Thank you for volunteering to cook at Kebele!
if this is your first time, hopefully this guide will contain everything you need to know. If you have any questions you can always ask your host!
What is involved in brief:
Arrive at nine am
Decide what to cook for about 30-40 people.
Fill and turn on the urn
Check we have everything needed for tea/coffee making .
One person shop for veg e.g. tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, bread and anything else required.
Clear and tidy front café area ready for serving/washing up
Set up tables and chairs in both front café and events room, with table cloths and sauces,condiments. (Info shop hosts will often help with this)
Last orders half one, clear away from two pm. You can leave chairs and tables in place for Sunday café.
Host will close café.
WHAT TO COOK – FOR HOW MANY
Aim to cook for 30-40 people. There is a breakfast recipe book in the store room with sized up recipes. If there are only two of you we recommend you keep it simple;e.g. go for sosmix rather than make your own, and Bradford browns rather than potatoe cakes.
We aim to use what we’ve got so take a look at the veg donations and what’s in stock before deciding what to cook. But if you have a burning desire to cook a particular dish you are allowed to shop for ingredients!
We keep a lot of basic ingredients in the store room on the shelf rack. You can check the stock list kept on clipboard attached to the shelves. If containers are empty we may have refill stock containers on the high shelves, so check these before buying more.
The café collective are responsible for ordering stock from Essential – if there is something you notice has run out please make a note of it on the clipboard.
Stock teas are kept over the counter in the front kitchen. Stock coffee is kept in the office.
WHERE TO GET INGREDIENTS
We get donations of veg from Better Food on a Sunday – as long as there is a volunteer to collect it at around midday! Check the rota – kept by the cooking rotas at the counter. If you are cooking with a group you may also feel able to collect the veg. If on foot or bike take a large rucksack.
The Sweet Mart (which sells Essential branded stuff) or other shops on or near St Marks road are convenient for other ingredients needed. You will need to buy bread for breakfasts. Check tea/coffee, sugar, margarine, oil and milk supplies before you go.
We have a number of brown compost bins kept in the yard and a small caddy for tea bags etc. in the front café. Some bins are for raw food scraps -these are used on the allotment. Others are for cooked waste. Please make sure there is a bin in place in the front café for peoples scraps.
RECYCLING AND BINS
Make sure you put the right stuff in the right bins (they’re all labelled) – no need to put the bins outside as the sunday cooks will do that.
As tempting as it may be to keep left over food it rarely gets eaten and is a huge attraction to the mice so DON’T!!! Give it away at the end of a café or freeze it or compost it in the cooked food bins. Sometimes we have stocks of take away containers – kept on shelves in front café.
Please also give away surplus veg on a Sunday night. The only veg we sometimes keep in the storage room are onions and potatoes – in sealed containers.
FRIDGE AND FREEZER
Its worth checking what is in the two fridges before cooking as there may be some leftovers to be used up or some exciting ingredient to add to your meal.
If you are storing any ingredients or leftovers in the fridge/freezer then make sure that they are clearly labeled with exactly what it is and when it was cooked and please make sure that all food is covered, ideally kept in a container with a lid.
The host will deal with cashing up and accounts. We keep a fifty pound float in the cafe cash tin. You can get money for ingredients from the cash tin – please save receipts so we can work out the surplus made.
WHERE TO FIND:
tea towels – drawer in kitchen
cleaning materials – under sinks
mop bucket and broom, dustpan and brush – store room and under counter in front kitchen.
storage containers – spare containers may be found on the top shelves in the stock room or front kitchen.
It works much better if food is served by cooks and or hosts. This ensures we ask for a donation and helps to ensure there is food for everyone if its busy.
Please ask for a donation of £3 for a breakfast.
Drinks are 50p and puddings are £1/ 50p.
If folk cant pay encourage them to do a bit of washing up or help some other way if appropriate. Be sensitive!
WASHING UP and CLEARING AWAY and MICE!
Please make sure that everything is washed and put away at the end of the café. We have an ongoing battle with mice in the building so we need to ensure that everything is kept very clean. Crumbs need to be swept up, food kept in sealed containers and bin bags changed after every café.
HEALTH AND SAFETY BOOK
We have a white record book that we need to complete every time the kitchen is used. Please ensure you do so. It is kept in the front kitchen. There is also a Cleaning Record Sheet which must be filled in before and after you use the kitchen. This ensures the Kitchen and Cafe are kept clean and that Environmental Health are happy bunnies.
FIRE POLICY/PROCEDURE Please make sure you are familiar with Kebele’s fire policy and procedure. See attached.
Thank you for reading this guide – remember to chat to your host if anything is unclear.
We hope you enjoy cooking at Kebele.