Edinburgh Food Social's Good Food Hub

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Project by Edinburgh Food Social

We did it
On 27th August 2019 we successfully raised £21,520 with 140 supporters in 45 days

Food is the one thing that links us all together- help us create a Food Training Hub that teaches young people about the goodness of food.

 New stretch target

Our extra funding will go towards investing in creating an EVEN MORE inspiring space by creating a kitchen garden close to our Food Training Hub as well as being able to run the project for a greater period of time without the need for (often unreliable) funding.

About Us

The Edinburgh Food Social has been working with young people in Edinburgh for more than 3 years. Over this time, we have drastically improved the outcomes for kids from multiple schools across Edinburgh through our Food Truck project, as well as the work we carry our in classrooms across the city.

Our Project

Now we are about to embark on on our most ambitious project yet- to create a full-time, fully equipped Good Food Hub in Edinburgh- allowing us to teach youngsters about the amazing world of food; its quality, its flavour and its ability to create incredible careers working in the hospitality industry.

Our Good Food Hub will be a thought-provoking, inspiring and professional space where we can talk about food, as well as cooking and eating together. The space will be used to host young people for whom the classroom is not working out to use their practical skills to create better outcomes for themselves and those around them.

The Good Food Hub will also play host to a range of groups and organisations across the city to teach a huge range of individuals and community groups about food, as well as hosting community meals, Good Food Fridays and so much more.

What You're Funding

Our teaching hub will be located in the upcoming Edinburgh Palette culture hub in beautiful Portobello. With your aid and funding, we'll be transforming the old British Rail workshop on the site into a beautiful, inspiring teaching kitchen, with facilities to teach up to 12 students at a time, deliver catering jobs and host dinners.

In order to outfit the kitchen, we need to purchase the following:

- Kitchen fittings

- Food and provisions

- Kitchen equipment

- Training materials

- Uniforms

Our Rewards

The small team at Edinburgh Food Social will be working extraordinarily hard behind the scenes to create a sustainable business model, with multiple revenue streams to help us continue to succeed, year after year. Some of these will be used as rewards to get us started on our journey. You can see our selection of amazing rewards in the rewards list.

We hope that you will be able to support us and become an invaluable part of our journey; teaching the next generation about the importance of food to every part of our lives, and the lives of those around us.

Thank you x


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£1,250 or more

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Private Chef's Table for 10 Guests

The second largest of our rewarded pledges, this is an incredible package including a Chef's Table for 10 guests with each taking away a bottle of our small batch gin, a bag of house-roasted coffee an e-recipe book, a personalised design print and a huge thank you on our Food Hub wall.

£5 or more

A Massive Thank You...

If you are able to support us by pledging £5, we owe you a massive thank you! This thank you will be delivered by video each week as well as your name being added to the wall of our Food Training Hub.

£15 or more

Get Cooking at Home

Pledging £15 to our Food Hub will get you a fantastic e-recipe book, packed full of seasonal recipes that are easy to recreate at home using incredible seasonal Scottish produce. In addition, those who pledge £15 will get a thank you by video as well as their name on our wall.

£25 or more

House Roasted Coffee

Support us with £25 and you will receive a bag of incredible, freshly roasted, Edinburgh Larder blend coffee. These incredible beans have been sourced by the team at our sister restaurant and roasted in-house. If you're in Edinburgh or London, you'll be able to swing by and collect your coffee... if you're elsewhere, we'll send it to you. As well as the caffeine, we'll send you an e-recipe book and you'll get a big fat thank you on our wall.

£35 or more

Edinburgh Food Social Spring Gin

Our house gin, distilled by the wonderful Edinburgh Gin. Full of Spring botanicals, wood sorrel, yarrow and gorse flower, this gin is zesty and delicious. Our recommended serve is with apple and a wee sprig of thyme but we've enjoyed samples in all manner of ways and each time it's gone down beautifully. Gin that tastes as good as it does. Collect from a number of our friends across the city.

£50 or more

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The Perfect Tonic...

£50 is an incredibly generous gift which deserves a great reward! As part of our social enterprise, we will be distilling our very own gin. Using foraged seasonal Scottish botanicals together with the help of some of the country's finest distillers, this is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face when poured over ice. Naturally, you will receive an e-recipe book and a special mention on the wall of the Food Hub.

£65 or more

'Scotland's Larder' Lunch Experience

Join us on one a series of unique outdoor food experiences, taking in the very best of Scotland. Whether it's a seafood feast served on a remote beach, a lamb masterclass on a Pentlands hill farm or a lunch in the middle of a community garden, these experiences promise to be unique, immersive and truly delicious. Steve and the team will welcome you before getting hands-on with your chosen subject before sitting down to a convivial meal.

£75 or more

Print Package

A £75 pledge gets you the first of our packages... our seasonal small batch gin, house roasted coffee and e-recipe book as well as a beautifully designed, locally printed A4 Food Social poster and a huge thank you on the Food Hub wall.

£120 or more

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Hands On Cookery Class

Join the Food Social's team of expert chefs in the kitchen that you helped fund! Our chefs have worked in Edinburgh, London, Cote d'Azur, Berlin, NYC and Copenhagen and really have the skills to pay the bills. Join us on a class of your choosing throughout the year to learn a whole host of new skills that will leave you inspired and returning home brimming with confidence. Whilst you're with us, you'll see your name on the wall too!

£150 or more

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Private Cookery Lesson at Home

Our Head of Food Education, Steve, has spend the past 20 years cooking and teaching all over the world. His passion for ingredients is infectious and Steve loves creating simple dishes that respect the ingredients in focus and sharing stories about growers & producers. This class is sure to leave you inspired with tips and techniques to share with family and friends for years to come.

£350 or more

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Private Chef's Table for 6 Guests

Getting into the bigger money, we would like to offer you the opportunity to join us at the Food Hub for a very special Chef's Table experience. We'll welcome you and 5 friends to the Food Hub on an evening of your choice where you will enjoy a 5 course tasting menu cooked for by the team, sharing the stories of the produce as it is cooked in front of you. Naturally, a huge thank you will be shared online as well as on our Food Hub wall.

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Exclusive Kitchen Garden Tour & Lunch for 6

As Chef/Proprietor of L'Escargot Blanc, L'Escargot Bleu, Fred is a great friend of ours and Chef of the Year at the CIS Excellence Awards. Fred has built up a great reputation as one of the cities finest restaurateurs- now spending his time planting, growing & harvesting the vegetables and herbs for the restaurants. This private tour will involve being welcomed to Newton Walled Garden by Fred & Steve, as well as enjoying an unforgettable lunch.

£750 or more

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A Day of Foraging & Gin Cocktails for 6 guests

Join us for this unique day, spent foraging with expert Anna Canning who will guide you through the undergrowth and inspire you with the edible treats to be found. We will enjoy and al fresco lunch prepared by the Edinburgh Food Social team served with a selection of delicious cocktails made with our very own gin.

£1,450 or more

Private Cookery School Day for 12 guests

Whether you are a corporate company, small business or just a big group of friends, this experience is perfect to 'bank' for the right time. Whether it's team building, reward, a celebration or just a Tuesday- you will be changing lives by funding us in this way. We will enjoy lots of delicious food over the course of the day, together with house gin cocktails as well as hands-on cooking and we will wrap up with a very special prizegiving!

£35 or more

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Edinburgh Larder Festival Fireworks Dinner

The Edinburgh Larder is the perfect location for our Festival Fireworks Dinner, only metres away from the Royal Mile. Hosted and cooked by Edinburgh Food Social, this dinner promises to bring you the very best of what's in season, from local Scottish suppliers and celebrating the end of this year's Edinburgh International Festival in style. Join us at 7pm for a welcome drink and 3 course dinner.

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