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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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03/12/14Twinings Tea Training at High Down
by The Clink

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Representatives from Twinings came to The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down on 5th November to hold a tea training session for the prisoners in training, covering the history of tea, the different types of available and how to offer The Clink Restaurant customers the ‘perfect tea serve’.

The session concluded in a tasting, where the prisoners had the opportunity to taste and smell the teas, which gives them a better understanding of the individual flavours so they can confidently engage with diners and recommend particular teas.

A particular talking point within the group was the chocolate tea, the prisoners described it as having a sweet chocolate taste with creamy hazelnut notes, similar to a praline truffle.

The interactive session enabled the prisoners to fully understand where tea comes from and the different qualities that come from different leaves. Having sound knowledge of the food and drink served in the restaurant is a key part of the prisoners’ training and helps them to continue to learn and develop their bank of skills that will help them when finding employment on their release.

We’d like to say a special thank you to Twinings for being one of our suppliers and also for giving their time to training the prisoners.

If you would like to find out how you could help the prisoners in training wither through workshops or the donation of equipment and produce then please send us an email.

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