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Sheffield bistro nights use food waste to create great tastes

Posted by: Annie Williams
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Photo's courtesy of The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield

The Real Junk Food Project are organising fortnightly pay-as-you-feel events to help raise money for their sustainable food centre

Sheffield’s Real Junk Food Project is hosting its first pay-as-you-feel event of the year tomorrow and its one for Chinese lovers.

 

The project, which has become famous in Sheffield for utilizing food that is destined to be wasted unnecessarily, holds the events at The Steeple Corner Café, one of the facilities run by The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, and this week promises a Chinese bistro night hosted by Chef Brendan Barwise, who will create beautiful Asian dishes using ingredients that would otherwise have gone in the bin.

 

The pay-as-you-feel events are hosted every fortnight, and any contributions raised at the events go towards helping The Real Junk Food Project build Sheffield’s first sustainable food centre.

 

Project founder and director, Jo Hercberg initiated the project in 2015 after being inspired by a similar project in Leeds. She told VIBE: “I wanted to bring the idea to Sheffield as we have over six tonnes of food a week and feed thousands of people each month.”

 

Photo's courtesy of The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield

 

The Real Junk Food Project is set to launch under the name Food Works not Food Waste soon following the recent campaign which raised almost £50,000 just before Christmas.

 

Money raised from the campaign will help secure a long term warehouse lease, invest in commercial refrigeration units and onsite kitchen facilities so the team can further their mission in stamping out food waste in Sheffield.

 

Jo said: “Building Food Works will transform the amount of perfectly good food going into bellies, not bins in Sheffield. We’ve already saved 319 tonnes in just three years and created 100,000s of meals with it but this is only 0.1% of food wasted in Sheffield.

 

“We need to do so much more to stop this. By supporting Food Works you will help us increase that 0.1% by having a stable base to operate from and we’d expand our work to include farms, producers and wholesalers”.

 

The fortnightly pay-as-you-feel events take place between the Steeple Corner Café on Stafford Rd and Citrus Café based at Zest Centre.

 

Tickets for this week’s event have almost sold out but you can reserve your place for the Burn's Night Supper on 25th January and all future events here.

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