'Coffee, jobs and great food' as kiosk to relaunch

July 01 2019
'Coffee, jobs and great food' as kiosk to relaunch

The new manager of the outdoor food kiosk at Elm Park has given Filton Voice a behind-the-scenes look before it reopens this summer.

by Keri Beckingham
The new manager of the outdoor food kiosk at Elm Park has given Filton Voice a behind-the-scenes look before it reopens this summer.
As previously reported, the kiosk (which was previously known as The Hatch and run by Gavin Horswell) ceased trading as Elm Eats late last year and closed just months after caterer Aaron Phillips began trading.
In February, youth and community charity FACE Filton announced that they wanted to open it as a social enterprise, offering training and job opportunities for adults with learning or social disabilities, after town councillors agreed to an initial three-month trial period.
Now, the charity has taken on a manager and development worker to run the kiosk, which will be called The Pod in The Park. Florence Pardoe used to work for another charity in Southmead and is passionate about promoting great food in the local community. In her new role, she will be taking on everything from staffing, stock, and deciding what food and drinks the kiosk will serve.
Speaking about the charity’s plans for the kiosk, she said: “This is a new approach for the kiosk, which will aim to offer employment for those who are keen to work but find it hard to find opportunities. Of the adults with learning difficulties that are known to the government, only 6% are in employment, and when asked 65% would like to be, so initiatives like this will make a big difference to households.
“We are going to start expanding slowly but surely, and will hopefully be starting with a soft launch at weekends in mid July with simple drinks and snacks. It is going to take time to roll everything out, and although our staff are eager to learn and hard working, as it is likely to be their first time working in a food business it will take a while for them to get up to speed. We will be serving good food but not necessarily fast food, and we need to get everything in place before we can fully launch over the summer.
“We know that people are itching to see it reopen – we did a community survey to ask people what they’d like to see from the new kiosk, and we had a great response.  Although it could take a little while before we are really up and running, we can promise people that it will certainly be worth the wait!”
They will have a new coffee machine, delivered by Wogan Coffee, and will serve a range of hot and cold drinks, bacon and egg baps as well as a vegan option, sandwiches, cakes, ice creams and other treats.
A crucial part of the business will be using produce sourced from local suppliers.
She added: “We’re excited to be serving the community of Filton. I really believe in the power of food, and the huge potential it has to bring people together, change communities and have a positive impact on the planet and environment.
“Providing for people and cooking for people brings a huge amount of joy to me, and being able to support local producers and allow people to engage with where their food has come from is something that I think is really exciting.”
The charity is also hoping to paint a mural on the kiosk, and are looking for donations to help with this. The kiosk will also be looking to employ people in supervisor roles and there will be opportunities for people in hospitality, as well as volunteer openings.