On December 14th 2014 I had the pleasure of being an invited guest of Borough Market’s at Tom Hunt’s Feast of Seven Fishes event The Three Crown Square.
The alternative Christmas Feast aimed to highlight the problem of food waste during the festive season and dishes were created using surplus ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away. It was a great opportunity to meet the Borough Market team and hear what they’re doing on sustainability including partnerships with FareShare and FoodSave, a charter that traders have signed up to committing to donate leftover produce after each Saturday market to worthy causes.
World famous eco-chef and food waste activist Tom Hunt said “At Christmas we create a huge amount of unnecessary food waste. With many people hungry at such a festive time I wanted to create an alternative Christmas. Let’s celebrate this abundance of food by using it to raise money for the people that really need it most”.
The four course banquet was a traditional Italian meal usually served on Christmas Eve, and featured dishes like foraged salad of water-celery leaf, chervil and chickweed, and forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil.
It was a wonderful lunch and really brought the spirit of Christmas alive. I particularly enjoyed the risotto which was rich in flavour and texture. The apples and pears for dessert were just scrumptious, I could have eaten the entire bowl but as it was a sharing menu that would have just been greedy! The event did a great job of highlighting some essential facts about food waste and how we consume our food on a daily basis.
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