The problemBrighton is a hub for foodies (including bloggers, Twitterers,photographers) - people enjoy cooking, but often do so inisolationMany people are limited in their creativity by a lack of space andequipment in their homes - many ﬂats in BrightonThose that do have this infrastructure often don’t havecommunity to share and learn withFragmented collection of initiatives and organisations with nophysical hub - similar to freelancers discovering coworking
What is it? A community of food lovers that meet regularly A fully equipped commercial cooking space A space for members to try their skills on paying diners
CommunityBringing people out of their kitchens and creating connectionsKnowledge and skill sharingUsing empty spaces and regenerating a less proﬁtable area ofthe city
SustainabilityEstimated monthly expenditure and incomeLease - £2,500; break-even (inc. bills and rates) - £5,000 Membership fees - £3,000 Space rental e.g. dining nights, lunches - £1,000-£3,000 Member’s and friends dining nights - £3,000 Produce sales - £100-£1,000 Workshops - £100-£500
TechnologyManagement of responsibility sharing among membersSystems to run space booking and membership - tools alreadyin use by coworking spacesOnline feedback from the dining publicUse of social media to publicise menus, availability
Making it happenCookery leadership courseInitial funding of £10,000: Idea validation - encourages participation £7,500 lease deposit (building and equipment) £2,500 operating capital and contingencyCommitment from ﬁrst paying members - minimum numberof 75 to ensure break-even before taking on lease
ConnectionsBrighton and Hove Food PartnershipLocal food groups - Harvest, Landshare, allotment societies,Brighton Permaculture TrustEducational institutions - City College, Falmer High SchoolJamie OliverCommunity Chef, Fresh Ideas, Kitchen AcademyEconomic Development, B&H City Council
FutureSponsored membership for people disadvantagedbackgroundsSmall business incubation, similar to La Marqueta in NewYorkDevelopment of an online hub for related groupsCreation of a larger movement, similar to HackspaceWhatever ideas come out of the new community!