Custom Folkestone C.I.C.

by Cherry Truluck in Folkestone, Kent, England

We are raising money to fund the construction of a venue for a unique community food and art project in Folkestone.

by Cherry Truluck in Folkestone, Kent, England

We did it
On 18th August 2018 we successfully raised £4,155 with 77 supporters in 42 days

Custom Folkestone C.I.C, a new food/art/community concept, will be launching in a converted shipping container on Folkestone's historic Harbour Arm in September, adding to the buzzing food scene in the East Yard of the converted Harbour Station. Custom Folkestone’s menu will be constructed in collaboration with the local community  through an ingredients and labour exchange initiative. It will focus on locally sourced fish, seafood and vegetarian food. Conceived by artist and chef Cherry Truluck and supported by her board of directors Madeleine Hodge and Kate Hickey and partners Folkestone Fringe, Custom's approach is underpinned by a programme of artistic projects and events. 

 

EAT | ART | BARTER

Custom is very definitely not just a restaurant.  

This is our manifesto:

Changing the world, one whelk at the a time

We believe that big change starts with small, local stories. 

We believe that understanding the landscape where food is produced enhances the experience of eating it.

We believe that getting involved in the journey from sea or land to table enriches it even further.

We believe that the experience of sharing food can be uplifting and transformative.

We believe that no-one should be excluded from this experience.

We believe that artists can help us understand all of this better.

We also really love Folkestone whelks.

THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME (BARTER)

At Custom, you’ll be able to contribute ingredients (home-grown, foraged or locally produced) or labour in exchange for food in the restaurant. We want there to be multiple ways of getting your hands on amazing food and we believe that if you are involved in the making of it, it makes the eating experience even more exciting and accessible.

Our exchange process will create access to work experience and learning opportunities as well as making it possible for anyone to enjoy our delicious, locally sourced food and the arts events.  

 

THE ARTISTIC PROJECTS

Custom is run by artists as an agile social enterprise, which means that it is a totally flexible entity that will adapt and transform itself as it learns from its own growth.  As a working model, our artistic programme is central to this, it is effectively research through practice. In partnership with Folkestone Fringe, we will have a continuous programme of projects, residencies and events, built around themes like Customer, Vessel, Harvest, that will interrogate and inform the way the whole enterprise works. We have already worked with amazing folk like ]performance s p a c e[, Cave & Kiln, Living Words, The Ash Project and Folkestone Quarterhouse and look forward to future collaborations as we establish ourselves as the UK’s first dedicated food-focused art space. 

HOW ARE WE DOING SO FAR?

 We have got a shipping container and work has begun to convert it,  just behind Dockers and Dr Legumes on the East side of the restored Harbour Station. This includes creating a shingle garden with raised beds for growing vegetables and herbs and a flexible kitchen and seating area within the the container that can adapt and grow as Custom adapts and grows.

Views of our converted shipping container from the sheltered shingle garden.

View of Custom from the Harbour Car Park


WHO IS BEHIND THE PROJECT?

The project will be headed up by Folkestone based artist and chef, Cherry Truluck.  Her co-directors are Madeleine Hodge (an artist and producer, currently Project Manager of the Ash Project for Kent Downs) and Kate Hickey (a media and communications specialist and expert vegetable gardener). Custom Folkestone is working in partnership with Folkestone Fringe, with whom Cherry has a long-standing relationship following collaborations during the 2017 Triennial (where she curated The Architecture of Anxiety exhibition for FF's Edge: Push/Pull programme) and with the Urban Room, Magic Carpets and Normal? Festival of the Brain, for which she was commissioned to create food in response to the themes of the events.

 

HOW WILL WE DO IT?

Once established, Custom Folkestone will be a sustainable entity, with profit from food sales covering basic costs, funding our community projects and subsidising artistic work. We have made a three phase fundraising schedule to ensure we achieve our overall target of £23,000 needed to set-up the project. Phase One is complete thanks to private investment, this campaign is Phase Two and applications have been submitted for Phase Three through funding bodies.  The total set-up costs cover the shipping container conversion for use as our venue, buying kitchen equipment (above and beyond that which is being donated by Cherry Truluck's catering business East Cliff Kitchen), building raised beds for the community kitchen garden, purchasing a van to enable us to conduct our programme of outreach and ingredients research, and securing the first month of wages for our staff. We have been very fortunate to have gained enormous community support, which has meant that we have been able to offset some costs and develop our plans with confidence, thanks to help  with our business plan and cashflow projections from accountant Mike Braudy and economist Christopher Houghton Budd, business advice from Troo Granola's Helenor Rogers, marketing support from Academy FM, graphic design from Sean Brightman, architectural design guidance from Zoe Tallon and construction advice from Davenport Building Services and many more.


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

15 of 15 claimed

Fresh veg from our allotment

A big THANK YOU very much and a little sample of the yummy produce we are growing in our allotment. Depends on availability, but we are currently growing white radishes, rondo carrots, lettuce, chillies, aubergines, black russian kale, yellow french beans, mange tout, artichokes, horseradish and loads of herbs. We'll pick you a little bunch and you can either collect it or we'll drop it off to you.

£10 or more

A Custom Birthday Card!

As it's Cherry's birthday today, we are launching a new reward. Pledge £10 and on YOUR birthday, we will send you a limited edition birthday card, a mini artwork in its own right, created by one of the artists in our programme!

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Rebecca Mason/Esa Evans Rose Gold necklace

Pick up one of these two amazing 18 carat rose gold plated stainless steel “gone rogue” necklaces. Each necklace is a collaboration between Whitstable’s Esa Evans and Rebecca Mason and includes a branded presentation gift box and signed intro card. They retail at £30 each, get one here for only £20! Image in 'project updates'.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

A glass of wine in our allotment

We'll give you a personal guided tour of all the lovely organic veg that we are growing in the allotment at the moment as we enjoy a nice glass of wine and the view across the harbour and over to France. It's our favourite way to spend our days off - join us!

£25 or more

6 of 8 claimed

Limited Edition Recipe Collection

At the end of our first year, we will publish a limited edition recipe collection. In the form of a zine, this will be a beautifully designed publication comprising 5-10 unique recipes from Custom Folkestone's first year. Example dishes could include our very special Kentish Kimchi made with pears or our Rhubarb and Custard tarts.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rare artist proof by artist Rebecca Mason

The amazing artist Rebecca Mason has donated this rare artist proof - the prints usually retail for £195! Details: Do You Hear Yourself When You Speak? (aka “what?”) limited edition print (unframed) - this is an artist proof with slight imperfections Signed & marked as an Artist Proof Limited edition archival quality giclee print on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 308gsm fine art paper 55.9cm x 41.9cm inc. 3cm border More details in 'project updates'

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

TWO framed photographic prints by Bartle Halpin

And another amazing new reward! You can get these two stunning photographic prints of Dungeness by Folkestone photographer Bartle Halpin for just £60. Have a look at the project update for images. Prints are 9"x7" not including frame. You can chose a black or white frame.

£60 or more

4 of 4 claimed

LOCAVORE Art and pickles Hamper

Delivered to your door, this is a little labour of love which tells a story about how we got here. It includes a limited edition "F**k your extraction economy" tea towel made by the Folkestone Summer School of Economics (see pic in updates). Also in the hamper is a selection of Cherry's homemade pickles, dried wild herbs and spices from along the Kent coast and a selection of goodies from our favourite suppliers. We can post to any UK address.

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Limited edition artwork

During our first year, we will be commissioning a unique screen printed artwork from a visual artist as part of our programme of artistic work. This will be available in a limited edition of just 5 prints.

£100 or more

Champagne & Custom Folkestone LOCAVORE Membership

As well as becoming a member of Custom Folkestone’s LOCAVORE community, you will also be able to claim a free bottle of Chapeldown Brut (or equivalent) in Custom up until Christmas 2018. Being a member of the LOCAVORE community entitles you to growing space in our new community garden, priority booking for our events and an invite to our yearly Midsummer Party. We will also send you a monthly newsletter to keep you up to date with our goings-on

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

2 days full venue hire

This special offer entitles local businesses to two full days (8am-8pm) hire of our brand new venue in Folkestone Harbour's East Yard. Available from Monday-Thursday, you will have free access to tea and coffee making facilities and catering can be organised on request. The venue includes a 8x2.5m metre flexible indoor area with tables and seating, a large, sheltered outdoor space, toilet facilities, parking and wifi.

£500 or more

1 of 10 claimed

20 % discount & LOCAVORE Membership

As well as becoming a member of Custom Folkestone‘s LOCAVORE community, you will also be able to claim 20 % discount on all food* at Custom for one year. Being a member of LOCAVORE entitles you to growing space in our new community garden, priority booking for our events and an invite to our yearly Midsummer Party. We will also send you a monthly newsletter to keep you up to date with our goings-on. *Discount does not apply to drinks

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

5 days full venue hire

This special offer entitles local businesses to five full days (8am-8pm) hire of our brand new venue in Folkestone Harbour's East Yard. Available from Monday-Thursday, you will have free access to tea and coffee making facilities and catering can be organised on request. The venue includes a 8x2.5m metre flexible indoor area with tables and seating, a large, sheltered outdoor space, toilet facilities, parking and wifi.

£1,000 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Join our CUSTOM CHEF'S TABLE

Members of the CUSTOM CHEF'S TABLE are cherished benefactors. Limited to ten individuals or couples, these are the people we rely on most. We invite members to our exclusive openings and parties and often have informal drinks or suppers. Members donate between £1,000 and £10,000 (with a threshold of £1,000 to join). They make everything possible, as well as supplying invaluable feedback and expertise. We have space at the table for 6 more.

£5,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

8 days full venue hire and Christmas Party

This special offer entitles local businesses to 8 full days (8am-8pm) hire of our brand new venue. Available from Monday-Thursday, with free access to tea and coffee making facilities, catering can be organised on request. We are also offering an amazing Christmas party for up to 35 people, this is a full venue hire on a mutually agreed date, with 5 canapés and a glass of fizz per person (details can be negotiated to suit your party).

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