GOURMET GOAT HELPS ENFIELD COUNCIL GAIN TOP RATING WITH
THE SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Award-winning sustainability champion Gourmet Goat has helped Enfield Council to gain The Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) coveted three-star top rating for its Civic Centre restaurant, by providing expert guidance on how to improve the sustainability of the food offering for over 600 council workers plus the NHS Royal Free Foundation trust staff based in the building.
Enfield is the first council in the country to become a member of the SRA, and go through the rigorous rating process that considers everything from sourcing ingredients responsibly to supporting the community. They scored highly in celebrating local and seasonal produce, after Gourmet Goat brought on board over 20 new suppliers almost all based in Enfield or within 30miles of the restaurant. Fellow recipients of the SRA’s outstanding three-star grade include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Founded by Enfield residents Nick and Nadia Stokes in 2014, Gourmet Goat is renowned for its sustainable street-food served in London’s iconic Borough Market, and has achieved an impressive array of honours for its continued efforts to reduce food waste; including prizes at the BBC Food & Farming Awards, Slow Food Awards, and earning the SRA’s three-star top rating. Wanting to use their experience and expertise of setting up and running a successful sustainable food business to help others do the same, the couple launched Gourmet Goat Sustainable Solutions consultancy in 2017.
Since last October, Nadia and Nick have worked with Enfield Council’s Head of Culture Paul Everitt and his team to revamp the Civic Centre’s entire food and drinks offering, introducing all new healthier meals and snacks showcasing the high quality produce available in the borough. The early morning menu now includes a cooked breakfast featuring bread made only a mile away at Holtwhites Bakery and meat from local farms, along with granolas and yoghurt pots. For lunch, council workers and NHS trust staff can now tuck into freshly-made and seasonally-changing dishes ranging from 8-hour pulled pork to British rose veal tagine and East Mediterranean style salads, with vegetables sourced from nearby Forty Hall organic farm at Capel Manor.
Gourmet Goat Sustainable Solutions helped recruit new Development Chef Ben Murphy (formerly of acclaimed Brother Hubbard in Dublin) to drive the changes, such as establishing Meat-Free Monday and creating seasonal items with sustainability at the core, like kimchi made from leftover cauliflower leaves and vegan meringues with chickpea aquafaba. They also helped recruit new manager Stephen Brown, who will soon introduce more sustainable and healthier options for local residents and visitors to enjoy at two other council operated venues – The Dugdale theatre café in Enfield, and the Millfield theatre bar in Edmonton.
Nick Stokes, Gourmet Goat co-founder, said:
“It has been a fantastic opportunity to help rebuild a restaurant based on sustainable principles, and showcase Enfield’s amazing producers. We’re delighted that the Civic Centre’s new food offering has achieved the SRA’s three-star rating so early on, and proved such a success with so much positive feedback from council workers and increased sales.”
Nadia Stokes, Gourmet Goat co-founder, added:
“It has been an honour working with the superb ingredients farmed and produced locally, to create a host of new dishes for the Council that are very different to our signature street-food specialities at Gourmet Goat”.
Paul Everitt, Enfield Council’s Head of Culture, commented:
“We are currently facing many issues around public health, food waste, decline in local business and our environmental impact. The best way to tackle these issues is from within the Council itself. To get my fellow co-workers eating healthier options, reducing food waste, using local suppliers and reducing one-use packaging. I am grateful to Nick and Nadia for all their advice and support to get this project off the ground”
Notes to Editors:
Enfield Council’s sustainable restaurant is located on the second floor of the Civic Centre.
A case study by Gourmet Goat Sustainable Solutions with full details of their consultancy project for Enfield Council is available on request, via email@example.com
Enfield Council Civic Centre
London, EN1 3XA
About the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA)
The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) is a not for profit membership organisation helping restaurants become more sustainable and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out. Their Food Made Good programme focuses on a single issue each month making it easier for businesses to come together and work towards a shared goal to help the whole foodservice sector serve meals that don’t just taste good but do good too.
To achieve a three-star rating with the SRA a business has to demonstrate sustainable practices in each of the ten key areas that make up their three sustainability pillars (Sourcing, Society and Environment), and score over 70% in total. For full details of the SRA’s sustainability rating and ten key areas, visit https://thesra.org/sustainability-rating/
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