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A taste of India
Charcoal Concepts, the specialist Indian food and drink operator behind Copper Chimney in Westfield London, Shepherds Bush, has launched its first foray into the fast-growing grab & go market with the opening of Tamarind Tiger on Baker Street, London.
The store serves authentic Indian flavours throughout the day, with a unique breakfast offering as well as a vast menu of customisable make your own meal options, with over 600 innovative flavour combinations available. The 1400 sq/ft site also houses a full-service chai bar that offers 14 chais on the menu, including a signature Masala Chai infused with a secret blend of five spices, alongside single origin Indian coffee and an array of fan-favourite baked goods with an Indian twist.
Operating with an ’Earth to Table’ mindset, all packaging is environmentally sensitive, and bio-degradable and recyclable options have been used wherever possible. Tamarind Tiger, in partnership with its parent company’s charitable foundation, K Corp Charitable Foundation, supports Action Against Hunger in their fight against malnutrition in India and around the world and makes a donation to the charity for every Tiger Tiffin Box sold.
Vivek Raghunath from Charcoal Concepts commented: “The menu highlights the vibrancy and variety of traditional Indian cuisine and its flavours, and Tamarind Tiger hopes to bring a fresh take on Indian cuisine by altering the way Londoners view Indian food through innovative Indian flavours and great Indian chai.” Drawing on its rich Indian heritage and record of operational excellence from over 20 successful sites across various concepts in India, Charcoal Concepts hopes this Tamarind Tiger will be the first of many in the UK capital and beyond
Vegan kiosk kicks off
Leading sports and leisure caterer, Levy UK, has launched the first fully vegan kiosk in the English Premier League in partnership with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge. The new initiative will introduce a range of tasty plant-based alternatives for football fans on match days and will include a Vegan Kitchen Pizza, Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Vegan Doner Kebab and a Halloumi and Falafel Wrap.
As part of their four-year contract extension, both Levy UK and Chelsea FC have committed to provide more plant-based dishes, modelled against the EAT Lancet ‘ideal plate’ for planetary and personal health, whilst also looking specifically at the carbon impact of the animal products used on site.
Jon Davies, Managing Director at Levy UK, said: “There’s a demand for football stadiums to follow consumer demand for more sustainable, responsible and diverse food and drink options. Adopting a reductionist approach where possible will allow us to provide great-tasting, plant-based food as well as combatting food waste and reducing our impact on the environment. The launch of the vegan kiosk with Chelsea FC is testament to both party’s commitment to tackle issues surrounding more sustainable menu options.”
In addition, the vegan kiosk avoids single use plastics throughout, in line with Chelsea FC’s own strong environmental policies. Through Levy UK’s reduce, re-use and review policy, the company committed to reduce plastic waste and has launched a re-usable cup initiative across all its venues. Fans, media and guests are encouraged to use reusable cups and once finished, place them in designated drop-off points around stadium concourses or return them to any bar.