Monthly Archives: November 2015

Yay, oops, sorry and many, many thanks!

Well firstly, a big yay, for another great soup night!  Friday’s event at Community Base was our biggest yet and we sold out our remaining tickets in no time. We heard 4 passionate pitches for deserving community projects: soul food for parents, access to a community farm for people to learn about producing food, helping young people tell their stories through writing, and emotional healing through singing. 2015-11-20-211020-#9507-SRC-CDA #EDITEDWe ate delicious food, heard talented musicians strut their stuff, met some lovely people and voted for the project we wanted our ticket donations to go to. It was a tough call as they were all deserving projects, but the winner was Ruth Mason with her RISE Up Singing choir project.

So many things went right on the night and there’s a lot to be thankful for. But before we say thanks, we need to say oops and sorry. In the excitement on the night we miscalculated the total raised. On the night we thought we raised £287.50 in door money, but when we checked our figures later we realised we actually raised £351.50! And because of a matched funding offer, Ruth will actually get £703.60 for her project (and not the amount stated on the huge, symbolic, and now inaccurate cheque she took home with her on the night).

Which brings us to our first big thanks. And that’s to Ahmed El Dessouki of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton. When he heard about what BrightonSoup were doing Ahmed offered to match the money raised! Not just the door money raised for the winning project, but also raffle and donations we raise for BrightonSoup itself. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for delivery of 5 very large, tasty pizzas to go with our delicious soups. And the did :_

All told, Papa John’s donated pennies shy of £500 + pizzas. How fantastic is that, for the winning project, and for BrightonSoup. We kept these details secret until the event and the surprise in the room when we made the announcement was great. It’s a shame Ahmed and his family couldn’t be there to enjoy it, but we’re hoping they can come next time and meet Ruth when she comes back to tell us all how her project is going.

Apologies out of the way, we can focus on other things that went right, which I’m glad to say was pretty much everything else. In no small part because of the people that helped us make this event one of the best we’ve had! A big thanks to all the ladies that pitched: Ruth, Julie, Jez, Maggie and Ingrid.2015-11-20-143015-#1055-SRC-PR #EDITEDThese people are already out there making our community better, and without them we wouldn’t have a soup event.

Thanks, as ever to the designated chefs: Tom, Ash, Lizzie and Soreh. We get our name from what they bring to the party, but it’s the quality and deliciousness of what they do that makes it work.

And thanks also to the talented musicians from Carnivalé. A couple of original tracks, some Beatles covers and a liberal dose of their undeniable musical talent, Tom and Jim entertained delightfuly. They took all our minds off the votes being counted. We can’t wait until their debut album gets released2015-11-20-205620-#9461-SRC-CDA #EDITED.

And all of this magic took place in the splendid 5th floor conference room at Community Base in central Brighton. Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to use their space. The money we saved went on a couple of soup kettles so we can now host events in community centres without proper kitchen faclities.

Finally, though, the biggest thanks goes to all of you that came along. It’s your money that goes to these projects and it’s your vote that decides where in our community we invest it. Without you all of you this wouldn’t be possible. So give yourselves a pat on the back – or applause if you feel so inclined :). Well done you!

Hope to see you at the next one!

Read full details of the event here.

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ Community Base 20th Nov 2015

Our third BrightonSoup event, this time in the heart of Brighton.

Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:


Ruth Mason from RISE UK won the vote and £351.80 in ticket money and donations for her RISE Up Singing choir group. The big surprise of the night was that Ahmed El Dessouki,  owner of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton matched the funding raised so that Ruth ended up with a whopping £703.60.

He also matched the £146 we raised for BrightonSoup. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for 5 very large pizzas to be delivered for us all to enjoy with the soup. So a HUGE thanks to Ahmed and all at Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton.


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Community Base
Queens Road
Brighton
BN1 3XG

Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to Community Base, in the heart of Brighton. It was a fantastic venue and I think everyone really enjoyed it.


The Projects

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The 4 Pitchers: Ruth, Julie, Jez & Maggie

These were the 4 projects that pitched on the night.

Although only one was the winner, they all need support so if you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

Thank you to all the projects for being part. It’s the main reason people attend.
And maybe the soup.

 


1 – RISE UP Singing (Winner)

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RISE Provides support to women, families and LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse and violence. RISE Up Singing is a choir of service users, staff and supporters who are singing together for the first time.

RISE Up Singing gives people back their voice, allowing space for physical and emotional healing. Support from Brighton Soup enables free engagement with the choir.

Presenter: Ruth Mason2015-11-20-200520-#9291-SRC-CDA #EDITED

Contact:
Ruth Mason
07539 118755
Ruth.mason@riseuk.org.uk

Links:
Website      riseuk.org.uk
Facebook   facebook.com/riseuk
Twitter        @RISEUK


2 – Healey Home Farm

Project Logo - Heley Home FarmHealey Home Farm is a community project based at Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park. Our project is creating a one acre farming space for people to come together and learn about producing food. Our main business is organic poultry farming, supplying eggs to small local businesses and community organisations who promote healthy eating and wherever possible use locally grown and organic produce.

We now need to make the farm more accessible for our customers and visitors. We will make a noticeboard by the farm gate providing information about the project, along with information points at each chicken and duck run and vegetable bed. This is because our visitors at the annual open day all enjoyed seeing the different breeds of hen, learning about the different coloured eggs that are laid and how to care for the animals.

This will enable us to have visitors and volunteers more frequently and plan for our first open event.

Presenter: Janine Healey2015-11-20-201220-#9313-SRC-CDA #EDITED

Contact:
Janine Healey
07982 198112
HealeyHomeFarm@gmail.com

Links:
Facebook   facebook.com/Healey-Home-Farm


 3 – My Life Journalism

Project Logo - Little Green PigLittle Green Pig is running workshops to get young people to tell their stories through writing. 6 two hour sessions after school: 14 young people with an emphasis on recruitment from children in care will work with a professional journalist to write their own columns for publication weekly in Latest7 magazine. We will be recruiting through referrals from the Virtual Schools (Children in Care) team. Each workshop will be run by 2 workshop leaders, supported by 8-14 volunteers (as appropriate).

All our workshops include a celebratory event to share the project outcome with the community

Presenters: Julie Watson2015-11-20-202220-#9332-SRC-CDA #EDITED

Contact:
Julie Watson
07500 96 5757
Julie@littlegreenpig.org.uk

Links:
Website      littlegreenpig.org.uk
Facebook   facebook.com/littlegreenpig
Twitter        @littlegreenpig1


 4 – SoulFood

Project-Logo---Mothers-UncoveredSoulFood is a new venture for Brighton-based Mothers Uncovered (part of Livestock charity). We will create a series workshops that aim to help Brighton based parents engage with food. They will both share their own food memories and experiences and experiment with new foods and cooking. These are not just classes in healthy eating/living because there are an abundance of these.

We want participants to feel empowered by their food choices, to expand their knowledge of the food resources available within the city and to feel confident in sharing their food skills and ideas within their communities. The money would go towards the cost of food for the workshops next year – that way we can offer the sessions at a very low rate of £3 per session (which includes resource materials & a meal). It also means that we can offer the session for free for any disabled participants.

Presenters: Maggie Gordon-Walker & Ingrid Wakeling

Contact:2015-11-20-203120-#9343-SRC-CDA #EDITED
Maggie Gordon-Walker
07930530041
maggie@livestock.org.uk

Links:
Website      mothersuncovered.com
Facebook   MothersUncoveredUK
Twitter        @mothersuncoverd


 Contributors

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 4 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (3 vegan and all gluten free). Tom, Ash & Shona couldn’t join us, but they still provided tasty soups for the evening. Lizzie again brought along her Clam Chowder soup and spent the evening working the kitchen with Peter and Judy. We also had previous attendee, Zorah Levy, returning, this time with a spicy Thai soup.

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-The-Soup-DeptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept 
Pumpkin & Swede Soup

 

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-cactus-cafeAsh (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe
Cuban Bean Soup

 

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Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

 

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Soreh-LevySoreh Levy
Thai Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup

 

A huge thanks to all the people that brought food.

Special mentions go to Papa John’s for the 5 very large tasty pizzas.
And Dougal & Ceri who brought along a big pot of Curried Carrot Soup to share 🙂

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The musical entertainment this time was provided by  Tom Mills and Jim Cannings from Carnivalé.

They gave us an acoustic set of original material with some lively Beatles tracks thrown in.
Thank you so much guys!

Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes.

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The Volunteers

Community Organisers, Dot, Sam and Valentina for once again giving their time to help our presenters with “pitch” training. We think it paid off.

Olivia for arriving early to help us set-up. Judy for helping us set-up and then spending the whole evening helping Peter out in the kitchen

And finally a grateful thanks to all those lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up: Deborah, Alison & their girls, Harry, Lizzie and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.

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Will, Lizzie, Peter, Michael, Angel, Karin, Nikki, Judy & Lynne.

Thanks for making it a great night.

See the photos.

BrightonSoup

 

One more sleep…

With one more sleep before our big BrightonSoup event at Community Base, there was a hive of activity here at Soup HQ! And we’re all very tired. Posters, signs, badges, flowers, bowls, spoons, it’s all ready to go now.

Across Brighton our contributors are no doubt doing their own stuff. Chefs are preparing their soups (with several gluten free and vegan choices). Pitchers are practising their pitches with last minute tweaks, And the musicians are, we can only assume, harmonising. 🙂

All in preparation for what’s looking to be our biggest turnout yet. We still have tickets left, but not many. They’re available online until midday tomorrow and any remaining after that will be on the door in the evening. If you haven’t done so already and you don’t want to risk missing out, then book your ticket.

If you’re worried about parking, don’t be. There’s an NCP car park right by the venue and it’s only £4 for the night after 5pm. So it looks like the only thing left to worry about is bracing yourself for a fun evening tomorrow.

Doors open 6pm, pitches start 7pm.

See you there!

Team Soup

The Proof is in the Soup

With less than 2 weeks before our next Soup, you may be wondering what delicious soups will be available. Seems like a good time to look back at what we were treated to last time!

We were delighted to welcome back Tom Chadd, owner/chef of The Soup Dept whose soup-mobile you may have seen around town. And also Ash & Shona Sharma from newly opened Cactus Cafe on Portland Road. They provided soups at our first event and were there again. Well, maybe not in person as they were busy this time, but most definitely in soup form.

Tom again provided two soups: Carrot & Coriander and Curried Chick Pea & Bean. If those sound as good to you as they tasted to us, keep in mind they have a takeaway option! You can often find Tom weekdays on Circus Street in central Brighton.

Ash and Shona graced us with another spicy soup, this time Pun Yam. It had a real kick to it and needless to say it wasn’t long before we ran out! They recently opened their Mexican Streetfood Cafe on Portland Road, so make sure to stop by when you have the chance.

We also had some newcomers: Lizzie Batten treated us to her gorgeous Clam Chowder and Paul Tansley gave us a fan favourite with his delicious Leek & Potato Soup. Neither of these two run a restaurant or own a soup van but they fed many a soup-goer with their fantastic dishes and we all thanked them for it!

So 5 delicious soups, all gluten free and apart from the Clam Chowder were all vegetarian/vegan. All topped with the free food that all the guests brought along, especially the homemade breads and and cakes.

Well if that gets your appetite going then join us as at our next soup in Brighton. We have returning chefs, a newcomer and a special treat from one of our sponsors. Don’t believe the hype? Come along and be proved wrong. This time the proof isn’t in the pudding, it’s in the soup. 🙂

Team Soup

#TEDxBrighton & Deliberations

Well a busy end to October! We spent Friday at #TEDxBrighton, and if you’ve never been we recomend it. Inspiring speakers, lovely people to chat to and some great music. Add delicious food and a public vote and it could be a BrightonSoup event 🙂

We were busy at our Ideas Lab stand telling people about BrightonSoup and what we do. Some joined our mailing list or bought tickets. Quite a few played our silly Name the Soup game. Impressed how many got them all right – without guessing! We’ve put a photo up in case you want to try it yourself (the hard to read ones are Mulligatawny & Pumpkin Soup).

And Friday was also project deadline day, so first thing Saturday we met to decide which 4 projects would be pitching at our next soup event? Not an easy task as they’re all worth funding. We had help though, we invited previous winners to be part of the committe.

The deliberations took place at the emmaus cafe in Portslade. And with very little fighting the committee decided on the final projects to present at @ Community Base on the Nov 20th. Thanks for the help, especially those who took time out from carving pumpkins, and in one case their birthday. objects-0207

With projects, chefs and musicians at the ready and less than 3 weeks to go, it might be time to get yourself a ticket.

Team Soup