Eleanor Cunningham

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Eleanor set up the Edinburgh Larder in 2009 in the heart of the Old Town to showcase the best Scottish ingredients at an affordable price in a relaxed cafe environment.  The cafe quickly became recognised by locals and tourists as a destination in the centre of the city for good Scottish produce.  Their food changes daily and is all made on site including their range of jams, chutneys and cordials which preserve the local fruits and vegetables available in the short Scottish growing season.  The business has developed hugely in the past 8 years to take on opportunities such as running the cafe on a local organic farm for a year to gain a true sense of the daily lives and challenges of their suppliers.  The business has won numerous awards over the years and is regularly recommended in guide books for the city.  Eleanor most recently set up a social enterprise to make local food more accessible and teach cooking skills.  Edinburgh Food Social run a weekly  community lunch in the Gracemount area of the city as well as undertaking projects in schools such as their high school food truck project.  The purpose of the Food Truck Project is to engage pupils at secondary schools, building confidence and enabling children to gain significant life skills through learning about nutrition and developing a path to a better quality of life for themselves and their families.  They also take the food truck out into the community to teach people how to cook with ingredients grown in community gardens.  Eleanor sits on the board of Edible Edinburgh which advises Edinburgh Council on food and growing strategies and has been involved in the Scottish Food Commission for the past 2 years.  Having originally studied textiles, she also sits on the board of Leith School of Art.


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