The local cocktail legends at The Alchemist have teamed up with Grey Goose and social enterprise Foodinate to make a big donation to charity.
To raise awareness of rising food poverty, they’re collecting items to give to a local food bank, and customers who contribute will get a free cocktail in return.
That’s right, you can drink cocktails AND help those in need on Tuesday October 13th, and all you need to do is bring in non-perishable food like a tin of beans, for example.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in people relying on food banks across the country with 100,000 households using them for the very first time over lockdown, according to the Trussell Trust.
Food banks are expected to be used even more over Christmas, and the Swap Shop initiative, which is now in its second year, will once again aim to raise awareness for rising national food poverty by encouraging people to exchange a non-perishable food item in return for a cocktail.
Everyone who donates one non-perishable food item will receive a top quality colour changing cocktail at The Alchemist – although larger donations are welcomed, so dig deep – with all donations taken to The Mustard Tree charity ready for those in need.
The Alchemist Spinningfields, New York Street and Media City will accept food items throughout the day and will be respecting distancing measures by offering a takeaway cocktail for those unable to enjoy in the venue.
Hannah Plumb, Culture and Talent Director at The Alchemist says: “We love the work carried out by Foodinate. It’s a truly fantastic initiative tackling food poverty across the country which is an issue we’re passionate about at The Alchemist.
“The Swap Shop is a fun and engaging way to encourage customers to donate to their local food banks, who need our support now more than ever.”
Here’s the T&Cs:
- It’s for one day only, on Tuesday October 13th 2020
- Only one cocktail exchange per person
- The Alchemist will only accept unopened and in date tinned, dried and packaged foods
- Customers have to bring one food item, but bigger donations are encouraged
Stay up to date with The Alchemist on its website here.
South Manny Flavas to open first-ever venue over two floors on Deansgate
Can’t wait for this.
Popular fried chicken spot, South Manny Flavaz has found a new permanent home in Deansgate.
One of the latest additions to the Arndale Market, South Manny Flavaz, has just announced they are set to open a brand new, super street food diner down on Deansgate – their first-ever store!
The news will be very exciting to fans of fried chicken and long term followers of SMF who might remember their garden cook-off beginnings back in 2017.
The first-ever brick and mortar venue will feature two floors, plus a purpose-built mezzanine will host a variety of events and live streams from local media and podcast producers.
Speaking of the new opening, Founder Chef Aaron Lee said: “Manchester has been good to us, it is our home. Coming from a small back garden in Longsight to opening a unit on one of the most historic streets in our city is a humbling experience. I cannot wait to show you what we have created.”
He added: “If anything, Covid has only highlighted the importance of street food to the hospitality sector with the Tier 2 bars relying on street food pop ups, we fully expect to see a booming market for outdoor events and niche diners like ours!”
JSE Director Michael Jagger, who has partnered with SMF on the construction said: “We wanted to deliver a space that goes beyond a traditional ‘takeaway’, so we are introducing Street Food to the ‘take away’ concept in true Manc fashion.
“We will have old school street soul, softly respiring out of a silky sound system with old cassette tapes hidden in the grooves of our picture frames bringing a modern touch to the 80s & 90s experience.”
Follow South Manny Flavaz to keep up to date with developments.
Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester
Will you be trying one of these?
Manchester’s only Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, has launched a new takeaway burger which is available during lockdown.
The Michelin Star cheeseburger is made with a Lake District Farmer’s Belted Galloway smoked beef patty, put together with shin, brisket and rump cap.
It’s then topped with Mana’s own American-style cheese, made with St Andrew’s Cheddar and Cloudwater beer, placed in a potato and brown butter bun, and finished with Koji and dill mayonnaise, iceberg, and green onion paste.
The burger will set you back £16, and you can also grab some drinks for £5 each if you’re thirsty, including a lime, raw sugar, mint, and cucumber soda, a sorrel and matcha iced tea, and a fermented Banks’ Tomato and oregano soda.
Mana spent the eight days before launching it testing different beef cut ratios, cheese slice thicknesses and woods to smoke the patties, and according to them it’s ‘the best burger we’ve ever had’.
Head Chef, Simon Martin said: “As well as keeping the business afloat and continuing to keep our team’s livelihoods intact, I also wanted this to be a fun exercise.
“As much as I miss our usual setting and the all-encompassing activity it provides, the idea of doing something so familiar for people became a really endearing challenge in the meantime.
“Almost everyone has had a great burger, especially in Manchester where humble foods are commonly elevated, so people will have a comparison to make whilst we’re trying to deliver the best version of something they’ve ever had.” ⠀
The team at Mana chose burgers as it’s a classic comfort food that almost everyone likes to eat, and they have plans to start doing tacos in a few weeks and potentially fried chicken as well (depending how long it takes them to reopen properly).
As a token of appreciation, all NHS staff are entitled to one free burger per order every Wednesday, you will just need to bring an NHS ID on collection.
Numbers are limited to just 100 burgers per day, and are available from Wednesday to Saturday, to collect between 12pm and 4pm.
If you want to grab one booking is required via Tock-to-go, where you can book a slot up to three hours in advance of collection – prepayment is required to minimise contact.
BrewDog is giving away free beer to everyone in the UK to cheer us up during lockdown
All UK residents will be pleased to hear they can now grab some free beer courtesy of Brewdog.
BrewDog’s CEO took to Twitter to announce the news that they will be giving away a four pack of beer to anyone in the UK.
The only catch is that you have to pay the £1.95 for shipping!
All you have to do to receive your free pack is head over to BrewDog’s website and enter your details.
Of course, you will have to join a bit of queue on the website because everyone is after some free beer – at the time of writing the queue time is currently at around 30 minutes.
You’ll have to be quick, though, as the offer ends at 7pm tonight (Tuesday January 12th).
If you want to know which beer you’ll be getting, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s their ‘Lost Lager’, the ‘world’s only carbon-neutral lager’.
The beers are made from surplus fresh bread and it’s all powered by wind turbines. Plus they will even be planting a tree for every four-pack purchased.