Elemental Bistro: Leeds’s sustainable supper club engaging locals in the environment

Elemental Bistro is a supper club designed to inspire, engage and connect people to environmental issues in Leeds.

All food served as part of Elemental Bistro’s 3-course pay as you feel dinners comes from The Real Junk Food Project, which aims to abolish surplus food.

The global movement, The Real Junk Food Project, also started life in Leeds. It now works with local and international partners to intercept food destined for landfill and redistribute it through a network of Pay As You Feel Sharehouses, cafes and school partnerships.

Elemental Bistro was set up by DJ Tami Pein, who is also studying Environment and Business at the University of Leeds. It is part of the Elemental movement – a creative platform of natural artists, musicians and environmental forward-thinkers in Leeds – which consists of sustainable events aimed at “making sustainability sexy”.

Last month, an Elemental Bistro-hosted supper club, held at All Hallows’ Church, saw more than 100 diners feast on a three-course dinner, as well as enjoy live music in the process. The event raised over £1000, with proceeds split 50/50 between local projects – Rainbow Junktion and Leeds Tidal.

Rainbow Junktion, which operates in a cafe space in All Hallows Church, aims to reduce food waste, build awareness and unify a community. Leeds Tidal is a movement that facilitates cross-activist campaigns around climate change, austerity and racism.

In an interview with Lippy Magazine, Tami Pein said: “With Elemental Bistro, the main objective that I want to achieve is to bring people together and raise awareness about food waste. I want to organise an event which is not focussed on alcohol but rather on inspiring people while engaging them on shocking facts on food waste.”

What’s great about Elemental Bistro is its “open door” policy. Although the concept has been masterminded by a student, it’s not exclusively for students, but for all locals.

“It’s really rare to get a church, a bunch of volunteers, environmentalists, Leeds locals and eager hungry students together in one room,” Tami Pein said told Independent Leeds. “There aren’t really that many opportunities to form reciprocal relationships between students, change makers and the local community which makes the Elemental Bistro quite a unique event.”

The next Elemental Bistro event is expected to be held in April.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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