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13/01/15The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton to celebrate first birthday with fundraising dinner hosted by Clink chef ambassador Cyrus Todiwala
by The Clink

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On Thursday 26th February 2015, 6pm to 9.15pm, The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton will be celebrating its first year of business with an Indian themed fundraising dinner hosted by chef ambassador Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL.

Cyrus, who has been chef ambassador for the charity-run restaurant since its opening, has been training the prisoners in preparing Indian dishes using traditional spices, ingredients and techniques and has created a celebratory four-course menu exclusively to mark this special occasion.

Open to the general public, guests will be greeted with a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail before enjoying an incredible evening of food that will feature authentic flavours from an assortment of Bombay street food, Goan and North Indian inspired dishes with an exotic dessert, coffee and petit fours to finish.

Crucial to the continued growth and success of the prisoner training initiative, an auction and raffle will take place over the course of the evening raising vital funds for The Clink Charity with all money raised from the sale of tickets also going directly to the development of future Clink projects and the mentoring scheme.

In line with the charity’s commitment to sustainability, that has gained all three Clink Restaurants a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, all the vegetables and eggs will come from The Clink Gardens at HMP Send where women prisoners train in horticulture.

As chef proprietor of Café Spice Namasté, and a recognised television chef who regularly appears on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Cyrus is well-known for raising the bar in the UK’s Indian and pan-Asian food scene. As a Clink Restaurant chef ambassador Cyrus also helps to promote the work of the charity and sources employment opportunities for Clink graduates.

The exclusive dinner provides a unique opportunity for people to enjoy an array of aromatic, Indian cuisines in a unique setting whilst supporting the ongoing work of The Clink Charity and broadening the hospitality experience on offer to the trainees.

Perfect for corporate hospitality and group events, tables of eight are available at the price of £660 by emailing brixton@theclinkrestaurant.com. Individual tickets are also available for £90 per person.

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03/12/14Clink Events caters the Centre for Social Justice Awards
by The Clink

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On 23rd October Clink Events provided the catering for the Centre of Social Justice Awards (CSJ Awards), which was held at The Royal Horticulture Halls. Attended by 400 guests it was an incredible opportunity for the newly launched Clink Events to showcase the incredible food on offer.

The annual CSJ Awards recognises effective poverty fighting groups from across the UK. Cash prizes of £10,000 are awarded to charities, small voluntary groups and other local projects that display innovation and effectiveness in addressing the causes of poverty.

Now in its ninth year, the CSJ Awards has put over 80 winning voluntary groups in the spotlight of the national media, raised their awareness to policy makers and awarded nearly £400,000 to worthy projects and causes.

The prisoners training at HMP High Down and HMP Brixton created 4,000 canapés in The Clink kitchens for the awards which were transported to The Royal Horticulture Halls by 3663. Two Clink graduates and two Clink trainers provided service training to 12 Centrepoint clients, who then served the food and drink to guests.

Rachel Butterfill, Alliance Coordinator, Centre for Social Justice said: “Al and his team managed the catering for our Awards ceremony brilliantly. The canapés looked and tasted wonderful and the service, provided by partnership organisation Centrepoint, was impeccable. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were by both the food and the concept behind The Clink. We would certainly look to hire them for future events.”

To enquire about catering for your event please click here.

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03/12/14Christmas goodies that give back
by The Clink

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This year we have more Clink products than ever and you can order them by email so you can do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your smart phone, armchair or desk. We have a wide range of items available that make great gifts while also supporting the work of The Clink Charity.

Our Christmas hampers are back again with two varieties available:

  • Small Clink Hamper includes a mug and a Clink Christmas Pudding – £24.95
  • Medium Clink Hamper includes a bag for life, a Clink Christmas Pudding, pen, apron, cranberry sauce, onion relish and prisoner poetry book – £49.95

Individual products are also available. Choose from the below for the perfect gift:

  • Clink Christmas Pudding (454g) – £13.00
  • 2 x Clink Christmas Puddings – £20.00
  • Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – £5.00
  • Clink Mug (High Down, Cardiff & Brixton) – £12.00
  • Clink Apron (High Down, Cardiff & Brixton) – £15.00
  • Clink Bag for Life – £5.00
  • Clink Prisoner Poetry Booklet – £3.00
  • Clink Prisoner Poetry & Art Book – £5.00
  • Clink Pen – £3.00
  • Clink Onion Relish – £5.00
  • Clink Cranberry Sauce – £5.00
  • 2 Homemade Cookies – £2.00
  • Gift Vouchers – £20, £50, £100

To order your Christmas treats please email the retail team.

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03/12/14Gueridon Service Training from Silvano Giraldin
by The Clink

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On Thursday 30th October our newest restaurant ambassador Silvano Giraldin and group restaurant ambassador Vic Laws held a gueridon service training session with the prisoners at HMP Brixton. Teaching them some of the basic skills required in “trolley service”, gueridon service is where food is cooked, finished or presented to diners at the table, from a moveable trolley.

Silvano ran the training session for the prisoners working in The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton, teaching them about the importance of excellent customer service and demonstrating how to fillet a Dover sole and sea bass at the table, before showing his dexterity by perfectly peeling an orange with a knife and fork.

The prisoners attempted the filleting themselves and the feedback was really positive with the trainees eager to apply their new-found skills during service. The session was so well received that Silvano will also run the workshop at HMP High Down, bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to another group of prisoners as part of their continued learning and development.

The session held at HMP Brixton was in preparation for the new silver domed gueridon carving trolley arriving at the prison in early December. The trolley will be used by the front of house trainees to fillet fish, prepared by the chefs in training, at diners’ tables.

Thank you to the following organisations. Their generosity is why we are able to purchase the trolley and offer our diners another element to their experience at The Clink Restaurant:

  • West London Hotel Managers Association
  • Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • The Institute of Hospitality
  • The William Brake Charitable Trust

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