Who makes TRJFP? #2: The Edinburgh Larder

Since we first held an event at the Edinburgh Larder Café in July 2015, it has become a frequent and friendly venue for our communal dinners. Its founder Eleanor Cunningham has gone on to set up a sister social enterprise, Edinburgh Food Social, teaching school children and adults about cooking with Scottish ingredients, in Gracemount,…

On the 12th day of Christmas…

Observant regulars in our Sunday cafe at the Union of Genius may begin to notice a pattern: bangers and mash last week, sausage casserole the week before. Toad-in-the-hole and stovies next week, bound to be. After relieving a number of stallholders of their surplus at the end of last year’s Christmas market, we determined this…

Banana roots

Cathy Smith is a volunteer with TRJFP and is working for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her research in Belize took her to a banana plantation and here she reflects on what she learned, ahead of our Gone Bananas! dinner next week. With the biggest per capita and gross market for the fruit…

Who makes TRJFP? #1: Ostara Cafe

First welcoming us in August 2016, Ostara Cafe has become a frequent venue for TRJFP’s communal dinners and one of our warmest and most enthusiastic supporters. It seemed fitting to chat with David, who runs the cafe with his partner Carey, for the first of a series of features on the people that make TRJFP…

Moving food around til it’s gone

Juniper Green Primary School recently welcomed us into their kitchen to help host a dinner for 80 made from intercepted food. Pupils from Primary 4 to P7 had been working on a food waste project as one of a school-wide series of sustainability groups and the evening was a great opportunity to demonstrate practically what…

2015 with TRJFP

It has been a very exciting first year for TRJFP Edinburgh – thank you to all those who have supported us in making Scotland’s first Pay As You Feel, intercepted food pop-up café such a success! Here’s a wee reminder of what we’ve been up to… January After a little deliberation about the best model,…

Just Eat It: filmmaker Q&A

On Monday, TRJFP teamed up with the Wave Machine for a screening of Just Eat It: a food waste movie at the Old School Cafe. The Wavers are linked to Take One Action film festival and thus a perfect partner in helping us take action on food waste. As ever, we also provided Pay As…

Supermarkets: beat ’em or join ’em?

At The Real Junk Food Project Edinburgh, we are always realistic in the scale of our impact. We intercept food from small local businesses with whom we have mutually beneficial relationships and whose waste we can help reduce to practically zero. We are not solving the problem of food waste. Often the first question we…

Food fighting friends from Glasgow to Copenhagen

Last Friday saw The Real Junk Food Project Glasgow make its debut. Surprised by the interest, they decided to limit the dinner to 30 bookings but in the end over 50 turned up at the cosy Project Café on Renfrew Street. Everyone was fed, of course. We make food stretch at TRJFP. Donna headed to…

The Value of Food: Debate

One of our aims with TRJFP Edinburgh is to encourage people to “think differently about the value of food as a resource”, so we invited people to do just that at a discussion event after dinner at the Old School Café. Three Edinburgh-based critical food thinkers gave their responses to the theme, “The Value of…

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