On Wednesday 26th April, we hosted our very first Social Supper in support of our fantastic charity partner, Key4Life. 5 chefs including the likes of our very own Alex Head, Adam Handling (The Frog), Lee Westcott (Typing Room), Anna Barnett (Anna Barnett Cooks) and Robin Gill & Richard Falk (The Dairy) partnered with 5 young men which Key4Life put forward for their interest towards cooking and the hospitality industry.
Prior to the event day, each young man took part in a 3-day work taster at each of their partner’s kitchens to gain an insight into a working life as a chef. It was during the taster that our pairs chose a dish to prepare and cook for the social supper menu. As we opened the doors at Calvert 22 to our first Social Supper club, Alex and her partner Ray welcomed the guests with a selection of delicious canapes as follows…
Team 1 | Alex & Ray
Truffled goats cheese crisps with hazelnut (v)
Shredded ham hock with pea and piccalilli
White & brown dorset crab with cucumber & radish
All perfectly washed down with drinks from Tanquerary, our guests soon took to their seats before being properly introduced to Key4Life and the idea behind the Social Supper by Alex and charity founder, Eva Hamilton.
With our guests happily sat and ready for an evening of delicious food, we handed the reins over to Team 2 to get us started.
Team 2 | Lee & Osama
Arctic char, white asparagus, monk’s beard & wild garlic
With clean plates all round, we kept our guests topped up with a glass of English sparkling wine, Harrow & Hope. Next up to the stage was the lovely Team 3 with course number two…
Team 3 | Anna & Shevane
Cauliflower puree, rich cavolo nero, crispy minted courgettes & pea shoots
Following each course, Alex invited each team up to the table for a short Q&A on how they’ve found the Social Supper experience.After a delicious veggie course from Anna & Shevane, we welcome the main affair from Team 4…
Team 4 | Robin, Richard & Julian
One year lamb, fresh ricotta, wild garlic, golden marjoram
To follow the sharing feast from Team 4, it was time to finish the evening in style with Team 5…
Team 5 | Adam & Reuban
Strawberry and Watermelon
The Social Supper was a total success with ticket profits raising £2,000 as a donation towards Key4Life. In addition to this, and perhaps even more impressively, the event genuinely changed lives. Each and every young man that took part in the event has benefitted from the project in one way or another. For some, it simply improved confidence, others now have invaluable work experience to boost their CV whilst one lucky gent, secured a full-time paid role in a top London restaurant.
For behind the scenes footage and a better inside into the evening, watch this short film.
Here’s to the next Social Supper, keep your eyes peeled for our second (summer) edition.
THANK YOU to,
All of chefs for their support and hard work towards the event.
Calvert 22 for a beautiful space to host the supper club.
Classic Crockery for helping dress the space.
Lee Flowers for helping to make the table look so beautiful.
Robbie Morgan from Contour Media for documenting the evening.
Hot off the Press for all printing help.
And finally, all of the young men from Key4Life who volunteered and helped make the event possible – your dedication and enthusiasm is as ever, incredibly inspiring.
For further information on Key4Life and ways to get involved, contact Sarah Farrell, Fundraising Manager at Sarah.Farrell@Key4Life.org.uk