A host of dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, dined out on a menu created entirely from a Food Bank shopping list; at a charity event devised and executed by BA International Hospitality and Events students and BA Tourism & Events students at Cardiff Metropolitan University in partnership with Welsh celebrity chef, Stephen Terry of The Hardwick Abergavenny.
Guests at the prestigious Great Gatsby themed event, held at the Cardiff School of Management's SA Brain hospitality suite, were treated to a menu which included tuna and olive rotolo, parpadelle with callaloo and tomato sauce, followed by savoury battenberg served with pease pudding, mushy peas and oxtail jus and a dessert of coconut pannacotta with caramelised pineapple and granola.
The professional menu was created entirely from the standard Foodbank shopping list, with the only the addition of fresh eggs. A typical Cardiff Foodbank shopping list for donation includes items such as tinned meat, fish and fruit as well as packet soup, rice and UHT milk.
Cardiff Foodbank is the Lord Mayor of Cardiff's charity of the year and is a service designed to help individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies.
Local professionals and care workers in the Cardiff area refer individuals or families with a food voucher to a Foodbank Centre where they are given food supplies, a cup of coffee and help in finding other professionals who can help them out of their crisis.
Speaking about the event, where proceeds were donated to the Cardiff Foodbank, Lisa Wright, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality at the Cardiff School of Management, said: "The students designed this entire event from conception to completion and have done a fantastic, creative job, with invaluable support from Stephen Terry. The success of the event is testament to their professionalism and commitment to their course and future careers."
Oliver Backhouse a second year Hospitality student said: "We decided to create something from the Foodbank's own shopping list because we felt that just because something is from a tin or a packet, it doesn't mean it has to be tasteless and unimaginative. With the help of Stephen Terry's vision Spam fitters and corned beef hash suddenly became rotollo, savory Battenberg and coconut pannacotta.
He continued: "This whole experience has opened our eyes to the harsh reality that, to some people, food is seen as a luxury. Families should not be forced to choose between heating and eating or between feeding themselves or their children. Through the money we raise at the Great Gatsby event, we hope to help the Cardiff Foodbank make a difference in keeping their vital service running and fighting hidden hunger and restoring hope."
Chef Stephen Terry, who owns and runs the Hardwick in Abergavenny, said: "It was a pleasure working with the students on this event, we had good fun & their professionalism shone through to produce a wonderful evening. The Cardiff Foodbank is a very worthwhile charity we all need to be aware of as public support helps them to continue their excellent service."