‘Homegrown’ woodworkers in residnce at Cornercopia Homestore – September 24-27th

As part of Brixton Design Trail (September 19h-27th) Cornercopia will be inviting designers, woodworkers and makers for a mini residency in their quirky Homeware shop,  turning wood grown in Cornercopia’s back garden into useful and beautiful things.
20 years  we ago  bought a ‘minature silver birch tree from Brixton Woolworths for £2.25 and planted it very close to the kitchen window so we could see it’s leaves dance in the wind.  20 years on it was huge & beautiful, but as tall as the house and dangerously close!  So sadly it had to come down. It feels right that the  wood will now be turned into useful, beautiful things by local makers so that it that can live on in the form of  doorknobs, candle holders, spoons and the like.
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Come and see a beautifully crafted spoon be axed out of a sycamore log or or bowl take shape from a piece of silver birch. There will be plenty of gorgeous woodwork for sale from small birch pots and spoons, to hand-turned wooden candlesticks, chopping boards from reclaimed wood and small beautifully crafted stools.

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Taking part:
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Max Bainbridge of Forest-and-found.com, a wood worker who graduated form Chealsea in 2013 and set up Forest-and-Found.com with his partner Abigail Booth who hand makes  contemporary quilts.
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Leoni Bullock:Works with Peckham based furniture designers Hendzel + Hunt is also a woodworker who makes functional objects out of reclaimed wood from local parks and scrap wood

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Ben Willis: Brixton based green woodworker Ben Willis, who crafts  beautiful chairs and stools will have some smaller pieces  in store
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An English Summer Feast in our Secret Garden – Sunday 2nd August

Sunday 2nd August is the second event in a series of feasts we are hosing at home in our ‘Secret Garden’ (or inside if the weather insists)

A very English affair with poached salmon, pork pie & picalilli, coronation Chicken, garden salads and delicious home-made lemon verbana ice-cream. All washed down with Elderflower cordial. We plan to eat out amongst the runner beans, tomatoes and courgettes, though if the weather proves gloomy we will move inside after a drink and garden exploration. It will be a small & friendly event.

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£29 per person – reservations here: Secret Garden Picnic

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Sunday 26 July – the first secret garden pop up

Feast on Greek style hospitality in Brixton, austerity on hold … Just a few tickets remaining. 

 

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Come and eat in our ‘secret garden – tickets now on sale!

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Take a secluded urban green space, sow and grow a host of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Fire up a wood-burning stove or two , gently smoke something tasty overnight, open a bottle of something special…Welcome to our secret garden.

We will present three themes over five dates on alternate Sunday afternoons

Brixton meets Crete
With one foot on Brixton hill and one on Crete, sample flame scorched octopus, skordalia, wild greens, tzatziki and lamb cooked with aromatic herbs from our very own mountain in miniature.

Picnic on an English lawn: At the height of summer, a lazy luxury picnic on an English lawn. Whole poached salmon, home-smoked coronation chicken , pork pie, pickles and garden fizz. Jelly and ice cream. We might even have the cricket on in the background.

Sunday BBQ: Chipotle, molasses and lashings of smoke as we present our take on all things BBQ. Maple cured bacon chops, pulled beef, fiery relishes and savoury jams. We’re gonna need a bigger napkin!

We’ll also serve up elements from our tiny garden smokery along with garden grown salads, homemade ice-creams, our own soft cheeses and all the cordials, pickles and preserves you’d expect from Cornercopia’s larder.

Our ‘Secret Garden’ is an oasis of green hidden behind houses and rescued from developers. This is Brixton Cornercopia’s kitchen garden, a constant source of inspiration and a major influence on our approach to food and eating.

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Brixton meets Crete: Sunday July 26th
Picnic on an English lawn: Sunday August 2nd
Brixton meets Crete: Sunday August 16th
All things BBQ: Sunday August 30th
Brixton Meets Crete: Sunday September 13th
Places are limited to 16 at each event:

Get tickets through Edible Experiences – http://www.edibleexperiences.com
Search for Cornercopia or click on the links above.

Get a sneak preview of the ‘secret garden’ as it grows by following us on Twitter @BrixtonOasis

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Cornercopia welcomes Blue Jay – the opening menu!

Welcome to @BluejayBrixton! Here is the fabulous first weeks menu:
Bookings can be made through bluejaybrixton@gmail.com

Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evening Menu

Starters – £7
Beetroot, hazelnut gramolata, pomegranate, Greek yoghurt
Cornish Octopus, freekeh, blood orange, parsley
Charred endive, panchetta, girolles
Mains
Sea bass, leeks, lemon & chive butter, roasted cauliflower
Braised pork shoulder, sauerkraut slaw, new potato
Jerusalem artichoke, Barley, almond milk, pesto
To Finish
Orange polenta cake
Picos blue, oat cakes

Starters £7, Mains £12, Pudding/cheese £5
Three courses for £22 (cash only)

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Lot’s Happening!

Space Makers / Space Changers
What excited us in our early days here in Brixton Village were the almost endless possibilities of transformation and the possibilities of what a tiny empty shop could become.

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Working with Spacemakers five years ago we saw empty units become tiny theatres and cinemas which in turn evolved into tea parlours and cleverly compact restaurants. Whilst some people have replicated what turned out to be a good business idea in new locations, we chose to experiment with new ideas in the same place – some of these ideas flowing into more empty units. Over and the past five years we have hardly stood still. The little shop unit that was once empty for 15 years and now hosts our home store has also been a venue for chutney making and design workshops, a gallery space for local artists, a dinning room seating 18 by a cosy wood burning stove in the winter and a seasonal cocktail bar called ‘The Botanical’ in the summer.

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The original Cornercopia – ‘corner shop with a difference’ evolved from a larder of local produce with just one table serving food, into a restaurant seating up to 60 and hosting local weddings. Last year it hosted many guest chefs starting their journey in the food business and over 45 women in a food start up program that we ran in collaboration with the Joined up Food Network and Westminser Enterprise.

A New Kitchen
Anyone who has passed by in the past few weeks will have noticed things changing once more! Our restaurant kitchen is going back to the corner unit at number 65 – where it was when we first opened and the story of Cornercopia began. Though it will be much better and more ergonomic now we have got better at doing things in tiny spaces!
We are aiming for the kitchen refit to be finished early next week and the restaurant open from 19th March, with a welcome return of guest chef Blue Jay (see below)


An expanded Homestore

With the kitchen re-located the Cornercopia Home Store will get much needed space to expand – Our new store will have kitchenware, household and outdoor goods on the left, textiles, bathroom, handmade and locally designed goods on the right. We are also considering a regular ‘makers window’ – where you will be able to see spoons carved, baskets woven or books bound. If you know someone who might like a mini residency in our window, do let us know – as always we are open to curious ideas.

Workshops and other Events
Once the re-fits are finished and the new kitchen and Homestore open we will announce news of more workshops for foodies and a rather special series of events in another ‘secret’ space we have been transforming…

Blue Jay returns! – From Thursday 19th March
After a very well received brunch-pop up in February, Blue Jay (aka chef Sherri Dymond ) is returning for a residency at Cornercopia. Sherri was chef at Cornercopia prior to working for one of our favourite & award winning neighbourhood restaurants. She will be back with a lunch and dinner menu full of seasonal and market sourced ingredients – Modern British with a twist.
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March Update

Kitchen & Larder update
We are currently doing a re-fit /re-organisation of our kitchen space – all will be revealed soon but we have some exciting plans ahead for the Cornercopia Kitchen and Homestore! As a result  are not currently taking restaurant bookings.

Homestore
Our Home store is open as usual –  Wednesday to Sunday 11 am – 6pm and we should also have some exciting news about the Homestore soon!

Food Start up Workshops
Thanks to everyone who has enquired about our Food start up workshops for women. We are planning some more and will post info about these and our other food events we are involved with soon soon

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