On Thursday evening I decided to investigate something which I had only recently heard about through LCiL.
How I heard about "The Real Junk Food Project" was when they provided some very tasty food at a "Super Friday" at the Social Media Cafe run by John Coster of LCiL.
I know what you are probably thinking - "Junk Food" is a term which is used to describe the food you get from places like KFC, Birger King, McDonalds, etc. So why should I go all the way to the West End of Leicester to eat what I can get in various forms from outlets within a 50 yard radius of my house???
Allow me to introduce you to the concept of a "Real Junk Food Cafe".
Information sheet I was handed when I sat down - tells you how a "Real Junk Food Cafe" works
First you have to re-imagine the term "Junk Food". In the case of a "Real Junk Food Cafe" the "Junk Food" is not the sort of stuff you get out of a Fast Food outlet.
The "Junk Food" in a "Real Junk Food Cafe" is food that shops cannot sell because it has past its 'Best Before' date but is still perfectly wholesome and edible.
The Cafe is run on a "Pay As You Feel" basis (and if you cannot afford to pay they accept voluntary work and ideas in return).
On Thursday evening we had a choice of four Main Courses and two Desserts. I honestly felt like the food had been cooked in a Restaurant kitchen.
Even if you cannot get to the West End Neighbourhood Centre on Andrewes Street in Leicester, next Thursday evening at around 7.00pm, I have a request for you.
Look in your local newspaper, or on Twitter, or Facebook, and find your nearest "Real Junk Food Cafe", and give them a try. You will find yourself in a group of interesting humans too.
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