Suma’s Community Christmas Event
Supporting our local community in style – Suma hosts a pop-up vegan restaurant
Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for many people, so this year Suma hosted its first ever Community Christmas event to raise awareness of the issues many people face, and to allow local charities and volunteers the chance see how Suma works. We went all out and served a three course Christmas Dinner in the Suma Canteen, which was transformed into an atmospheric festive dining venue, with traditional Christmas tunes setting the tone.
Diners included people and volunteers from local charitable organisations and some hand picked local customers, and their partners. Guests arrived from 7pm onwards where they were greeted with either a glass of warming mulled wine or a sparkling soft drink. Once all the guests had arrived they were offered the opportunity to go into our warehouse on to the Mezz where Jeff explained a little bit more about Suma and how we work.
Once they had returned it was time to serve the first dish, a thick and creamy tomato soup and a fresh bread roll. Then it was time to have the first Christmas Dinner of the year ( I assume!), which consisted of the now infamous Suma Celebratory Nut Roast, roast potatoes, maple roasted root vegetables, the obligatory sprouts, peas, stuffing and red wine gravy. Guests got to serve themselves in traditional Suma Style, and quite a few came back for seconds, again a tradition here at Suma.
Once guests had polished off their plates we explained why they were all here and the idea behind our invitation. It was then time for the main event, a good old raffle to raise funds for the local homeless shelter – The Ebenezer Centre in Halifax. There were five Suma Goody bags up for grabs and a Suma Hamper for the winner. Over £90 was raised and the volunteers from Ebenezer were overwhelmed with our donation to them.
Once the excitement had died down it was just time for the guests to round off their evening with a mince pie and a cup of coffee. By the end of the evening the canteen was awash with Christmas cracker hats, and much chatter and laughter between all the diners, who enjoyed meeting other like-minded folk. A few contact details were spotted being swapped too which was lovely to see. All in all it was a really successful and well-received event, all the guests were so grateful to have been invited and really interested to discuss ways we could all help those less fortunate than ourselves within our community.