Sited at a property in the heart of the village, the Overton Community Kitchen will provide a collaborative food space in three parts:
• The Shop Space
• The Eating-and-Meeting Space
• The Kitchen Space
All with an overarching environmental ethos, promoting plastic free, zero waste and low food miles.
The funds we are seeking are to help us meet the costs of the initial six-month lease, after which the Overton Community Kitchen is designed to become self-funding, and to help set up the three key spaces.
The project team has brought in one of the UK's leading consultants in the food industry, with over 30-years experience, to advise.
The Shop Space
– saving, serving and promoting local food
Using new technologies, the shop space will offer the community 24-hour access to plastic-free shopping for locally produced daily vitals.
Stock would include eco products to enable visitors to uphold eco-friendly habits and bulk goods that can be purchased using refillable containers.
A range of fresh food items will also be available for sale.
This includes an exciting new prospect for saving local food that might normally go to waste. Fresh items will be cooked in the kitchen from ingredients such as:
• Produce that local farmers can't sell to supermarkets (such as odd-shaped veg)
• Excess from local allotments that may otherwise be destined for the compost heap
• Overstock foods that would have gone to landfill
As a result, the shop would provide the community the chance to buy a variety of ad hoc meals, jams, juices, soups, chutneys...
As well as saved ingredients, the store would bring together local food and drink brands from within a 15-mile radius.
The Eating-and-Meeting Space
A versatile space with interchangeable furniture to create a variety of eating and meeting spaces.
This would be available to hire (with or without the kitchen space) to anyone in the community (from individuals, to budding chefs or established businesses) for private events or to try out their food in public restaurant environment.
Throughout the week, this would provide the community with an assortment of café and restaurant offerings with different menus from different chefs.
As an incubator of local talent, this could help emerging brands develop their business or provide space for launch events. Our advisory board will be available for help and advice.
The Kitchen Space
A commercial-grade kitchen for hire (with or without The Eating-and-Meeting Space), available to local individuals, groups or businesses in need of food-prep space, or providing courses and training.
Early access for Crowdfunders
Our initial all-access membership will be made up of our Crowdfunders, who will be given all-hours access via their own individual fob. Our funders will also gain priority when it comes to hiring space.
The goals of the Overton Community Kitchen include:
To provide the community with:
• options for eating out at times when the village is currently closed (mainly Sunday)
• an outlet for local, low food-miles produce and other fare
• out-of-hours purchasing of food staples
• a place to recycle, refill and learn about eco initiatives
• a meeting place
• a venue for learning
To provide local businesses and individuals:
• a kitchen to prepare goods for their business
• a restaurant space to trial the running of a restaurant, a new menu or to treat special guests
• an opportunity to promote local food, drink and eco brands
• an opportunity to sell/donate/trade previously wasted stock