Our story so far…
Kitchen School is a cookery school with a mission to inspire people to grow, cook and love their food.
We have been making a name for ourselves in Birmingham as a place that’s serious about growing, cooking and eating. We are the only business around here that offers all these skills at once. We think you really can’t cook till you know something about the raw ingredients.
Our Food & Cookery School immerses the diner and food enthusiast with a memorable experience of cooking and eating, combined with holistic seed to plate learning.
Our classes are led by Birmingham’s best chefs, home cooks, suppliers or producers and restaurants. Here’s ex-masterchef finalist, Claire Hutchings cooking for our Christmas Supper Club last year.
So what’s the problem? We are homeless. Our cookery school is pop up impermanence.
Meanwhile, we also have an amazing canalside city centre garden called Edible Eastside, where we teach people to grow their own food on a neglected industrial estate. We have enjoyed a fantastic four years of al fresco cookery with no facilities – oh yes that’s our other problem – the weather.
Why we need you…
Kitchen School needs a home. Edible Eastside needs indoor cooking facilities.
If we had everything in one place we could offer a food hub – a space for our home grown cooks where you can plant a carrot seed, love it, pick it, cook it, and then eat it with lashings of melted butter and fresh coriander and a whaft of nutmeg. Delicious.
Picture it, a cookery school surrounded by vegetables, herbs and flowers ready for cooking.
Well we’ve got it. Here is the picture (below). The building in the background is our new premises. The orange flowers are marigolds in wooden containers companions to the vegetables and herbs we grow.
The new school could double our capacity. We already have listed buildng consent for a commercial kitchen so we can dine there too and hire out our facilities to others who need it.
Our alfresco garden dining could be prepared in a kitchen with running water. What deep joy that would be.
So now what’s the problem?
Our new premises is currently an office – and it’s in a Grade 2 listed building. We need to raise the finance to reburbish it into a cookery school, sensitively and professionally. This is why we need you.
The money we are trying to raise will just cover the costs to refurbish two former office meeting rooms. In one room we will have al the equipment, applicances and extraction.
In another room we are putting the cookery classooms with two long workstation benches for 12 people to work comfortably at.
We need new floors, gas and electric connections, cookers, fridges, freezers, storage, extraction – everything!
Why would you help?
We are a social enterprise with limited access to finance and a way too big a heart. We think it’s important to offer something to everyone.
We like being accessible and working with people who really need our knowledge and skills to get by.
Our business plan is to work with corporate teams to food banks. (No one is safe from our infectious enthusiam for good food). We’re doing this already, but our message of sustainable food could also mean financial sustainability with a permanent school and regular income.
We are offering some fantastic rewards for your pledges. Take a look at our website and please pledge today to make our year.