In October 2015 The Kitchen Table catered the very first TEDtalk Totnes. We were so excited to have been invited to be a part of this fantastic event – some amazing speakers came to Dartington and in collaboration with the very best producers and suppliers in Totnes and the South Hams, we made 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 made soups, salads and cake. Tea and coffee came from Plymouth Tea and Owens Coffee and soft drinks from Luscombe’s so everyone attending was well fed and watered.
The theme ‘In our Hands’ is an interesting one – for a small town in South 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 benefited 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, local and often organic produce.
The TEDtalk Totnes programme was packed and the speaker list was 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 was also Matt Harvey, Jackie Juno, Kuki and The Bard and Billy Bottle and Martine performing! I’d hope to hear some of the speakers as well as serving the food and drink to the 100+ guests but it didn’t have time. However, they can be found here if you want to have a watch? http://www.tedxtotnes.com/talks-2015/