by The Hands Up Foundation
The Syrian Supper Club is an international campaign run by the Hands Up Foundation. It encourages people to hold and attend Syrian-inspired dinners to raise money for those affected by the crisis.
The idea behind the it is simple, fun and positive; gather people together, introduce them to a delicious part of Syria’s rich culture, and at the same time, do something good.
Syrian Suppers have taken place around the world, everywhere from Istanbul to Singapore and Washington D.C. and we want yours on the map too. The best thing about the Syrian Supper Club is its inclusivity, everyone and anyone can hold one. They are easy to do and we have all the tools to get you going, from menus to raising funds. Our promise in return, is to deliver the funds raised to those we believe are in the greatest need in and around Syria.
If this has whet your appetite and you’d like to be part of the Syrian Supper Club, here’s how
Come to one of ours: you can attend our flagship Syrian Suppers, held monthly in London and other parts of the UK. Check our website for details: www.syriansupperclub.com/joinus
• Hold your own: sign up to hold your own Syrian Supper via our website www.syriansupperclub.com
• Make a donation: simply donate to the
projects Hands Up funds by going online
• And finally… we’d love you to shout about the Syrian Supper Club on social media using the hashtag #syriansupperclub.
For more information, please visit our website at www.syriansupperclub.com or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
RAISING MONEY FOR AID TO SYRIA ONE SUPPER AT A TIME
I’m Sam Waterhouse. Professional chef, nutritionist and owner of the Bristol Cookhouse.
Cooking is in my genes. My great-grandfather was a master baker and confectioner in Bristol and I spent my summer holidays baking and exploring his amazing veggie garden. At the weekends I’d watch my parents experiment in the kitchen, as they served up exotic treats like bouillabaisse and osso buco for weekend suppers.
So when I was presented with a knife roll and backpack for my 18th birthday, I didn’t hesitate and set off travelling and cooking around the world. It was an exhilarating time; summers in Ibiza, winters in the Caribbean and hopping from yacht to private mooring to cook for celebrity clients.
The transatlantic lifestyle took its toll and I realised the impact that nutritious food has on our wellbeing. In between travelling I studied for a Masters in Food Science and Nutrition and worked with the food development team at Marks & Spencer. It was this experience with mass food production that confirmed my passionate belief in real, healthy, sustainable food.
I moved to London to work with award-winning Trish Hilferty at The Fox on Old Street, where I learnt to cook properly from nose to tail. Since then I’ve continued work as a private nutritional chef, preparing healthy, appealing meals for celebrities in the music and fashion industries.
Having now spent 30 years cooking around the world, my ethos behind the Bristol Cookhouse is to give back some of what I’ve learnt. As a busy working mum, I’m all too aware of the convenience food we’re exposed to every day. Along with other renowned chefs at the Cookhouse, I’m really excited to share our philosophy of eating well: Real, nutritional, home-cooked food with a feel-good factor.