Eco-conscious couple serve up food waste to guests at their wedding

Food that would have otherwise gone to waste made its way on to the wedding menu of an eco-conscious couple in North of England.

The Real Junk Food Project (RJFP) was enlisted to create a menu for the Leeds-based couple Cherie Harris and James Mainwaring’s wedding day, made up entirely of food that outlets would otherwise have discarded.

A total of 140 guests enjoyed a menu that included spinach and chickpea curry, chicken and bacon pies, sausage and bean cassoulet, ratatouille, cold meats and pickles, a cheese board, oven roasted thyme and lemon chicken and tortilla cups filled with Mexican salad – all created from scratch by the RJFP team. Dessert included a Greggs doughnut tower.

The couple did not tell their guests who provided the catering for their wedding last Saturday, at their reception at East Keswick Village Hall, Leeds, West Yorks until the speeches.

The wedding spread was even a surprise for the couple on the day. The Real Junk Food Project collect from supermarkets, sandwich chains and fast food outlets.

The Real Junk Food Project uses the food it collects to cater nationally for events, feed customers in pay-as-you-feel cafes, stock pay-as-you-feel supermarkets and supply food for schools. The food provided at any of these outlets depends on what comes into The Real Junk Food Project’s warehouse.

The buffet, which cost approximately £5 per head, saved 35 kilos of waste. That’s 66.5 kg of CO2 emissions, using the equivalent amount of energy of six days consumption of electricity for the average household.

The bride and mother of one incorporated other eco-friendly touches to her wedding including wearing a dress that was lined with material made from bamboo pulp, and making all her own invites and decorations. The couple’s wedding favours were seeds that their guests could plant and grow.

Cherie Harris said: “What is wonderful is that we were able to use our wedding to spread the word about food waste and make people think about using up their own leftovers.”

The Real Junk Food Project

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


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