Communal Lunches

Digesting Politics: With Made Up Kitchen’s Kiran Chahal

Fri 27 May 2022

Outdoor Bowls Pavilion
Barking Park
Longbridge Road Gate
IG11 8TA

Company Drinks is about going picking and making drinks, as much as it is about asking questions about what local food production means..... During 2018 and 2019 we hosted monthly communal lunches to enjoy local food and to unpack some of the politics behind its production... This May we return with our old favourite method of chewing over big ideas, and sharing delicious, healthy food.... and we're *THRILLED* to be joined by long-term friend of the project, collaborator, and 'Food Champion' Kiran Chahal from Made Up Kitchen

We’re very excited to announce that Digesting Politics lunches are back…. The idea is to share food and share ideas, over a series of short, informal presentations about the politics of food… Do they affect how we eat, play, socialise and think in Barking and Dagenham?

This month we’re *THRILLED* to be joined by long-term friend of the project, collaborator, and ‘Food Champion’ Kiran Chahal from Made Up Kitchen. Kiran will be talking to us about how to grow, sustain and celebrate healthy community-led food actions.

As part of our work with LBBD to build a Good Food Economy, Kiran will be helping us to think about how to grow sustainable, holistic food systems, in Barking and Dagenham and beyond….. We’ll be asking:


>> who gets to build our food systems?

>> who often gets left behind?

>> how can we make sure the community is at the table, helping to grow ideas from the ground-up (and not from the top-down)?


Delicious food will be provided by the Good Food Collective.


This event is invite only. If you are a local resident working with, growing, sharing food and you’d like to attend, please email cam on


Previous Digesting Politics guests have included…..


>> Is a local, organic food system possible? With Organic Ilford’s Toni Lötter

>> Chewing on better food policy, with Dee Woods

>> The science of flavour on our supermarket shelves, a Molecular Fizz special, with Dr Rachel Edwards Stuart

>> Seeding Change with SeedsShare founder, the late, great Esiah Levy

>> Stories and Supper on their refugee supper clubs

>> Exploring ideas of identity and colonialism in food with Arawelo Eats founder Fozia Ismail

>> A film screening of In Our Hands, with the Landworkers Alliance

>> Tom James – on how we might live in a climate change future

>> Sean Roy Parker on Food Waste and Pay what you Can

and more….







This is an invite only event, please contact us if you’re interested in taking part,

The Digesting Politics Monthly Lunches are delivered by Company Drinks. The lunches are also part of a UK wide series of community food events called ‘Digesting Politics’,  founded by artist run group Keep It Complex.