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Denise - Supper Club Presentation

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  • It was hard in the beginning....I didn’t know a thing,. Like many I’d lived in a world of work, school run, supermarket, collapseI was forced to rethink and my whole outlook changed. I was skint, unemployed, in debt and struggled to pay bills, feed my family and live.But I had time so I started to investigate my local suppliers withlittle money to shop at produce marketsWe only ate well when supper club was on and there were occasions when I had to cancel supper club because I couldn't afford to run itI even turned my hand to a bit of ‘freeganing’when I realised how much food supermarkets discardedInstead I met people, told them what I was doing., networked and bored people endlessly with supper club talk.I wrote the blog and slowly began writing more about the food being produced around me., about our supper club nights, the produce I used and the producers themselves.Over that first year I got to know lots of wonderful local producers, built a solid reputation and made fans and friends along the way
  • Play to your strengthsDon’t try and emulate others
  • In two years my way of life totally changed.....I now questioned everything about the supermarket.They did not support the local economy, rarely stocked local produce, paid producers a pittance, clocked up food miles by importing out of season produce, which was not of a great quality and produced huge amounts of food waste.By little stint of freegan living demonstrated just how wasteful supermarkets are....and how much food goes into the bin (when there is nothing wrong with it).Recycling helped me stock my restaurant when I had nothing...charity shops, boot fairs, passed on goodsMy whole business reputation has been built on my use of local produce.....people now come to me if they are trying to source something locally!!
  • January 2011 I registered as self-employed. I stopped looking for a ‘proper’ job and turned to food as my new career Moel Faban Suppers was born.I wasn’t sure how it would work out but with my now well established network of friends and contacts, fans and supporters I had to give it a try.It was slow to get going. I had little income and ticked over on the tiny bit of profit I made from supper club. Just as I was beginning to wonder if I’d made the right decision I won a contract to crew cater for the Green Man festival and my first wedding.
  • The highlight of last year had to be Global Feast...the cooking extravaganza that run concurrently with the Olympics.I cooked on British food night and it couldn’t have been any more about British Produce!!Penderyn whisky sponsored me....as did The Tomato Stall, Steinberg's, The mushroom Garden and MoelyciThat is what the food critic of the Huffington Post said....I loved it as it sums up what I have been trying to achieve

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