Friday 27th July at The Oasis Centre in Kennington
I know that Events Marketing guru, contributor to The DatebooK and a friend of mine, Peter Kerwood, was in the past a chef who had featured on TV but I’d never actually sampled his food. So when he invited me to a charity dinner he was cooking for, there was no way I could not attend. Leading a team of volunteer Chefs, Peter created an Italian inspired menu from food items usually found in Waterloo Foodbank donations supplemented by fresh produce grown at Oasis Farm Waterloo. Pretty impressive!
I joined a lively group and was immediately welcomed into flowing conversation and some great community connections. The evening flowed as volunteers, led by Rebekah Gibson, Manager of Waterloo Foodbank, welcomed us with a variety of Crostini flavoured with anchovy and chickpea, mint pesto and cannellini beans and parsley. We were seated to a starter of stuffed Conchiglioni with tuna and basil; main course of Roman style baked pasta with courgette and asparagus plus an Oasis Farm grown herb salad and finished with a delicious condensed milk espresso gelato. Well done Peter, Rebekah and your teams as this was an impressive feast.
The Waterloo Foodbanquet raised £3,000 for the Waterloo Foodbank which is part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network which exists to ensure that no one in Waterloo goes hungry. Since its launch at the end of 2011, Waterloo Foodbank has given away over 90 tonnes of food to over 11,000 people in need, including over 4,000 local children. Waterloo Foodbank cares that for people on low incomes, a sudden crisis – redundancy, benefit delay, illness or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. Every day, parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent or eating.
Rebekah had already told me about the many preparation hours Peter had put in during the week so I was not surprised to encounter a weary and frazzled Peter at the end of the evening. His story of underperforming ovens taking far longer to bake the pasta than planned made me smile. We were having such a good time that none of us noticed how long the break between courses had been.
Once you’ve recovered Peter, where’s my invitation to try your cooking again?