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Pop up restaurant celebrating female cooks from different cultures

Lady Lane Catering Co and The Canvas are proud to bring you Lady Lane Kitchen: a veritable pop-up feast running until the end of 2021. The kitchen is taking over The Canvas five nights a week, and is is all about sharing cultures, empowering women, sustainable lifestyles - and great food.

The cooperative brings together six women from different backgrounds, united in a love of food, a fierce drive to succeed, and a vision to bring their family and heritage recipes to a wider audience. Flavour and passion abound in a menu featuring Caribbean, South Asian, Persian, Mediterranean and Somalian food.

Launched in October, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the pop up kitchen is here for the rest of the year. They will be running Tuesday-Saturday from 6pm, and in December will shake up the menu to offer a selection of dishes called ‘What we eat at Christmas’ - even for those who don’t celebrate it!

Leila is a single mother who has created a Caribbean menu in her kitchen and is quick to point out the parallels between cultures; "Pilau rice is used in Caribbean cooking too - food shows us that we're not so different after all!" Leila runs Munchbreaks, a multicultural catering service from the heart of East London; she says that it’s about the community and caring for them.

Woin, Ethiopic Kitchen is passionate about making traditional Ethiopic food 100% vegan, and has created her business to create high quality, plant-based menus, full of rich flavours.

Aseel’s Kitchen was started 5 years ago by Sophia, a mother of four children. Providing for her family and friends has always been a point of joy and pride and she specialises in providing flavoursome dishes from the southern Mediterranean, Levant and Arabian Peninsula kitchens.

Dadu’s Kitchen LDN opened in 2019 as a way of spreading love and joy through full bellies! Syeda, a mother of 6, and a grandmother, has had over 40 years of experience cooking a wide range of Bangladeshi foods, using aromatic spices from the south of Asia. Her passion is to extend the joy and love for her food beyond her family and friends, with a vegan twist!

Amiira started making her own hot sauce Basbaas (which means chilli) after she lost her job in 2017. She noticed there was a gap in the market for Somali foods and condiments, and decided to use this downtime to launch her own business, as it had always been a dream of hers.

Ruth Rogers, founder and owner of The Canvas says: “The pop up was originally planned to run for a month, but we’ve seen just how transformative it has been. From customers saying they never realised vegan food could be inspired by cultures around the world, to the growth in confidence the women have found, we’re delighted they’re staying around a bit longer.”

Lady Lane Kitchen is a cooperative of women in partnership with business and government:

● Tower Hamlets Council

● The Canvas - East London Profit for Purpose Cafe hosting the pop up

● Heura Foods - proactive vegan meat brand who are donating products for the ladies' menus

● Lady Lane Market - London’s first women-led market, in east London


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