Wooden Spoon Catering Co
Festival fiasco leads to expansion for curry enterprise
From Social Enterprise Live
What could have been a culinary disaster has led to expansion plans and new opportunities for one Scottish catering social enterprise.
Wooden Spoon Catering Co, a social enterprise trading as part of Dundee International Women's Centre (DIWC), was geared up to serve 500 litres of homemade curry to the 26,000-strong crowd at the city's annual three-day flower and food festival last weekend when the event was cancelled due to heavy rain.
But within two hours, the company put the wash-out behind it and took to the streets of Dundee to dish out curry to local businesses, taking more than 100 orders and more than £1,000. Extra orders for a wedding and a party were also taken.
To keep up with demand the team had to start a production line of freshly made pakoras, naan bread and pilau rice.
The company is now planning to make the Friday night venture permanent as Dundee's first dedicated 'Friday Night Curry Night', with the help of the women's centre. It is expanding to meet demand, which includes getting a bigger kitchen.
Angela Foreman, manager at DIWC, said: 'Having over 500 members from 60 different countries of origin the centre has access to unique authentic recipes which have been handed down through generations.
'Our future vision is to have a production kitchen so we can further develop our capacity for creating authentic curries and employing additional women who have never been economically active.
'We feel very excited at the prospect of not only developing our business but promoting social enterprise as a viable and lucrative business model.'
The curries created included a Pakistani spicy chicken and chickpea, a Bangladeshi vegetable curry and an Indian lamb curry with a Scottish twist.
The curries are not only have a distinguished flavour, but each dish is named after the woman who made it.
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Unit 9, Manhattan Buisness Park, Dundonald Street
Dundee, DD3 7PY
01382 462 058
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