Our first business for the first spotlight Sunday is Eat Street.
Alex and Laurel formed the business in the middle of lockdown last summer after both being made redundant.
Eat Street offers a range of street food from around the world from a mobile horsebox using completely contact free collection.
They pride themselves on offering a wide variety of takeaway, at an affordable price whilst also being sustainable. All their takeaway dishes are served in home compostable packaging, along with the carrier bag. They use a range of local produce, including meat, cheese and vegetables. If they can source it locally, they will.
The ordering and collection process at Eat Street is somewhat distinctive. All meals need to be pre-ordered by 9pm the night before collection. This is so they can keep their food waste to an absolute minimum, as Alex freshly prepares everything on the day, even baking bread fresh to order. Alex and Laurel have always ensured reducing food waste is high on their agenda, having come from the hospitality industry they know all too well how much food is discarded at the end of a service! To collect, customers are sent a digital key by way of an email, using this code they can remotely open their collection locker.
The converted horsebox trailer is where the magic happens! Alex has renovated it all himself, building a worktop, the insulted collection ‘lockers’ and cladding the whole interior in reclaimed cladding. If they can make use of an old, discarded item, they will – even upcycling a disabled shower screen!
They base their takeaway in 4 locations throughout the week, Cowes on a Thursday, Kingston Smallholding on a Friday, Mountbatten Hospice on a Saturday, and Yarmouth Harbour on a Monday.
The uniqueness of their offering has been enjoyed by a huge range of customers – locals and tourists alike.
Eat Street have always wanted to ensure they give back to their community and so at the start of 2021 introduced desserts to their menu, 50p of each one is donated to Mountbatten Hospice. They also plant a tree for every order placed on the website, which has seen trees planted in Peru, Madagascar, and Kenya.
They work brilliantly as a team and bring their strengths from previous careers together; Alex an experienced chef and Laurel with her procurement and events background to continue to push the status quo of takeaways and events.
Alex and Laurel have also become keen promoters for goat meat since the start of their relationship with Kingston Smallholding. By highlighting the sustainability of using goat, which is a biproduct of the dairy industry, they have helped introduce goat to many people’s dining tables. Having recently completed their busiest month to date, feeding a total of 761 people, of which 30% was goat dishes!
Nothing is too much for this young enthusiastic pair – they don’t believe in standard menus but would rather get to know their client and tailer a menu to their exact requirements. Over the last year, they have catered for corporate away days, weddings, birthday lunches, afternoon teas, wedding and birthday cakes, and family get togethers. It really is brilliant to see their flexibility and professionalism in everything they do.
For Cowes Business Association members, they have very kindly offered 10% off every order. You just need to send a copy of your membership and they’ll provide a special code!
For more information on Eat Street and their story, visit their website – www.eatstreetiow.co.uk