Monthly Archives: April 2016

BrightonSoup @ The Crypt 29th April 2016

Our 5th BrightonSoup event, this time in Kemptown.

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

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Papa-JohnsSam Hart from Sussex Prisoners Families won the vote for her Court Support project, taking £893 in door money and matched funding from Papa John’s Pizza Brighton. So a huge thanks once again to Ahmed El Dessouki for doubling the donations to give Sam such a great boost to her Court Support project.

Previous winner Simon Cobb from Stoneham Bakehouse came and gave us an update on his Elephant Bike to Deliver Bread & Wellbeing project.

2016-04-29-204214-#864-AAThe Venue

St Georges Church
St George’s Rd

It was a beautiful, spacious venue and we really enjoyed the space. A big thanks to Christine el Shabba for locking up for us.

The Projects

Thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, it’s a huge part of what makes a BrightonSoup event so memorable.
And maybe the soup.

There were 4 people pitching projects on the night and though only one could win the pot, they’re all deserving of your support. If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Goodmoney Gift VouchersProject-Logo-Goodmoney

Goodmoney CIC is a Brighton based social enterprise. Our aim is to help businesses exchange their under-utilized capacity with each other and donate their excess capacity to the third sector.

We decided to start by building a community of businesses. So, at the end of September last year we launched a gift voucher for independent local businesses. This has helped us build a network of over 200 local businesses so far and establish Goodmoney CIC as a trusted provider of alternative financial services.

We’ve now got a funding application in that will hopefully help us add functionality to build and trial a mobile app to help businesses find new opportunities to swap their goods and services with each other. We also want to keep developing our local business gift voucher and that’s what we’d like to ask for support for…

We want to buy a colour laser printer that can print on card, so we can offer people free greetings cards / voucher wallets to when they buy a Goodmoney gift voucher. We’ll then be able to send personalised cards with and a gift voucher directly to the people the gifts are for, making it a really convenient as well as thoughtful gift.

Pitching: Dan Webb

Dan Webb

Facebook facebook/goodmoneycic
Twitter @goodmoneyUK

2 – Rhythmix Project-Logo-Rhythmix

Rhythmix is a music, social welfare and education charity. Rhythmix believes in the power of music to transform lives and that everyone should have the chance to express themselves through music.

We are one of the most established and highly regarded music organisations working in this field. We have a 15-year history of regionally and nationally acclaimed work that demonstrates flexibility, belief, imagination, partnership and connection. We run over 150 music sessions for people in challenging circumstances each week, and all our money goes towards running those. We’re at the cutting edge of music education, but using derelict hardware that crashes many times a day.

We could be more efficient, get more work done, and therefore help more people if we had working, modern hardware.

Pitching: Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone
07968 790 375

Facebook facebook/RhythmixMusicCharity
Twitter @RhythmixMusic

3 – The Reveals Festival (St. John’s School and College)


St. John’s School and College is a non-maintained residential & day special school and independent specialist college, based in Seaford and Brighton. We are also a registered learning disability charity that raises funds for the various projects and initiatives accessed by the people we care for.

We support young people from all walks of life, aged 7-25, who have complex learning disabilities and special needs. We currently have over 100 learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), Downs Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome and severe communication difficulties.

With your support we’re looking to host a creative arts and music festival specifically for young people with learning disabilities. The Reveals Festival will take place over the 13th and 14th July. The festival is to celebrate our 130th anniversary and designed to provide these young people with the chance to enjoy a safe festival experience and develop the skills involved around organising a large scale event.

Pitching: Nicholas Cross, Lucy Howells & Alex

Nicholas Cross
07834 181 377

Twitter @stjohns_sussex

4 – Court Support – Sussex Prisoners’ Families (Winner)

Project-Logo-Sussex-Prisoners-FamiliesSussex Prisoners’ Families provides support to those with a loved-one in prison. Our court volunteers offer families vital advice, information and a listening ear as soon as someone is sent to prison.

We’re looking for funding to train volunteers for our Court Support project. It costs £250 to train a single volunteer, that can look after 50 families in a year 2016-04-29-193714-#891-CDA #edited(over 200 people).

 Pitching: Sam Hart

Sam Hart

Twitter @sussexprisonfam


Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups (with vegan, vegetarian and 4 gluten free options) to all of our guests.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Thai Red Pepper & Carrot Soup

Ash Sharma @ Cactus Cafe
Sopa de Frijoles

Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

Sam Redfern – Pop-Up Events & TRJFP Volunteer
Chicken Noodle

Matteo Watkins
Caramelized Sweet Potato & Chilli

Thanks to Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse for bringing some delicious bread again. And the usual big thanks to all the people that brought food along to share. You’re awesome.


The entertainment was provided by local legend, Dr David Bramwell of Cheeky Guides and Catalyst Club fame. Recounting tales of travelling the world visiting utopias and coming home to start a local Zocalo.



Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes. Without these contributions we couldn’t afford to cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket donations can go to the winner.

So a HUGE thank you!

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The Volunteers

Community Organisers, Hattie & Dot for once again giving their time to help give our presenters some invaluable “pitch” training. We think it paid off.

Dot (again), Olivia from Community Base and previous Ruth Mason for being part of our Project Selection Committee.





A big thanks to Ben Raddy who come along early to help us set up. Judy Sweeney who spent the evening helping Peter and Lizzie in the kitchen. And normally we give a grateful thanks to all the lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up, but this time it was EVERYBODY! We asked for help and you guys all helped. Tables cleared, folded and chairs all put back in to pews in what seemed like moments. Way faster than setting up.

So this time it’s a picture of you 🙂

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Thanks for making it a great night.

Check out the photos

Team Soup







If you’re thinking of coming along tomorrow…

Well less than 24 hours to go and it’s looking to be a good night. We still have some spaces and we will put them on the door tomorrow night.

If you are thinking of coming along then here’s a few things we wanted to let you know;

  1. Although we called it BrightonSoup @ The Crypt, we’re actually in the church itself and not downstairs. It was just too cool a name not to use.
  2. Doors open 6pm for refreshments. The pitches start at 7pm – try not to be late as it can disturb them mid-flow.
  3. We’re not serving alcohol, but you can bring your own or pop out and get some locally.
  4. We’re providing 5 delicious soups, but it’s also a Pot Luck evening where people bring along food to share. If you do so then please avoid anything that needs heating up as we’re short on space.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Team Soup

Ditzy & Tickets

Well this time next week the excitement will be over and we’ll all know how the pitchers did. Who did you vote for?

If you’ve already got a ticket we’ll be sending out some handy info to you later this week, good things to know before you come along. Especially if this is your first soup event or first time at this lovely venue.

We’re expecting a bumper crowd so if you haven’t got a ticket yet we do hope to have some on the door Friday. However we won’t know for sure until the online ticket office closes Thursday – so if you don’t want to risk missing out, please book your ticket Thursday latest.

Before we go though, we’d like to introduce you to Ditzy, the latest member of Team Soup. Technically she’s Angel’s, but she’s also our new unofficial mascot (and yeah, missed a trick not calling her Buffy). Ditzy is cute and and very small, but in the photo it’s a very big teacup. She’s already disrupted the pitch training session, but she’s still too little to come to a big noisy soup event.

We’re hoping she can come along to the next one. And that you can make it to this one.

Team Soup

Souperstar: Sam Redfern, Crime Fighting TV Food Chef….

Sam originally got in touch with us back in Sept last year offering to make us soup, but our event dates kept clashing. Finally the stars lines up and he was able to join us at our last event at Community Base in February – and he brought along a delicious Tuscan Bean Soup that was very popular. Currently volunteering for The Real Junk Food Project Brighton and raising his lovely daughter, we wanted to know more about the mysterious crime analyst/TV food chef…

2016-02-19-204407-#TwitterLike many of our chefs, you moved to Brighton relatively recently.

I moved here with my wife and daughter 3 years ago from Cheltenham. Before that we were in London for 16 years. Who wouldn’t move here? For someone who loves food and drink, Brighton is phenomenal with so many restaurants to choose from. I’ll eat anything but mustard, gin or coffee.  

Mustard I get, but gin and coffee? When you say you will eat anything….?

I’ve eaten but maybe not enjoyed scorpions and crickets.

Uh, nice. So, how did you get into cooking?

My mum taught me to cook when I was younger and though I’m not professionally trained,  I started out working in Terence Conrans’ delicatessen in London and the ethos there was to be proficient in every aspect of the deli, which included food preparation. My career took a big shift into working as a crime analyst in London for nearly 10 years but food has always been my main love. When we moved to Cheltenham, I had more time to focus on food, setting up pop food events.

I heard a rumour you had a foray into TV? Tell me more…..

Working in Conrans’ deli fired up my love for food and I started experimenting with recipes and I think it gave me the confidence to apply for MasterChef. I was on MasterChef in 1999 when Lloyd Grossman presented the show. It was a great experience and 12573125_10154009669375466_8581972428587102627_na very different format to how it is now. I must have caught the competition bug because I put my trifle on Britain’s Best Dish a few years later! Co-incidentally, there was a film production company opposite the deli I worked at and they asked me to play ‘Sam the Grocer’ on a kids TV cookery program called Food Factory.

Crime, food and showbiz – brilliant! How did you get involved with Brighton Soup?

I started volunteering with the The Real Junk Food Project Brighton a while ago, and we linked up through food community projects and I also do other charity events. I do a pop up restaurant once a year to raise money for a brilliant charity called Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children

Just like Brighton Soup, food, family and community seem to be a central theme in your life.

BSoup-Contributor-Sam-RedfernI’d agree with that. When my daughter was born, I made a book from all of the recipes I’d collected over the years and which are important to me and I’ve often returned to them for inspiration.  It was this sense of community and family that really struck a chord with me when I came to the event in February. It’s really family orientated and warm and actually quite emotional. It is about a community coming together with food, ready to listen to great ideas to make that community better.

Sam will be putting on another of his great pop up events in the near future and we’ll keep you posted so you can go along.

In the meantime, if you want to taste what Sam’s cooking up for our next event then join us @ The Crypt on the 29th April. And if that isn’t enough of a contribution he’s also put in a fantastic prize for our raffle. Sam will come to your house with a bottle of wine and cook dinner for 4 people – and you get to choose the style (French, Italian, Mexican, etc). Raffle tickets are a £1. 🙂

Not long now, don’t forget to get a ticket.

Team Soup



There probably won’t be a Dr in the house!

Well the pitchers for our Crypt event have been selected and will soon be getting themselves psyched and ready to take you on! Well, more likely wondering what they’re going to say to get you interested in voting for them, but that doesn’t sound so enthusiastic. 🙂 Help will be at hand though as our favourite Community Organisers will again be giving our hopefuls some valuable presentation training.

So pitchers sorted, chef’s lined up, everything is falling into place. We just need to tell you about the entertainment. We said we were changing it up this time and we are, but we hope in a good way. This time we are delighted to announce that the multi award winning, local legend, Dr David Bramwell, creator and host of Brighton’s famous Catalyst Club (now in its 12th year), will be amusing us.

Performer, radio presenter, author, freelance writer, podcaster, lecturer, ex-teacher and musician:  is there nothing this man cannot do? Well, medical stuff, he’s not a real doctor. Apart from that it’s insane how much this one man does. You can find out more about the man and the legend here, but please be aware that he may have written some of the things there himself.

So if you want to see what projects we have this time, taste the delicious food and catch the entertainment, here’s the bit where gently remind you to get a ticket. Or nag you – depends on you’re mood today. We really hope you can make it.

DSCF8465And finally, if you were lucky enough to catch Georgia Lewis when she performed at our very first soup last year, then you know what a delightful voice she has. Well she’ll be guesting on this weeks radio spot and bringing her fiddle player Rowan along with her to perform a couple of tracks and chat. Tune in to 1BrightonFM on Thursday @ 1pm.

So not long now, have a fun week.

Team Soup

@ The Crypt Update

Well it’s April now and not long until we gather for our next soup and fun/ding event. We’re over in Kemp Town this time at The Crypt, St George’s Church on Friday 29th April

If you fancy submitting to pitch at this event you have until TOMORROW to get your submission in. So head on over to our project page and tell us what you would do with the money! And of course the fabulous Papa John’s Pizza Brighton will be matching the donations again this time!

Then on Saturday the project committee will be meeting to decide on the final four pitches. As always, you won’t find out who they are until the night itself – all part of the fun. 🙂

As for the entertainment, we’re keeping it quiet a little bit longer. We’ve decided to change it up a bit and we think you’ll really enjoy it. More to follow on this soon and you’ll be hearing about another one of our Souper Chefs too. 

For now, a reminder that tickets for the 29th are avalaible online. Our last two events sold out so the best way to be sure to get in, is get a ticket. 

Hope you can make it. 

Team Soup