Edinburgh Food Social is an innovative and exciting Social Enterprise, launched recently by the team at Edinburgh Larder Cafe and Bistro. This new and much needed initiative aims to bring cooking skills and confidence to people of all ages and backgrounds in the Edinburgh area.
Edinburgh Larder owner, Eleanor Cunningham and her team will bring their private sector expertise to the public sector, raising awareness of local and seasonal food. They’re currently crowdfunding to raise capital to buy a fully functioning food truck and if successful, the truck will allow them to deliver demos’ catering and educational packages to people of all ages and backgrounds. Visits to schools and community groups will be funded by profits from a catering operation run from the enterprises food truck.
Commenting on the project, Eleanor said, “It’s a way to bring the Larder’s know how of using local and seasonal food to schools and community groups around town using a mobile kitchen. We want to spread the word of why it’s good to think of food as something that changes from region to region and throughout the seasons.”
Edinburgh Food Social works towards key aims:
- Improving cooking skills
- Developing healthy eating habits
- Boosting confidence
- Enhancing employability
- Supporting local food producers
- Creating community links
From talking to local communities and schools, the team have found that there is sometimes a real barrier when it comes to using local food. “People think of it as more expensive, even though actually it’s often not” says Eleanor, “and there’s no advice out there as to how to use local food, or how to recognise it, so we thought why not bring what we’ve learned in our kitchens to the public, and help get people into using local food.”
With the crowd funding campaign ending on 17th March, the team are hoping that people will get behind this new project.