17 - 21 May 2017
If you’ve ever wondered what Skye Gyngell’s cooking tastes like but either never made it to Petersham Nurseries (where she picked up a Michelin Star) or can’t face the slightly more upscale prices at her first solo restaurant, Spring, then you need to know about TABLE. Held during the five days of Photo London (at Somerset House where Spring is also housed), it is an initiative to bring people of different backgrounds and social means together to eat well. Showcasing the ‘Scratch menu’ currently offered at Spring, a 3-course pre-theatre menu for £20 that is designed to combat food waste (but which isn’t available during Photo London), the dishes on the menu at TABLE will be made using seasonal scraps from Spring’s a la carte menu and ingredient donations from a select group of farmers, producers and chefs. The menu is named after the the expression ‘Scratch Tea’ from Skye’s native Australia, where the meal is made up of scraps from the fridge that otherwise would have gone to waste. Sponsored by patron Carole Bamford (owner of Daylesford farm and shops), diners can buy tickets for £20 for lunch (2 sittings with one dinner on the 19th May with a £5 discount for students and OAPs) and also a solidarity ticket, a gift ticket on behalf of Foodcycle that goes to somebody in the community – a move that Gyngell feels emphasises ‘communal dining that creates a sustainable future’. In other words, delicious dining for all and who can argue with that?