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New Year, New Chef – could it be you?

The Hornbeam Cafe is recruiting!

NOTE: WE HAVE SLIGHTLY UPDATED THE JOB DESCRIPTION, START DATE AND PAY RATE

Hornbeam vegan chef role 4 days 

Interview date: 20 January 2018
Start date: 6 Feb 2018

Do you have experience in a professional kitchen? Are you competent working in a busy space, happy to cook alone but keen to be part of vibrant and growing team?

Are you enthusiastic, organised, flexible AND calm and available from 6 February 2018?

If yes to all that – Come chef with us! Read the full Hornbeam chef role here Hornbeam vegan chef role 4 days 

Frankie - Cafe Chef
Hornbeam’s cafe manager Frankie

The Hornbeam Café is one of the longest running vegetarian cafes in London – recently turned fully vegan.

Our ethos is to support our local businesses as much as possible. This includes our coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. All our fresh ingredients are source as locally as possible, with most of our fruits and vegetables coming from local food enterprise Organiclea. We are also committed to a zero-waste policy with very minimal of our rubbish going to land fill.

If you are interested in this role, please

We look forward to hearing from you!

NEW DATES:

Interview date: 20 January 2018 

Start date: 6 Feb

Responsible for food preparation, cooking and cleanliness of the kitchen.

Reporting to: Café manager

Wage: £10.20 per hour
36-40 hours variable per week (4 days)

 

 

New Hornbeam Cafe team goes 100% vegan 

The Hornbeam Cafe is now proudly the first 100% plant-based vegan cafe in Walthamstow 

The Hornbeam Cafe and Centre has been running as a vegetarian cafe and community hub for 30 years. This month we have become the first fully vegan cafe in Walthamstow serving 100 per cent plant-based food and drinks (we will no longer serve dairy milk or eggs with brunch).

Salad plate with quiche.
Salad plate with quiche.
Roasted squash, french beans + tahini and harrissa sauce served with stewed greens, salad and bread
Roasted squash, french beans + tahini and harrissa sauce served with stewed greens, salad and bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to welcome our new kitchen team – Kitchen Manager Frankie and a new chef, who both have amazing culinary credentials plus huge enthusiasm to make people’s experience at the cafe better than ever.

Happiness is..... new Kitchen Manager Franke making scrumptious vegan food at The Hornbeam
Happiness is….. new Kitchen Manager Franke making scrumptious vegan food at The Hornbeam

Frankie grew up on an organic veg farm in Devon, which his parents still run, with a shop and a box scheme – so the Hornbeam is home-from-home for him.

“I started my catering career when I was 17. I worked in a restaurant based on an organic farm so all the produce we used in the kitchen came straight from the farm.

“From there I have worked in all manner of restaurants, but I am now glad to be back to my roots at a small independent business that supports local businesses just as my mum and dad still do today. 

“We are excited to be working with such beautiful seasonal produce provided by Waltham Forest’s own organic cooperative – Organiclea. We have updated our menu with the same regular favourites such as the daily curry and salad and vegan quiche and we have now rolled out the weekend brunch all week.

Hornbeam's famous vegan sausage brunch is now available all week.
Hornbeam’s famous vegan sausage brunch is now available all week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are also working on some new exciting dishes to come out soon. And of course – there is always scrumptious vegan cakes!”

Free drink with any cake during November!
Free drink with any cake during November!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hornbeam Cafe supports the local community and uses local suppliers such as Organiclea for all our veg. We have a fine selection of alcoholic drinks from local breweries including the Wild Card brewery in Walthamstow. Plus organic and locally produced soft drinks such as  Kombucha (come and learn how to make it at their  Kombucha workshop in November). We also sell Perky Blenders ethically-sourced coffee roasted in Leyton.

The Hornbeam also has a fair-trade policy so that a fair price can be paid to producers, suppliers and staff.

Wildfizz Kombucha
Wildfizz Kombucha
Perky Blenders coffee awaits you...
Perky Blenders coffee awaits you…

 

 

 

 

 

MORE NEWS FROM THE HORNBEAM

  • Hornbeam Nights are amazing… but we need some help. Please support us to keep running environmental and social change workshops, Live Music events and Pop-up Supperclubs. Please visit www.spacehive.com/hornbeamnights
  • If you are interested in running a workshop on your own environmental or social change workshop or pop up supper club get in touch.
  • Are you a local artist? We are supporting and exhibiting local artists work in the cafe every month. Would like to have your own exhibition?

For more info on the cafe or Hornbeam Nights contact: Charlie – hornbeamnights@gmail.com

Please visit our website and Facebook page for a full list of events.

Follow us on:

TWITTER: @nightshornbeam
FACEBOOK: hornbeamcafe
INSTAGRAM: Hornbeam_cafe

www.hornbeam.org.uk

La Buenaventura Cafe September Takeover!

We are delighted to have a collaboration with La Bueneventura for the whole of September!We are excited to welcome La Buenaventura  to the Hornbeam, for the month of September helping us all extend summer with the taste of Spain…

The regular Hornbeam Cafe team will have a small pause in September ahead of a re-launch in October.  More of this soon…

This has given us the opportunity to support an excellent pop-up business with a stellar reputation in East London to try out the cafe life during September and we think you’ll love them!

Sheila and Pino – the La Buenaventura team – will be serving the regular Hornbeam menu with a Spanish twist, still local food at reasonable prices.

Sheila and Pino - the La Bueneventura team!
Sheila and Pino – the chefs behind the tastes of La Bueneventura.  @10CableStreet
La Bueneventura's amazing gazpacho.
La Bueneventura’s amazing gazpacho.

Vegan chorizo brunch, anyone…?!

The Hornbeam will be open regular cafe hours (except Thursday 14th) with a celebration evening menu on the final Saturday, 30th September. Check our events listings and Facebook page for more information – and tell your friends!

YES – vegan tapas!  Hurrah!

“Last night’s Vegan Tapas with La Buenaventura was amazing. A superb menu

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and each course an absolute delight. Thank you for putting on such a delicious feast for us…can’t wait to eat your food again soon! Mark

“I can honestly say the food I’ve tried from la buenaventura is the yummiest ive had in a long time!

Vegan chorizo!

So delicious and the staff are so friendly!  Stephanie

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Sat 27 May – Vegan Japanese pop-up Supper Club

Hornbeam Nights: Ra-Ra-Ramen Pop-Up Supper Club

Join us for an exciting Japanese twist on our Saturday Pop-Up Supperclubs on Sat 27 May.

On the menu is a vegan take on one of Japan’s most popular dishes, Ramen. Chef for the night is local resident Liam Emerson, with sous chef Bill Rae Smith.

There will be two sittings, the first from 7pm til 8.30pm and the second from 9pm til 10.30pm, so pick one, book your place and come down and join us.

The bar will also be serving a good selection of locally brewed beer and cider, plus soft drinks and of course tea!

Facebook event. 
Booking essential: https://ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/416

Hornbeam’s Pop-Up Supper Clubs

The Hornbeam can now be hired as a Supper Club venue – just get in touch, or come along to try out the amazing food cooked by local cooks keen to put on their own Pop-Up!

We have a lovely, cosy cafe seating around 25 people. We have a fully-equipped professional catering kitchen for your use upstairs with a dumb-waiter to help deliver the food with minimum stress to the cafe downstairs.

Organic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are all available.

If you’re a lonesome eater, don’t be shy, The Hornbeam is a cracking place to meet and mingle with new lovely people.

To find out the Supper Clubs coming up go to our Hornbeam Nights Events page.

People’s Kitchen – first and third Monday of every month

People's Kitchen menu
People’s Kitchen menu

The first and third Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – making and eating a delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.

Food is served 1pm, or come and help make the lunch and join us at 10am to prep the food.

Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbour or colleagues.

NOTE: there will be no People’s Kitchen is on 1 Jan 2018.

People's Kitchen volunteers preparing food
People’s Kitchen volunteers preparing food

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People’s Kitchen is part of Hornbeam’s Food for London project, which works with Waltham Forest Food Rescue and other anti-food waste organisations.

Visit our Best Before pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stall outside the Hornbeam every Monday too (weather permitting). New volunteers always welcome. Contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to help on stalls or to collect food for local agencies supporting those in need. 

 

An invitation to Stories and Supper – 1 April

Are you wondering about the stories and the people behind the migration headlines?

This is a Supper Club with a twist. Great global food with global stories thrown in too.

Stories, inspiring people, and supper
Stories, inspiring people, and supper

“I think he’s quite isolated… your welcome came along just at the right time.”  Through a broken phone conversation, one of our volunteers had told his English teacher that he loves coming to our preparation sessions.  It’s nice to hear – it feels like chaos!

We’re planning Supper and Stories – The Voices Behind the Migration Headlines.  A three course meal, with multiple chefs, and stories from home and here.  Because stories, and people, can counter the hate in the headlines.

So every week we all meet to plan the Supper and build our skills.  We cook, we learn English, we tell stories.  Volunteers buddy up together and work through food safety training.

We’re a mixed bunch – local, not so local, refugees, asylum seekers, those working full time and those with time to kill.  Established chefs, and beginners.  Most of us are volunteers, all of us are learning.

Five weeks ago we didn’t know each other.  Next week we’re all serving dinner to fifty people. This project has brought more people together than we ever expected, and they’ve already gained a huge amount from volunteering.  Concrete food safety training, new friendships…  Hopefully, some of the people we cook for will also take our stories and scatter them in the places that matter.

Wish us luck…!  And please come to dinner!

Please note Stories and Supper is not at the Hornbeam but at Central Parade so we can cater to more people! Central Parade, 6-10 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4RT. 

Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:30pm

Tickets: Price: £28.32 http://ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/360

https://www.facebook.com/storiesandsupper/ – please share!

Stories and Supper
More than a meal….