Where our food comes from
We are proud to be part of The Real Junk Food Project. As such, we are part of a global network of cafes and projects that divert surplus edible food destined for waste,and make it into delicious healthy meals.
There are no prices on our menu; customers pay as they can for their meal and experience.
Three local supermarkets divert their good quality vegetarian ingredients and food waste to us; Roundhay Cooperative, Chapel Allerton Aldi and Morrisons on Harehills Lane.
In addition, we pick up regular donations from: Eastern Foods (Roundhay Road), Noor (Harehills Road), and the Leeds Bread Coop.
These businesses are demonstrating leadership in tackling food waste, and through that, developing links with our projects that extend far beyond the crates of food we receive from them.
Because we use food intercepted from commercial surplus, we get different ingredients every day. This means out menu changes every day. However, it is always fresh, always vegetarian or vegan, and always delicious!
We don’t serve any food past its use by date. Use By is a safety label, whereas ‘best before’ is a quality label. This means when we use food that is beyond its ‘best before’ date, we have used our own guidelines to see if it’s still tasty without risking safety. Also, much of our food is well within its best before date, due to factors like over-ordering, or seasonal packaging. We run our kitchen with strict food hygiene practices.
Our regular coffee is supplied by Dark Wood Coffee they donated their freshly roasted beans to us for us to make our espresso- based coffees.
We will also use coffee beans that have been intercepted by The Real Junk Food Project Leeds – perhaps a cafe that has ceased trading has donated their stock, or a supplier ordered too many bags. We use these beans for our filter coffee.
North Star Coffee have also been incredibly helpful and supportive, mainly in training our volunteers to become baristas. They too donate their beans for our use in the cafe.