Cooking With A Conscience

Michelin starred Forest Side’s, Sous Chef, Martin Frickel has teamed up with some of Cumbria’s leading chefs, to meet a very particular challenge on the evening of Saturday 08th September… to create a meal using only fresh ingredients that would normally be thrown away. The reason for the event is to highlight the vital issue of food waste and raise money for local charities who support both anti-food waste and help those affected by food poverty.

The idea for the charity evening developed when Janett Walker and Sophia Newton of Flock approached the Forest Side team with the concept. It couldn’t have fallen on better ears as Martin Frickel is an advocate for the anti-food waste movement and instantly agreed to take up the challenge. On the night, a team of exceptional Cumbrian chefs; including Josh Campbell, Andrew Postlethwaite, Mike Southcott, Will Dickinson and Yannick Lequitte will create standout dishes with 100% beautiful ingredients that have been rescued from going to waste.

Now the challenge is set, all that remains is for Martin and his team to make the absolute best of the ingredients on offer and turn food that would have been wasted into an array of tantalising dishes.

The food waste ingredients for the dinner will be collected from local businesses on day; including Booths, Westmorland Limited, Lovingly Artisan and many more. Their support for this innovative project allows all money raised to be split between four fantastic local charities: Kendal People’s Café, Cumbria Community Foundation, Windermere Food Bank and Growing Well. All are doing their bit to help tackle the growing issue of Food Poverty and Food Waste here in Cumbria.

On the evening the team will demonstrate just what can be created when you put your mind to it with food waste… that with a little imagination and inventiveness, whilst raising funds for four fantastic local charities. The team will also pair an interesting array of drinks (depending on what is available on the day) alongside the scratch menu.

The evening’s venue from 6.30pm, is the architecturally stunning Dome House, Bowness. This breath-taking property, with its extensive lake views over Windermere, provides a fitting setting for this unique culinary adventure with a conscience.

There are a maximum of thirty places available. Tickets are open to silent bid until 5pm on 10th August. There is a minimum bid price of £150 per person. You may bid only once for a maximum of two tickets, so make it your best offer for this fantastic cause. Only the highest bids will receive their exclusive place at this once in a lifetime event so think big and think generous to secure your seat on 08th September.

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One thing is for certain both the dishes and the drinks are guaranteed to be both creative and unique, this coupled with the Dome House’s open kitchen and the fact that the chefs will be serving the dishes themselves will make for a simply unforgettable experience.