Kate Rintoul and Savannah Karr are opening a much needed kitchen, canteen and cookery school next month to bring our community together through food, but since EU limbo has halted funding they need your help to raise the money for final equipment to open for the summer.

PICTURE: Danielle Castle

Having taught cooking classes and worked in lots of local cafés and restaurants in Hastings over the years, they felt it would be great to create a welcoming space where people can enjoy lovely food, learn new skills and gain professional experiences through training schemes and employment. 

“There are a lot of really exciting food projects in Hastings but there’s a lack of venues to run them so we are creating a permanent home to celebrate local food and the people who make it.”

Home Ground Kitchen (HGK) will be the place to visit to enjoy delicious food. Their in-house cooks will be shaking up lunchtimes, serving delicious wholesome seasonal bowl foods like vibrant, hearty salads in summer and warm tagines, chilies and curries for colder days. They’ll also be serving home-blended Chai, craft sodas and fermented drinks made by local producers.

PICTURE: Danielle Castle

At every level they want HGK to give new opportunities to local food makers and growers. They’ll be hiring out the kitchen for cooks to make products, run their own supper clubs and world food classes. They’ll also be running a barista school for those not working or in education, plus free classes for children and budget cooking classes.

They already have funded summer classes for children living in areas of deprivation and a cooking skill-share with refugees. (see our feature Passion Wins Over Process on the new refugee run cafe at Open in St Leonards here)

They’ve got so much planned, and need just a bit more help bringing it to life. They’ve almost finished the kitchen and just need to purchase ovens and some kitchen equipment.

They are crowdfunding using Spacehive, a funding platform for ideas that bring local places to life. By pledging your support you’ll part of something brilliant for Hastings and rewards include a hand-printed Home Ground tea towel, tickets to the launch party with guest chef, cooking classes and supper club tickets.

Kate says: “Please share and support us if you can and we look forward to welcoming you soon!”

You can see more about their plans and back them here: www.spacehive.com/home-ground-kitchen or here: Instagram: Homeground_kitchen

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