Food partnership takes root in city

    Glasgow bar and restaurant group Kained Holdings has joined forces with a local community food project and fruit and vegetable supplier to launch a new food partnership.

    • The group’s development chef Rodney Jones has held workshops.
    • The group’s development chef Rodney Jones has held workshops.

    Spearheaded by Scott Arnot – a director of the group, whose venues include The Finnieston, Lebowskis and Porter & Rye – the initiative sees Kained Holdings’ fruit and veg supplier Seasonal Produce deliver produce to the Woodlands Community Garden Café – a weekly pop-up community café designed to help tackle food poverty and social isolation – free of charge to help the café provide healthy meals to local residents who might not otherwise have access to fresh ingredients.
    As part of the new initiative, Kained Holdings also runs workshops for the community, including a bread-making workshop hosted by group development chef Rodney Jones and barista training with training manager Harry Savory.
    Going forward, Kained Holdings will host fundraising events for the Woodlands Community Garden at its venues, with profits from the events going to the Woodlands Community Development Trust.
    Arnot said: “We believe that this project fits in with Kained Holdings’ values – we aim to support our local community and have always sourced our food from local suppliers. We’re also heavily committed to training and developing people and saw this initiative as the perfect opportunity to give something back to the community.”
    Mark Neil, co-owner of Seasonal Produce, said the company is “happy to give our support to a great cause”.
    Community development worker Irina Martin said: “The partnership with Kained Holdings and Seasonal Produce is a tremendous example of businesses and the community working well together and we cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support.”