Kali has worked as a freelance chef for more than ten years, travelling the world for work and pleasure. She’s always been a lover of food and conscious of the treatment of animals and well being of the earth.
Fascinated by the way food works with your body Kali trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a school specialising in vegetarian health supportive cooking, this is where her style of cooking began to develop. Building relationships with local growers such as Growing Communities has encouraged Kali’s enthusiasm and belief in the need to be more in touch with where our food comes from and the impact the food system has on our environment and local community.
Got an exciting Hornbeam Nights idea? If you’d like to use the Hornbeam cafe for an event, workshop or a pop-up Supper Club contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can support with publicity, bar and more and have a huge amount of cafe/kitchen resources too.
We’ve absolutely LOVED being part of the Spicebox journey into East End celebrity status and will be so sad to see them go but delighted they have a permanent venue now elsewhere in Walthamstow opening after the new year.
Their last day at The Hornbeam Cafe is 20 December. Get your Xmas dinner outings in now to avoid disappointment! See SpiceBox’s Xmas menu
We are so excited to announce that the amazing vegan Indian-inspired SpiceBox who started their month-long Test Kitchen at our Hornbeam Cafe on Fri 21 Sept have been so popular they are staying to end of December 2018!
Sun 22 April, 4-8pm (note later start time than previously advertised).
Join Walthamstow’s first fully vegan cafe and celebrate good food and good people.
Meet the new chefs. Eat the food. Find out the amazing things the Hornbeam does. Family Friendly drop-in. 4-8pm.
You can also bring along some vinyl and spin some tunes with Patrick Steele leading Open Decks. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never DJed – now’s your chance to take control of the music!
We’ll also be showing the Hornbeam JoyRiders / Cycle Sisters short film and sharing info about all the exciting things going on at the Hornbeam and Learning Lodge generally, as well as keeping you fed with scrumptious tasters.
“The Hornbeam has been instrumental to the growth of my business: without their support and encouragement, it would have been far more difficult to gain the confidence and experience to try serving so many people at once. A valuable community asset…” Tegan – Pie N Mash Pop-up
“Hornbeam nights are a genuinely unique part of Walthamstow life and offer great opportunities for people. I was made to feel confident and comfortable in trying things for the first time and I’m very grateful for that. The Hornbeam Cafe is a very encouraging environment for creativity, friendship and life.” Liam Emerson, Ra Ra Ramen Pop-up, DJ & musician
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).
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.
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.
“We are also working on some new exciting dishes to come out soon. And of course – there is always scrumptious vegan cakes!”
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.
We have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign for the Hornbeam Centre and Hornbeam Nights and would love your help!
We want to continue creating our Hornbeam Nights evening workshops, supper clubs and music events to support our amazing community but need to update our equipment that has, well…. seen better days!
As Charlie who organises our events says: “We want to provide an ethical and sustainable space for creatives, where aspiring musicians, DJs, workshop facilitators, small businesses and chefs, can walk into and feel held and supported not only by just but by decent gear and equipment.
“If you can give a little today into our pot, we will keep on giving in the way the Hornbeam has been doing in many ways for the past 30 years….”
A VERY SPECIAL, COMMUNITY HUB
The Hornbeam is a community anchor, providing space to groups, support and incubation of new ideas, and a point of entry for people wanting to take action. We support people lacking in confidence and skills to set up new social enterprises and community initiatives.
Hornbeam nights have not only become a great success but also built a wonderful community of creative folk. Alas, our equipment doesn’t reflect the quality of the creativity… We’d love the opportunity to spruce things up.
WITH YOUR HELP: Our nights will be able to host top notch evenings with a large sway of activism & education, for a better community, environment & world.
LAUNCH: We’ll be launching our campaign at our exciting new Open Mic evening Jam Sandwich on Friday 22nd September – the campaign will take place for six weeks.
TARGET: We hope to raise £5,000 to acquire sustainable sourced equipment: PA system, turntables, a mixer, a projector, projector screen, installation and setting up costs. Live music equipment. Furniture.
Please keep supporting local talent, businesses and the community at The Hornbeam.
Remember – it’s at Forest Recycling Project behind the Hornbeam this month – a big bright warehouse-esque space to hold more performers, punters and for any movers and shakers.