The Hornbeam Cafe is open Tues-Sun serving vegan quiches, salads, hotpot, soups, cakes and various drinks, PLUS vegan Indian-inspired food by SpiceBox Thurs-Sun (see below) day and evenings.
SpiceBox are running their exciting Indian-inspired Test Kitchen at the Hornbeam from 21 Sept and NOW EXTENDED due to popular demand to end of December 2018 on Thurs and Fri evenings and weekends during the day and evenings.
Community Mondays will not be running during August so that our fantastic crew of volunteers and facilitators can have a well-earned break.
There are summer activities both at the Hornbeam, the Lodge and beyond as part of the Food for London project and with other partners. Our partner Kids Kitchen’s family timetable is here and you can see all events on our listings pages.
There will also be some Free Food stalls – Check our Facebook page for up to date details. We have plenty of surplus food to redistribute – do you have a community group that could use some food? Get in touch!
Community Mondays will be back in September with more volunteering opportunities and food rescue! Our programme for September 2017 looks like this (full details will appear on the events listing, and follow us on Facebook for updates
Monday 4th and Monday 18th – People’s Kitchen:
The first and third Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted. Volunteer from 10am or just come to eat at 1pm – Pay-what-you-feel!
Monday 11th – Makeover Monday:
Join us from 10am and help make the hornbeam ship-shape while learning some basic DIY skills. Makeover Mondays are our opportunity to give the building a much needed lick of paint, spruce up of the plants and tackle general maintenance jobs, such as putting up shelving. Plus volunteer lunch from rescued food!
Monday 25th – Jamming:
Join us from 10am and learn how to make jam from foraged and rescued fruit. Plus volunteer lunch for all jam-makers.
Volunteers are guided through activities by experienced facilitators and have the opportunity to gain AQA accreditation in activities such as cooking, painting/decorating etc.
The Hornbeam and This is Rubbish are working together to run Waltham Forest’s Best Before Project. We are working with anti food waste campaigning and redistribution organisation ‘Best Before‘ to raise awareness among local food retailers that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.
To help us reach out to people in the community we are seeking passionate Food Rescuer Volunteers across Waltham Forest. They are working
Volunteers will encourage and support retailers to sell food passed its Best Before date at a reduced price; showing we can reduce waste and also educating their customers. Shops will also be able to donate food which they don’t want to sell, to other projects such as food banks and the People’s Kitchen and E17’s Disco Soup.
We’re looking for enthusiastic people to help run collections, engage shops, help with distribution, or run awareness-raising events.
A Disco Soup is a way of collecting a lot of food that was going to be wasted, cooking it into something yummy together with a lot of people and having fun in the process.
Join us to fill bellies instead of bins!
This event is also a perfect opportunity to bring the diverse range of local food organisations together to launch the Local People’s Food Forum. So come along to discover what is being done in Waltham Forest to build a sustainable food system, from farm to fork and beyond.
This family-friendly event is free and all are welcome! There will also be stalls, workshops and live entertainment! For any more info contact: email@example.com
Community Mondays: one-off, drop-in opportunities 10.00am-2pm – we help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and often have some lunch too.
Past Community Mondays have included Makeover Mondays (painting, repairing and general upkeep of the Hornbeam), skill shares in low cost and sustainable living, sign-writing, jam and juice making (working to an AQA certification for those that would like to get it), food prep for People’s Kitchen, social media sharing and admin support.
We are recruiting Community Monday Lead Volunteers – could that be you? If you’re interested in leading a group of volunteers of various abilities and inspire them to learn about cooking we’d love to hear from you! Full position details coming soon. We’re looking to recruit a few Community Monday Lead Volunteers so the sessions will be shared among a few people. 11am-2.30pm
Generally Community Mondays are as follows:
First Monday: People’s Kitchen
Second Monday: Makeover Monday
Third Monday: People’s Kitchen
Fourth Monday: Jamming
Fifth Monday (if there is one): pot luck!
Community Mondays are led by experienced facilitators and are open to all.
But check the What’s On page as sometimes Community Mondays change due to national holidays etc. There are no Community Mondays on Bank Holidays.
More about People’s Kitchen: The FIRST and THIRD Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from rescued food. Volunteer from 10am or just come to eat at 1pm – Pay-what-you-feel! More info.