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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.

 

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

 

Soup Pot Share

Whilst every soup event is special, there was definitely something in the air (sorry, Phil) at our last event. And not simply because it was our 1st birthday :).

#2016-07-01-194638-#3190-RBOLLRegular Soup attendees and recent converts know our nights are about bringing people together to listen, eat and vote for one of the groups pitching and effect change in some way for our communities.

But on Friday 1st July, Ali Ghanimi from Free University Brighton – who won the vote on the night – stood up, thanked everybody for their support and announced their intention to share the £876.25 Soup pot with their fellow pitchers from Esteem, Brighton Oasis Project and Women Over 50 Film Festival!

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This truly embodies the spirit of BrightonSoup and the ethos of community partnering. Rock on!

And this happened before they knew Ahmed el Dessouki of Papa John’s Pizza Brighton had just offered £300 to be split amongst the runners up. He only dropped by with his family for some soup and a vote, but maybe that was whatever was in the air again.

So everyone who pitched not only went home with some useful new contacts but also £294 to help with their community projects!

“I’m honestly amazed at what a group of people who come together can achieve. The soup was tremendous, I’m coming back.”

#2016-07-01-194717-#3194-RBOLLMaybe it was the venue. The Revive Cafe is warm friendly space on the Emmaus grounds, and the people who live and work at Emmaus give out a beautiful helpful vibe.

This was the perfect place for soup, to sit and hear pitches delivered with passion and humour, where each had a story to bring to life what the funding would mean to their project.

And the perfect place to enjoy the delicious soups provided once again by our generous chefs – Tom, Lizzie, Sam and Matteo. Along with a few Papa John’s Pizzas and all the food guests brought along to share.#2016-07-01-194805-#3204-RBOLL

“Food (soup & pizzas) very tasty, very sociable atmosphere, everyone very friendly. Learned a lot about what good projects are going on locally.”

All that was missing was some entertainment, and it very nearly was missing. Our scheduled artist failed to appear (thanks) so we had to find an alternative at very short notice. Fortunately Charlie Anjos stepped up to provide some brilliant entertainment, giving us acoustic versions of some of his fave songs. I can’t get Perfect Skin by Peace out of my head now.

Well, he does keep playing it around the house :).

So a magic night and a great way to end our first year. Thank you all for coming along to help us celebrate. A very big thanks to Joel, Andy, Ian and all at Emmaus for providing us with a great venue and putting up with our reorganising their community cafe and kitchen for the evening! We hope it was worth it – we met a lot of lovely people who thought it was.

  • For full details on who pitched, contributed and helped check out the event archive.
  • Or check out the event photos here.

See you at the next one!

Team Soup

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St George & The Community Soup Dragons!

Friday night was BrightonSoup night and my oh my, last Friday was epic. Thank you to everyone who joined us at St Georges Church in Kemptown, all you soup dragons made this event truly special.

From the faces we know well, delivering their tantalising soups and serving everyone with a smile, to those who were out for a different kind of Friday night, bringing friends and work colleagues.  To the couples, the families and even the odd first date…thank you for coming and playing a vital part in your community through supporting these amazing projects.

Pitches galore!

We had a mix of pitches on the evening with the ultimate winner being Sam Hart from Sussex 2016-04-29-214045-#997-CDAPrisoners’ Families. The win allows them to train more volunteers to offer independent advice and support to the children and families of those facing prison. We were delighted to be able to hand over a very large ceremonial cheque for £893.00! This amount was achieved through all the ticket donations paid in advance and taken at the door on the night, and the  wonderful Ahmed from Papa John’s Pizza Brighton who kindly matched it to double the pot!

Every pitch was impassioned and delivered eloquently making the decision for everyone on the night particularly challenging.  First Dan, from Goodmoney CIC , a Brighton based social enterprise that provides alternative ways of exchanging value within the community, wanted 2016-04-29-185203-#823-CDA #editedsupport to develop a voucher wallet that would be sent with every voucher bought. Nick, from St. John’s School & College, who provide education, care and medical therapy to young people aged 7 to 25, wanted help to run the first Glastonbury-style festival for all of their pupils. And Lucy from Rhythmix, a music and social welfare charity providing opportunities for music making to people in challenging circumstances, who desperately need new computer equipment.

You can find out more about each of the projects that pitched here and how else you can help.

“What inspired me tonight is that it is not just about who wins the pitch, it is the constant offers of support or ideas that I’ve witnessed that embodies what community spirit is all about – Thanks Brighton Soup.” – Greg, first time Souper

2016-04-29-212939-#963-CDA#editedThere was a welcome return from Simon Cobb from Stoneham Bakehouse who won £352.50 at our last event to help purchase a really rather beautiful Elephant Bike to help share the benefits of baking as therapy for the community.  Simon and his team were also featured on BBC South East Today last  Friday talking about how baking can help commnuities. Follow them for details of their next baking session……and GET INVOLVED!

Nice one, Dave!

For those of you who don’t know Dr David Bramwell, we were lucky enough to be taken, if only for a short while, on an entertaining and engaging tour of his journey to some of the most extraordinary communities across the world. Peppered with funny anecdotes and insights, David’s talk reminded us of the importance of connections through conversation and to the people in our community.

“Creating dialogue across a diverse community” Colin

You can get a taste of David’s journey by watching episode 1 from his The No.9 Bus to Utopia web series. Or catch him at the Catalyst Club every 2nd Thursday of the month.

Soupers Delight

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Thank you to our soup contributors! Once again 5 delicious soups catering for all tastes. Lizzie Batten brought a crowd favourite and was once again found in the kitchen helping out. And although BrightonSoup stalwarts Tom Chadd and Ash Sharma  couldn’t make it, they sent their deliciousness along for us to enjoy.

Newcomer, Matteo  Watkins, enjoyed our last event so much he came back and made soup for us, and what a soup it was!

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Sam Redfern returned with another lovely soup, but this time also offered himself up as a raffle prize – cooking a meal for 4 at the winners home – including wine! Here he is with the lucky winner. Not sure who does the washing up though :).

And let’s not forget all the people who brought food along to share. Check out our contributors section for more details.

 

All the event photos are on our facebook album.

Next Up

Well that was BrightonSoup @ The Crypt, or St Georges if you prefer :). We had a great time and are now looking ahead to our anniversary soup in Portslade on 1st July. Details to follow.

In the meantime, thanks, love and laughter.

Team Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Soup

 

 

@ The Crypt Update

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you can make it. 

Team Soup

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

Yay, oops, sorry and many, many thanks!

Well firstly, a big yay, for another great soup night!  Friday’s event at Community Base was our biggest yet and we sold out our remaining tickets in no time. We heard 4 passionate pitches for deserving community projects: soul food for parents, access to a community farm for people to learn about producing food, helping young people tell their stories through writing, and emotional healing through singing. 2015-11-20-211020-#9507-SRC-CDA #EDITEDWe ate delicious food, heard talented musicians strut their stuff, met some lovely people and voted for the project we wanted our ticket donations to go to. It was a tough call as they were all deserving projects, but the winner was Ruth Mason with her RISE Up Singing choir project.

So many things went right on the night and there’s a lot to be thankful for. But before we say thanks, we need to say oops and sorry. In the excitement on the night we miscalculated the total raised. On the night we thought we raised £287.50 in door money, but when we checked our figures later we realised we actually raised £351.50! And because of a matched funding offer, Ruth will actually get £703.60 for her project (and not the amount stated on the huge, symbolic, and now inaccurate cheque she took home with her on the night).

Which brings us to our first big thanks. And that’s to Ahmed El Dessouki of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton. When he heard about what BrightonSoup were doing Ahmed offered to match the money raised! Not just the door money raised for the winning project, but also raffle and donations we raise for BrightonSoup itself. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for delivery of 5 very large, tasty pizzas to go with our delicious soups. And the did :_

All told, Papa John’s donated pennies shy of £500 + pizzas. How fantastic is that, for the winning project, and for BrightonSoup. We kept these details secret until the event and the surprise in the room when we made the announcement was great. It’s a shame Ahmed and his family couldn’t be there to enjoy it, but we’re hoping they can come next time and meet Ruth when she comes back to tell us all how her project is going.

Apologies out of the way, we can focus on other things that went right, which I’m glad to say was pretty much everything else. In no small part because of the people that helped us make this event one of the best we’ve had! A big thanks to all the ladies that pitched: Ruth, Julie, Jez, Maggie and Ingrid.2015-11-20-143015-#1055-SRC-PR #EDITEDThese people are already out there making our community better, and without them we wouldn’t have a soup event.

Thanks, as ever to the designated chefs: Tom, Ash, Lizzie and Soreh. We get our name from what they bring to the party, but it’s the quality and deliciousness of what they do that makes it work.

And thanks also to the talented musicians from Carnivalé. A couple of original tracks, some Beatles covers and a liberal dose of their undeniable musical talent, Tom and Jim entertained delightfuly. They took all our minds off the votes being counted. We can’t wait until their debut album gets released2015-11-20-205620-#9461-SRC-CDA #EDITED.

And all of this magic took place in the splendid 5th floor conference room at Community Base in central Brighton. Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to use their space. The money we saved went on a couple of soup kettles so we can now host events in community centres without proper kitchen faclities.

Finally, though, the biggest thanks goes to all of you that came along. It’s your money that goes to these projects and it’s your vote that decides where in our community we invest it. Without you all of you this wouldn’t be possible. So give yourselves a pat on the back – or applause if you feel so inclined :). Well done you!

Hope to see you at the next one!

Read full details of the event here.

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ Community Base 20th Nov 2015

Our third BrightonSoup event, this time in the heart of Brighton.

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


Ruth Mason from RISE UK won the vote and £351.80 in ticket money and donations for her RISE Up Singing choir group. The big surprise of the night was that Ahmed El Dessouki,  owner of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton matched the funding raised so that Ruth ended up with a whopping £703.60.

He also matched the £146 we raised for BrightonSoup. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for 5 very large pizzas to be delivered for us all to enjoy with the soup. So a HUGE thanks to Ahmed and all at Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton.


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Brighton
BN1 3XG

Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to Community Base, in the heart of Brighton. It was a fantastic venue and I think everyone really enjoyed it.


The Projects

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The 4 Pitchers: Ruth, Julie, Jez & Maggie

These were the 4 projects that pitched on the night.

Although only one was the winner, they all need support so if you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

Thank you to all the projects for being part. It’s the main reason people attend.
And maybe the soup.

 


1 – RISE UP Singing (Winner)

Project Logo - Rise 20th

RISE Provides support to women, families and LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse and violence. RISE Up Singing is a choir of service users, staff and supporters who are singing together for the first time.

RISE Up Singing gives people back their voice, allowing space for physical and emotional healing. Support from Brighton Soup enables free engagement with the choir.

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Contact:
Ruth Mason
07539 118755
Ruth.mason@riseuk.org.uk

Links:
Website      riseuk.org.uk
Facebook   facebook.com/riseuk
Twitter        @RISEUK


2 – Healey Home Farm

Project Logo - Heley Home FarmHealey Home Farm is a community project based at Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park. Our project is creating a one acre farming space for people to come together and learn about producing food. Our main business is organic poultry farming, supplying eggs to small local businesses and community organisations who promote healthy eating and wherever possible use locally grown and organic produce.

We now need to make the farm more accessible for our customers and visitors. We will make a noticeboard by the farm gate providing information about the project, along with information points at each chicken and duck run and vegetable bed. This is because our visitors at the annual open day all enjoyed seeing the different breeds of hen, learning about the different coloured eggs that are laid and how to care for the animals.

This will enable us to have visitors and volunteers more frequently and plan for our first open event.

Presenter: Janine Healey2015-11-20-201220-#9313-SRC-CDA #EDITED

Contact:
Janine Healey
07982 198112
HealeyHomeFarm@gmail.com

Links:
Facebook   facebook.com/Healey-Home-Farm


 3 – My Life Journalism

Project Logo - Little Green PigLittle Green Pig is running workshops to get young people to tell their stories through writing. 6 two hour sessions after school: 14 young people with an emphasis on recruitment from children in care will work with a professional journalist to write their own columns for publication weekly in Latest7 magazine. We will be recruiting through referrals from the Virtual Schools (Children in Care) team. Each workshop will be run by 2 workshop leaders, supported by 8-14 volunteers (as appropriate).

All our workshops include a celebratory event to share the project outcome with the community

Presenters: Julie Watson2015-11-20-202220-#9332-SRC-CDA #EDITED

Contact:
Julie Watson
07500 96 5757
Julie@littlegreenpig.org.uk

Links:
Website      littlegreenpig.org.uk
Facebook   facebook.com/littlegreenpig
Twitter        @littlegreenpig1


 4 – SoulFood

Project-Logo---Mothers-UncoveredSoulFood is a new venture for Brighton-based Mothers Uncovered (part of Livestock charity). We will create a series workshops that aim to help Brighton based parents engage with food. They will both share their own food memories and experiences and experiment with new foods and cooking. These are not just classes in healthy eating/living because there are an abundance of these.

We want participants to feel empowered by their food choices, to expand their knowledge of the food resources available within the city and to feel confident in sharing their food skills and ideas within their communities. The money would go towards the cost of food for the workshops next year – that way we can offer the sessions at a very low rate of £3 per session (which includes resource materials & a meal). It also means that we can offer the session for free for any disabled participants.

Presenters: Maggie Gordon-Walker & Ingrid Wakeling

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Maggie Gordon-Walker
07930530041
maggie@livestock.org.uk

Links:
Website      mothersuncovered.com
Facebook   MothersUncoveredUK
Twitter        @mothersuncoverd


 Contributors

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 4 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (3 vegan and all gluten free). Tom, Ash & Shona couldn’t join us, but they still provided tasty soups for the evening. Lizzie again brought along her Clam Chowder soup and spent the evening working the kitchen with Peter and Judy. We also had previous attendee, Zorah Levy, returning, this time with a spicy Thai soup.

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-The-Soup-DeptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept 
Pumpkin & Swede Soup

 

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-cactus-cafeAsh (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe
Cuban Bean Soup

 

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Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

 

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Soreh-LevySoreh Levy
Thai Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup

 

A huge thanks to all the people that brought food.

Special mentions go to Papa John’s for the 5 very large tasty pizzas.
And Dougal & Ceri who brought along a big pot of Curried Carrot Soup to share 🙂

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The musical entertainment this time was provided by  Tom Mills and Jim Cannings from Carnivalé.

They gave us an acoustic set of original material with some lively Beatles tracks thrown in.
Thank you so much guys!

Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes.

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BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Komedia BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Liz-Thompson BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Maura-Toner BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Morrisons
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BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-The-T-Chest BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Velvet-Tattoo BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Whirligig BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Wine-Me-Up

The Volunteers

Community Organisers, Dot, Sam and Valentina for once again giving their time to help our presenters with “pitch” training. We think it paid off.

Olivia for arriving early to help us set-up. Judy for helping us set-up and then spending the whole evening helping Peter out in the kitchen

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, Harry, Lizzie and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.

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Will, Lizzie, Peter, Michael, Angel, Karin, Nikki, Judy & Lynne.

Thanks for making it a great night.

See the photos.

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