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Jiminy Brooke @ Brighton Soup!

We’re pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Jiminy Brooke will be joining us at our next soup night!

A classically trained pianist from the Balkans, Jiminy moved to Brighton a year ago to pursue contemporary music. She is heavily influenced by jazz and R&B.

If you want to get a flavour of her music before our event next week, you can follow her on  instagram: @jiminy.brooke

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th at Community Base!

Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance…it’s looks like its going to be busy!

Team Soup



Just TWO WEEKS to go!

Our next soup is on the horizon! Tickets are already selling fast, so please remember to book your tickets now!

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Our selection committee met this weekend and managed to whittle a huge number of fantastic projects down to just four (always a very hard task!) So we can confirm that we have 4 wonderful projects pitching on Friday 30th November at Community Base.

We’re not going to give it away (!) but here’s a cryptic hint for you to mull over:

Master the craft of  building a breakfast  at the next Brighton Soup!

Our volunteers have also been lining up some great prizes for the raffle too! Local businesses have been very generous, and we can safely promise that it will be worth coming just for the raffle!  We’ve also confirmed a very lovely music act which we will announce very soon.


And now – TWO invitations for you to get more involved with Brighton Soup!chefpropablog

  1. Two of our regular soup chefs are unable to help us this time, and whilst we’ve managed to find one lovely new soup-maker to join us,  we’re still looking for another! Please get in touch if you think you could make between 10 and 15 litres of soup for us. We can pick it up on the day if transport is a problem.
  2.  Would you be interested in learning more about how we select projects for our soup events? We’re on the hunt for new faces to join future selection panels. You can register your interest by emailing nix@brightonsoup.org.uk

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th November!

TEAM SOUP

 

 

 

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: Ayten Gasson

Back in the summer of 2016, we had an amazing soup evening at the lovely Revival Café at Emmaus. At the end of the evening a couple of women – Ayten and Joe – came over to say how much they really enjoyed the whole evening and wanted to help.

Ayten wanted to donate a box of luxury goods to our next raffle,  and Joe wanted to cook us some delicious soup. And true to their word, they did – and have many times since!

Recently we spoke to them about why they wanted to get involved. In a few weeks we will hear from Joe, but first up is Ayten. Ayten runs the Ayten Gasson boutique, which sells ethical luxury items.

I first heard about Brighton Soup through a very good friend of mine who had been before and spoke passionately about it. I now regularly attend and prepare a raffle prize for each event for my own little way of supporting the cause. My friend now actually prepares soup for the night so she, along with the whole Brighton Soup community, is really quite inspirational!

There are a number of things I love about the event but something that really stands out for me is the clear empathy and commitment of those involved. It shows us that there are people out there who want to make things better and lend a helping hand. With so much uncertainty and, frankly, terrible things going on in the world right now it’s comforting to know that there are good people who want to get involved and do what they can for their community.

As the owner of my company and boutique I love to see other independent business owners taking the time to support people trying to get an idea off the ground. They are all so supportive, whether that means volunteering, donating or just simply attending.

I’m originally from London and started my business there but I can’t think of anywhere else I would have wanted to open my boutique. It is a bit of a cliché but Brighton does have a certain feel about the place and I’ve definitely felt support from the wide range of independent businesses we have in the city.

As a parent I’m always interested in any projects and ideas presented at the soup nights that concern or involve children and also, as someone runs a creative business, I’m always impressed by anyone using their creativity to help others.

Brighton Soup is a great way to help the community and get inspired at the same time. Everyone is so dedicated to what they do that you can’t help but come away wanting to do more.

The ‘Ayten Gasson Boutique’ can be found at 32A Bath Street, or online at www.aytengasson.com

Ayten has once again donated a raffle prize for our upcoming event (Friday 28th September at All Saints, Hove) Quick link for tickets here!

 

Karandash @ All Saints Brighton Soup!

Brighton- based band Karandash are coming to Brighton Soup! They’ll be putting some Balkan flavour into our next Soup, at All Saints (Hove) on Friday 28th September.

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Known for their foot-stomping Klezmer and Eastern European folk music, the band will be entertaining us as we tot up the votes for the winning pitcher!

You can check their music out here if you want to get practicing your folk dance! (Dancing encouraged but not mandatory!)

Just three weeks to go before the event- don’t forget to book your tickets!

Hope you’re as excited as we are!

Team Soup

Autumn Soup @ All Saints

Hi all,

Well we finally pulled our finger out and sorted out another soup. Yay!

It will be on Friday 28th September at All Saints Parish Hall in Hove. A late September, Autumn soup. Though we’re hoping the glorious warm weather will hang around a little longer so we can have the garden doors open.

As usual, you can get tickets here and submit your own project here.

And if you know of any musician types that would be up for playing on the night, then do let us know :).

See you soon.

Team Soup
Creating. Community. Engagement.

Lauren Alex Hooper – a musical wordsmith

Hello Soupers!

Well, here we are, in the run up to our next event – BrightonSoup @ St George’s – on the 6th July!

We’ve been scurrying around getting everything ready for you, and it’s with no small amount of excitement that we announce our performer for the evening; Lauren Alex Hooper!

Lauren will be gracing us with her musical stylings, a musical wordsmith who uses the power of words as a way through her own journey with mental health. She follows this philosophy by running a blog;

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Lauren has just put out her first single – ‘Invisible’ – a deeply personal song she co-wrote to raise some awareness about how difficult it can be to get support. All the proceeds from this are going to the charity Young Minds.

Visit her website at laurenalexhooper.com

And come and see her perform on the 6th July 2018!
(psssst…you’re not too late to get a ticket!)

Team Soup

Return of the Dragon Slayer!

Hey Soupers!

We’re very happy to announce our next community funding event!

Catchy title, but there won’t actually be any dragon’s slain on the night – it’s not that kind of event. These dragon’s will be warm and friendly, rather than fiery and deadly. It’s just a cute (we think) reference to our next event venue.

We’re heading back to St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton, where we had a great time one very cold February. This time we expect it to be gloriously bright and sunny – yeah, okay, more like ‘hope’.

Tickets are now available, but more importantly, we’re open for submissions! So if you have something you’ve been thinking of starting, or need a little financial help to keep something going – then do apply. Even if you don’t win you get a chance to promote your project and meet friendly dragons wanting to help and support you. And eat some delicious soup too :).

So, who wants to start something?

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

Shauna Pentony!

Well we’re running on a skeleton crew at the moment so not much in the way of posts and mailshots lately, but we do have a some cool news to share:

We’re very pleased to announce that the very talented Shauna Pentony will be performing at our upcoming BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s on the 29th.

Shauna is a 20 year old singer/songwriter with an angelic, captivating voice. Originally from Northern Ireland, she’s been living in Brighton for a couple of years studying English literature and creative writing and is just about to start a degree course at the Brighton BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institute).

In her own words: “I have always had a keen interest in music from when I was a young age and so played the violin for just over 10 years. I began playing the guitar aged 15 and started writing my own songs not long after. I have loved every moment since and getting the opportunity to support something as amazing as Brighton SOUP and getting to perform some original songs and covers is amazing! So I hope everyone enjoys and I can’t wait to see everyone there!!”

Shauna is being nice about us, but then she’s been a guest at our soup events – so she knows. And when I say guest, I mean she helped move tables, put up signs and be useful. So it’s a special treat for us as having her play.

If you’re already coming along on the 29th you can catch her performance on the night, if you’re not then get a ticket :).

In the meantime you can learn more about Shauna at ShaunaPentonyMusic.

We’re really looking forward to next week!

Team Soup