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Souperstar: Tom Chadd from The Soup Dept

Tom is the first chef we reached out to when starting BrightonSoup and he has been stalwart supporter ever since, delighting us with his inventive and delicious soups. We chatted to the multi-talented Tom to find out more about what inspires him and why he got involved.

Tom, from that accent, I take it you aren’t Brighton born and bred…?  

Far from it!  I’m originally from Sunderland in the North East but I’ve not lived there for over 12 years, at first moving to Sheffield for University. I think the accent has softened a bit though.

2015-11-20-143015-#1055-SRC-PR #EDITEDWas it in Sheffield that you learnt your soup wizardry?

Actually, I trained as a civil engineer and worked for a few years in that field before deciding to try my hand at something else so I headed out to the French Alps. I sort of fell into cooking by accident, working in kitchens and chalets, picking up skills over the winter seasons and undertaking intensive cookery classes. People seemed to like the food I was making and I was really enjoying, so I kept going. I worked in the Italian Dolomites, then moving to the Peak District where I catered for large groups and weddings. 

There’s a bit of a mountain theme there. Brighton doesn’t have mountains, so why have you ended up here?

I’ve got a few friends who live here and I’ve been visiting for some time.  There’s a great music scene and there is always something interesting going on so I decided to stay. I think that happens a lot here.

You have a brilliant mobile soup stall, The Soup Dept, which has just moved to a new spot in Dorset Place, Brighton – why do you love soup so much? 2016-02-19-142315-#Peter

Soup has endless possibilities and variations; it’s healthy and nutritious and works really well as street food. I’ve always loved making soups and it allows me to be creative on a daily basis.  Who doesn’t like soup? Since starting up two years ago, Soup Dept. has become really popular with the local community.

Tell me about your customers…

I’m really lucky. Most of my customers are regulars from the art college or offices nearby and I’ve got to know a lot of them since setting up. Being part of the community is really important to me as an independent, and I want to have a positive impact locally.  I think soup and talking about soup connects people in some way. My customers even suggest recipes and ideas which I love!

2015-06-19-194950-#6870-SRC-CAROLWhere else do you get your soup inspiration from?

Everywhere! The meals that I eat, anything that has nice combinations of flavours.  I have a back catalogue but I keep I keep mixing it up, serving different soups each day, which are all freshly made inside the soup van, along with fresh bread rolls and organic coffees.

You offer a 50p discount for customers who bring their own cup? That’s brilliant!

Sustainability is a high priority at The Soup Dept.  All disposables are compostable and customers are encouraged to help the environment further by bringing their own cup and I like to reward that!  Local and organic ingredients are regularly used and food wastage is reduced to be as close to zero as possible. Any leftover bread rolls I deliver to the local food bank. 

What’s on the menu today (it smells DIVINE!) and can I have some?? 

We have two today, so you can try both. We have Thai Curried lentil and Cauliflower and Stilton.

Delicious. So what do you do when not making soup? 

Music is my other passion. I’m either watching live bands or playing keyboards with The Willing Gales, a Brighton 8 piece band, Seadog or Laish, a London band with a new album coming out soon.  

Why did you decide to get involved with Brighton Soup?

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-The-Soup-DeptIt is an incredible initiative and focuses on having a positive effect on the local community. Who wouldn’t support it?  The ideas pitched are inspiring, the format is fun and it is an entertaining evening. Not only that, I’ve met some fascinating people.

You can find Tom weekdays at his new spot in Dorset Place and check out The Soup Dept on Facebook and Twitter to see which soups are being made each day.

If you want to taste what deliciousness Tom’s cooking up for our next event then best come along on the 29th.

Have a great day.

Team Soup

Photos, Junk Food & Little Green Pigs

It is World Book Day so it is fitting that today’s guest on Under the Influence with Mike Willis is Julie Watson from Little Green Pig. A charity that believes all young people can be writers. Julie pitched at BrightonSoup back in November and although she didn’t win she had lots of interest so she has some great things to say about the experience. To find out more, and to hear what Little Green Pig have been up to since the event tune in to 1BrightonFM at 1pm today. Hopefully there won’t be any acapella Queen. 🙂 No promises though.

We want to thank Sarah and all at The Real Junk Food Project for the veg donation which ended up in Tom’s Spicy Parsnip & Swede Soup – which was very popular. If you don’t know, TRJFP help eradicate food wastage by feeding it to people on a “pay as you feel” basis. Sam Redfern, one SCAN-20160303of their volunteer chefs who cooked a delicious Tuscan Bean Soup for our event said cooking at TRJFP was like “Ready, Steady, Cook”. What a great way to take what would be wasted and put it to delicious use.

You probably know TRJFP host a popup event at One Church in Gloucester place at 1pm every Friday, but did you know they host several events across Brighton & Hove?

St Lukes Church on Old Shoreham Road – Mon to Wed (open midday)
Hollingdean Community Centre – Thu (open 1 pm)
The Hive in Hove – 1st Wed of the month (open midday)

Plenty of opportunities to try them out across town and you can get the full details on their website. And if you can’t make it yourself then pass the info on.

If you haven’t spotted it yet, our event photos are up on bookface. A very special thanks to Natalie Duke for helping us out for the evening and giving us some great photos.

Happy World Book Day!

Team Soup

LatestTV

BrightonSoup on TV 🙂

Nikki and Louise made an appearance on LatestTV News this week being interviewed by Jeff Moody. There was a clip on DetroitSOUP and then some gentle interrogating. Louise and Nikki were nervous beforehand, but they ended up doing really well.

There was a very funny moment when Jeff introduced a video of someone pitching at our event, Georgia Lewis. For those that weren’t there, Georgia was the folk singer at our very first event. And that’s what the video was (you can see it here).

It was funny when it came back to the studio having watched Georgia singing and playing her accordion. They all laughed. They’ve put the interview online, but the error has been edited out. It’s a shame because it was a funny moment and Jeff handled it superbly.

So a big thanks to all at LatestTV News and well done to our brave ladies.

Team Soup

One more sleep…

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

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

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

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

Doors open 6pm, pitches start 7pm.

See you there!

Team Soup

Rocking the Community Base!

We at BrightonSoup are very excited to announce that Brighton band Carnivalé will be playing for us at our upcoming Soup @CommunityBase. The quintet are currently working on their debut album, but members members Millsy and Jim Cannings will be taking a break to come and entertain us with a short acoustic set.

A self professed rock and contemporary blues band with a touch of the circus, they promise to deliver an exhilarating performance come Soup night. So if you don’t want to miss out then grab yourself a ticket before we’re sold out!.

You can check out the band at facebook.com/officialcarnivalé / @carnivale_band

Hope to see you on the 20th 🙂

Team Soup

Let’s see what you could have won…

With our next event fast approaching we’ve been working hard to get some exciting raffle prizes, but we don’t want to give too much away (figuratively speaking at least). But now seems like the perfect time to look at what you may have missed out on if you couldn’t make our last Soup in Hangleton.

If it’s food and drink you’re interested in then Get Stuffed Cafe gave Soup-goers a voucher redeemable at their cafe in Hangleton. And across the road The Grenadier Pub donated another one – and free pub-grub is always a treat! There was more deliciousness too as Intenso Cafe offered up free coffee and cake for six people at their chilled out place on Portland Road. We were definitely tempted to hold onto this one – we spend so much time there it’s become a kind of Soup HQ.

Soup-goers wanting to look good were in luck too as Suntrap Salon were happy to donate a tanning session at their salon in Hangleton and Hair Retreat offered a free cut & blow dry at their place in Portland Road. A great way to look good while saving money!

And those looking for a nice day out we got you covered. For the kids, Westow Play & Football gave us 6 tickets to their play area. In a lovely gesture on the night a raffle contestant winner selected the Westows tickets and donated them to Tamsin of Wide Berth so her mum’s group could take their kids for some fun time. All in the spirit of the evening.

While for the adults, Coral Greyhound Stadium were kind enough to donate two sets of 6 of their tickets to lucky raffle winners, enough for a large family or group of friends! And if that wasn’t enough each set came with a bottle of red wine: a Marques de Casa Concha courtesy of Hartley’s Wines and a Stowell’s from Warr News, both based in Hangleton. Would it surprise you to know that these were snapped up almost immediately?

That about wraps it up for the raffle prizes, but if you’re interested in getting your hands on any at the next event be sure to book your tickets and join us in November. 🙂

See you there!

Team Soup

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September 26, 2015

community base logoWe’ve got our next soup planned and it’s going to be held @ Community Base on Friday 20th November 2015.

For those of you that don’t know, Community Base is a “truly multicultural community centre” in the heart of Brighton, and they provide a home for voluntary groups across the city. So we’re chuffed to be holding an event there, up on the 5th floor with great views across the city.

Now, who wants a ticket?

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
Hove
BN3 7FP

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

Contact:
Alex Hardman
0781 773 1590
alex.hardman@plumpton.ac.uk

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697649887132684/

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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

Contact:
Tamsin Williams ~ Wide Berth Project Co-ordinator
wideberth.honeycroft@gmail.com

Links:
Website: https://wideberth.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WideBerth

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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

Links:
Website : www.aultd.org
Facebook:  facebook.com/AdventureUnlimited
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/aultdbrighton

  • 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.

Music

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
Michelle
@ 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.

BrightonSoup
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