(Spitalfield market circa 1900, copyright Bishopsgate Institute)
Yesterday, KERB made the transition of appearing weekly at Spitalfields market, as opposed to monthly and before opening, quite naturally, we were all on tenterhooks. A thoroughfare such as Lamb St is busy for sure but did we do enough to turn eyes towards the pitched stalls that were bristling with energy, steam and smoke?
We needn’t have worried. Almost on the dot of noon, people arrived and queues began to form. City folk are obviously eager to make the most of that lunch hour and the traders swung effortlessly into action to meet their demands. Trays of fried chicken, served in buns and ‘slaw marched off into the distance. Crisp pizza peppered with mozzarella and pancetta, sat perched on laps. Steak and bearnaise illicited groans of delight whilst soft crab was gorged, kedgeree was devoured and boxes of cakes were delivered back to the office to beat the afternoon slump.
Overall, it was a massive success.
And you’d think it was all down this mishmash of street food, of different cuisines and cultures wouldn’t you? That KERB is presenting something new and vital to Spitalfields and in a way, it is. But given that the area has been home to a host of nations throughout the years, there was the slightly nagging feeling that some eyes, looking down from above, would have seen it all before.
“‘Ere Harold, have you seen that geezer chip chopping away at that…..well, it looks like bubble and squeak to me.”
"That’s kothu roti wot he’s choppin’ up Fred, you daft banana. Don’t you remember we had somefing similar rahnd ‘ere before?”
So, as stoked as we are, to be finally making our mark on historic Spitalfields, it does already feel like we have been here a long long time.
Every Wednesday, 12-2:30pm
KERB is growing and we need a new hotshot to keep our markets in shape. This would suit someone energetic, determined, strong-willed and incredibly well organised, with an eagle-eye for detail. An understanding of market operations, health and safety and street food trading in general would be ideal.
WHAT: Operations Intern. Paid, part-time.
WHERE: On the ground at our markets, lunchtimes and Friday evening.
WHEN: Starting with two days a week (Wednesday day and Friday evening) from early October.
DURATION: Three month duration.
REMUNERATION: London Living Wage.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Operations Intern required to assist existing KERB market managers, and over the internship, take on greater responsibility with the running of new KERB markets. This will involve some strenuous work, constant trader management and being alert to a wide-range of health and safety concerns.
Energetic, determined and confident individual.
Good communication skills, both written and oral.
Experience of market operations and street trading desired; a keen willingness to learn and a meticulous eye for detail if not.
An understanding of the way power (electricity) works.
Experience in the food/hospitality industry.
Drivers license desirable.
Knowledge of health and safety issues and a desire to immerse yourself in this area.
Confidence in managing relations with traders and site owners.
Positive, never-say-die attitude; a real do-er.
Keen to be a part of growing KERB’s presence - with a view to becoming a part of our team in a more permanent capacity as we grow.
A committed, energetic, highly motivated individual keen to learn the ropes of market management. Someone with previous understanding of market operations, street food trading, power management and health and safety is highly desirable, but a willingness to learn, an eye for detail and enthusiasm for the position is key.
A short covering letter detailing how you meet the skills needed listed above.
A maximum of two paragraphs briefly describing a substandard stall or food experience at a street food market, KERB or otherwise. Expand on what was wrong and how you would have rectified the situation.
to email@example.com by not later than 9am on Monday 29th September.
We will interview on Tuesday 30th September with view to arranging a trial shift on Wednesday 1st October.
KERB is growing and we need a brilliant one-stop shop person who can take charge of promoting what we do - via all our channels and using various media - with imagination, personality, creativity and consistency. Up until now we have done this ourselves but now need the whole thing handled by one magical person!
WHAT: Part-time freelance 360’ social media and communication expert
WHERE: On the ground / remotely / in our office (EC1)
WHEN: Starting with two days a week - flexible hours - from asap! (preferably September 2014)
RENUMERATION: TBD and depending on experience
JOB DESCRIPTION: Social media and communication wizard to plan, manage and escalate this area of the business. Creating and executing strategies for using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, newsletters, website, photography, on-site marketing and communications to take us to the next level
- Excellent writing skills with a distinct style
- Prolific output - bashing those words out with ease
- Good understanding of the London street food industry - as well as the wider food/restaurant scene
- Great photography style
- Good initiative
- Good with people
- Keen to be a part of growing KERB’s presence - with a view to becoming a part of our team in a more permanent capacity as we grow
WOULD SUIT: A blogger, food fanatic, people-person, culture head, the curious, the innovative, quick-witted, funny and with an original tone to your voice. You don’t need to be from a PR background but do need to have a good handle on the street food industry and how to express what’s so good about it in an interesting, engaging and meaningful way
FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES?: Absolutely, for the right person
- 3 (short) examples of your writing
- 3 of your best food photos
to firstname.lastname@example.org by not later than Friday 12th September.
We will interview that weekend and the following Monday 15th September
Our most lick-able event yet - 12 brilliant ice creamists slinging from carts and bikes, vans and tuk-tuks + 8 KERB traders selling street food to bring you back from the cool, creamy edge.
Meet Indie Ices who are driving their tuk-tuk all the way from Leeds carrying the world’s hottest ice cream – this is their award winning mango kulfi with coconut, lime and Moruga chilli with lime zest & chilli sprinkled on top. Also not to be missed are the cardamom waffles with ice cream on top.
Experience the incredible flavour combinations of North London ice-creamists, Ruby Violet with rhubarb, Heath honey, basil & lemon.
Have a sundae on a Saturday at Sorbitium Ices: Sundae #1 : baked banana & peanut brittle ice cream, salt caramel ice cream, hot fudge sauce, creme Chantilly, Sundae #2 : Rose geranium ice cream, fresh peach ice cream, raspberry granita
Design your own doughnut sundae with You Doughnut (hot, fresh ‘nuts + cool ice cream? Mmm-HMmm!)
Get squiffy at the Drunken Dairy with their boozy ice cream
Lickalix come with their photo booth – jump in after buying a homemade lolly and take the results home with you.
Possibly the most beautiful ice cream van out there, Moto Yogo and Stan their milk float will be churning out their Mexican chocolate fro-yo + deconstructed gooseberry crumble and Eton Mess flavours. Look for the aqua wheeled beauty!
+ more - here’s the scoop ; ) http://www.kerbfood.com/kerb-saturdays/
31 talented traders, Manhattans Project cocktails, London beers from The Cellar, an edible bus-stop, a Festival of Love and a great place to enjoy London.
Here’s who: http://www.kerbfood.com/southbank-centre/
All that matter about this Saturday is that there will be London’s biggest spread of game-changing street food all on one place for the London heats of the British Street Food Awards. This means that not only do you get the usual KERB Saturdays good times - but you get one-off menus all served up to win the customer’s vote.
This is a competition, y’all and the winner gets to take London to the finals. So eat plentifully, acquire an educated opinion on each of the traders and then vote for the top one on the BSFA app
(Then go and slump in a deck chair with one of Manhattans Project’s marvellous cocktails…).
See you on Saturday - 11am-6pm
It’s here - the launch of our new monthly market, KERB Spitalfields is this Wednesday and then the first Wednesday of every month.
WHAT: 8 KERBanists, doing their thing on brand new, yet ancient trading turf
WHEN: Wednesday 2nd July, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lamb St, E1 (between Spital Square and Commercial Street).
Tell your office and come hungry!
http://www.kerbfood.com/kerb-spitalfields/ for all the details