Blackfriars Restaurant will be cooking up a lunchtime feast to raise awareness of food poverty and waste and help provide training opportunities for vulnerable people ready to move on with their lives.
The Newcastle restaurant is joining forces with charity Changing Lives and their food re-distribution company, Fareshare NE, and inviting diners to enjoy a four course lunch on September 28 with all proceeds going directly to the social enterprise.
Blackfriars organised its first fundraising banquet for the charity last September and raised more than £1,000.
The Blackfriars team will again be working with six trainee chefs from Changing Lives’ Employment Service who have all experienced homelessness and related issues at some stage, and whose lives have been touched by their involvement with the charity.
The chefs will explore cooking techniques and menu ideas to create a four course feast for guests, using in-date food from Fareshare NE which would otherwise have gone to landfill.
In the North East alone, Fareshare has received 223 tonnes of in-date food in the last year donated by retailers and producers, 85% of which was surplus and would have otherwise gone to waste.
The good quality surplus food is then re-distributed to over 70 community groups who provide food for around 2,600 vulnerable people each week.
Michael Shields, general manager of Fareshare NE, says: “Events like these are immensely important in helping us to promote our vital work and we’re very grateful to the team at Blackfriars for hosting, once again, what is set to be a fantastic banquet.
“The trainees are very grateful for the opportunity too and we’re hoping it will inspire and give them confidence to gain employment within the food industry.
“The need for our services sadly continues to grow each month. Projects such as food banks, hostels, day centres, women’s refuges and after school clubs across the region receive good quality food supplies from our social enterprise.
“We are always looking for more food suppliers to support the scheme as well as people and organisations to sponsor a project to receive emergency food parcels. We’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in knowing more and supporting our work.”
Tickets for the September 28 event can be booked through www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk at £25 per person, and half price for children.