Just weeks after Masterchef John Torode presented a National Lottery award to a Come Eat Together project in County Durham, the community food club idea is being extended - this time to the stylish surrounds of Gala Theatre.
While he was at the Age UK centre in East Stanley last month, the TV chef praised the ethos of the project - funded by Big Lottery Silver Dreams - which helps bring together elderly and often lonely local residents to share good food and good company.
It was the second time he had seen it at work, with volunteer chefs cooking up nutritional meals in an effort to promote healthy eating in later life, while the chance to make friends in a welcoming atmosphere is considered just as important.
Having been voted “best health project” by the public, the Masterchef presenter said he hoped to see it rolled out across the country. “There’s a real opportunity to do more of the kind of thing they’re doing here,” he said.
Now Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together team has announced the start of a monthly lunch club for those aged over 50 to open in the Durham city centre theatre.
On the second Wednesday of each month, it will serve a hot two-course lunch, with a range of social activities to follow, and the first included roast chicken then an interactive music quiz.
Carol Scullion, from Gala Theatre, said: “We are really happy to be working with Age UK County Durham.
“It is a fantastic project they are providing that enables older people to socialise on a regular basis in a fun, friendly and welcoming environment.”
The next lunch club, costing £8, will include live music with George Hetherington. To find out more or to book call 0191 374 6577 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org