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The Recipe for Success Series

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4Lunch, the foodie social enterprise


The Recipe for Success events were started by Amy Win while she was studying at the University of Manchester.

Combining her experience in helping disadvantaged young people at a local charity with her observation of the ever-growing popularity of street food markets in the city, Amy decided to launch 4Lunch. The social enterprise aimed to offer work opportunities to young people in the hospitality sector.

Since being established in 2013, 4Lunch has worked with hundreds of young people and now offers cookery courses as well as training and volunteer placements.

The fantastic achievements of the initiative have led to a number of high-profile awards including receiving funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Big Lottery and Unltd as well as becoming a Young British Foodie Finalist 2016.

Upcoming courses and workshops in January


Recipe for Success: Making it as a community café and lunch spot – 17th Jan

On the 17th January, Hannah Skinner will be sharing her tips and tricks on how to make it as a community café and lunch spot. Hannah knows what she’s talking about, having set up two social enterprise cafes in Manchester; Home Community Café in Didsbury and Milk & Honey Café on Oxford Road.

The talk will take you through the process of opening a café, from the initial idea to making it a reality and how to positively impact the local community.

If you’ve ever been curious about what it takes to run a café, how to open one and everything in between, this is an event you just can’t miss.

Tickets are available here for just £5 with delicious food from the venue, Milk & Honey, included in the price. The event runs from 6pm until 7:30pm.


Recipe for Success: Making it as a street food trader: 23rd Jan

On Wednesday 23rd January the founder of street food brand Nasi Lemak, Jimmy, will be sharing his experience of feeding hundreds of people from his market stall.

Jimmy will be speaking candidly about how to get a street food business off the ground, all the way to be shortlisted as Street Food Trader of the Year.

Nasi Lemak serves Malaysian Street Food to the masses at regular markets, pop-up events and kitchen takeovers. It’s the perfect event for anyone interested in learning more about the daily life of a food business owner, including the nitty gritty details of having a hectic lifestyle as well as the risk of being an entrepreneur.

Enjoy the talk in the unique venue of a double-decker bus. Tickets are available here for just £5 which includes delicious Malaysian treats from Nasi Lemak.


Recipe for Success: Making it as a home baker and caterer: 23rd Jan

Are you an aspiring food entrepreneur? Been wanting to start your own home-based food business but not sure where to begin?

This is the perfect event for you! Join the conversation with Najwa, the founder of Sofra Cuisine & Cake.

Based in her home kitchen, Najwa makes birthday cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes and every kind of cake in between. Building her business around busy family life, Najwa shares her tips on how to manage the balance of work and family. Her scrumptious cakes have even been featured on BBC North West.

Come prepared with your burning questions and meet like-minded people in the unusual environment of a double-decker bus.

Tickets are available here for just £5 and includes homemade cupcakes from Sofra.


Recipe for Success: Making it as a restaurant and bar: 30th Jan

On the 30th January, 4Lunch will be hosting a conversation to explore what it takes to run a successful restaurant and bar.

You’ll have the opportunity to speak with Nam, founder of NAM, a Vietnamese restaurant in Ancoats serving authentic dishes and intriguing cocktails that has received rave reviews since opening. NAM have been involved in the Northern Quarter and Ancoats charity cookbook, ‘It’s Cooking Good’ which fundraises for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

The talk will take place in the relaxed and friendly basement of NAM, buy your ticket to find out how you could start a food business.

Tickets are available here for just £5 and includes Vietnamese snacks from NAM.



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