February see’s the launch of community food project Blend’s pop up cafe in Longley and Broomhall. Running weekly on a Monday at the Longley 4 Greens community centre on Southey Avenue and on a Tuesday at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall, the cafés will be serving a range of hot and cold breakfasts and lunches to eat in or take away. The cafes will be using the best of local produce while taking inspiration from around the world for all their dishes. Dishes will range from chorizo and red pepper beans on toast and vegetable Laksa to bacon butties and cottage pie.
The cafes will also be providing training and practical experience for participants on Blend’s community café training programme. The training provides support to people looking for either paid employment or who want to volunteer in their local communities. Funded by the Big Lottery, the programme provides participants with a food hygiene training, 1 to 1 careers advice and practical experience of working in catering setting. Since beginning in January of this year, the programme is working with 20 Sheffield residents with plans to recruit more participants as the cafes expand. The income from the cafes will contribute to the ongoing running of Blend’s free employment and health and wellbeing activities. For more information on the cafes and the other activities Blend provides please visit www.blendcookeatshare.co.uk , www.facebook.com/blendcookeatshare or call 07468417353 between 10 and 4 Monday to Friday.
This December see’s the re-launch of community food organisation Blend’s pop up restaurant nights. This month’s menu has a Middle Eastern and North African theme including a selection of mezze to start, followed by harissa marinated roast chicken and ending with a delicious black forest trifle. As well as getting to enjoy a tasty meal, the money raised from the pop up restaurant events will be used to support Blend’s employment and training programme.
The programme provides support, training and work experience to people looking for work including food hygiene courses and practical cookery skills. Once trained, participants will be supported to develop a community café providing low cost, healthy meals or to gain paid employment within catering and hospitality industry.
The re-launch will be taking place on Friday 16th December from 7.30 at the Broomhall Centre on Broom springs Lane, Broomhall.
Tickets for the event cost £25 (plus booking fee) and are available through Blends website (www.blendcookeatshare.co.uk ) or there Facebook page (www.facebook.com/blendcookeatshare) . For more information about Blend you can also email email@example.com or call 07468417353 to find other ways of getting involved or supporting the work they do.