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Supporting Fairtrade in style – Suma hosts a pop-up veggie restaurant

Submitted by on March 6, 2013 – 2:58 pmNo Comment

This Fairtrade Fortnight we decided to push the boat out and host a three-course Fairtrade dinner in our very own Suma canteen.

Ready for table service! The Suma canteen before the event.

With the help of a few candles, fairy lights and a bit of mood music our humble canteen was transformed into an atmospheric dinner venue for our guests. Diners included some of our local customers, partners and some local press representatives came along too.

 

Diners enjoying themselves


The African-themed menu kicked off with a starter of spicy bean patties made using Fairtrade black beans; a herb salad and zingy citrus salsa.


Next, guests enjoyed a West African-style peanut stew made using our own Fairtrade peanut butter, served with seasoned rice and spiced plantain.


Dessert was a rich chocolate and coconut torte, complimented by tart mango coulis and delicious Cream O’ Galloway Fairtrade ice cream (XL166). All of this was washed down with Chilean Fairtrade wines, Los Troncos Carmenere (RS112) and Sauvignon Blanc (RS113).

While guests enjoyed a post-dinner coffee, Suma Chocolate Buyer Jenny gave an engaging presentation about her recent visit to producers of Divine Chocolate in Ghana (Kuapa Kokoo) and her experience of the benefits that Fairtrade brings to African cocoa growers. Kuapa Kokoo is unusual because the cooperative is the majority shareholder in Divine, so a big chunk of the profits go back to farmers through the coop. This gives farmers a share of the money raised from sales of the finished product as well as from the sale of the raw materials.

Why Fairtrade?

Last year sales of Fairtrade certified products defied a double dip recession to soar 19%, reaching £1.57bn. Here at Suma we stock an impressive range of nearly 700 Fairtrade products, many of which are our Suma branded like our Fairtrade spices, tinned beans and dried fruits. We are big supporters of the Fairtrade movement because as an ethical worker cooperative, fair and transparent trading relationships are a big part of what we’re about.

Feedback from the event

It seems like the event was a roaring success, and being able to put on these events is thoroughly enjoyable and makes us feel proud to be part of Suma. We also had some lovely comments back from our guests:

What a great idea. Thank you to all involved for an enjoyable evening. Inspirational food and good company a chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. - Adrian Midgley

Just wanted to say thank you very much for inviting myself and my friend to your Fairtrade evening on Friday – it made a lovely change and was great to meet other Fairtraders. All the Suma people were welcoming and lovely and nothing was too much trouble. – June Bingham

For more photographs from the event take a look at our album on facebook.

Fairtrade Recipes

If you’d like to recreate this rich, gluten-free chocolate torte at home you can find the recipe on our website on our website here:

Spicy Bean Patties with Herb Salad and Citrus Salsa

West African Peanut Stew with Plantain and Jollof Rice

Fairtrade and Gluten-Free Chocolate Torte with Mango Coulis

 

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