Blend Kitchen
We did it
On 17th July 2018 we successfully raised £1,605 with 39 supporters in 56 days

Opening summer 2018, Blend Kitchen is a cafe/bar/restaurant serving great food and providing training to people interested in catering

by Chris Hanson in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

WHO  WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO 

Blend's mission statement is " to use the world of hospitality, food and cookery to make a real difference at a community level. To be a catalyst to improve health, life skills, employability and social cohesion". 

Since beginning in October 2016, we have operated 'pop up' cafes and restaurants, street food events and specialty bistro nights across the city. These have provided training to over 40 people helping 15 move into paid employment from a range of challenging backgrounds and needs. These include;-

  • asylum seekers
  • people with diagnosed mental health conditions
  • people with learning disabilities 
  • ex-offenders
  • parents returning to the world of work
  • the long term unemployed. 

Along with this, Blend have developed a broad range of outreach projects in communities across Sheffield that have the greatest need. These range from our Children in Need funded family cookery workshops, volunteer training programme, slow cooker course (also providing free slow cookers to sheltered housing residents) and the in house 'Blend Skills' training. These projects help older people living on their own, families with primary school age children, asylum seekers and refugees. 

The difference Blend makes range from the very tangible such as;- 

  • people gaining employment
  • making positive improvements to their physical and mental wellbeing 
  • obtaining accredited qualifications 

There's also much more to Blend and the difference we can make, such as;-

  • people with learning disabilities increasing their skills and confidence, becoming part of a team and gaining a sense of purpose, 
  • people from different cultures coming together to share their history and culture 
  • people from the margins of  our communities gaining a sense of social cohesion 

WHY WE'RE CROWD FUNDING? 

This summer Blend Kitchen is moving into new premises on 18 Pinstone Street, in the heart of Sheffield. Blend Kitchen will be a contemporary  cafe/bar/restaurant open 5 days a week serving great tasting food and drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The reason we're taking this step is;- 

  • to become a sustainable business, non dependent on grant funding. To stand on our own feet
  • to create a setting where we can continually replicate the proven success we've had to date
  • and before we forget.. provide the people of Sheffield with a top quality, unique independent cafe/bar/restaurant in the heart of the city

WHAT'S THE MONEY FOR? 

We are seeking to raise at least £10,000 to fully fit out our open plan kitchen. This will be our 'engine room', and as well as allowing the creation of our breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, it will be right at the heart of our plans to fulfill our vision outlined above. 

The money we raise will be used to buy everything from a cooker to the potato masher, from the sinks to the veg peelers, from the fridges to the spatulas and from the hot plate to the tea spoons. 

We hope you can help in any small or large way to help us to create this unique asset for the city. Every penny will help us turn Blend Kitchen into reality and improve the lives of our fellow Sheffielders. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

11 of 200 claimed

Coffee and cake for 1

Pledge £5 to receive a delicious piece of home made cake with a coffee of your choice

£10 or more

6 of 200 claimed

Breakfast - for 2

Enjoy a delicious breakfast of either eggs Benedict or eggs Florentine on a toasted crumpet prepared by our fantastic team of chefs.

£15 or more

12 of 100 claimed

2 Course lunch - for 2

Enjoy a selection of sharing plates such as smoked salmon, charcuterie, Yorkshire cheeses and bread and olives to begin. Finish your lunch with one of our delicious home made cakes or tarts.

£35 or more

8 of 100 claimed

2 course evening meal - for 2

Enjoy a delicious 2 course evening meal from our weekly changing evening menu. The menu will feature dishes such as ;- To begin - Roast Vine Tomato Soup; wild garlic pesto & ciabatta crouton, To follow - Poached Fillet of Salmon; watercress, jersey royal & spring onion salad, dill & sumac dressing To end- Iced Strawberry Parfait; white chocolate shard & fresh English strawberries.

£150 or more

6 of 10 claimed

6 course meal, cocktails and Champagne - for 4

A luxurious evening at Blend in the upper restaurant with views of the Peace Gardens, St Paul's Square and the town hall. Start your evening with aperitif's at the cocktail bar on arrival. Chilled champagne will be awaiting you at your table where the menu will include a stunning 3 course seasonal menu along with additional amuse bouche, pre-dessert and petit four.

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