gelupo ice cream stall at the Soho Food Feast 2011Yesterday I went to the Soho Food Feast in St Anne’s Church Gardens in Wardour Street with some friends. It was the first one and I hope it won’t be the last. Clearly a lot of thought and organisation went into it. The purpose was to raise funds for the Soho Parish School. From my primary school days these sorts of events were to raise money for “nice to have” equipment. Yesterday’s event was to raise funds to pay for school lunches and after school clubs. The school is facing further staffing cuts including one-third of its teaching assistant hours this year and has lost 80% of its maintenance budget. Education in the post-modern world! Goes to show what a long way we’ve come from my day at primary school when the staffing and maintenance was certainly covered by the state and fund raising fetes bought some extra books for the library! Stalls at the Soho Food Feast were provided by a lot of famous central London eateries including The Ivy, Brindisa, Arbutus, Polpo, Terroirs, The Wright Brothers who very generously supported such a good cause. Two of my favourite dishes sampled at the feast: Moroccan Lamb Stew from The Groucho and Ricotta and Sour Cherry gelato from Gelupo. Hits with my friends included oysters from The Wright Brothers and noodles from Kopapa.

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