This is Tomorrow head honcho and regular In The Belly guest, Matt Beck has a lot on his plate at the moment with the opening of Kings Heath’s Soul Food Project at The Hare and Hounds. We, hur hur, grilled him about the grub that is being served at one of the city’s finest music venues.
STOP PRESS: Free samples of the Soul Food Project menu will be served TONIGHT at This Is Tomorrow Presents… James Yuill, Joyous, Waler and Tom Peel.
Can you describe the Soul Food Project to the uninitiated?
“Soul Food Project is basically a concept kitchen, that’s trying to offer something a little bit different to the Birmingham culinary scene that’s ultimately approachable to everyone. The project is based on the soul food / diner food of America’s deep south.”
If music be the food of love what is the musical style of the food that you love? No, I don’t know what this question means either.
“Noice question. Without sounding too cliche, SFP has massive soul leanings, due to the nature of the food we’re creating, we especially love some the Soul Jazz New Orleans albums, but we’ve been indulging in a slight guilty pleasure in the kitchen recently – we can now recite The Streets – Original Pirate Material word for word.”
Why do this?
“We all come from a promotions / service industry background and have massive passion for the food and drinks trade. We all felt a little uninspired by the state of pub grub and wanted to do something that injected a bit more fun into it and to prove that food doesnt cost the earth, but can still inspire.”
Can you stand the heat in the kitchen?
“It can get pretty hectic, but armed with banter, massive iPod playlists and a fridge full of beer for the end of a shift, we can just about get through!”
What are the key dishes / recipes on the menu? Are any named after famous musicians / songs? Sgt Peppered Steak’s Lonely Hearts Club Sandwich for example?
“I’d say the flagship so far has been the Jambalaya – It’s an amazing dish that is quite similar to paella with chorizo, crayfish, chicken and rice and has bags of flavour with loadsa smoked paprika and cayenne. Ha. We wanted to do a Mama Feel Good Salsa, but stayed safe with Mardi Gras Salsa in the end. Apparently Louis Armstrong’s favourite dish was pork and beans so maybe…..”
Do bands that play at the Hare now get quality food on their rider?
“Yeah we’ve been working with the promoters to use our food on their riders and the feedback has been pretty sweet. Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster said it’s the best food they’ve had on their entire tour, so hopefully we’re going in the right direction. We also did a Soul 2 Soul burger with bacon and HP sauce for Mr Jazzie B but he arrived too late to sample it :/”
Can I come and review the food? Please?
The Soul Food Project Launch Party happens at 3pm on Saturday 19th June at The Hare & Hounds, entry is FREE featuring:
RIVERS PRESLEY SET
VINNY AND THE CURSE
PLUS DJ SETS FROM..
TAKIN CARE OF BUSINESS
THIS IS TMRW
PLUS FREE SOUL FOOD PROJECT MIX CD’S AVAILABLE TO ANYONE ORDERING FOOD.