There are times when I have to sit and reflect on how lucky I am. Firstly, I was born in the best city full of the dreamiest people… And more seriously, I am fortunate enough to have never worried about going hungry – something I so often take for granted. Over the last few weeks I have been faced with how much that is not the case for everyone. Quite shockingly, up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry in the UK.
“When school stops, so does school food support. …We know that 1 in 4 children in Bristol is at risk of experiencing hunger and this will become a reality for many in these summer months.” CEO, Julian Mines of FareShare South West
FareShare South West is working hard to stop holiday hunger this Summer. They are partnering with Feeding Bristol to supply food to over 40 projects across the city, providing approximately 40,000 meals to children in need. As the South West’s largest food redistribution charity, they save over 400 tonnes of good surplus food each year from right across the food supply chain and redistribute it to over 220 schools, charities and community groups across the South West.
You may have seen the incredible efforts of some of the best chefs in Bristol who came together last week thanks to the beautiful people at Box-E to compete Ready Steady Cook style for #ActiveAteBristol campaign (OH the nostalgia!) With our very own Ainsley Harriet (AKA Andy Clarke) keeping everyone to time, eight chefs went head-to-head to deliver the most spectacular dishes using just a bag of random ingredients, a small pantry (as donated by Total Bristol) and foraging on the terrace of Box-E. Amazingly they raised over £2000! To put that in context, that will mean FareShare can provide 8,227 meals for children in need over the summer.
Well even more of the lovely Bristol food scene are getting involved to support the #ActiveAteBristol campaign over the Summer. Inspired by FareShare branding, restaurants around Bristol are serving up green colour based dishes, with a percentage going straight to the campaign. I had the pleasure of a little tour to sample some of the scrummy dishes they have created:
TinCan Coffee (North Street and Gloucester Road): Choose from the Green Machine Smoothie or Green Power Bowl (or BOTH!) The smoothie was a delicious combo of apple, spinach, banana, cucumber and chia seeds, so you can bounce out with the smugness of knowing you are on your way to your five a day! The Green Power Bowl was my dream breakfast (potato should be in every meal!) – a dish of sauteed curly kale, crushed new potatoes with thyme, fricassee of sweetcorn, green beans, onion and basil. I mopped up all the leftovers!
Hobbs House Bakery (North Street & Gloucester Road) are serving a Tuscan Bread Salad – based around some of their delicious organic turmeric and chilli sourdough! YUM! Soaked up in the juices of delicious sweet red tomatoes, avocado and fresh herbs.
Then – as you have been so good choosing a salad for charity – definitely treat yourself to one of their INCREDIBLE cakes. The passionfruit meringue will make you drool at the table….
Mud Dock, Bristol Harbourside Is there a better way to spend the summer than on a terrace overlooking the harbour? How about eating a delicious plate of halloumi, new potatoes, asparagus and harissa tahini AND give to charity at the same time? Recommend you add a glass of the Vinho Verde rose in the mix. I have tested the combo for you. It works. 😉
Yurt Lush, Temple Meads: Choose the Buddha Bowl – one of Yurt Lush’s most popular lunch options for a reason. Yurt Lush has recently become one of my fav spots to break up the working day (and yes it was commented on that I was there for the second day running). The Buddha Bowl is a pretty epic combo of homemade falafel, roasted veg, fresh gem, pickles, lentils, tahini & yoghurt and hot sauce!
They also have a rather special cocktail menu. Having sampled a little Bloody Mexican, I think it will kick any hangover out of town with it’s combo of Mezcal, chipotle, jalapeno brine, tabasco, lime & tomato (I loved it and finished up a few of the others…) If you fancy something lighter and more refreshing, try the Sage & Poiton. A very quaffable combination of Poitin, lillet blanc, apple, lemon served with sage crisps. Quite frankly, a delight!
You can also spot the green dishes in the following venues:
- Coffee Number 12, Easton (Green element to the special of the day)
- Cafe Des Amis, Easton (Cakes and all main dishes)
- Pearly King Cakes, Redland (Cupcakes)
- B-Block Pizza, Keynsham (A green smoothie plus £1 added to all bills)
- BOX-E Bristol, Wapping Wharf (A green element to all desserts,)
Hart’s Bakery are also opening up on a Monday (!!!) for a special pop-up green lunch event on Mon 29th July!
Find out more about the campaign and how you can support here: http://faresharesouthwest.org.uk/activeatebristol/
Disclaimer: the dishes mentioned on the Green Food Tour were kindly provided free of charges by the venues; however we all donated to the FareShare #ActiveAteBristol campaign