Fat Macy’s is a social enterprise that organises wonderful supper clubs and catering, providing skills-based training for young Londoners living in temporary accommodation. With a 50% rise in homelessness in England since 2010 Fat Macy’s is tackling this challenge by committing to working with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and homeless hostels.
Social Supermarket were lucky enough to be invited to their press launch and test their winter menu. The pop ups are being held across London, many are being held at the warm and homely setting of the Good Tea Company near Old Street.
We were welcomed into the wholesome setting of the north London venue by some of the founders of Fat Macy’s who gave us a little background on the project and the impact it had. Welcome drinks were served, local Camden beer or a rosemary gin & tonic with a twist of clementine. We were in great company alongside press and food bloggers who all shared a passion with using good food to empower marginalised groups. After an introduction by one of the first trainees who shared his story with us, his passion for food and how Fat Macy’s had supported him find permanent accommodation, we were served our first course of cheddar and leek tart with spiced cranberry relish. The pastry was perfectly cooked, with the rich buttery taste complemented by the mature cheddar and sweet relish.
The kitchen is led by Aphrodite who began cooking from aged four, later mentored by Anthony Bourdain and cooked in famous London kitchens like Padella. The main course was free range chicken braised, served with a medley of roast potato, roots well-seasoned with garlic and tarragon. The chicken fell off the bone, with a crisp skin and drizzled with a tangy sherry sauce. The side vegetables were crisp on the outside and well-seasoned with garlic and herbs.
The group attending was a mixed bunch of food bloggers and those involved in the social enterprise space. One of the common themes of discussion was the rising number of social enterprise cafés and restaurants popping up in London. People today were looking for something more from eating out, the desire for great quality food was of course uncompromising but connecting with social issues they cared and supporting the impact that social enterprises like Fat Macy’s, created truly memorable evenings.
The final course was a desert of clementine posset served with a cinnamon biscuit. The posset was creamy, with a perfect citrus sharpness accompanied with a cinnamon biscuit that was well spiced and had a crumbly texture.
Fat Macy’s is on a mission to use the power of food to bring together, enjoy homely food whilst also supporting a fantastic cause. With every event, each chef can make an independent and progressive step in saving securely for their future, and Fat Macy’s works to overcome cycles of homelessness preventing hostel residents from accessing independent homes.
You can book into one of their supper clubs, making a fantastic Christmas presents here.
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