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valentines for everyone

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Fancy something different to an overpriced heart shaped pizza in a restaurant packed to the rafters with shiny balloons this year? Then look no further, because this Valentine's weekend, our friends at food charity FareShare are collaborating with Forgotten Feast and their eco-chef Tom Hunt to produce a unique 3 course banqueting experience – Valentines for Everyone.

For £40 you'll get a fantastic 3 course feast of delicious but unwanted food that might otherwise end up in landfill. Not because there's something wrong with it, but because too much was ordered, it was in the wrong packaging or it was just a bit wonky.

Vegetarians and meat eaters will both be catered for and everyone will sit together for the feast, so even if you don't have a date you won't have to dine alone. The banquet will be held in FareShare’s east London warehouse, and every ticket sold will enable FareShare to provide an additional 80 meals for the hungry and vulnerable people they support, thanks to grant-giving charity StreetSmart who are generously matching the number of meals raised though ticket sales. FareShare rescues surplus food year round and delivers it to local charities all over the country.

Tickets are available for dinner Friday 10th February, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th (late lunch) and for dinner on Valentine’s Day itself and include 3 courses, a drink and canapés. Get them here.

And to see the work we've been doing recently to prevent perfectly good fruit from going to waste then take a look at our taste not waste project here.

taste not waste competition winners

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A couple of weeks ago we ran a competition for ten lucky schools to win a blender* from us as part of our taste not waste campaign, and we're delighted to announce that the following schools will be receiving their prizes in the new year: Trotts Hill Primary and Nursery School, Stevenage, Littledean C of E School, Gloucestershire, All Saints School, Putney Common, Rudyard Kipling Primary School, Brighton, Belvedere Infant School, Kent, The Acorns Centre Short Stay School, Lancashire, Courtlands School Widey Lane, Plymouth, Emmbrook Junior School, Wokingham, Dorothy Goodman School, Leicestershire and New York Primary School, North Shields.

Thanks to everyone who entered. It really wasn't easy picking the winners at all.

*No bike power necessary.

fruit by numbers

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Taste not waste (our little project to do good with unwanted fruit) is coming to the end of its trial run at East Sheen Primary School, so we thought it was worth a look down memory lane at how it's all gone. In the 10 or so weeks it's been running we've seen:

1 founder on a Blendavenda

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1 MP Zac Goldsmith on a Blendavenda

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Quite a lot of cheering (or jeering?)

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300 children on the Blendavenda (those that could reach the pedals, and not all at once)

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450 happy smoothie-filled kids

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1 visit to the Houses of Parliament

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And over 1500 portions of fruit saved

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To celebrate reaching our target of 1500 portions of fruit and being well on our way to 2000, we've got ten blenders to give away to ten lucky schools. We'd love it if we could kick start a mini waste revolution, so we've put together this handy guide to help others do good with unwanted fruit. To be in with a chance of winning one of our blenders for your school click here, and please get your entries in by Friday 16th December.

our pledge

Tackling food waste is really important to us as a business, so we're really happy to be one of the first business to sign up to the Feeding the 5000 Food Waste Pyramid.

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The pledge has been developed in partnership with Love Food Hate Waste and is supported by the Mayor of London, and it offers businesses a really simple set of priorities to follow to help them save resources and divert waste from landfill.

We have waste reduction targets in place already and donate any excess drinks to the charity Fareshare or to be used as animal feed, but we're always looking at ways we can improve and we know that this will be a great help to us and to others who are looking to do things a bit more responsibly.

free lunch

This Friday Tristram Stuart, the lovely ladies from A Taste Of Freedom and a few helpers are making lunch for 5000 people, and you're all invited.

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Highlighting the ridiculousness of food waste, they'll be cooking up a storm with fresh ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away. So expect wonky carrots, misshapen potatoes and other surplus yet still delicious veg aplenty.


If the photos from last year are anything to go by, it's well worth a visit to watch all of this

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be abracadabra-ed onto plates like this

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and into waiting mouths like this

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You'll have to be quick though, it's first come first fed.

We've also got a little project on the go to try and do good with unwanted fruit. It's called taste not waste and you can read all about it and watch a video of Rich on a bike powering a blender here.