Hot Meals Now Canteen Workshops, 2019

2019 OSE Associate, Annie Nichols, will shortly be opening Hot Meals Now Canteen, a community canteen in the Margate Adult Education Centre where Open School East is located. 

Leading up to the opening, Annie will be holding a series of free public cooking workshops. Each workshop will be an introduction to the food that she will be serving in the canteen, giving participants the opportunity to cook some of these recipes alongside her. 

Workshop participants will get great cooking advice, get to taste some gorgeous food, and get a chance to talk to Annie about her ideas and plans for the canteen, her year as an OSE Associate, and her art practice.

You will be able to drop in anytime over the time period, get involved, or just stay long enough to say hello and eat some great food. You just need to book a slot.

Session 1
Monday 30 September, 9-11am
Breakfast workshop with AEC Staff, AEC learners, OSE Associates and alumni.

Session 2
Tuesday 1 October, 9.45-11am
Breakfast workshop with the OSE Young Associates to talk about and taste the food to be served in the canteen.

More dates will be added as they are confirmed.

Annie Nichols calls herself ‘an artist that cooks a lot of food’. She originally trained and worked as a chef in hotels and restaurants in the UK, Switzerland and Australia. She then became a food stylist and cookery writer (author of six cookbooks), has regularly taught cookery here, and in Sicily and studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art (now Institute of the Arts London). With a belief in good food for all, she works with many different local community groups in Margate and Cliftonville — United Mothers, Artsedex, Bags of Taste, The Garden Gate Project, Summer Kitchen, GOLD East Kent Mencap, Beyond The Page and The Seaside Singers Dementia Choir — to inspire people to cook and eat good food. To bring people together through food and cooking, to encourage people to listen to each other and create social cohesion. She has hosted supper clubs and events locally — Cliftonville Bowls Club, Cliffs, The Garden Gate Project, Urchin Wines, Hantverk and Found — and in 2018 was commissioned by Turner Contemporary to create a supper club in response to their exhibition, Journeys with the Wasteland 2018. For this she created a seven-course feast (inspired by T.S Eliot and his time spent in Margate). Guests ate sitting in a polytunnel at The Garden Gate Project, lit by Chinese lanterns and entertained by performances, spoken word and live music. She also makes botanical cocktails with local, seasonal produce, and forages the coastline for edible ingredients to use in these and her food. Currently she is an Open School East 2019 Associate Artist.