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!