from local producers McNeils Smokehouse. We also elected a new committee, and now have 7 committee members. and we are working to set up the first Slow Food Hub.
Slow Food conversations with Chefs and Producers at Hampton Manors
Monday 29th October – Starting from 10am
Tickets: £40 for the full day or Ark of Taste workshop and BBQ only £15.
“As chefs, our job is to pursue the best possible flavor. We’re not environmentalists. We’re not doctors or nutritionists or community activists. Chefs are none of these things, but we’re also all of them too, whether we get up on the soapbox or we stand silently behind a stove. Because truly great tasting food has, by definition, the right environment behind it. A delicious tomato does not originate from degraded soil. “ – Dan Barber
Slow Food Birmingham invites Midlands Chefs and Producers to come together for a day of Conversations and Ideas at Hampton Manor on Monday 29th of October to engage in the questions Slow Food raises, to showcase best practice from the producers and restaurants across the Midlands and learn more about the Chef Alliance.
Leading chefs, producers and thinkers will contribute to a range of talks, interactive sessions and tastings in a day designed to introduce the Slow Food movement to those at the heart of Birmingham food scene.
Topics covered include; Ark of Taste – using forgotten foods, Menu for Change – sustainable practice for uncertain times, Good Clean and Fair – working with the our producers.
The day will start at 10am and finish with a casual BBQ, with lunch, tastings and speakers in between.
Ark of Taste Workshop and BBQ
As an added bonus to the end of this unique industry event we are inviting friends of Slow Food to an interactive Ark of Taste workshop and the end of day BBQ.
Monday 29th October – Starting from 5:30pm
Tickets are only £15 or £10 for members.
Slow Bread Workshop
Artisan baker Rachel Kershaw will be introducing us to the art of bread making. With a strong belief that the more we know about food the easier we can make good food choices, our Slow Food Youth Network is planning to hold a few different workshops. The first of these is all about bread.
Rachel Kershaw will be showing us the art of bread making at the Kitchen Food School in Digbeth. Whether you want to learn a new skill, eat better, or meet with likeminded people, come and learn how to make a sourdough, take home a starter and a pizza dough to use the next day.
Zero Waste Great Taste
A week of zero Waste eating
Putting a Delicious End to Food Waste in Birmingham
Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th September 2018
Slow Food Birmingham is taking over 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St Birmingham, to mark international Zero Waste Week from the 3rdto 8th September 2018.
Working with members and supporters of Slow Food the invited chefs are treating diners to meals that not only tantalize the tastebuds but also highlight the all too common problem of food waste as part of the Slow Food’s campaign Menu for Change. Using forgotten cuts, foraged and surplus food as the starting point, some of Birmingham’s best chefs will be showcasing just what is possible with a bit of ingenuity.
Featuring on the line-up over the six days was:
The Real Junk Food Project (Monday) A Taste of Waste
TRJFP Brum has been operating since 2014 – rescuing over 15 tonnes of waste food and serving over 2,000 meals every month. The project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and other sources; turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for all. They run community cafes and also have a catering arm. trjfpbrum.com. £15 donation + Pay As You Feel
ChangeKitchen (Tuesday) Pan-Asian Vegan Food Journey
Offering innovative vegetarian and vegan menus at both their pop up café and also catering events in Birmingham and beyond. founder Birgit cooked with Slow Food Youth Network Brum at their Disco Soup earlier this year and will be showcasing their delicious, nutritious and ethical dishes that can be shared and enjoyed by all. Established as a social enterprise, ChangeKitchen has always had a strong ethos marrying both environmental and social impact, recognised when they won Birmingham’s Green Restaurant Award in 2012. changekitchen.co.uk£24.50, three courses of sharing plates
Kitchen Supper Club (Wednesday)Found: A Three Course Wild Dinner Sourced in Birmingham
A not for profit Kitchen School founded in the kitchen of Jayne Bradley in 2014 and recently established with their own premises in Digbeth, with classes led by some of Birmingham’s best chefs, home cooks, suppliers and producers and aimed at eager homecooks, beginners and disadvantaged Birmingham residents. With zero food miles and no supply chains involved they celebrate everything that can be found in Birmingham. Jayne and Chris are challenging us to think about where our food comes from. Their FOUND menu is all about what we can forage.
kitchenschool.co.uk/supper-club. £30, three courses
Artisan Epicurean (Thursday) Four Course Italian Inspired Menu
Slow Food member Suzanne runs Artisan Epicurean bespoke personal chef services, offering beautifully inspired and unique menus at home with the emphasis on ethically sourced, seasonal & home grown produce. Drawing inspiration from her Italian grandmother Suzanne will be using surplus artisan bread and other delicious ingredients to create four courses of Mediterranean sunshine on a plate. artisanepicurean.co.uk£34, four courses
Ox & Origin (Lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday) Seldom Seen, Not Easily Forgotten
Traveling chefs Josh and Mike have previously wowed diners at 1000 Trades with their skillfully crafted plates of fancy. Most of the time they travel around the country taking care of private catering events both big and small but they will be moving back in for two days to create delicious dishes from some of the ignored or less used ingredients around today. ox-and-origin.com£25, three courses.
On tap throughout the week will be Craddocks Wasted Pale Ale, made with surplus bread. Cradocks are supporters of The Real Junk Food Project Brum.