Thali Café and Fareshare South West excited to be working together!

December 1, 2010

 

Council Leader Barbara Janke dropped in to the city’s first ever food champion Sid Sharma of the Thali Café in Easton on Tuesday 23rd November to congratulate them on their latest national food award. 

The Thali Café was recently voted Best Cheap Eat in the UK by the Observer newspaper readers. This follows last year’s BBC Food and Farming Best Takeaway Award 2009 and a Soil Association Food for Life Silver award.           

Sid Sharma of the Thali Café was recognised by the council earlier this year as a champion of healthy and sustainable food in the city when he was awarded the first ever Celebrating Local Achievement Food Champion award. 

Cllr Janke heard about the Thali Café’s work with local charity FareShare South West, providing cookery training for the group’s community members.The visit by Cllr Janke coincided with National Curry Week – this year celebrating 200 years of Indian restaurants in the UK.

Cllr Janke commented: “Sid and all the team at Thali Café are great ambassadors for Bristol, championing good quality, sustainable food. In a short time, they have become an institution in the city. 

“They are also giving a lot back, helping the FareShare South West project – a charity that the council is also pleased to support with a recent grant from our Community Challenge Fund.

“This latest award is evidence again of the city’s growing national reputation for eating out and good quality food, as we saw when Westbury-on-Trym’s Michelin-starred Casamia recently won Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant award out of 12,000 independent establishments around the country.

 “These awards are rightfully putting Bristol on the food map, and are a boost to our hospitality industry that employs many people in the city. 

Sid Sharma said: “The Thali Café is excited to be working with Fareshare South West. We recognise the importance of the work Fareshare is doing to avoid the wasteful practices that occur in the food industry, saving precious food from the landfill and feeding the disadvantaged and vulnerable. 

“Our own business is set up to thrive with minimum impact on the environment, bringing delicious and healthy food to our customers and educating them about real Indian food. That’s why we’re pleased to be working with Fareshare’s cooks, teaching them how to cook tasty, affordable and nutritious Indian recipes for their clients across the south west.” 

FareShare South West, has been awarded £2,500 of grant funding from the council’s Green Capital Community Challenge Fund. The grant will be used to buy an electric bicycle and trailer in place of one of the organisation’s delivery vans, saving money as well as reducing carbon emissions.

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