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Guest Blog: Sima from The Kitchen Table

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Next month The Kitchen Table is catering the very first TEDx talks in Totnes. We’re so excited to have been invited to be a part of this fantastic event – some amazing speakers are coming to Dartington and in collaboration with the very best producers and suppliers in Totnes, we are making a sumptuous lunch for guests, speakers and performers on the day.

With fruit, veg, dairy and some larder ingredients from Riverford, bread from Seeds2Bakery, mayo and eggs from Laydilay and delicious mushrooms from GroCycle we are going to make soups, salads and cake. Tea and coffee is coming from Plymouth Tea and Owens Coffee and soft drinks from Luscombe’s so everyone attending will be well fed and watered.

The theme ‘In our Hands’ is an interesting one – for a small town in Devon, Totnes has a history of great entrepreneurial endeavour, small businesses thrive here and the legacy of the Elmhirsts at Dartington continues. Transition Town Totnes has put us on the map as a community focused on planning for the changes peak oil will present and there is a multitude of amazing projects and schemes that bring business, community and ecological awareness together. From eco-affordable housing, to edible public growing spaces, local grain growing to community owned breweries, we are a melting pot of great ideas, community development and cohesion, innovation and success. The Kitchen Table has benefitted greatly from this culture of mutual support – we source all our key ingredients from within 30 miles of Totnes and have some really wonderful suppliers providing us with delicious, seasonal produce.

The TEDxTotnes programme is packed and the speaker list is really incredible! Emily Stewart – Travel Writer, Samjhana Moon – Photographic Artist, Benjamin Mee – Author of We Bought Zoo, owner of Dartmoor Zoo, Claire and Rupert Callender – Ceremonial Undertakers, Rob Hopkins – Director of Totnes Community Development Society, Ryan Doyle – Chair of Local Heroes, Hugo Tagholm – Cheif Exec of Surfers Against Sewage, Kath Maguire – Public Engagement Champion, Padraic Flood – Science Communicator and FlameLab Winner 2014, Jon and Matt Price – Proud2Be Founders, Adam Saynor and Eric Jong – Urban Mushroom Farmers, Casper Walsh – Author, Journalist and founder of Write to Freedom. There’s also Matt Harvey, Jackie Juno, Kuki and The Bard and Billy Bottle and Martine performing! I hope I get to hear some of the speakers as well as serving food and drink to the 100 guests.

We look forward to meeting you there and hearing some inspiring and informative talks!

Sima Cutting – The Kitchen Table
www.thekitchentable.org.uk