Zuppa winner announced at Perth Winter Fest

Zuppa, The Great Perthshire Soup Competition, held its finale in Perth City Centre last Sunday as part of the Great Perth Feast.

Our 8 finalist soups were on offer to passers-by who were then asked to vote for their favourite recipe. The winning soup was Curried Potato and Apple which was submitted by Lorna Becher from Perth.

First prize was a fantastic £250 Perth Gift Card which was kindly donated to the competition by Perth City Centre.

Congratulations Lorna!

Santa runners to raise money for new kitchen

Weʼre raising £500 to help refurbish the training kitchen in our South St Cafe.

Three fantastic staff members in Giraffe are raising money for our great local cause. Giraffe aims to support individuals with barriers to employment by providing structured training, work experience and social support.

Our training kitchen in South Street is desperately in need of an upgrade so that we can train more people and run more effectively as a cafe.

Sponsor Sarah (Operations Manager), Steven (Kitchen Manager) and Laura (Cafe Supervisor) as they run Perth’s Santa Run, 2017, and help us achieve our target of just £500 towards our much needed renovation.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

Giraffe After Hours – A Special Dining Experience!

You may well know Giraffe for its delicious home baking, friendly and social atmosphere and a warming cup of tea. But did you know that our kitchen and front of house team have a wealth of rosette standard and five- star experience behind them?

For one night only, we’re inviting you to the rare treat that is After Hours @Giraffe, an exclusive and indulgent evening of Perthshire’s finest produce, each paired with a delicious wine and served in an elegant and relaxed environment.

Steven and his team have scoured the county for the finest produce to create a tasty and seasonal menu of fish, poultry and game, finished with a sweet treat and a mouth watering cheese board.

£35 a head – call 01738 449 227 to book your place!

Saturday 30th September – from 6pm
Giraffe Cafe, 51-53 South Street, Perth PH2 8PD

 

ON THE MENU:

Chefs canapés
Selection of 3 beautifuly prepared canapés

Starter
Beetroot and parsley arancini, with lemon aioli

Main Course
Pan roasted venison, sage potato gnocchi, butternut squash, juniper and cocoa nib sauce

Dessert
Shortbread, chocolate, pear

Cheese course
Selection of cheeses served with our own oatcakes and bread

Coffee/tea
Accompanied by our own hand-made chocolate

Join 4 of Perth’s Finest Chefs for a Truly Unique Dining Experience

An evening NOT to be missed…

Join Andrew Moss (The North Port), Graeme Pallister (63 Tay Street), Wesley Watts (The Post Box) and Steven Pearson (Giraffe Perth) for a truly one-off tasting menu showcasing the best of Perthshire ingredients and raising money for local charity Giraffe.

A special evening awaits!

Buy your tickets below (N.B. you can choose multiple tickets once you’ve clicked the BUY NOW button)


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Or call 01738 449227 or pop into the cafe on South Street.

Giraffe Trading CIC joins national Volunteers Week Scotland

Giraffe Trading CIC joins national Volunteers Week Scotland celebration to highlight huge contribution made by volunteers in Perthshire

Giraffe Trading CIC is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by volunteers.

From 1-7 June 2017, Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory gatherings.

Volunteers are vital to the strength and vitality of Scottish society, with their work valued at £2.6 billion every year. Recent research found that Scotland’s young people are particularly engaged, with participation now at 52% – nearly double the adult figure of 27%.

With so many people volunteering, there are a huge range of achievements to celebrate. Whether working to improve the local environment, spending time with people who need help, or providing other kinds of essential services and support, the efforts made by volunteers make an invaluable difference to the lives of people and communities everywhere.

As well as celebrating the work of existing volunteers, Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a new opportunity for voluntary organisations to promote the benefits that volunteering can bring. The week can also help highlight how people can access opportunities and overcome any barriers they might be facing.

Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland, George Thomson said,’
In a post truth world there is one thing we can trust. That people volunteering in Scotland are uplifting. They are creating community solidarity and friendship. Volunteers Week is a good time to celebrate their honesty and humanity.

In a world which is becoming very uncertain there is one certainty that will not change, that people in Scotland giving time within their communities is uplifting by building friendship and solidarity.  Volunteers Week is a good time to celebrate this.

To volunteer, call Shona on 01738 449227 for a friendly chat, or email volunteer@checkin-giraffe.uk for more information.

Giraffe Trading Named Winner of DK Thomson Award 2016

We are absolutely delighted to win this year’s DK Thomson Award.

Provost Liz Grant presented our award which acknowledged our service to the community of Perth and Kinross throughout the year.

A huge thanks to all our staff, volunteers and jobseekers for all their help – we couldn’t do it without them!

We need YOUR votes!

CheckIn-Giraffe has been shortlisted for the Provident Good Neighbour Fund and now has the chance to win up to £2000 towards our local good cause!

All we need YOU to do is visit the link below and click VOTE – it really is that simple!

VOTE NOW

Springlands blog – 7th to 9th March

Tuesday 7 March

As promised, new signs started popping up in the garden – lots of them, as you can see!

Another day for the Right Track team to be busy emptying the compost bays – (don’t worry, one more week and then reconstruction time), and more forking over the veg beds for some of the volunteers.

 

Wednesday 8 March

With the imminent opening of the Ladeside Plant Centre (Saturday April 1 at 10am) it was time to get some plants ready – Jean and Daniel, were busy checking over the roses and giving them a fresh feed.

And if you can’t wait for Ladeside to open again, why not come along to Springlands Walled Garden, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11-3) where all the plants are grown, nurtured and prepared for sale and buy direct from us.

Meanwhile the Sales Trolley at the South Street Café was getting a minor makeover.  The sign writing is still to be done, but check it out and the wonderful planters and heathers for sale there. And if you path does not go via South Street, there is always the Café at Mill Street where they can be bought (Along with great coffees, teas, rolls etc).

 

Thursday 9 March

It was time for another sortie to the Ladeside Plant Centre for all the volunteers and Jobseekers.  The beds behind the Sales Area were being cleared and prepared for planting up with herbs (mainly parsley and chives), for use in the Mill Street, South Street and CATH kitchens.  Also look out for fresh cut herbs for sale soon at the Cafes.

Thinking even further ahead, broccoli, kale and cabbage seedlings were being planted out and hidden away from the pigeons as you can see!  (Maybe the Scarecr in  The t Ma May

 

PS The Scarecrow in the background isn’t a permanent fixture!

A HUGE Welcome to Shona from Giraffe!

Hi!  I’m Shona, Giraffe’s new volunteer and client co-ordinator.

I’d love to hear from you if you would you like to make a real difference to people in the Perth and Kinross community who need some extra support to access job opportunities.

We’re particularly looking for people to volunteer in our South Street Café and Springlands Walled Garden working alongside our jobseekers.

If you are enthusiastic, keen to help others and have a few hours a week to spare then please get in touch. I’m on Shona@checkin-giraffe.uk or 01738 449 227.

Now Serving our Food… Frozen!

Ever fancied having one of our delicious soups or meals at home?

We have a selection of our food (all cooked in-house) for sale in our South Street Cafe, ready to be taken away and reheated in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Our soups are just £1.75 with our meal selection starting at £2.40.

Pop in today and try one!