This December, FoodCycle are teaming up with Tom Hunt’s Forgotten Feast to create an Alternative Christmas banquet at the Brunel Museum on the banks of the Thames in London.
From December 6th-9th (Thursday-Saturday 19:00PM-23:00PM; Sunday 2:30PM-6:30PM) you can enjoy a ‘Forgotten Feast of 7 Fishes’ including carpaccio of scallop, and risotto nero or a vegetarian Italian feast including pumpkin and sage risotto with foraged salad, and garbanzo stew with borlotti and glut tomatoes.
Even better, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, guests will be treated to an exclusive guided descent into the underground Grand Entrance Hall of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, one of the great wonders of the Victorian age and the first tunnel under a river anywhere in the world, which was closed to the public for over 140 years.
The Feast of 7 Fishes is eaten on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve) in Italy. Traditionally 7 or 13 dishes are served after the seven sacraments and thirteen apostles. The meal is best served family style in big serving platters to bring people together. Tom will be representing 7 forgotten fish, sourcing fish that are often neglected or not usually seen on British menus. Come and sample an unforgettable celebration of taste created using delicacies that would otherwise be forgotten.
From wild foods and misshapen vegetables to unusual cuts of meat and fish - and you can choose between a Feast of 7 Fishes or an Italian Vegetarian Banquet.
Earlybird tickets are now on sale for £35 and proceeds from the event will go to FoodCycle, to help serve more meals for people at risk from food poverty, and to the creation of more Forgotten Feast events.
There will be a cash-only bar selling delicious wines to complement your meal.
Finding the Brunel Museum:
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF
Overground: Rotherhithe station is just a hundred yards away. Exit left out of the station and take the immediate left turn. Follow Railway Avenue for 100 yards and you’ll see the Museum.
Underground: Bermondsey or Canada Water on the Jubilee line are the nearest underground stations and are both a ten minute walk away from the Museum.
Bus: 381 and C10 stop outside Rotherhithe station. 1 and 188 stop at Canada Water. Or use the Journey Planner on TfL to find your best route.
For large groups, please contact Steven from FoodCycle on firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other queries, please also contact Steven on email@example.com or 020 7377 8771.
We also need volunteers to help out as waiting staff each night. In return, you’ll be fed on the night and you can come and enjoy another night for just £20. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd be interested.
Forgotten Feast of 7 Fishes Menu
- An Italian inspired Christmas feast -
Due to the sheer volume of food surplus we are able to pick the highest quality ingredients. As we are sourcing surplus food the menu is subject to change.
Carpaccio of scallop frills and megrim sole
Baccala mantecato - salted dab pate with saffron
Salmon trim fish cakes with aioli verde
Risotto nero with cuttlefish
Pumpkin and sage risotto with a foraged salad
Forgotten fish stew of gurnard, pouting and red signal crayfish with cheeky bacon
Garbanzo stew with borlotti and glut tomatoes
Sorrel salsa, buttered chard, caramelized fennel, roast tomatoes
Cleo the sourdough
Clementine chocolate fondant with Salcombe dairy ice cream
For more information please visit:
Forgotten Feast - http://www.tomsfeast.com/restaurants/forgotten-feast/
The Forgotten Feast is a collective that supports the ugly, the unwanted and the unloved. It creates an unforgettable celebration of taste that centres itself on the use of wild and seasonal foods, wasted foods and foods that havebeen forgotten or ignored by the modern world.
The people behind The Forgotten Feast believe that the 20 million tonnes of annual food wastage that exists within our society isinexcusable. This wastage can take the form of fresh fish discarded into thesea, unusual cuts of meat unused through lack of demand, and the massivefruit and vegetable wastage right down the line from grower to supplier.