As the first group of Mamas to Market finished off 2014 in style with a market stall and two Christmas party catering gigs, they also finished the 10-week Mamas to Market course. It was a pleasure and a privilege to follow them through the autumn, and I hope to follow them wherever they go next - first stop is a catering gig for the Vietnamese Tet festival later this month.
But that is of course not the end of Social Kitchen's Mamas to Market programme. A new group, built in partnership with Family Action in Hackney, has been set up and have trained since January. It comprises Vietnamese, Somali, and Congolese women all very excited about the prospect of having their own market stall, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they get on. From the first impressions it's looking very promising - watch this space, as I'll be posting about their sessions in the coming weeks.
Finally, a third group was set up earlier this month, recruited from Social Kitchen's many children's centre sessions where parents bring their young children in to enjoy healthy cooking, eating, and learning together. I've been to a couple of these sessions in January already and they are always great fun - and great photo ops! I haven't had the chance to meet this particular Mamas to Market group yet, but am looking forward to that and will hopefully be able to follow their journey as well.
It's full speed ahead from Social Kitchen and the eager Mamas to Market! Follow this blog and Twitter for more!