The Feature Kitchen is a weekend takeaway delivery service, working each month with different chefs and an exciting variety of cuisines, serving Lewes and the surrounding areas, and Brighton.
Over three weekends in August (Fridays & Saturdays 7, 14 & 21 August) we welcome Martin from Barcombe Nurseries, who uses the farm's August harvest as an inspiration for a seasonal menu, drawing influence this month from East Asia, particularly Japan. Barcombe Nurseries is a 12 acre organic vegetable farm, four miles west of Lewes that has been growing and delivering organic fruit and veg since 1997. They deliver all year round to homes in Brighton & Hove, Lewes and other areas of Sussex. Martin Hill - the produce manager at Barcombe Nurseries - joins us in The Feature Kitchen this month. Martin has been a keen cook and budding chef since he was a teenager and has always been passionate about the provenance of food. He often shares recipes through the Barcombe instagram.
This month’s menu includes (for £12.50): steamed japanese rice with summer salad and heritage tomatoes with a sesame dressing, seasonal pickles and a hot sauce with either a meat option: pork katsu curry or firm tofu & sweet potato katsu curry. Optional sides miso glazed chicken skewers, sweetcorn with gochujang butter and matcha and white chocolate cheesecake. 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 or using a microwave. The menu consists of specially selected dishes (with meat & vegetarian/vegan options). See the menu here.
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 three 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 - from all parts of the world - 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's aim is to invite different 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.