Tucked away in a lovely leafy crescent in Earl’s Court is The St Cuthbert’s Centre. Delicious smells waft from this building, pop your head inside and you will find large communal tables filled with restaurant quality food for the homeless, provided by Chef Massimo Bottura’s non – profit organisation Food for Soul. The meals are made with 100% surplus food provided by the charity The Felix Project – reducing food waste and allowing vulnerable people to have a shared meal in a safe environment.
The Felix Project collects edible, in-date food that cannot be sold and delivers it to charities so they can provide healthy meals for the most vulnerable in our society. It was founded in 2016 with the aim of encouraging those from different fields, including chefs, artists, designers, and food suppliers, to collaborate in building and sustaining community projects.
Leslie Ramos and Minnie Kemp have collaborated in a fundraising mission to help this wonderful centre and raise awareness. After a serendipitous exchange of ideas, they decided to reuse leftover fabrics from the design studio to create a series of tablecloths for Refettorio Felix.
We designed 12 individual table cloths and table runners using an elegant clam blue JAB linen and leftover fabric from Ham Yard’s Terrace Suite. The runner is of course our ‘Willow’ fabric from the Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth collection.
Victoria Gilles at Fine Cell Work was quick to open her doors and give us access to some industrial sewing machines. With help from members of the Firmdale housekeeping team the job flew by. On either side of the central ‘Willow’ panel we added some simple chain stitch emblems by hand, making sure to use 100% cotton threads so the colours don’t run in the wash.
If you want to find out more, volunteer, become a corporate sponsor or be a guest chef at Refettorio Felix – get in contact via the website.