Blog: Love British? Love British Food.
This months blog comes courtesy of Abigail Holt from Cucina.
September may seem a long time away but will be here before we know it. September for Cucina, is a busy month. It’s not only the new school year and a new influx of year 7 students who have never seen a school lunch quite like Cucina, but it’s also the month of celebration of Love British Food.
2016 saw Cucina featuring a two week special menu created by our very own chefs and put on display each day with accompanying marketing materials. The whole two weeks’ worth of alternative menu was greatly received by clients and un-surprisingly the students too.
Across 47 state schools with Primary schools and Special Needs Schools, we catered a classic British Menu, sourcing produce from local suppliers, and bringing business to small butchers, green grocers and fruit sellers regionally.
Upon reflection of the British Food Fortnight 2016, we are now gearing up for September 2017 with an action packed 2 weeks. With a new growing competition taking place to get the students, staff and even parents interested in growing their own produce, we figured what better way to involve them than to run our very own British cooking classes.
With the success of many evening cooking classes, we hope with enough advertisement we can run a class in each school on several evenings. These evenings have always been popular, including our participation in’ Real Bread Week’, curry classes, Christmas bakery classes and much more. The idea behind the classes is to teach students, staff and parents how to cook the British classics on our menus. Not only does this encourage students to try food they wouldn’t usually, but advise and educate them of the benefits of sourcing British produce and the great tasting dishes that can be made from these. As well as this, it gives Cucina a platform to go the extra mile and shout about the great work we do to ensure our menus are not only healthy but filled with British produce.