Spanish party for homeless

Pigs in blankets: Edit Racz from LaTasca, Meadowhall, cooking at the Archer Project, Sheffield
Pigs in blankets: Edit Racz from LaTasca, Meadowhall, cooking at the Archer Project, Sheffield
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Sheffield’s homeless and vulnerable sat down to a sumptuous Spanish meal yesterday, thanks to a city restaurant.

Spanish tapas bar and kitchen La Tasca in Meadowhall sent a kitchen team to the Cathedral Archer Project to cook up a Catalan meal. They dished up plates of turkey stuffed with pork, cranberry and herbs, saffron gravy and sausages in bacon.

Elaine Whitfield, general manager at La Tasca Meadowhall, and Edit Racz, the kitchen manager, cooked alongside Archer Project head chef Colin McFarlane and volunteers.

Lunch was followed by a Spanish fiesta party.

“La Tasca have very generously thought about Sheffield’s homeless and given their time and food to show their support,” said Tracy Viner, Archer Project marketing and development manager.

“Support like this is invaluable. Clients can often feel neglected but this makes them feel valued. They all enjoyed the party atmosphere and the excellent food.”

The CAP charity has to find £1,200 a day, some £410,000 a year, to keep running and help change the lives of society’s most vulnerable. Last year it supported 72 people into accommodation and 30 people on to drug or alcohol treatment programmes.

CAP serves more than 10,500 free hot breakfasts and more than 4,000 subsidised hot lunches each year and hands out 100 food parcels a week.

Elaine Whitfield of La Tasca Meadowhall said: “We think it’s really important to support our homeless community. It was a privilege to work with CAP, which works so hard for vulnerable people in the city.”