As I embark on a part time MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I hang up my keys as Head Events Chef here at the Skip Garden. It’s been a wonderful year of successful event after successful event, with bountiful boards of delicious vegetarian food produced by our wonderful kitchen team, equally satiating our guests’ hunger pangs and filling them with glee and, hopefully, a little awe and inspiration.
Some of my highlights and big events have included:
May Day Fire Feast where our multicoloured hummus bar first made an appearance.
The Under Her Eye banquet for 80, which was months in the planning with some extra logistics as it was all made at the Skip Garden but served in the courtyard of the British Library.
Tom Dixon’s team away day, where we served up a variety of Skip Garden signatures for afternoon tea for a hundred; plum and thyme frangipane and raspberry and lemon verbena frangipane (that happen to be gluten free), orange marmalade loaf cake, vegan banana bread, mini scones with clotted cream and jam, mini cheese scones, open sandwiches, brownies, cookies and carrot cake topped with marigold.
Gusto’s summer party, where the foodie guests weren’t aware they were going to be served vegetarian food, but were of course still completely satisfied and had their appetite for flavour and good food indulged with our unique outdoor cooking set up.
A collaboration with Cub, a kindred sustainability concerned food and drinks outfit in Hoxton, with their Secret Garden supperclub popping up at the Skip Garden for one night only.
And then of course I’ve gotten to be part of the planning, cooking (and tidying up after!) a well populated line up of supperclubs, weddings, birthday parties, community events and charity fundraisers (The Starfish Project, Spread the Word) and offsite catering orders, as Head Events Chef. On top of that I have had regular cafe days and been able to work on lots of lovely youth projects (Lunch and Learning, Generator sessions, Friday Night Out Project, Pertwood camps, Paper Garden school and community bookings and cookery sessions).
I won’t miss the unpredictability of ticket sales and the British weather, but I’ve already got FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) for all the funky events in the pipeline. I, of course, won’t be going anywhere fast, but look forward to taking a step back from events leading and instead popping in to freelance on events, and step in for youth projects and cafe days where needed.
To find out more about the events we have coming up, please visit our What’s On page.