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brünch – testbed for new Berlin brands & passionate people like us

brünch is not only about our amazing Berlin brunch spread. It is also a testbed for new brands and like-minded passionate people that want to trial their ideas and products, gain exposure and get feedback – from you.

This can be anything and anyone ranging from new Berlin (or German) drink brands to independent cool coffee suppliers, up-and-coming DJs, small artisan bread bakeries, local suppliers and independent venues. I want to give you all the chance to try something new and enjoy some proper Berlin vibes at my events. Therefore, whenever you come to my pop ups, please be open minded, try whatever is on the menu, ask us questions and let us know what you think.

In the past we have been working closely with hard-to-come-by German drink brands and small-batch speciality coffee roasters based in London. Some of our partners include(d) Club Mate, fritz-kola, Belsazar Vermouth, Volcano Coffee Works, Assembly Coffee and lots of other lovely independent producers and suppliers.

So for our next event in February, I will be working with Bauhaus Coffee.

Bauhaus Coffee is super new in London’s coffee scene (website coming soon). It was launched by Max and his uni mate Ted. I met Max for the first time when I was just about to leave my corporate job. He and his two uni mates Gabe and Eirik had just launched Blacksheep Coffee and I was able to help them out a bit and learn about coffee and the art of roasting and brewing.

Over time, Max started to challenge the speciality coffee scene’s over-complication and pretension though. He and Ted got together to develop a  ‘no nonsense coffee’ as they say … bold words but we like that!

Bauhaus Coffee was born.

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It is inspired by the principles of Bauhaus production – roasted combining the love of the craftsman with the consistency of modern techniques. All their coffee is ethically sourced from single farms, estates and cooperatives as it says in their sales brochure.

We are curious and will give them a try on 28 February at the Brewer’s Bar in Dalston. Tickets out now via www.bruench.com

Future collaborations are in the planning and whilst I cannot say too much yet, I can guarantee you don’t want to miss this. So keep your ears and eyes peeled for my next events including Berlin supper clubs and Berlin film nights with some of the best Berlin cocktails you’ll ever have in London.

I am excited to see you soon.

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Three Berlin Brunch Pop Ups Later – A Small Update

Oh wow. Time flies. Apologies for the radio silence – it’s been quite manic over the past few weeks.

I am now in the South of France enjoying some down time while working on new exciting ideas for brünch. What better place to get a creative and hatch plans.

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Since my last post, I have hosted three pop up events – in Battersea at The Doodle Bar, in my beloved Brixton at Brixton East 1871 and finally in Hackney at Stage 3. How did I manage that?!?!

I can tell you it was a proper roller coaster! Haha Not all went according to plan but what does anyway? But then seeing it all come together on the day and my guests having a great time is such an amazing reward and reminds me why I have decided to do this.

As you know, I want to introduce you to new quirky places that remind a bit of Berlin – hidden gems in buzzing communities that tell their own story. The Doodle Bar is definitely one of those. I love the half warehouse half bar style, the outside ‘Beach area’, ping pong tables in the ‘Yard’ and the massive Doodle chalk wall, which became a piece of brünch art by the end of my pop up there on 29th March.

The Doodle Bar and my friends who helped me out that day were amazing and made this a special one to remember. People kept on dropping in until we ended up being about 50 people in total. Amazing. Guests included Spooncereals, the GrubClub, The Brick BoxSnactThe Social PantryCulinary Canvas and more fabulous people.

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A week later – Easter was around the corner and I decided to host a Berlin Easter Brunch. I am a big fan of Easter. It is a beautiful time of the year and the Easter Brunch in Berlin is kind of a big deal. So I returned to my beloved Brixton to take over Brixton East 1871, one of my favourite venues in the area – chunky wooden beams, exposed brick work, large glazed windows, a massive and old clock on the side of the loft-like space, staircases up to a little cute terrace, wooden floors and above all, a story to tell.

Both events at The Doodle Bar and Brixton East sold out completely and were lots of fun. But I tell you, it was a lot of preparation in the run up. There was not much time in between the two events, neither did the venues have a kitchen nor crockery nor cutlery.

So I borrowed knives, forks and spoons from the Impact Hub Brixton, where I am a member. For my Berlin Easter Brunch in Brixton I ran the bar for the first time myself, well my lovely friends Jo and Ash did. I bought cocktail glasses, I borrowed wine and water glasses from the South London Women Artists and Volcano Coffee Works, a small batch local coffee roaster in West Norwood, supplied the coffee and helped me out with all the coffee gear including cups and saucers. What would I have done without them?

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One of the things I love most about what I do is the people I meet along the way and what I learn from the pros. I went to Volcano Coffee Works a few times before the event and I learnt heaps about coffee. They introduced me to art of coffee making and roasting, brewing and cupping. It is super interesting and oh that smell of fresh ground coffee in their roastery is just the best.

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Last but not least – two days before I left to France, brünch ventured north of the River for the very first time to take centre stage at Stage 3 in Hackney, at the ground floor of the Hackney Empire. The roller coaster started right there. My housemate’s car, which I usually use to transport my pop up from A to B was not available, my friend’s van, who offered to help me instead, broke down the day before my event and I realised two days prior that it was the Virgin London Marathon that Sunday, which meant I could not drive from South to North between 9am and 7pm. Surprisingly I kept my calm. Lol Since I left my corporate job I have become quite relaxed about stuff – I think I have gotten the hang of this entrepreneurism (is this a word?). Things simply don’t always go according to plan and you know what…that’s ok!

So I called around starting with friends via FB, I even called my plumber for help. In the end, the boyfriend of my friend drove me across town, the car filled up to the top, at 7pm on a Saturday evening to offload my gear for the next morning. What a trooper. All worked out well and we had a Happy Ending 🙂

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For my next event on 4th of June I have teamed up with the Streatham Food Festival to bring you a German-inspired Summer Feast in the heart of Streatham @BoyceDaRocca. Get your ticket here.

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Local Food Business Start Up Event – I am invited to speak :)

If you are living like me in Lambeth and you are interested in starting your own Food Business, then join me on 28th of April at the Impact Hub Brixton for an evening full of networking, local food & drinks and interesting stories from entrepreneurs like Papi’s Pickles, Drunken Diary and myself about what it means to start up your own business  – the good and the bad 😉

*FORMAL INVITE*

Want to be part of developing a healthier and more sustainable local food economy in Lambeth?

Interested in starting your own food business?

Involved in local enterprise networks?

Join us for the Lambeth Food Partnership’s second CREATE networking event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear more about starting your own food business, connect with local food entrepreneurs and find information about organisations offering support and advice to food start-ups.

The Lambeth Food Partnership launched CREATE in 2014, building on the success of the previous ‘So You Want to Start Your Own Food Business’ workshops in Brixton and West Norwood. CREATE is designed to support budding food entrepreneurs through a series of events covering everything from business planning to food safety, premises to sourcing ingredients. Thirty start-ups have completed the first year and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The LFP will be inviting applications for the second round from June.

As part of this event, attendees will have the opportunity hear from some of those who have benefitted from the programme, with presentations by:

Noemi Dulischewski – a passionate local foodie and founder of Brünch, a Berlin Brunch pop up concept which tours London’s quirkiest venues and supports local suppliers. It is Noemi’s goal to bring family, friends and strangers together to ‘break bread’ and enjoy each other’s company while experiencing a bit of Berlin in London. 

Chana Mani – co-founder of Papi’s Pickles, a family-run social enterprise. Papi’s Pickles cook authentic South Indian and Sri Lankan food, and fresh pickles, using the best seasonal, local and organic ingredients for events, pop ups and street food markets, while working with unemployed women from these communities.

Plus our special guest speaker:

Angela Wilkins, founder of Drunken Dairy – booze-infused ice creams and sorbets which are hand-made using only natural ingredients.

Angela decided to take the leap after attending one of Lambeth’s ‘So You Want to Start Your Own Food Business?’ workshops in West Norwood in 2013.  The company has since gone from strength to strength and now sells at markets and events across London, caters for corporate events, festivals, weddings and parties. Angela will be talking about her start-up journey, and offering insights and advice to other budding food entrepreneurs.

There will also be information available from organisations offering support and advice to local start-ups, plus catering by CREATE alumni and a selection of drinks.

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The Beginning of a New Chapter – Business Planning

So there I was…free as a bird. Stronger than ever.

I always had a passion for food, especially breakfast and brunches and German breads. Growing up in Germany, it was not difficult to fall in love with the breakfast culture. Over the years I had travelled a lot. I visited Uruguay for 6 weeks, then to Argentina, Spain, various cities across Europe, then to Australia for 3 weeks… So many new cultures, beautiful people, foods and traditions, all of which influenced my passion for Food and my upcoming food ventures.

I have had the idea of opening my own food business for about two years. But I was unsure when I should really go for it? When is the right time? I realised that I could always look for excuses not to do it right now! But I thought surely there will come a time, when it is too late! I did not want to wake up one day and regret I have not tried.

So I started my Business Plan about 1.5 years (on and off) before I actually left my permanent employment. Having returned from Australia in the beginning of 2014, I knew I had to do it. I have developed my concept on paper, I have done my research, I have assessed every possible competitor in town and I have saved up some money. I was ready.

I got out there and connected with people who shared similar ideas and passions and I came across some very exciting projects, which I got involved in.

Grow:Brixton – A mixed-used urban development made from shipping containers in the heart of Brixton. I am part of this project because I love the area I live in and I wanted to see Brixton grow and flourish. Thank you Mak and Will for welcoming me in the way you did. You definitely have the passion and dedication that will make any project a success.

Black Sheep Coffee  (Leave the herd behind) – A new coffee brand using Robusta beans as opposed to the more traditional Arabica bean. The brand was lunched by three entrepreneurs my age who also come from backgrounds in business. Thank you Max for having encouraged me to do what I want to do and having given me the chance to meet your team and get hand-on coffee-making experience.

Lambeth Food Partnership The Lambeth Food Partnership – I got a freelance job as Project Coordinator for the LFP and I will be involved in creating a more sustainable food culture in Lambeth. This is going to be super exciting for our borough.

I am partaking in CREATE – a programme to support food start-ups in the borough. What an amazing course, I can only recommend it to anyone who is looking to open their own food business in Lambeth.

Brixton Cornercopia  Start-Up Seminar – a neighbourhood restaurant, which has been running a successful business in the heart of the Brixton Village Market for five years now, has launched a seminar and one-on-one consultation for women who want to open their own food business. What a fantastic way to share your expertise. Thank you Cornercopia!

All of this illustrates that if you really want something, there are people who want to help you. And this is only the beginning of my journey…

 

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