What did a couple of Edinburgh chefs do when Taste of Edinburgh was cancelled due to the duck pond that had formed in the Meadows? Mark Greenaway and Angels with Bagpipes’ Paul Whitecross weren’t just going to throw away the food they’d prepped for the weekend, these thrifty lads opened a pop-up restaurant.
Hours after given the news that the food festival wasn’t going to take place, this inspirational duo had secured a venue, the Summerhall in the old Dick Veterinary School; tweeted the invite and organised staff to man the event. Food was free on first come, first served basis. Wendy (@InsideOutChef) and I were first there. The Summerhall is a fantastic building and an amazing event venue (it will be open during the Festival). With a few words, this is what we ate, the building we ate in, the chefs that cooked what we ate and some of the other angels involved in making it happen. Food was distributed to the folk that had to be evacuated from their homes in the Stockbridge Colonies by STV.
All I can say is, well done to everyone who supported this unique evening. But the real heroes are Mark and Paul – you rock!
Some of the Food Angels
Some of the Punters
Inside Summerhall – Weird Stuff on the Walls
© Lea Harris, Off the Eaten Track, 2012.