Manchester’s first ever waste food catering social enterprise is looking to raise £50,000 to launch a sustainable, low carbon food catering service for corporate and private clients.
Open Kitchen MCR was borne out of the successful ‘pay-as-you-feel’ Real Junk Food Manchester restaurant, which ran for 50 weeks and served nearly 30,000 meals using food that would only otherwise go to waste.
The new venture aims to offer the same high quality food to commercial clients through ‘Sustainable Catering Packages’, including hot meals, buffets, canapés and fine dining events. The team behind the idea hope it will double the amount of food that they can stop from going to waste.
The core mission of the project will remain the same, with the corporate packages helping to subsidise work with community and charity partners. In return, corporate clients will be lowering their carbon footprint and supporting the sustainable food agenda.
Having secured a disused commercial site for the project, the social enterprise has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fit out the kitchen, purchase equipment and fund marketing activities. Catering packages can also be purchased directly through the crowdfunder.
Corin Bell, director of Open Kitchen MCR, said: “After almost a year of running the [Real Junk Food] restaurant, we’re now ready to do more. We’ve seen a real appetite in our city for sustainable, low carbon, high quality catering.
“Open Kitchen MCR will be the most sustainable buffet or lunch you could possibly order, allowing us to use even more food that would go to waste and provide even more volunteering and back-to-work placements across the city, all while helping to lower the city’s carbon footprint.”