The CanTeen project has been on and off the boil during 2015. Now it's building up a real head of steam. Get involved to help us launch our first pop-up in 2016.
During 2015 the CanTeen project was looking for team members, a venue and some funding. We found some great team members, who've taken on some great projects.
The CanTeen Cookbook is a collection of recipes from local contributors, that will gradually list on the CookBook page on this site. It's been a lot of work for Caroline Morrish and Celia Stapleton in particular. We'd love to see more recipe on here. Volunteers for collating and listing them very welcome!
Penge Food Assembly is a classic CanTeen spin-off project, and a great example of how a team of individuals can make a new local food venture happen. I first heard about Food Assembly at a sustainability event in Lambeth in early 2015. I mentioned it at a CanTeen social event. One of our new team members, Nigel Jarman, volunteered to try and launch a Penge branch of the online farmers marketplace. Penge Food Assembly now has over 150 members and is set to open in early 2016 at the Goldsmiths. Nigel is still looking for more help with this, so if you'd like to get in touch, please follow this rather ugly link for more information and to contact Nigel: http://pengecanteen.com/#!penge-food-assembly/jc93u
What about the CanTeen? Well, during 2015 we just could not find a venue even for pop-ups. Until November. Gemma Drake of Architecture 00 had led the original Penge High Street consultation in October 2014 that had spawned the original CanTeen concept. The original group consultations were held at Anerley Town Hall, SE20 in December 2014 and January 2015. Fast forward to November 2015 and Gemma suggested we talk with Crystal Palace Community Development Trust (who own and operate Anerley Town Hall) to see if we could run a Penge CanTeen there. Thanks both to Bernard Glazier and Tracey Skillern, we have been made very welcome and look forward to running our first pop-up nights there, and maybe more....
We'd love your help to make our first CanTeen pop-up a roaring sucess and a great template for more. Here's some ways you can get involved.
1. help out on the night. we will need 3-4 volunteers to help on the night, helping in the kitchen, bussing food to the tables, clearing tables and breaking down at the end of the night. Glamorous, huh? No previous experience required. 5pm prompt start.
2. promote the event. we will need a lot of help to sell our 30 tickets (on sale in our events store). you can share the event on social media, at the school gates, on the platform on the way to work, wherever you might find local folk that might be interested in attending the pop-up and supporting the CanTeen project.
3. refer a teen. A big part of the CanTeen project is to help local NEETs and other teens gain some work experience in our kitchen, to improve their employability and help them get moving up a career ladder. If you know someone suitable that would like to help at the event, please put them in touch. Under 18s need to volunteer. Over 18s can be paid mimimum wage equivalent on a self-employed basis.
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