Sport Relief

Sport Relief is back once again from the 18th – 20th March and this year Appetite for Adventure got in on the act in a BIG way!

Back in January Appetite for Adventure went on the road for 6-days, supporting Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk Challenge.

Originally approached by the organisers of this BT Sport Relief Challenge, Appetite for Adventure were asked to provide pit stop catering for Jo Brand and her support crew for six days of her ‘Hell of a Walk’.

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The route of the walk had to be tweaked and changed which meant in a lot of cases the pitstops didn’t tie up with venues where food could be easily prepared and served. Threshold Sports knew just what to do when faced with such a challenge, they came to us!  Having worked together previously and received some great client feedback they knew we could step up to the challenge at short notice and increased the originally planned two days support to six days. They felt confident laying on a great spread from absolutely anywhere was something we would excel at.

And so Adie set about organising the logistics and Head Chef Jason set about menu planning and before we knew it we were on the road for our first stop – Hull.

sport relief 5Moving from place to place, Jason found himself prepping and cooking from the back of the van, local social clubs, car parks, warehouses and more!  We set about preparing for a variety of pit stops, lunches and the occasional plated dinner always serving for around 50 and always serving fresh.  The pit stops saw Jason present his now infamous (the BBC mentioned and tweeted it!) Sausage Roll with Red Onion Marmalade, Rocky Road and Flapjacks.

We prepared the necessary carb-loading dinners, and lunches were always hot and hearty with one constant being our specially prepared energy ‘trail mix’ to keep the walkers on top form.

sport relief 6It wasn’t always easy and we found ourselves facing our very own challenges – timing was always in constant flux, catering for a variety of dietary requirements and the locations for prep and cooking, but above all during this week in particular – the Great British Weather!

The weather almost got the best of us on one occasion but our overall success can be best summed up with this example of how to adapt on-the-go.  Jason had been carefully preparing from the back of our Appetite for Adventure van for a wonderful hot beef stir fry lunch, carefully chopping up and laying out the vegetables ready for a hot pan-fry when the walkers arrived. This week seemed to be the very peak of the UK stormy weather and as we turned around a great 55mph gust of wind lifted up the bowls of vegetables and scattered them across the Peak District!  As Adie and Jason stood miles from the nearest store and the walkers arrival was imminent it was Jason who calmly made the decision to change the menu to a hearty beef soup with fresh bread instead, something which turned out to a be a highlight of the week’s catering.

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It was such an amazing and worthwhile challenge to be involved in and the feedback from participants and the client made it for us. And as for Jo, she of course (we like to think with our help) only went and did it!  Completing her BT Sport Relief Challenge having walked an incredible 135 miles from one side of the country to another in just seven days.

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Appetite for Adventure provide a wide range of outside catering solutions, particularly for large groups and charity challenge environments, so if you, or someone you know, is looking for an outside caterer we might just be able to help. GET IN TOUCH.