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News Round up

Apologies for much missed news and no contact for a while.  I have become a father recently and so have been out of action for a while now!  Personally though it gives me renewed inspiration to help develop the community cafe scene in Nottingham, since I think children get so much out of being part of rich communities that Third Place‘s  (including commmunity cafes) are essential parts of.  “It takes a village to raise a child” they say and every happy village has its pub or cafe or tea house where people congregate and talk and hang out…

Anyway on with the news:-


Tomorrow is the Nottingham Local food Partnership’s (find us on facebook and twitter) fourth monthly Market.  We have a great range of stalls from Ecoworks, AMC gardens, Stonebridge City Farm, Veggies, Secret Kitchen and many more (including a farm shop selling local, wild game meats  like venison and partridge).  It’s from 10-3pm so come along and hangout, also have a look round the new Victoria Leisure centre.  There is a cafe unit that opens onto the square – it is still up for tender so, if interested, just contact the council and put your bid in…hopefully whoever gets it will create a community cafe and not just a business.


Alain Job from Melting pot at the Sycamore Centre, St Anns has opened a new venture in Victoria Centre Market upstairs in the fish and meats section.  He is selling delicious African Cuisine in a banana skin cone (the nkono concept!) Monday to Saturday 11-4pm.


Marsha Smith from Secret Kitchen held a social event last week Friday 5-9pm – it was great relaxed, unique community event and a first for Sneinton.  You could BYO wine and beer, bring the kids, the food was delicious and cheap and there was free musical entertainment. It was the the definitive ‘Third Place’ night and we could do with alot more nights like this around (especially for us with young children who can’t get to pub as much as they’d like)

Social night flyer_secret kitchen_bw


Cafe bingo is still coming but there has been a delay due to funding issues….

Also am looking for further ideas and support for this project going forward – hopefully we can get an action group together soon.


Tempting food that is served up for a very tasty price [fwd]

FOR Alain Job, it’s a necessity to save money in the kitchen while still cooking up flavourful foods.

Lucky for him then that it’s also a way of life – a way of cooking drummed into him at an early age back in his home country of Cameroon.

  1. Waste not, want not:  Chef Alain Job at the Melting Pot Cafe in the Sycamore Community Centre,  St Ann's.

    Waste not, want not: Chef Alain Job at the Melting Pot Cafe in the Sycamore Community Centre, St Ann’s.

Mr Job works today as chef at the Melting Pot Café in Sycamore Community Centre, Hungerhill Road, St Ann’s.

And in a couple of weeks he’ll open Nkono, a business in Victoria Centre Market specialising in Cameroonian cuisine.

He already runs Nkono as a catering and special events business.

Running a community cafe kitchen and setting up his own business means Mr Job must be frugal without letting taste and flavour suffer.

By following the cookery philosophy of his homeland, he can do that.

“Quite frankly, I save enormously,” he said.

“We’re saving the cafe about £20 to £26 a week. That’s good when you’re considering the economic situation of the moment.”

Mr Job first learned smart, tasty cooking from one of the best cooks he’s known – his grandmother.

Young Alain was one of nine mouths his grandmother had to feed – food waste was not something she could afford.

“If she wasn’t very careful there was a greater likelihood the next day that there wouldn’t be much to eat,” Mr Job said.

“The leftovers were part of the strategy for her. She had various ways of dealing with it. One was adapting leftovers to new recipes and making them look totally like something fresh and new.”

The word “leftovers” was not one that was much used. Meals were always made to seem new and fresh.

“She did very cleverly adapt the leftovers to whatever she was cooking the next day to make it a new meal with a new experience,” he said.

“It gave the impression that we were having something new every day.”

It’s a lesson he remembered, and one he’s brought to his life as a chef.

Many of the methods he uses are not complicated.

When making a simple soup, he’ll chop vegetables and roast them in the oven.

The stems, stalks and bits he doesn’t use, he saves and wraps in foil. The following day, it often goes in curried mutton or goat.

“It brings the flavours of the roasting and the intense aroma into the curry goat or the curry mutton,” Mr Job said.

This is another trick that comes from his grandmother – although she used leaves rather than tinfoil.

“Whenever she had leftovers, she put them in the fresh leaves,” Mr Job said.

“Then she wrapped them very well. The next day she put them on a low heat to warm it while preserving all the flavours really slowly.

“The heat went through the leaves, or through the foil, and warmed the food enough.

“The food had already settled and was holding in all the flavour really well. Some people said it was better to eat then than when it was first cooked.”

link to original article in the Post

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Alain Job of Melting Pot Cafe at the Sycamore centre is also a street food pioneer.  And with the help of University students (more on this later as Marsha from Secret Kitchen has also tapped into this resource) he has created his own brand of street food – Nkono.  It is a banana skin cone with the Cameroon curry inside.  A tasty, healthy, biodegradable bit of home-made  fast food.  Maybe look out for it at Glastonbury next year, and certainly at the Relaunch of Sneinton Market 10th Dec!!

Alain and Nkono are down at the Goose fair until Sunday – please go down and try this new product if you can!  They are near the tram end of the main avenue in the Forest Rec that runs across the site from Mansfield over to Forest Rd West.

See the face book page http://www.facebook.com/groups/nkonostreetfoodlovers/


Hi all
We  think and hope you will agree that  Stonebridge City Farm is a
treasure which belongs to the people of Nottingham. Entrance is free
and we would like to keep it that way but the farm needs the support
of the people to ensure its existence. For just £10 a year or two
hours voluntary work a year you can become a member of “Green Street –
Friends of the Farm” and play a part in  protecting the farm. Details
of joining are attached and you can print the form, choose your option
and post it in to me or drop it off at the farm next time you are in.
Please also pass on to anybody who may be interested.  The 2 hours
voluntary work contribution can vary depending on what you would like
to  offer – from helping in the garden, maintenance work, baking or
helping at events, to give some ideas.

The half-price edible plants offer for Green Street is now finished.
Instead we will be providing limited monthly special offers and
Friends will be the first to hear of these offers. Workshops and
activities with limited numbers will be offered to Friends first.

Contact me if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing you
on the farm soon.
Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:


All Ours October Souper Social Sunday

On Sunday 9th October 2011, 1.15pm – 3.45pm
at the 
Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Boulevard with home made soup & cake courtesy of Pixies Pantry, hot drinks, table tennis, pool, games, chat.
The Lost Artists – a self help group for isolated artists who want to network with each other.   Artists, musicians, poets and any other artists that practice other art forms – are all welcome. Artist materials and musical instruments provided.
the Middle Street Jugglers Have a go at juggling, plate spinning and toothbrush twirling
 Art and Craft journalling for wellbeing by Dee Fairchild . All materials will be provided. It will be a buffet style workshop.
This social coincides with the beginning of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks. There is a rundance event preceding All Ours, nearby at the Windmill from 12-1pm and a full listing of the other events for the 2 weeks can be found here
Future Dates : next All Ours will be on Sunday 13th November

Melting Pot Cafe is a go!

Last week was the launch of the Melting Pot cafe at the Sycamore Centre, hungerhill rd.  All the tables and chairs were outside to take advantage of whatever sunlight and warmth was lingering about late summer.  The band, Shades of Blue entertained with hits from the 50s and 60s (track down this band by contacting Steve at Stonebridge City Farm).

Alain who runs the cafe sent me this text yesterday: ‘ Lunch is ready now @ Melting Pot on hungerhill rd at the Sycamore Centre….Savoy cabbage & Meatball regatta with rice and sweet corn on the cob. Sahara sweet beans with garlic bread and salad (V), add to that our cafe grilled rubber of Fish and Chicken with potato wedges.’

I hear the prices are reasonable too (in the range £2,50-£4.50)

Here is the article in the Nottingham Post about the event: reprinted below

Open for business: Cooking with the barbecue at the The Melting Pot Community Café launch are, from left, Jerona Dillon, Charles Ekedi, Aaron Calladine, Alain Job, Pacha Gul and Jack Oliver.

THE FIRST of two new community cafés opened this week with a launch featuring live music, face-painting and poetry.

The Melting Pot Community Café, at the Sycamore Centre, St Ann’s, is the latest in a growing network of community cafes across the city.

It will be followed by The Secret Kitchen Community Café, which is expected to open at St Christopher’s Church Hall, in Sneinton, in mid-October.

A loyalty card scheme will also be launched soon by the Nottingham Community Café Network, which supports community cafés in Greater Nottingham and helps new ones establish themselves.

Alain Job, coordinator of the Melting Pot Community Café, said: “The café is not just a place where people are going to be eating, it is going to be a space where different local people can have meetings and conduct community activities, such as knitting clubs and reading clubs.

“People can also access internet or use computers at the café, which is going to be an advantage for such a deprived area.”

The Melting Pot Community Café aims to serve a range of authentic food from across the world.

It will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm.

Alain has previously volunteered at Café Sneinton, a community café held every Saturday at Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre.

He has also catered for many community events in St Ann’s and Sneinton.

“When anybody needed some African delicacies at a community event I was the person to provide that,” said Alain.

“The Sycamore Centre will have a very fantastic and exciting array of world food.

“Food from around the world, from Africa to Latin America, from Europe to Asia.”

The café will be run by volunteers and there will also be guest chefs cooking different cuisine, such as Lebanese and Italian.

Marsha Smith, who is setting up The Secret Kitchen Community Café, also has experience volunteering at Café Sneinton.

When she opens her café in October she will offer healthy, organic, fairly-traded and locally-produced food and drink, including food made with flour from Green’s Windmill.

Food and drink will include tea, coffee, fruit cordial, homemade cakes, and fresh homemade soup.

“People will get a proper teapot with a teacup,” said Marsha.

“There will be a tearoom type atmosphere, with table cloths and tea cosys; a proper cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake and a proper sit down.”

Community cafes offer cheap or sometimes free meals in a sociable setting. Many are run by volunteers.

Examples in Nottingham include the Crocus Cafe, in Lenton, Ann-Marie’s Diner, at Sherwood Community Centre, and a café inside the Chase Neighbourhood Centre, in St Ann’s.


The latest update from Marsha is:

I’m launching The Secret Kitchen Community Cafe in Sneinton next month at St Christopher’s church hall. Weekdays 9-4pm. Freshly ground coffee, tea in a pot, organic cordial, local, organic, fairly traded… with fresh vegetarian soup from locally grown organic veg, homemade cakes, jams, chutneys and homemade vegetarian pasties every Friday…all served on vintage crockery by a lady wearing a fetching tabbard!

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Harvest Festival and Chilli Day at Stonebridge City Farm Sunday 25th 10-4pm


Just to let you know:

We have the following produce available should any of the cafes like to purchase:

Cooking Apples
Marrows huge! Great for stuffing with calaloo, thyme, garlic, onions and tomatoes :o)

Pumpkins will be arriving shortly – great for making soups, curries and sweet pie dishes

Just call me to arrange an order over £5 please with £1 delivery unless en route

Nicola Hinton
Local Food Worker

Upper School
Brewsters Road

Tel: 01159622200


Stonebridge City Farm is proud to invite you our new fine dinning evenings. We hope to offer you a unique dining experience, sourcing seasonal, fresh and organic produce with delicious vegetarian, vegan and meat options. See our flyer here.  And take a look at the fine_dining_menu  Places are very limited so please book early by calling 07940 496354.


Sneinton Hermitage has a over 50s lunch club flyer and is looking for new members.  Call Vanessa on Mondays from 11.30-1.30 on 0115 9504707


The Greenway Centre has a new cafe open lunch times Mon-Fri – More news on this soon….Also Lemon and Lime cafe in Queens Walk Community Centre in the Meadows is looking to relaunch soon – If you would like to be involved as a volunteer in revamping this cafe then get in touch with Bev on 07922537664



News round up

Viking weekend this weekend at the Stonebridge City Farm

FREE entry 10-4pm

Also St Ann’s Allotments Heritage Open Day this Sunday, 11 am to 4pm


Alain-Andre Job is now not only a famous BBQ man and community organiser but is now about to run his own community cafe.  It is at the Sycamore Centre on Hungerhill road.  We wish him all the best with this project and hope to see you all there at the launch party next week, Thursday 15th Sept 3-8pm – more details are on the flyer linked here.

Another new community cafe is about to open in Sneinton…More news on this soon…


This network is part of the Nottingham Local Food Partnership which is supported by the Making Local Food Work national project – read their latest newsletter here.


The Communities for Health/ FIG Small Grants are still open to application, until 30th September. Please forward the link below to any of your contacts based in Nottingham City and who have an idea related to food and health. They can download guidance and the application form from it.


Sycamore cafe survey [fwd]

Hello All

I am working on a project to set up a community cafe in St Anns; Sycamore centre.

I will appreciate if you could help with the attached survey which will enable me to design a community cafe with a difference in our neighbourhood.

I will appreciate further suggestions and innovations you may have that are not reflected in the survey and of course you can pass the survey to any of your friend you believe could help.

You are welcome to ask questions.

Kindest regards

Alain Job
Community organiser
Sycamore centre community cafe