Social Supperwith Breddos Tacos, Salon, Smokestak, Social Pantry and Som Saa
Social Pantry and four of London’s hottest chefs supports young offender charity Key4Life with the second annual Social Supper at JJ Media’s, Wimborne House.
Thursday 19th April from 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Tickets from £60 incl. drinks provided by Tanqueray No. TEN and Fever-Tree - sponsored by JJ Media Group, Wimborne House
Social Pantry’s annual fundraising dinner - Social Supper - is back and bigger than ever. For one night only, Social Pantry founder Alex Head will host chefs from Breddos Tacos (Nud Dudhia) Salon (Nick Balfe), Smokestak (David Carter), Som Saa (John Chantarasak) and Social Pantry’s very own Richard Gynn and Rosie Smith for a the ultimate social fundraising feast at JJ Media’s, Wimborne House in Shoreditch. In support of their ground-breaking work on tackling the root causes of reoffending, Social Pantry have once again teamed up with Key4Life to handpick a group of six young ex- offenders to devise a delicious menu celebrating the best of London’s diverse food scene.
Selected for their hardworking approach to rehabilitation, each individual young man has been paired with a restaurant to help prepare, cook and serve a dish to guests on the night. Focusing on a course each, the ex-offender will take part in a three-day restaurant kitchen work taster during the week prior to the event. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to Key4Life.
Alex Head, founder of Social Pantry, says: “I truly believe that everyone deserves a second chance in life and I’m incredibly proud that Social Pantry as a business is able to give people this chance. Following the success of last years event, we’re super excited to work with a new bunch of incredible chefs and can’t wait to see what each partnership produces on the night. Watch this space!”
The aim of the Social Supper is to support young offenders’ rehabilitation and raise awareness of one of the most intractable social issues facing Britain today: the high rate of re-offending among young males ages 18-25.
Alongside live cooking from the chef teams, selected Key4Life individuals will be directly involved in the project through paid front-of-house and kitchen porter roles. Tickets include a 5-course dinner with Tanqueray No. TEN and Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water, served with a refreshing slice of grapefruit to compliment the citrus botanicals of the gin.
Nud Dudhia, Breddos Tacos: “I’m super excited to be working with Social Pantry and to have the opportunity to support younger chefs that have the enthusiasm and passion that our industry needs. We’ve had a lot of support and help from others whilst growing Breddos Tacos and it’s great to be able to help someone else learn something new or advance their career.
Nicholas Balfe, Salon: “I'm really excited to be involved in Social Supper, an incredible event where not only do I get to cook with some very talented chefs, who also happen to be great friends of mine, I also get the added buzz of doing some good. I really admire Social Pantry's commitment to charitable causes, and Key4Life is such a valuable organisation, helping many individuals find their path. I think we're in for a great night"
John Chantarasak, Som Sea: " I feel humbled and excited to be involved with the Key4Life work taster programme and Social Supper. We've all made mistake in life and it's important that we all recognise that only through support and opportunity do we have a means to make amends for these past life decisions. I believe it's important to show that the work place is a forgiving environment and through hard work, structure and discipline individuals can grow not only in a career but as a person"
David Carter, Smokestak:" Unfortunately society isn't always fair and many kids grow up without the basic privileges that many others take for granted. Somehow, a kitchen creates a very humbling environment where there is unity and equality in the team effort. We're honoured to be working with Key4life and Social Pantry in sparking a big of energy and enthusiasm into those who have grown up on the wrong side of the track or got off to poor fitting in life. Working alongside such a great line up of cooks and ultimate dream is to inspire these lads to take up a career behind the stoves. Cheers to that."
fashioning events menus with a creative edge, Social Pantry also brings Battersea a taste of delicious, seasonal menus with a relaxed café on Lavender Hill, opened in 2013. Founder Alex works closely with charities that naturally connect with the values of Social Pantry, offering personal mentoring, hospitality training and job opportunities to young
offenders, assisting with their rehabilitation and equipping them with the skills they need to succeed.
- It costs £5,000 to put a young person through the Key4Life scheme while it costs the taxpayer £37,000 to keep one young offender in prison for a year.
- Social return on investment: independent research finds that for every £1 invested, Key4Life generates £17.06 in social value over three years.
You can buy your tickets here.