The Feature Kitchen is a weekend takeaway delivery service, working each month with different chefs, serving Lewes and the surrounding areas, and Brighton.
This month, starting this Friday 1 April & Saturday 2 April and for five weekends (1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 April) Jacob Fodio Todd (Feature Kitchen founder) and Alex Von Riebech (formerly Limetree Kitchen) take to the kitchen to cook a Southern African menu, channelling their time living in the region (South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique).
Alex was founder and head chef of Lewes' premier restaurant Limetree Kitchen, and Jacob founded the Feature Kitchen in 2017, after years spent running The Groundnut, a project exploring East and West African cuisine with pop-ups and a cookbook. This meal takes the two chefs back to their time spent enjoying the many tastes of Southern Africa, channeling flavours from the vast coastline, and its enormous, diverse interior.
The Southern African menu includes (for £13.50): peri-peri chicken or uncle noel’s vegetable curry with coconut rice, greens (seasoned cooked spring greens), lentil curry, and three sauces: chakalaka (spiced bean & vegetable relish), yoghurt (mint & yoghurt) and a hot sauce. Sides include sticky pork ribs or crispy fried vegetables, (battered deep-fried vegetables) and flan (orange flavoured creme caramel). See the full menu here.
Each Friday, three weekends a month, food is freshly prepared in a the Lewes Community Kitchen, packaged in containers. Then, it is delivered on Friday and Saturday evenings (between 6pm-8pm) to houses around Brighton, Lewes and the surrounding areas, ready for simple reheating - on the stove, in an oven or using a microwave. The menu consists of specially selected dishes (with meat & vegetarian/vegan options).
The Feature Kitchen was set-up by Jacob Fodio Todd, of The Groundnut, after an inspiring meeting with Genet & Abeba, who were looking to expand their Ethiopian food business, and Jane Lancashire , who helped organise their Lewes pop-up event. The Feature Kitchen has 3 main aims
1) to boost the variety of weekend takeaway options in the local areas of operation by each month inviting different people to cook fresh dishes for home delivery.
2) to share the wealth of culinary knowledge that exists in the local area
3) to act as a platform and springboard for talented cooks - especially to support those navigating the UK food industry or need help developing their business. The Feature Kitchen aims to invite cooks from a variety of backgrounds to contribute their culinary skills to the kitchen project, so that Lewes and the surrounding areas have ever changing, and interesting, food options readily available.
TFK Covid 19 Response
In December 2019 our kitchen was inspected & received the highest 5* rating from the Food Standards Agency. Since then things have obviously changed drastically around us and we continue to take precautions despite public health bodies such as Public Health England & the Food Standards Agency assuring that: " it is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging" "COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging."
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