Category Archives: Chefs

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

BrightonSoup @ Hangleton – 18th Sept 2015

Our second BrightonSoup event and this time no noisy dance class above – and we had a much better PA system. Sadly one of our projects had to drop out late so there were 3 projects pitched on the night. Tamsin from Wide Berth won the vote and £300.70 in ticket money and donations for her craft taster classes for socially isolated mothers.

There were plenty of connections made and skills pledged to the projects so we hope they all get the support they need. We also had last soup’s winner, Ann from the Purple People Plot come back with an update on their project and how the money has helped. We’ll keep you updated on all these projects and let you know when they’re having events of their own.

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

The Venue

St Richard’s Community Centre,
Egmont Road

Thanks to Ann Tizzard & Patricia Weller for being so helpful throughout.

The Projects

Thank you to all the projects for being part of our BrightonSoup event, it was the reason people attended (and maybe the soup).

These were 3 projects that pitched. Although only one was the winner, they all need your support. If you can help in any way please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Portslade Bonfire Society

Portslade Bonfire Society is a local group of residents keen to celebrate bonfire night with an annual torch lit procession through the Old Village and surrounding area finishing at emmaus Brighton – a national charity providing a supportive environment for homeless people. Emmaus hold an annual fireworks display and we plan to light their bonfire with the torches from our procession – and then enjoy the fireworks. This can be a great way of taking part in a local community event that is open to all. It’s a big responsibility and an empowering experience for youngsters to carry a lit torch through their home community. One we believe would be positive and memorable giving locals a sense of ownership in their own communities.

We have been invited to join Sussex Bonfire Council, organisers of the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations as well as supporting thirty other Bonfire Societies in Sussex. Any future fund-raising by Portslade Bonfire Society will be donated to the emmaus Brighton. To meet Brighton & Hove Council requirements we need funding for public liability insurance, and this is where any funding from BrightonSoup will be spent.

DSCF8639Presenter: Alex Hardman

Alex Hardman
0781 773 1590



2 – Wide Berth (Winner)

Wide Berth is a project that enables mums to have time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health whilst
engaging in an activity, such as making mosaics. Set up by Tamsin Williams, we aim to counteract social isolation for mums and develop a community of support for families in Hove.

Wide Berth is run by a committee with different interests and skills, and an empathy for mums suffering from Post natal depression.

We currently need to raise funds to keep the project running. Funding from BrightonSoup will cover the cost of hiring a hall for a ‘taster day’ to promote Wide Berth with various mini workshops offering different art and craft activities run by mums themselves. It will pay for promotion of the day with posters and leaflets, and serve the purpose of raising awareness of
Wide Berth. Check our website for photos from previous workshops here.

DSCF8675Presenter: Tamsin Williams

Tamsin Williams ~ Wide Berth Project Co-ordinator



3 – Wild Things & High Jinks

“My daughter is disabled and suffers with anxiety, ADD, and is partially deaf. I wanted an activity where she could achieve something on her own and climbing has been one of those achievements. The staff at Adventure Unlimited were absolutely fantastic with her – kind, patient and extremely understanding. Their dedication paid off and eventually she climbed the wall and reached the top – the look on her face was priceless!  It’s so important for her to achieve things in life as so many things are difficult for her, but one little step like reaching the top of that wall in life for her is like climbing a mountain.” This is what one mum told us about her child’s experience at our climbing club.

For 38 years, Adventure Unlimited have helped transform the lives of children and young people this way. Providing subsidised places and additional support for those that need it to take part and we have worked with literally thousands of young people. Now, is a tough time for small charities and we need your help to carry on providing our services and bring back our term-time climbing and archery clubs and outdoor adventure holiday clubs in the Autumn. Without your help, there’s a real risk that the memories created this year could be the last.

DSCF8708Presenters: Susannah Broadbridge & Chris Trickey

Website :

  • Sadly Adventure Unlimited closed down in September 2016.

Everyone that helped

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (4 vegan and all gluten free). Tom couldn’t join us this time, but he still provided a couple of soups. Ash again provided a spicy soup. We also had a couple of newcomers, Lizzie and Paul, supplying soups – and they spent the evening in the kitchen helping our Peter feed the masses and washing up.

Thank you Mandy and Jill for coming in to help with the washing up.

the-soup-deptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept 
Carrot & Coriander Soup
Curried Chick Pea & Bean Soup

cactusAsh (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe 202 Portland Road
Pun Yam Soup


Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

Paul Tansley
Leek & Potato Soup

A special mention to Hilary & Richard for once again providing allotment veg that went into the soups. Also a huge thanks to all the people that brought food, there was so much.


DSCF8857The musical entertainment this time was provided by guitar duo, Dare To Be Charlie. Newcomers to Brighton, Daren and Charlie impressed with their eclectic mix of original songs, super harmonies and good humour. They got a great response from our soupers.

Not only did they entertain, but they let us use their PA for the pitches. Thanks!

The Sponsors

The local businesses that supported us with decorations, donations and raffle prizes. With their help we covered the costs of hosting the event so that all the ticket money went to the winning project.

All @ Get Stuffed Cafe
All @ Hartley’s Wines (Hangleton Way)
All @ The Grenadier Pub
David @ Westow Play & Football
Gail @ Fairydust Flowers
Julien & Martina
@ Intenso Cafe
Karen @ Suntrap Salon
@ Coral Greyhound Stadium
Nima @ Best Wishes
Owen @ Tesco Express
Paul @ Hair Retreat
Peter @ Co-operative Food
Prakash @ Warr News

The Volunteers

The Community Organisers, Dot and Sam, for giving our presenters “pitch” training. They really enjoyed it and felt far more confident of their presentations. They all did well on the night.

Steph for yet again taking photos.

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, Hilary, Carys and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.

Back: Lynne, Charlie, Angel. Michael, Will, Karin, Nikki & Mandy. Front: Lizzie & Peter.

Thank you all for getting involved!

See the photos.

Angel, Charlie, Karin, Lynne, Michael, Nikki, Peter, Scott & Will.

Ladles at the ready!

Well the 3 Chefs are getting their ladles out and preparing for the deliciousness that is BrightonSoup. And yes, there will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices available. The problem will be deciding which ones to eat. Good thing we’re not voting on the soups…

If you’re bringing food to share then bread, cakes and biscuits are faves. They go great with soup and don’t need to be refrigerated. There’s no alcohol served, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

See you there.

Team Soup


September 12, 2015

There’s a little bit about us in today’s Brighton Argus, how great is that. 🙂

Sadly they didn’t mention Tom @ The Soup Dept or Ash and Shona from The Cactus Cafe, but it was a nice piece.

Team Soup

4 Projects, awesome supporters and busy volunteers

Well the 4 projects for our next Soup have been decided and choosing a favourite is not going to be easy. They are all different, but each is worth the win. So it’s too late now to submit a project for this event, but if you do send something in we will put it in the pot our next Soup.

As last time, all ticket money goes to the winning project and we fund the event ourselves. The food is supplied free by our supporters. Tom at The Soup Dept and Ash & Shona from The Cactus Cafe are returning with more delicious soups. We also have a new Chef, Lizzie, contributing and trust us you won’t be disappointed. And Hilary & Richard are once again supplying some allotment veg for the soups. It (almost) goes without saying that there will be Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free choices.

A big thanks to Owen @ Tesco Hangleton and Peter @ Co-op Portland Rd for helping out. And the local businesses around The Grenadier and Portland Road have been fantastic with contributions for our raffle. We have nights out, meals, tea & cakes and places to take the kids. Something for those that want to look good, And of course, something for those that like a drink. Great prizes for you and we hope to cover our costs. And let’s not forget the free musical entertainment from the very talented acoustic duo Dare To Be Charlie.

Our supporters are awesome and we couldn’t do it without them, but lets not forget our volunteers. Visiting businesses, community centres, handing out leaflets, amassing soup bowls, spoons, making calls, emails, wrestling with excel and dropbox and drinking lots of coffee at Intenso (okay, probably be doing that last one anyway). They will all be very busy on the night. They don’t get paid and they even have to buy a ticket. Yep, we all do. But it’s so worth it.

It looks to be another fun night, hope you can make it.

Team Soup

Get your ticket here 🙂

Our First Soup!

Well no more reminders about getting a ticket, our first ever BrightonSoup event is over. It was held at the South Portslade Community Centre in Church Road, Portslade and shame if you missed it, because it was a great night.

The 4 Project Pitchers

The 4 Project Pitchers

It’s a brave thing to stand up and ask a room full of strangers for help, but the passion for their projects was evident. Paula and Mimi want to create “Knowledge” boxes to help families with newly diagnosed autistic children. Shalina needs visual aids for her talks to kids about the importance of food nutrition and how it affects mental health. Lizzie spoke for an art group for disabled children who need a projector and art supplies. And Ann wants to create a “secret garden” to engage the families of those using the Friday Food bank. 4 great projects and choosing wasn’t going to be easy. They had 5 minutes each to pitch with a few follow up questions before the focus switched from the stage to the room.

DSCF8405The voting was now open and food was being served. And delicious it was too, we were spoilt by our chef donations with 4 soups (3 vegan and all gluten free). In addition many guests brought food and drinks to share with Cous Cous, Focaccia, Cheese Scones, Cakes and more.

We had concerns that people would stay in groups and not mingle, but we shouldn’t have worried. Everybody mixed: whilst getting food and drinks, when voting, or when looking at the project and sponsor displays, everybody was actively discussing the projects and their merits. There was a great community vibe in the room with new connections being made.

Georgia Lewis

Georgia Lewis

At 8:30 we closed the vote and did our raffle. This was important to us as all the door money went to the projects, we had to cover our other costs. So all donations and raffle income was split 50/50 with the projects. The prizes were donated by the wonderful local retailers on Boundary Road and we made enough to boost the project pot and cover all of our costs. They also provided donations, discounts and decorations so the room could look lovely.

Whilst the votes were counted we were treated to the musical talents of Georgia Lewis, a young local folk singer and avid accordionist. She was captivating from the moment she started singing, holding everyone’s attention until the well deserved applause. She sang and played accordion, guitar and recorder. Georgia is normally accompanied by a guitarist and fiddle, but offered to play solo when they others couldn’t make it. And we’re so glad she did – it was one of the many highlights of the evening.

Nikki, Ann, Penny and Will

Nikki, Ann, Penny and Will

Finally, it was time for the results and Nikki had the pleasure of presenting Ann from the Purple People Plot with a cheque for £304.50. North Portslade’s very own Councillor Penny Gilbey was kind enough to join us for the evening, which was fitting as she is a big supporter of community projects.

It was great to see a project getting the pot, but BrightonSoup isn’t just about one project winning money. There were 4 great projects and they’re all deserving of help, financial or otherwise. So whilst what happened on the stage was great, it’s what was happening around the room that matters. The project you voted for may not have won, but that doesn’t stop you walking over to them and offering whatever help you can. It might be money, or a skill to pledge. This happened on the night.

Ann and Barry

Ann and Barry

Barry Hutton, the Head of Studies for Construction at Central Sussex College (Crawley) was in the audience as he lives locally. He was able to offer his students to the Purple People Plot to help build the garden walls they need. And this happened before the winner had even been announced. How great is that? And how fantastic would it be if all the projects left with a little bit more help.

So if you would like to get involved with any of these projects, you want to help out or have some skill to share, then please get in touch with them. Even if you didn’t attend (and shame on you if you didn’t), you can find out all the details on the projects and everyone that helped here.

So a perfect night? No. Things went wrong. We had a very loud and stompy dance class above us and our pa system wasn’t good enough. But we knew things would go wrong, and in the end we don’t think they got in the way of everyone having a great time.

DSCF8105We wanted to see how our first soup went before we committed to another one. I don’t think there is a reason to doubt now. There will be a next one, we just have to decide where and then – and we’ll tell you when we know. But in the meantime, a huge thank you to everyone that helped to make this one a success.

Projects, Chefs & Volunteers



BrightonSoup @ Portslade – 19th June 2015

Our first soup and we think it went really well.

There were 4 projects pitched on the night and Ann from the Purple People Plot won the vote and took £304.50 for their Secret Garden for the Food Bank users. We had some good connections made and skills pledged.

This is the info on the people who pitched, the project that won, those that provided the food, entertainment, decorations, everyone that helped us make it happen:

The Venue

South Portslade Community Centre
Church Road
BN41 1LB

Attendance: 61

Thanks to Siobhan and Brunwin for their help.

The Projects

Thank you to all the projects for being part of our BrightonSoup event. Although we had a winner these projects still need help. So if you can do anything to help, donate, give your time, pledge a skill, then get in touch directly or use our contact form.

1 – Knowledge Box Library

mASCot Knowledge Box LibrarymASCot is a parent led support group for families with a child/children on the Autistic spectrum. We now have over 180 families that we support and we are growing weekly. We arrange many things in mASCot including workshops, coffee mornings, talks, training and therapies and we are always looking to provide new and necessary support for our families.

One of our new projects is our Knowledge Box Library where we provide a box of books, leaflets and information to help parents and children understand Autism better by reading some wonderful books and resources. Telling your child about Autism is a big worry for many parents and we hope we can provide the right information and guidance to make this part of their journey easier.

DSCF8333Presenters: Paula Donovan & Mimi Banks

Sam Bayley
07943 346 055 / 01273 414 609

Facebook: facebook/ascmascot
Twitter: @mascotsupport


2 – A Helping Hand


A Helping Hand helps educate and support young people and their families in the community, women experiencing PND and people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. The basis of the talks is about nutrition and how it affects the way we feel or as I like to say, food & mood. However things aren’t always as simple as knowing what to eat to feel good, the discussions are broader and cover friendships, self confidence, self esteem, weight concerns and their relationship to food, drugs, alcohol, bullying, peer pressure and difficult home lives.

All these things effect our overall health & wellbeing and young people can need extra support dealing with them. These talks are a great way for them to learn how to take back control of their health, ask questions, be supported and talk openly in a safe environment. The funding will enable me to buy and create educational props to make the learning experience more interactive and visual, to capture different learning styles. DSCF8354

Miss Shalina Sheikh
07990 973 558



3 – Mymarc Community Interest Company


Mymarc is a Community Interest Company that runs Make Your Mark art workshops for disabled young people up to the age of 25 in Brighton and Hove. The workshops are an opportunity for disabled young people to express themselves creatively, experiment and explore a wide-range of media – printing, painting and sculpture as well as getting together and having some fun.

Mymarc also provides volunteering opportunities for local artists and young people. We help them open up new parts of their lives and find new ways to connect to the world around them. We would like the funds to buy a projector and art supplies.

DSCF8388Presenter: Lizzie Batten

Sue Winter 07400 963 087



4 – Purple People Plot (Winner)

purple-people-plotBehind Portslade Town Hall is a secret garden, just waiting for care and attention. With your help we can make it into a very special place for displaced, disengaged, depressed, desperate people to dig their way back to mental and physical fitness. It will be for a sheltered vulnerable group of people who may not have a framework to their day or a purpose in life. Designed to encourage interaction, team work, relaxation and co-operation.

It will enable stressed parents to play and work with their children in a safe and natural environment. Everyone will benefit by enjoying the satisfaction and sense of achievement. An added bonus will be the food we produce, which we will share on site or use in our Food Bank kitchen. We area spin off from the Purple People Kitchen Food Bank which is held at the Portslade Town Hall every Friday, and the Council have allocated the plot to become a community garden. The funding will enable us to buy kids gardening tools for them to be an active part of it.

Ann Menhinick
07789 765 933 / 01273 412 952



Everyone that helped

Soup & Food

These stars provided 4 delicious soups and bread, free of charge, to all of our guests. And Tom and Shona spent the evening at the event helping out.

the-soup-deptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Brocolli & Stilton Soup
Thai Red Curried Lentil Soup

cactusAsh (Chef) & Shona @ The Cactus Cafe (Opening Soon)
Mexican Lentil Bean Soup


Joel & Ian (Chef) @ emmaus Brighton
Leek & Potato Soup

A special mention to Hilary & Richard for the allotment veg that went into the soups. And to all the guests that brought food and drink of their own to share.


DSCF8465The delightful Georgia Lewis, a young local folk singer and avid accordionist offered to play solo when the rest of her band couldn’t make it.

And a special mention to Paul & Helen @ OnRequest for loan of the the mike stand.

The Boundary Road Souper-Stars!

Helping to fund the night and everything that made us look good, from balloons and table decorations, to some great raffle prizes, these are the local business that helped us out and you can find most of them on the Facebook Buzz on Boundary page.

Angel @ Angel Art
Nima @ Best Wishes
Mike @ Sparkles
Sally @ Tesco Boundary Road
George @ George’s Gems
Debbie @ Sweet Treats
Shaadi @ Hair Station
Douglas @ The Coffee Station
Faye @ Phase Photography
Gail @ Fairydust Flowers

And it wasn’t just boundary road;

Emma @ Sainsburys West Hove
Alan @ in Southwick
All @ Stock in Trade Ltd in London

The Volunteers

The Project Committee: Scott, Peter, Michael, Charlie & Angel.

Donna for putting up posters and handing out leaflets, Julian for offering free business and patent advice to our projects and Alex for offering coaching help to the projects.

And finally all those that helped on the night setting up, checking people in, serving food, doing the raffle, taking photos and making sure it didn’t all go horribly wrong: Alex, Angel, Carol, Charlie, Karin, Michael, Peter, Scott, Shona, Steph (x2) & Tom,

Karin, Georgia, Nikki, Scott, Angel, Tom, Peter, Will, Charlie, Steph, Michael, Shona, Hilary

A big thanks to everyone for getting involved!

Read our review, see photos or watch Georgia singing.

Will & Nikki Anjos