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Souperstar: Joanne Gray

Joanne has been involved with Brighton Soup since December 2016 (almost two years!) and regularly cooks up a delicious soup for our events. Ahead of our next Soup at  Community Base on the 30th November (tickets here!), we caught up with Joe to find out all about her cooking…

What are your favourite things to cook? 

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I love love love Indian food, so I tend to cook a lot of different Indian curries and street food – my husband recently bought me the most amazing cookbook called Fresh India by Meera Sodha. Its all vegetarian recipes that are super easy to make and all of them so far are delicious.  I basically like cooking food that I really enjoy eating, so that does usually involve recipes with a bit of a kick as I am a bit of a spice and chilli fan!  My most memorable and favourite soup for a Brighton Soup event was Joe’s Split Chickpea, Spinach & Masala Soup – as you’d expect, it was nice and spicy and seemed to go down well amongst those who tried it!

How did you first get interested in cooking? 

I’ve been cooking since I was young. My parents always encouraged my sisters and I to help make dinners, and my passion for food and cooking has continued throughout my life.  I actually remember ‘outsourcing’ my mincemeat pie making skills at Christmas when I was about 10…a friend of my mums didn’t have the time to make them herself so I baked them for her and she paid me nicely (probably only about £2 but it felt a lot back then!)

What has been your most complicated/ interesting cooking to date? 

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In terms of interesting dishes, I’d say making our own halloumi cheese from scratch and then cooking with it has to be up there.  Homemade halloumi is delicious, really light and airy and full of flavour – 100 x better than the shop bought stuff!  We made all sorts of recipes with it, including coating in breadcrumbs and having it with portobello mushrooms and spinach in a toasted brioche bun, with some sriracha mayo for a bit of a kick!  My ethos with cooking is that it doesn’t need to be overly complicated, using good fresh ingredients and trying out new recipes with them is what its all about for me!

How did you first get involved with Brighton Soup?

My sister lives in Folkestone and had been involved with Folkestone Soup, so when I happened to see an advert one day for Brighton Soup I decided to go along and find out what it was all about.  I absolutely loved the event, I think it is wonderful on so many levels, from encouraging the community to get together, to find out about the issues and opportunities in our community to of course helping so good causes with some financial support to help their sustainability.  So I decided to become a regular Soup go-er!  I think it was on my 2nd Soup event that I got chatting to one of the organisers and somehow managed to sign myself up to making soup!!  The rest is history, I now go regularly to Brighton Soup with my husband, daughter and parents – who all love it!  My Dad has now also become a regular bread maker!

Where are you from? Are there any delicacies/ regional dishes we should try?
I am originally from Scotland but grew up in the South of England. My Scottish roots still influence my soup making. My Gran made the best soup ever with barley, lentils and split peas being her favourite basis for her different soups – so I often adapt versions of my Gran’s old recipes.  My Gran also used to make a meal called ‘Beef Olives’ which is thinly cut steak filled with either sausages or haggis and slow cooked in a onion gravy. Its comfort food at it’s absolute best, served with mash and greens! My daughter loves it too, so it’s one that we’ll make on a winter’s Sunday!

Sounds delicious!

Joe runs her own business consultancy called The Progress Lab  which specialises in organisational change, people development, sales and marketing. She is also a Pilates instructor and regularly hosts Women’s Well-Being events in Hove with a Nutritionist friend. She also runs a Lifelines Pilates class for those who are 50+ in Portslade.

If you fancy tasting one of Joe’s delicious soup recipes, don’t forget to book your tickets for the next soup!

Team Soup

 

 

 

Souperstar: Martin Pritchard of Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen

Just before our last Soup Event (@ St George’s Hangleton) we caught up with one of our talented chefs, Martin Pritchard, who once again provided deliciou soup from from his Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen.

Martin & Tara Pritchard first joined us as volunteers in early 2017. They came to help set up at our May event, and we were all blown away by their boundless energy! Since then, they’ve volunteered at other events, and Martin has become one of our favourite soup chefs. Today, we’ve met him at ‘The Food Rocks’ market in Horsham, where he has a pitch every Thursday and Saturday selling delicious Burmese food.

Martin, how did you and Tara meet?

I was on my travels in Hawaii, queuing at a youth hostel. Tara was in the queue too! We got talking, and then met again on a flight to the Cook Islands. It went from there! We travelled together in New Zealand, and then lived together in Sydney, Australia for 9 months. When we returned to the UK, we moved in together and eventually married in 2009. We lived for a while in Chessington (near the theme park) but both loved the sea and came to Brighton whenever we could. We eventually moved here, but with our jobs don’t get to the beach as often as we’d like!

How did you get interested in cooking?

I grew up in Cheltenham, where I learnt to be a meat-and-veg man with a particular passion for peas soaked in vinegar! Later on, I studied Tourism and Management at Brighton Uni, living mainly on burgers and potatoes in all their guises. Tara, on the other hand, had grown up all over the world, eating spicy food in countries like Malaysia when she was just a kid. I guess I had a sort of ultimatum: “If you want this relationship to move forward, you need to expand your eating habits!”

So what happened?

We had an Italian housemate called Gino when we lived in Sydney, and he showed me some simple Italian dishes that inspired me. I found a love of cooking and have been making up for lost time ever since. Having been employed as a Payroll Manager for 17 years, I realised it was not what I had set out to do and it was driving me crazy. I hated being office bound and needed to do something different so I set up my own food business. Tara’s father is Anglo Burmese, and we decided that as Burmese food isn’t really known in the UK we would like to try and change that. Tara still has a job that takes her all over the world, but we’d both like to be able to dedicate ourselves to this line of work.

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The food is delicious! I just had a Dhal, which is quite like Indian or Nepali but also a bit different! And tea leaf salad?

Burmese Cuisine could be characterised by its use of fish (fish sauce and ngapi, which is shrimp paste) and drip shrimp, but it also takes influences from the countries it borders: Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Laos.

Many of the dishes we serve are traditional family recipes, the Oh No Khao Swe  (Chicken, Coconut & Egg Curry) is one of Tara’s Grandad’s recipes and one of the favourite things to eat in her family. “Chu Chu”, the name of the business, comes from the family name for the crispy egg noodles that are liberally sprinkled on the Oh No Khao Swe.

Laphet, or Tea Leaf Salad, is a ubiquitous Burmese dish. It is said that the Burmese are the only nationality to eat tea as well as drink it. The young tea leaves are picked and buried in sacks underground to ferment for anything between 6 months and 2 years. The tea leaves are then served over a salad of shredded veg (cabbage and lettuce), and served with numerous toppings such as crispy onion, crispy garlic, shrimp powder, mixed nuts and beans for the crunch that the Burmese love so much, along with the dressing of fish sauce, garlic oil and lime juice.

How did you get involved with Brighton Soup?

To be honest, Tara signed up for it initially. She was interested in what Brighton Soup do, and wanted to help out and try to make a difference to the community we live in, and I tagged along. I like what it stands for. There is a really nice environment at the events, and its great to be able to contribute to charities by doing what I do!

Martin can be found every Thursday and Saturday at the Food Rocks Market, Carfax, Horsham. If you love food, and particularly spicy food, then try this place out! Its just a bit different!

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Team Soup

 

 

Thank you for being a friend (and sorry about the song)!

Hi Everyone!

“I wanna tell you right now, and tell you again, thank you for being a friend”

Well I’m really sorry if we just got that song stuck in your head, but it’s perfect for what we want to say.

We’re in our 4th year now (yeah, really) and that couldn’t have happened without the wondrous, gorgeous, beautiful group of people – past and present – that have made us look good: the volunteers!

In this week celebrating volunteers, we wanted to let everyone know that we couldn’t, really, really, couldn’t have done – and be continuing to do – this, without people giving their time and energy for nothing but the love of doing it. And maybe a fun night out every now and then.

You lovely people that: make lovely food for us, sing and play for us, give us prizes to raffle, or money to projects, stand up and tell us about your passions, help us reach out for help, hand out leaflets, walk streets, host stands, spend days and evenings doing paperwork or organising things, writing blogs and posts, helping on the night (sometimes very late at night), taking photos, serving food, washing and clearing up, support us with donations of food, vegetables, cakes, equipment, money, advice, encouragement, buy tickets, come early to help, stay late to clear tables and chairs, even sweep and hoover. If you helped once, or have done so continuously. There really are too many of you to list here, but you know who you are. We certainly do.

So to all of you volunteers, from the heart, we say thank you so very much.

Now, again, sorry about the song, but it’s what we want to say. Well except the bit about buying you a Cadillac. Apart from that..

And if you’re too young to know the song, here it is. Enjoy!

Thank you for being a Volunteer.

Team Soup

PS: And speaking of thank you, if you’re attending the Survivor’s Network’s ‘Thank You Day’ tomorrow then we hope to see you there. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

With a little Help from our Friends

If you’ve been to soup before then you know it’s attended by very lovely people. We know that from the help and support you’ve given us and our pitchers over the the last 3 years. And when we needed your help at our last event you really didn’t disappoint.

Coming up to our All Saints soup we knew were were going to be short on help as a few of our team couldn’t make it. So we turned to Helpful Peeps and connected with Maxine and Tenzin who offered to help setup, host and take down after. Still short the day before so emailed our guests and again our call was answered – Shelley and Pat offered to come along. We had more offers than we could cope with, especially from all you soupers at the end of the night – we managed to clear up and get home in record time. Thank you all so much!

And the awesomeness helpfulness on display didn’t stop there!

If you haven’t heard, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audi Active won the vote on the night to take £448 in ticket money and donations for their Young Women in Tech project. Trying to encourage young women to get involved in the technical side of the creative arts. It’s great project and the pitch was passionate, but then so were the others.

Shortly before announcing the results of the vote one of our soupers offered a secret donation of £250 to every project that pitched. Not only boosting Audio Active’s pot, but ensuring that Free University Brighton’s Projector, Fabrica’s Textile Flow and B&H Speakout’s Thumb’s Up projects all received some much needed funding. How wonderful was that!

Amongst all of this was the usual joyful food, soulful music and lovely company. Our chefs Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe and Martin again provided a variety of tastiness, with vegan and gluten free options. Laura and Adam of Hickory Signals entertained us with some very soulful and moving folk music. And you of course, provided the company.

Caitlin from Survivors Network returned to give us an update on her projects since winning the last event back in December. The work is almost finished and they plan to hold a special open day where soupers and funders can go along and see the finished work and meet some of the team. How cool!

We had another great raffle courtesy of all our wonderful contributors, helping us raise £222 for BrightonSoup – to help us do what we do. Thank you all so much. There are too many to list here, but we do on our event post and on social media. As always, we also ask the winners to let us all know how they enjoyed their prizes by posting photos here or in the usual online places.

So from being a little worried we would be overwhelmed before the event, turns out we have a lot of supporters out there. Thank you all so much for making it another great night – especially all those that helped or offered to – and congrats to all the pitchers.

We’ll be putting up the full event details shortly, all about the projects, the contributors, the chefs and their soups soups and everyone that made it happen. And you can see the photos here.

Oh, and by the way, have we said “Thanks!

Team Soup

 

 

 

Pitchers, Chefs & Hickory Signals!

Well hey soupers, our Spring event is fast approaching!

It’s a busy time all round. The pitchers have been selected and are putting pen to paper, no doubt practising their delivery in a mirror. They think you’re a scary bunch, but we know that’s not true. The soup crowd gives one of the warmest welcomes ever! Still, public speaking can be very scary. Would you do it?

Our team of volunteer chefs have once again committed to feasting you on the night, an aromatic range of deliciousness will once again be available – in all the usual veggie and dietary variations.

Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe & Martin – we salute you!

 

We are souper delighted to announce that Folk duo, Hickory Signals, will be performing on the night. Strong vocal melodies with guitar, shruti, flute and a variety of percussion, layering sounds carefully and minimally to atmospheric effect – both traditional and original songs. Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti are a joy to listen to and we hope you enjoy it.

“Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere”
– FATEA Magazine

You can check out their music at hickorysignals.com and facebook.com/hickorysignals

 

This is a first for us: someone singing at soup that has previously pitched :). Some of you may recall Laura pitching on behalf of Brighton Oasis Project at our Emmaus event. Well now she’s back, but this time to sing and we’ve been looking forward to it.

Come and join us to hear those perfect pitches, taste scrummy food and enjoy the music. Only 2 weeks to go, but tickets are still available.

Hope you can join us.

Team Soup

A Tale of Two Projects

If you came along to our soup @ St Luke’s last week, then you know we had a good night. It was our first time at St Luke’s and Reverend Martin Poole made us feel very welcome. It was a shame the building work delays meant we didn’t get to use the fancy new ramped entrance and disabled toilets, but that didn’t stop us enjoying  the space. We weren’t sure that was going to be the case earlier in the day though.

A few hours before doors open we had two of our pitchers cancel. We do get cancellations, which is why we have a reserve arrangement: a 5th pitcher stands by and if they don’t get to pitch on the night (everyone turns up), then they get a guaranteed spot next time. Sadly this time the reserve couldn’t make it either. WIth a couple of days notice we could have arranged something (as we have in the past) , but with only hours left we had no choice but to go ahead with just two.

We were worried that the limited selection would make it less enjoyable for the attendees, but we needn’t have. They still had two great projects to choose from and everything else was the same: the delicious and plentiful food, the buzz and clatter of eating and conversation, the super raffle prizes, the awesome musical entertainment and of course the delightful company. We think it went really well. So did you, judging by the feedback!

“I love how people connected in the room. We all shared one thing in common at the event; we turned up because we want something good to happen in our community. And it’s wonderfully uplifting!”

The positive community feel of how people can connect across this city happened before the doors opened. We had a call from the guys at Laing O’Rourke – the builders working up at the Royal Sussex – who had just finished a Macmillan coffee morningwith the NHS staff. They raised £700 – and could not eat another cake. Would we like them for our guests? How fantastic was that!

So a lot happened before we even started…

First up to pitch was Stephanie Lake pitching for the Brighton Women’s Centre who need computer equipment for their peer support drop-in groups. Then was Jon Bebb from Turning The Tide pitching for funds for their TREASURE project, to help take struggling families on uplifting weekend breaks. The one benefit to having two pitchers was they each got a little more time during the Q&A bit.

 

How many different ways can we thank the awesome chefs that give us our tasty selection? Once again Tom, Sam, Lizzie, Jo and our very own Martin delivered souper deliciousness. Tom couldnt make it (gigging in France again), but everyone else was there. Some of them may even have served you some soup – I hope you were on your best behaviour :).

So feasted, it was time to close the voting and whilst we counted votes and door money we had our raffle and entertainment. So a huge thanks to all of our contributors for giving us some great prizes: everything from more food and drink, clothes and pampering, stuff for the kids and some fun days out including a ride on the Brighton Zipwire and the i360! A special thanks to Tracy from Tesco who also came along to help out! You can get full details of everyone here. Thanks to them and all of our guests we raised £197.30 to help cover our costs. Thank you very much.

So raffle out the way, one of the highlight of the evening had to be Shauna Pentony‘s performance, a mix of original songs and covers on guitar, all delivered with her angelic and soulfull voice. Despite losing her voice earlier in the day, she still went on and absolutely delivered. Her quiet heartfelt song about her sister “Call My Name” and the closing rendition of Valerie are faves of ours. You can watch video here in case you missed it or want to enjoy it  again.

So just before we announced the evenings winner we had a quick update from last soup’s winner, Jenny Skelton and her daughter Charlie. The first ever Disability Pride Brighton event went perfectly and to say thanks to BrightonSoupers for the funding they received. The money was used to hire a Changing Places toilet which enabled people with the most severe disabilities to attend. They didn’t want to exclude anyone and your funding ensured they didn’t. The toilet hiring company said they had one of the busiest days they had ever had, which is a testament to the inclusive nature of the event.

So, then it was time to annouce who soupers had voted for this evening. A lot of people had a difficult choice, but in the end it was Stephanie who won the funds for her the Brighton Women’s Centre drop in suite computers. We saw a lot of people talking to both our projects on the night so we’re hoping they all got some much needed support. As ever, we’ll keep you posted.

So then thank you’s and clean up time, and it went a treat this time. For the first time we closed the kitchen to hot food/drinks after the voting and it gave us more time to clean up and we got to leave early.

And the cakes from the hospital? They went down a treat, but we still didn’t finish them, all. So at the end of the evening we added them to our food that we donated to the Stopover Team @ Impact Initiatives. They were expecting soup, bread and maybe some biscuits – they got a lot of cakes too :).

“One of the many thing I love about soup is how people just talk to each other. Love that the tables seat eight so people will sit with others whom they have never met before, and make connections they otherwise wouldn’t”

You can check out the event photos. Or get the full details on the pitchers, chefs, musician and contributors that supported us at BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s 29th September 2017

Team Soup

View from the Galley Kitchen

If you’ve been to soup before, then you know the grub is delicious. You might even chatted with Peter, our boss of all things kitchen. We asked him about his view of our events:

I’m Peter (the kitchen) and I got caught by the press gang. Not for the first time! My last job started with a few beers followed by 2 months floating about in the North Sea. After 10 years of that kind of thing I managed to scrabble back to shore. Then I got involved with BrightonSoup. OK, at least this time “the gang” were my friends.

I’ve come to love Soup. It’s a great idea, and such a win-win. An amazing value night out, and great for the pitchers who get to interact with people who want to be involved with things that are going on in their neighbourhood. I mean, look at it like this. One can have a good time dancing, eating out, or going to the pictures. At Soup, you could hear something or meet someone that inspires you to do new things, explore new avenues. It could even change your life.

For me it has been a great opportunity to meet and work with new people. Lizzie is one of our talented chefs, who spends much of her life doing charitable work of one kind or another. She is a fantastic organizer and not only is she absolutely invaluable in the kitchen but also brings her artistic flair with her – that is why the bread and extras are often arranged so nicely, instead of just made into piles by a nerdy techie like me. She is an amazing cook (I’m lucky enough to have been for dinner) and makes our famous Clam Chowder.

Our chefs Tom and Sam also help out when they can make it – in the kitchen and serving people soup. Tom has made a business out of soup (The Soup Dept) and Sam has been on MasterChef. With people like these helping out it’s not surprising the soups are so good. We also hope the service is 🙂

And it is great meeting our customers too. At the first few events we used to line up bowls behind labels (I said I was a techie) because we were anxious about how long it would take to serve everyone. Then we did a venue where we were didn’t have space so we had to serve people individually. It didn’t take any longer and it was so much nicer to interact with our guests, have a quick chat while we’re serving, help them decide the soup etc. We’ve kept it that way ever since.

Being in the kitchen I often don’t get to pay much attention to the pitches on the night. It is the busiest time, making sure the soup is ready to serve as soon as they finish. But more often than not I get to meet them before the event, either to talk through the process or at pitch-training sessions. I always want them all to win. But even those who don’t often tell us they have got something invaluable, just from being there.

Soup has certainly changed me. Two years ago there would have been no way on Earth I’d have walked up the high street, gone into a shop and asked for something free for a raffle. Now I do that kind of thing. It has been amazing to meet people doing stuff in their community. Not just celebs on the telly, real people doing real stuff. And never before have I had the opportunity to wash up 100 soup bowls at 10-o-clock at night, that’s been just great too. OK, I could maybe ditch that one, but thankfully there’s been plenty of help!

I’ve always loved doing new things. Maybe that’s why I’m such a sucker for the press gang.

Peter

Team Soup

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Well what a fun evening that was! A beautiful venue – made even more glorious by the late evening spring sunshine (yeah, it was probably designed to be like that) – with great food, music and company – a real community spirit.

We know it was it a few weeks ago now (we’ve had a little break), but for those that didn’t make it we’d like to share…

One Church, Gloucester Road is a big venue – not without challenges for the team – but we ended up perfectly laid out within this beautiful old church in the heart of Brighton. And it turned out to be to be a very hot night.

We started with a few opening words from Eugenie Teasley, CEO of The Goodall Foundation and the energy behind Any Other Business Brighton, a group of people and organizations that spent the week showcasing the progressive social character of our diverse, vibrant, colourful city. It seemed fitting as this was the last event of the AOB week.

And then we were off with the pitches…

First Lucy McGrath & Sonia Mangan spoke about their Caritas Meal at All Saints Church, a monthly Sunday meal for people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or on the periphery of Society. Jenny Skelton pitched for the first ever Disability Pride Brighton event. Laura Harling was pitching for Found In Translation, a theatrical project that actively involves and engages those living with dementia. And Mary-Anne Weaver spoke of teaching young people to develop and practice manicuring skills as a way of tackling youth engagement and isolation.

You can get details on all the projects here.

Pitches over it was voting and feasting time – and it was a real foodie night. So many people brought food to share (very well received :)) and for the first time all 6 of our delicious soups were gluten free! And as always with vegetarian/vegan options. All courtesy of our Souper Chefs: Tom Chadd, Sam Redfern, Lizzie Batten, Joe Gray and newcomers Ros Morris and Team Soup member, Martin Pritchard. Thanks!

It was such a hot night someone asked if we had a gazpacho!

We also had a super delivery of 10 delicious Papa John’s Pizzas, a company that has given us much support over the last two years. If that wasn’t enough food focus we had more in the raffle with prizes from Nandos, GBKMOD Pizza, Big Beach Café, Pottery Café and more.

There was even real coffee instead of the usual instant stuff, a first for BrightonSoup. This was kindly provided by Ben and Donna from Pro Baristas. We weren’t sure how many people would ask for coffee in the evening, but it was so delicious and in so much demand that we just couldn’t make it fast enough!

We had a fantastic raffle with some great prizes, raising £243 for BrightonSoup, thank you so much everyone!. We’d like to ask the lucky winners if they could post photos of them using their prizes up on our facebook page so we could tag the contributors as a thank you. Although one of the prizes was some of Ayten Gasson’s Luxury Silk Lingerie so maybe in this instance just a thank you would do :).

When it’s time to count votes, it’s also music time – and for the first time at soup we had a band! The superb 4 piece Scandomando blew away the post-feasting slump with a blast of upbeat punk folk renditions of some classic songs. ‘Wanna Be LIke You’ got some soupers on their feet and dancing – don’t recall seeing that at soup before. One of our guests filmed them performing ‘Word Up’ and you can check that out here.

We had Rohan and Chloe from the Brighton & Hove Speak Out team return – winners of our Community Base event back in December – to give us an update on their film project. As a special treat we were able to debut the completed film to our guests – how cool was that! Another first for soupers, to see the end result of something they voted and put funds towards. Okay, there was a little technical delay, but a few jokes filled the time (bat joke anyone?). They had the film certificated as it will be screening at the Duke of York’s Cinema all next week before the showing of Churchill. If you can’t wait for that you can see the film here.

Finally it was time for the winner, and it was Jenny pitching that took the vote and the £505.70 in tickets and donations for Disability Pride Brighton. If you want to attend it’s being held next month on 9th July at New Road, Brighton..

As an AOB special we also had £500 of match funding graciously donated by Chris Llewellyn on behalf of The CriSeren Foundation. £200 of this went to Disability Pride bringing the winning funds to £705.70. The balance of £300 was split equally amongst the other projects. So everybody got a little funding this evening!

Finally, after many thanks you’s, goodbyes and lots of help clearing up, it was time to go out into the very warm night and head home – or onwards if you were so inclined. Or young :).

We hope you enjoyed yourselves, feasted deliciously, chatted to lovely people doing great things in your community, maybe got involved yourself, made new friends, tapped your feet to the delightful music and maybe even danced a little. Not a bad way to spend a hot Friday night in May.

Thanks for coming!

Team Soup

You can check out the full event details here and photos here.

Our next event is at BHASVIC on Friday 21st July and you can get tickets here.

 

A look back on 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

2016 was yet another fantastic year for BrightonSoup, and now with over 50 Soups in the UK a fantastic year for the Soup movement. So what did we get up to last year..?

  • We held 5 Soups; in Portslade, Moulsecoomb, Kemp Town and Central Brighton
  • We were donated an incredible amount of raffle contributions from local business
  • We had donations from 6 supermarkets and local food organisations (including projects that had pitched)
  • 8 local chefs prepared a selection of 24 delicious soups, of which the majority were gluten free, and vegan 🙂 And Papa Johns donated more large tasty pizzas as well as all the mountains of pot luck yummy food that people brought along too
  • 4 talented and diverse musicians entertained us with some of their original music and some cool covers, and to make it a bit different we even had a guest speaker!
  • We had 20 people pitch their projects and ultimately 8 winners (as at one Soups the winner shared their pot!) who received £3,281.80 from the tickets paid by the 473 attendees, this also included the 3 extra prize donations from a local business and fans of the BrightonSoup movement

It was a great year for us and we ended it with a brilliant last soup full of so much energy, and compassion. And we’re totally looking forward to seeing SpeakOut’s documentary later this year!

We record everything that happens from our BrightonSoup events in an archive, so if you want to see what went down at any previous events you missed, or you’ve been thinking about contacting one of the previous pitchers you connected with to offer your support in some way, then check it out here.

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So now onto 2017, and there’s a lot to look forward to. But we like to keep you on your toes, so all will be revealed in due course.. For now though we can wet your soup appetite, so save the date as our next soup is going to be at St Georges Church in Hangleton on 24th February.

We wish everyone a successful 2017, and look forward to continuously supporting each other and our fantastic community, lets make changes!

Team Soup

We took it to The Bridge

Wow, I think we had another great Soup. The run up is always nerve-wracking; will all the guests turn up, how much will we raise, will any of the projects drop out, will the entertainer make it, will we run out of soup? We always worry, but it always seems to turn out well. It must be down to the ingredients.  Firstly the passionate people who pitch great projects, to the wonderfully enthusiastic people volunteering, and then topped with the awesome warm and generous people who attend our events.

Like Matt Brabner, who persuaded his boss and colleagues at Natural Balances to dedicate their Bright10 run to  previous pitchers, Rhythmix. How great is that, and completely in the spirit of BrightonSoup. It’s always such a great crowd at our events, all wanting to be part of something bigger and to support each other. It was great to see that two thirds of you were attending your first Soup!

As usual it was really hard to decide on who to vote for. We had great impassioned pitches from Debbie for Cook and Creche, helping people eat healthy on a budget – with child care 2016-09-23-213025-088-sla-copyincluded; Xavier with republic, helping the hardest to reach young people learn a skill, gain confidence and get work – all through coffee; Duncan from Brighton Bike Hub about his DIY community workshop cycle repair project, where volunteers and users help each other. In the end it was Elaine from The Hummingbird Project – who plans to encourage local folk to foster unaccompanied children from the Calais refugee camps – who got the vote and takes £462 in door money and donations.

You can find out more about each of the projects ad how to contact them here.

Julian from Free Uni Brighton, winner of our last event at Emmaus, came back to tell us how they’ve gotten on since then and how the money you gave them has helped them to continue giving free education for all regardless of your ability to pay. If you want to do some learning of your own, Forensic Crime or Latin maybe, then get in touch.

2016-09-23-210302-1279-wca-copyAs always we like you to be entertained with some musical genius, and we had the talented Harry Osborne performing some of his songs. Some deep, jazzy and some funky, I think we speak for everyone when we say it was superb. Thanks Harry!

We also met the guys from Middlesbrough Soup hope4boro! It’s always great to meet fellow Soupers and share our learning and experiences – we picked up some great suggestions. Obviously we we’re super busy on the night but it was good to have you there so thanks for coming, 2016-09-23-185125-026-sla-copyWe hope to be up your way soon. We visited Ely Soup a while back and we’re definitely keen to get out more and attend other soups. Soup Love!

And speaking of soup love, a big thanks to our awesome soup makers; we had another 5 tasty soups to try out. Tom from The Soup Dept couldn’t be there again, but gave us soup anyway. Lizzie and Sam came back again and we had a BrightonSoup newcomer Connie, who works at The Bridge Kitchen. All were souper amazing, so check out what deliciousness they made us here.

2016-09-23-204522-0424-cda-copySo many people helped contribute to this event, whether it was people bringing along food to share or local businesses donating raffle prizes, so lets have a little appreciation and check out our contributors section for details.

A special mention has to go to Sam and her team at The Bridge – who invited us over, let us use their lovely space and and made us feel really, really welcome. And they gave us two delicious soups too. Thanks!

2016-09-23-213327-0510-cda-copyAmong the many first timers at Friday’s Soup was Pete West, Mayor of Brighton & Hove. It was great he took the time to join us and had some very lovely heartfelt words to say at the end of the night. Supporting what we try to achieve at BrightonSoup and to all the projects and people that are involved. He’s already asked to be kept in the loop for our next events, so he can join us again. Is BrightonSoup addictive?

Next up we’re back at Community Base in central Brighton on the 2nd December, so save the date and more details will follow. But to finish up, we’d like to say again a big thank you to everyone involved. Without you all we wouldn’t be able to keep going.

Till next time you souperstars,

  • To see the full details on the event, who the contributors were and how you can get involved with any of the projects check out the event archive page.
  • You can check out the event photos on facebook album, so get tagging 🙂

Team Soup