Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

It is estimated that around 15 million tonnes of perfectly edible food is thrown away each year in the UK alone. When so many people across the country are going hungry, this really is quite a difficult fact to comprehend. In the heart of Manchester, an establishment is looking to make a difference…

The Real Junk Food Project is a not-for-profit model that intercepts and uses food that would otherwise be thrown away. Founded in Leeds, the project has gone on to host successful pop-ups across the country. With a focus on providing nutritious meals to those who might not be able to afford it, their eateries operate with a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ policy.

The Manchester branch has been running since 2014 and has now found a home at 85 Oxford Street with the unique eatery opening its doors to anyone and everyone through a soft launch taking place from Tuesday 5th September. With an admirable ethos, it is no surprise that volunteer electricians, plumbers and artists were quick to answer the call and get the 40-cover restaurant space looking spick and span for its opening. Sticking to the sustainable spirit, much of the restaurant’s furniture has also been upcycled.

As a beautifully hand-illustrated mural on the wall espouses, the project wants to ‘feed bellies, not bins’. Commenting on this very real problem of discarded (yet usable) produce in the UK, director Corin Bell sets out a mission statement – “While there is food being wasted, we’ll do our best to use it”.

Five days a week, Real Junk Food Manchester will provide a constantly changing breakfast and lunch menu with meals entirely composed of ingredients that were set to be wasted. Experienced chefs will transform the food that was destined for dumping into healthy, hearty recipes for all to enjoy. Ethical coffee, provided by local firm Second City, is also available on the street level seating area.

Here at Stephenson’s, we are happy to be supplying such a great cause and implore you to go down and take a look. Opening times will be 12-3pm, Tuesday – Friday for the first week (5-8th Sep), with extended operating hours due to follow shortly. Real Junk Food Manchester is open to the public, with those attending merely asked to pay what they can afford. For more information on this terrific project, please visit www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk.

Stephenson’s Cyclepaths: Tour de Blackpool 2017

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

UPDATE: After a successful (and very tiring) day, all that is left is to say yet another massive thank you to all of our sponsors, everyone that donated and everyone that made the event possible!

We are happy to announce that, at the last count, we have received just over £1800 in sponsorship. If you’d like to donate more to the worthy people over at Hospitality Action, the link to our JustGiving page can be found just above the gallery above.

Thanks again!

 

– The Stephensons Team

Making their first (and probably final) appearance, the Stephensons Cyclepaths will take to the open road on Sunday, 9th July 2017.

 

Covering a massive 60 miles from Manchester, through Lancashire and onto the Blackpool Promenade, the team of 22 not so finely tuned athletes will be raising money for our chosen charity, Hospitality Action.

Hospitality Action offer vital assistance to all who work or have worked within the UK hospitality industry and find themselves in crisis. Find out more about our chosen charity here: http://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Donations are sent directly to the charity to save time and reduce costs. All donations will be greatly appreciated, thank you for your generosity.

Stephensons will match any sum raised up to the value of £1,000.

 

From all the staff at Stephensons, “Good Luck, no moaning & we will meet you at the end for a well deserved pint!”.

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

Meet the Cyclepaths

Henry Stephenson

Henry Stephenson

Managing Director

Aaron Letch

Aaron Letch

Cash & Carry Sales Manager

Beth Walker

Beth Walker

Warehouse Team

Nick Guest

Nick Guest

Warehouse Team

Mark Lees

Mark Lees

Warehouse Team

Alex Lewis-Booth

Alex Lewis-Booth

Warehouse Team

Julian Lewis-Booth

Julian Lewis-Booth

Commercial Director

Chris North

Chris North

Cash & Carry Assistant Manager

Euan Stirling

Euan Stirling

Territory Manager

Stuart Linsey

Stuart Linsey

Purchasing Manager

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Operations Manager

Matthew Coulthard

Matthew Coulthard

Customer Service Advisor

Connor Hambleton

Connor Hambleton

Warehouse Supervisor

Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Customer Service Advisor

Sophie Cottam

Sophie Cottam

Returns Co-Ordinator

Gary Bellamy

Gary Bellamy

Customer Services Manager

Philip Thwaites

Philip Thwaites

Warehouse Team

Craig Mason

Craig Mason

Graphic Designer

Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton

Warehouse Team

Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson

Buyer

Kevin Shervin

Kevin Shervin

Warehouse Team

Simon Weston

Simon Weston

Warehouse Team

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

Stephenson’s Cyclepaths: Tour de Blackpool 2017

Click to visit our JustGiving page

Zieher Bar, Buffet & Food Presentation Products

Zieher Bar, Buffet & Food Presentation Products

Zieher Bar & Buffetware

New for 2017, Stephenson’s are proud to supply Zieher Bar, Buffet & Food Presentation Products.

Zieher are a German company who are globally renowned for their innovative approach to food display and buffet presentation.

 

 

Zieher Wine Coolers UK
Mini Tables Zieher UK

Supplying top class restaurants and elite hotels, their spectacular products are sure to impress in the most exclusive locations.

 

Zieher Buffetware UK
Zieher Büffetware Colours UK

Using premium materials such as glass, stainless steel, slate and porcelain, Zieher offer a contemporary, premium tabletop solution.

Zieher Plates
Zieher Plates

Ranges such as Skyline and Neo have a striking presence that add a fresh dimension, height and theatre to buffet display whilst Dresscoat is a distinctive collection of versatile presentation pieces.

If you are interested in finding out further information on the Zieher range, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Zieher Website Enquiry

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Pubs Protected In Law Change

Pubs Protected In Law Change

After many years of CAMRA campaigning, English pubs can no longer be converted or demolished without planning permission.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA National Chairman, said, “After years of campaigning led by CAMRA’s membership, the Government has today announced a historic change in the law to protect all English pubs in the planning system.”

Previously, a loophole enabled developers to make fundamental changes to pubs at will. New law will not prevent the development of pubs but allows the pub’s community an opportunity to express their opinions as part of the planning application process.

In an email to CAMRA members, Valentine continued, “Although this change comes too late for the thousands of pubs already lost, it will be crucial to supporting all the great pubs which remain for generations to come.

“This is a huge win for pub goers and consumers and helps secure a thriving pub industry for all to enjoy.”

CAMRA Chief Executive, Tim Page, said, “This change delivers real and robust protection to valued community pubs, which previously have relied on communities going through the bureaucratic process of securing Asset of Community Value (ACV) listings, or local authorities choosing to use complex and obscure Article 4 directions.

“We will work with the Government to ensure these measures are implemented as soon as possible to allow pubs across England to start benefiting from the protection of the planning system.”

For more information, visit www.camra.org.uk.

2017 Food & Drink Trends

2017 Food & Drink Trends

Low and No 

Non-alcoholic and low alcohol drinks will grow in popularity over the next 12 months, according to BBC Good Food. Many people are expected to choose cold-pressed juices, charcoal-activated water and turmeric shots ahead of alcoholic beverages.

Pasta Sell By Date

We predicted the rise of pasta alternatives at the start of 2016, but this trend has taken some time to get off the ground. For 2017, Whole Foods Market believe that vegetable substitutes will finally replace conventional pasta.

A Latte Different Uses 

The Food Network claim that coffee will move from cup to plate as a key food flavour. Alongside cakes, coffee is expected to feature more frequently in main courses and cocktails too.

Insta-Scran

40% of millennials have posted food snaps on their social media accounts, according to the 2016 BBC Good Food Nation Survey. Restaurants, cafés and bars are following suit by using hashtags such as ‘#foodstagram’ to share images of their culinary creations. In 2017, we expect food to become even more photogenic as this trend continues to flourish.

Tofu 4 U 

Although the normalisation of edible insects is still on the horizon, plant based proteins are expected to gain popularity as a replacement for meat. Treehugger claim that tofu, tempeh and hemp proteins will be growing trends this year.

War of the Waste

Food waste will be tackled in 2017, according to Conde Nast Traveller. After a United Nations report revealed that a third of food intended for eating gets tossed each year, operators are keen to save money and improve efficiency in their kitchens.

Staff Development 

The staff recruitment crisis became a controversial topic in 2016. This year, however, HospitalityGEM are predicating a shift towards staff retention rather than recruitment. By investing in talented staff and providing them with opportunities to progress and develop, HospitalityGEM believe both guests and operators will benefit.

2016 Stephensons Christmas & New Year Opening Times

2016 Stephensons Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Christmas is the most frantic time of year for the catering and hospitality industry as families, friends and colleagues get together to celebrate the festive period.

To help you through these hectic weeks, we have released our 2016 Christmas & New Year opening times. All Stephensons departments will be open during theses hours to ensure we offer excellent service when you need it most.

We are open for 4 days between Christmas and New Year following 3 days of closure from Christmas Day until Tuesday 27th December.

We are then closed on New Year’s Day and the following Bank Holiday Monday before reopening our doors on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

As usual, we will dispatch all deliveries as complete as possible before Christmas (or your requested date). In the unlikely event that this isn’t feasible, we will make contact at the earliest opportunity to make alternative arrangements.

If you are based in the North West, our Cash & Carry in Stockport will also be open during these times. If you are in a rush and cannot wait for delivery, please visit us at Kennerley Works (SK2 6EQ).

For any further Christmas enquiries, please contact Customer Services on 0161 483 2385.

Lastly, all the staff at Stephensons would like to wish you a fantastic Christmas and thank you for your custom over the past 12 months. We look forward to continued success with you in 2017!