Catering for Camps and Gatherings
|Sumac Cafe now operates mainly with the 'People's Kitchen each Saturday at 6.30pm, where a different volunteer 'chef' prepares a fresh meal for about 40 people. The Small World Kitchen on some Fridays, serves traditional African Vegan Food provided by the Women's Group of the Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum. Hot food is also prepared for Cinema shows and visiting speaker's presentations.|
In addition Veggies prepares meals for Gatherings held at the Sumac Centre, and occasional buffets and outside event catering.
To avoid wasting food and to mutually benefit from bulk purchasing this webpage is used for the various cooking crews to liaise re available catering supplies. Other Sumac / Veggies members and supporters are also invited to share the stock, to ensure that foods are used up within their shelf life.
Fresh Veg in stock (from 'cold store' by arrangement with Pat or Bar Crew).
245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham, NG7 6HX
Ph: 0845 458 9595 / 0787 086 1837 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding SuppliersWhere possible we source local and wholesome ingredients, organic where available. See http://www.veggies.org.uk/sales/organic.htm.
There are websites that can help locate them:
Replace the town name required - the listing radiates from the selected town, by similar postcodes)
Note that, whilst bakers might not use animal ingredients in their bread, thay may bake in the same ovens as, for example, sausage rolls or meat pies, with possible risk of cross-contamination by crumbs or steam.
Our local craft baker in Nottingham is Hunts Bakery: 0115 987 1217
Other recomendations include:
Coopland at 10 Market Place, Pickering, YO18 7AA. Tel: 01751 472612
Saker Bakery, 30 Market Street, Town Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA
Big Barn is a searchable website or organic and local foods: http://www.bigbarn.co.uk
Eden Farms organic vegetable home delivery service to Nottingham, Lincoln, Loughborough and Leicester: http://www.edenfarms.co.uk/
Although not organic, a reliable local supplier of good, fresh vegetables is L&M on Berridge Road: 0115 942 0008
For the East of England & London try Norfolk based Eostre Organics Ltd, 01953 456294 (who supplied the July'08 Climate Caravan).
Other organic suppliers include:
http://www.farmaround.co.uk/. Vegetarian Box Scheme suppliers in London & North of England.
http://www.riverford.co.uk/. Also sells meat.
http://www.abelandcole.co.uk. Also sells meat & dairy.
We source all our organic wholefoods from based in Sheffield: http://www.lembas.co.uk;
In the West Country we use Essential Trading, and oop North, Suma Wholefoods.
Search for calor gas suppliers via Calor Gas website http://www.calor.co.uk/
LPG kit: propane gas fittings, burners, hose etc, and V importantly the correct crimp clips for gas hose (jubilee clips are NOT advised as they can pinch the pipe and cause gas leaks...)
BES, based in Birmingham, deliver nationwide and do some plumbing supplies: http://www.bes.co.uk; Ph: 0800 80 10 90
Field Kitchen Set-up Checklist
If you are setting up a kitchen at a camp or a neighbourhood at a campaign gathering you may find useful the Neighbourhood briefing prepared for the 2007 Camp for Climate Action:
How big a pot do you needUse a pot big enough for about 0.4ltr per person, or 0.5 ltr for soup as a meal.
The volume of a pot is approximately depth x radius squared x 3 (roughly 'pi'). Measure in centimetres and divide by 1000 for litres.
eg a medium pot 25cm across by 20cm deep is almost 10ltr, enough for 20 - 25 people.
It is worth noting that on a typical ring burner or water boiler 5lt water from cold takes about 16mins to boil, whilst 5ltrs added to an already boiling boiler drops it's temperature to 83 degrees and takes about 12 minutes to get back to boiling. The best temperature to brew coffee is 88-93 degrees.
Just a few notes on bread here. You might be wanting to put out bread with breakfast, and/or with soups, or for sandwiches. Find a nice bakery that does organic bread if that’s what you’d like, and try and get the largest loaves you can find (usually 800g). If you can get them sliced and bagged up, there are advantages, but also some more waste. You might want to ask for half of the bread to be bagged up so it keeps better.
Fresh bread will be okay, stored in bakers’ trays in a not too hot place for a few days (possibly up to 3), but if you’re cooking over nearly a week, it’s best to try and arrange two or three deliveries of bread, unless you’ve got some means of freezing large quantities of bread.
Judging quantities when serving
Count out the number of plates required. Divide into two piles.
When the first half are served judge whether you are more or less than half way through the available food. Adjust portions accordingly.
Recipes for gatherings: Meals for 50-100 in a field!
Veggies Recipes including School Meals, Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables, Cooking Conversions, Food allergens
Tips & Quantities
From the Anarchist Teapot Guide to Mass Catering (1.2mb pdf file) which is a fantastic guide on how to cook for loads of people, with tips, guides for how much for each person, and recipes.
Muesli: 50g per person per day
Soymilk: 0,2l per person per day
Bread: a bit less than 200g per person per day, 20 large (800g) loaves will feed
just under 200 people at one meal
Sugar: ca 1kg per 100 people per day for teas and coffees
Margerine: ca. 1kg per 100 people per day for breakfast/bread with lunch
Grains: 60-100g per person per meal
Couscous/bulgur: 5kg will do 60-80 people per meal
Pasta: 125g per person per meal
Dried beans: 80-100g per person per meal
Main dish: up to 0,4l per person per meal
Veg in a main meal: 250g per person per meal (so, if it’s mainly potatoes and
carrots – say 150g potatoes plus 100g carrots per person)
Tomato puree: 35x 200g double concentrate tubes for a sauce for 200 – or,
large size catering tins (usually 900g) – 4x for a sauce for 100. A bit less if you’re
using chopped tomatoes too.
Lettuce: 1 iceberg for 10 portions of green salad, a bit less for other lettuces
Cabbage: 50g per person per portion of cabbage salad or cabbage side dish
Cucumber: 1 cucumber will make a salad for 6-8 people
Vegan sausages: 10kg sosmix will make ca 400 sausages (not huge ones)
Bouillion/stock: about one large tin (900g) for a soup for 200/250
Dressing: 1 litre vinaigrette dressing for a salad for 100 people (more if a potato/
Fruit: if budget allows or we’ve been asked to, we’ll have fruit with lunch or dinner,
usually asking people to just take one piece. Apples often come in 18kg
boxes (100-150 pieces), Bananas also 18kg (average – 120 pieces), oranges
15kg (average – 65 pieces)
This is a temporary listing of organic wholefoods. This layout is to be tidied up as soon as time allows.
Details taken early 2007 from the Lembas Catalogue.
CODE ITEM UNITS Price VAT (each) order Cost c/s
2680 SOYA MILK [red] no sugar og 12 x 1ltr 11.61 0.97 2 23.22
2678 SOYA MILK [blue] no sugar 12 x 1ltr 11.61 0.97 2 23.22
22614 SOLEIL [red] un-sweetened 12 x 1ltr 7.22 0.60 1 7.22
30267 BANANA soya drink 15x250ml 4.84 0.32 3 14.52
30268 CHOCOLATE soya drink 15x250ml 4.84 0.32 6 29.04
30269 STRAWBERRY soya drink 15x250ml 4.84 0.32 3 14.52
19472 Granose CHOCOLATE Shake og 24x200ml 8.82 0.37 2 17.64
19473 Granose STRAWBERRY Shake og 24x200ml 8.82 0.37 2 17.64
2690 Granovita SOYA MILK o/g no sugar og 12 x 1ltr 10.35 0.86 2 20.70
Plamil Organic Soya 6 x 1ltr 0.00 2 0.00
21471 Plamil Egg-Free Nnaise plain organic og 2.5ltr 8.64 8.64 1 8.64
16804 Meridian KETCHUP og 6 x 290ml 4.55 0.76 8 36.40
22381 Meridian Brown Sauce og 6 x 290ml 5.47 0.91 4 21.88
16722 Wholegrain Mustard og 1kg 3.20 3.20 4 12.80
20784 Whole Earth Organic COLA og 24 x 330ml 11.49 2.01 0.56 3 40.50
3606 Cotswold Spring Water - still 24 x 500ml 5.05 0.88 0.25 3 17.80
TEAS & COFFEE etc
21138 Clipper Breakfast Teabags, bulk og 500 bags 17.40 0.03 1 17.40
25044 Clipper WILD BERRY Organic og 6 x 20 bag 7.61 1.27 1 7.61
5197 ROOIBOSCH Teabags og 10 x 80 26.18 2.62 0.50 13.09
20391 Clipper Instant o/g 500g tub og 500g 12.65 12.65 1 12.65
8027 Green & Blacks HOT CHOCOLATE og 6 x 300g 14.62 2.44 0.50 7.31
CHOCOLATE & FLAPJACKS
12706 Agros SESAME SNAPS Choc [box] 24 x 40g 3.76 0.66 0.18 2 8.84
5538 G & B MAYA GOLD small og 42 x 20g 11.26 1.97 0.32 2 26.46
8714 Ma Baker Giant BERRY Bar - Mixed 20 x 90g 6.75 0.34 1 6.75
5476 Ma Baker Giant FRUIT Bar - Mixed case 20 x 90g 6.75 0.34 1 6.75
5389 Handmade CHOC SPECIAL 30 x 90g 10.52 0.35 1 10.52
2411 LENTILS - Red - split og 10kg 10.00 10.00 1 10.00
20670 Mixed Beans. Suma Tins og 12 x 400g 7.72 0.64 1 7.72
7433 SOYA OIL - French organic og 5ltr 11.95 11.95 1 11.95
6944 Meusli, Essential Deluxe og 1 x 5kg 11.50 11.50 1 11.50
32640 Melty Cheddar Cheese SLICES 6x100g 7.50 1.25 0.00
32641 Melty Mozza Cheese SLICES 6x100g 7.50 1.25 0.00
13266 Tofu, Taifun Smoked Almond og 6 x 200g 9.68 1.61 1 9.68
21916 Ashbourne Choc Chip Biscuit og 12 x 200g 12.99 1.08 1 12.99
8726 Johnathon CRISPS - Salt & Malt 48 x 30g 11.66 2.04 0.29 1 13.70
31833 Johnathon CRISPS - Garlic & Black Olive 48 x 30g 11.66 2.04 0.29 1 13.70
31832 Johnathon CRISPS - Tomato & Basil 48 x 30g 11.66 2.04 0.29 1 13.70
19055 RAVIOLI, Seitan 6 X 670g 13.46 2.24 1 13.46
6009 Pataks Vegetable Birani 6 x 300g 9.00 1.50 0.00
26251 Clearspring Omega Oil 6 x 500ml 26.95 4.72 5.28 1 31.67
16575 Suma KITCHEN TOWEL (6x2 x 60) 6 x 2 x 60 5.93 1.04 1.16 2 13.94
21581 WACKIDOG 15kg 8.35 1.46 9.81 3 29.43