Salford chef Stuart Fraser has launched a Friday night supper club with a difference to kick off this year’s Salford Food and Drink Festival, October 15 to 23.
For just £2 a head at Dinner in Broughton up to 60 diners can tuck into a hearty two course meal knowing that everything on the plate would otherwise have gone to waste.
Stuart, 22, from Lower Broughton, has set up Sourced in Salford, a community interest company to bring people together for a community meal. For many diners the price is the attraction; for others it’s more about meeting up with friends. Helping to reduce food waste is also a factor.
Stuart devises the menu just a couple of days in advance because the main food supplies arrive from FareShare each Tuesday afternoon and until then he’s never certain what he has to work with. Sourced in Salford is aiming to provide up to 60 meals each session.
“I have grown up around community projects, many of which have been food related as my dad is an experienced community worker. This was definitely an influence on my career choice,” said Stuart, who also works as a chef at Manchester’s Pot Kettle Black in Deansgate’s Barton Arcade.
“We are able to run Dinner in Broughton for a full year as a result of securing a £5,000 grant from UnLtd, a national organisation which invests in young social entrepreneurs. Our plan is to develop the supper club into something far more substantial — possibly a community bistro or restaurant — whatever is most appropriate and right for our local community.”
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “This is a great initiative with the potential to make a massive difference to a wide variety of people. It also adds a fresh and original dimension to our annual celebration of food and drink in Salford.”
To book a place please email SourcedinSalford@bigfoot.com or call 07842 589 267 for more info
The annual Salford Food and Drink Festival is not based around a single hub but is a series of events and dining offers across the city, celebrating the great restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries and food related events in Salford.
Among the events on offer this year are a charity afternoon tea with the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, a pink afternoon tea at the Lowry Hotel, a Sunday lunch cruise at Salford Quays, a seven course taster menu cooked up by students at The Glasshouse restaurant, Salford City College, jazz and dinner at Smith’s restaurant, Eccles and a curry night at The Crescent pub in Chapel Street.
Please see www.visitsalford.info/foodfestival/ for full details or look out for the Twitter hashtag #SFDF.