Category Archives: Eat

Call-out: chefs/caterers wanted!

Any chefs out there? Fancy catering for a film and interactive media exhibition at Victoria Baths in October?


“Call out for cook/caterer(s):

The graduating visual anthropology masters students from Manchester University are hosting a screening event of their final film and sensory media exhibitions at Victoria Baths the weekend of 17-19th October. We are looking for a budding cook or caterer who would be interested in catering our opening night on Friday 17th. We are hoping for finger food and canapés – a mix of savoury and sweet to feed approx 150.

We are working with a very tight budget – we could cover the cost of the food and a small fee for the labour. In addition we would offer advertising (logo/website) of your services on our programme and website (to be launched next week). For further details contact Lucy at

Hulme Is Where The Art Is

Head over to Hulme for a free community arts festival on Saturday 19 July, 12pm – 6pm! Lots of fun creative stuff to do all over Hulme Park, the community garden centre and more…

“The day kicks off at noon in Hulme Park with The Flying Machine, an interactive family performance from Handmade Theatre where the audience become the crew of a life-sized flying machine. While you’re there visit Slung Low’s The Knowledge Emporium (an old-fashioned sweetshop in a converted 1960’s airstream caravan) who’ll exchange your stories for sweets! They’ll be activities in the park throughout the day as well as musical performances.

Old Birley Street will be a hive of activity with food, music and table-top sales. Venture Arts will tag team with Z-arts and host creative family workshops throughout the day. Amongst the bees and flowers of Hulme’s beautiful Community Garden Centre will be live music, delicious food from Teatime Collective, pop up Garden Tea Room with cakes from Black Cat Cakery, refreshments from Moss Cider Project, local green organisations and crafts on display throughout the gardens.

Running Order:
12 pm – The Flying Machine – Hulme Park
1 pm – Afrotree – Hulme Community Garden Centre
1.30 pm – Arts Workshop – Venture Arts
2 pm – 2nd Band (tbc)- Hulme Community Garden Centre
3 pm – 3rd Band (tbc) – Hulme Community Garden Centre
3.30 pm – Youth Showcase & The Flying Machine – Hulme Park
4.30 pm – Sharkfin – Hulme Community Garden Centre
5pm – DJ Horace closes festival – Venture Arts

Throughout the day:
Mix It Up family arts workshops – Hulme Park
Venture Arts workshops – Venture Arts
Knowledge Emporium – Hulme Park
Table-top stalls – Old Birley Street
Rickshaw rides


See you there!

Eat: Trove Bakery

If, dare I say it, you were to leave M20 at some point, heading straight down Mauldeth Road, past the train station, through Burnage, across the park and to the left, you’d end up – well probably back where you started, my sense of direction is notoriously bad. But if you use a map or something, you might just be able to find your way to M20 once removed – or Levenshulme, M19.

In some ways, M19 is like M20’s friendly older brother: it’s bigger, a bit hard to get to/in touch with and always seems to have an upgraded version of your stuff. This last is definitely true if we compare our beloved but undeniably Greggs-y Withington bakery, Martin’s, to the homey, good smells n’ happy vibes factory that is M19’s Trove Cafe and Bakery, suppliers of all things baked and wheaty to many of Manchester’s gastronomic greats – inc. Chorlton’s Unicorn Co-Op and Electrik Bar, West Didsbury’s brand newest eaterie Volta, and the lovely Fig + Sparrow on Oldham St.

outside Trove
outside Trove

You could walk right past it if you weren’t actually looking for it. Amidst the myriad bric-a-brac shops, newsagents and supermarkets dotted around along Stockport Road, the tiny Trove Cafe, with its Scandinavian interior, all thick wood and minimalist decor peeking out from behind impossibly shiny glass under a simply illustrated sign, has the kind of unassumingly cool yet invitingly cosy atmosphere that any given venue Hoxton-wide would sell all kinds of limbs to achieve. 

inside Trove
inside Trove

But Trove’s philosophy couldn’t be further from the pretension of the big city: the tables are arranged around a large central table designed intentionally to foster a sense of community and openness, where:

the people of Levenshulme can come and socialise and communicate. We love the idea that our neighbours can come to meet, talk and eat and new friendships might be made over a decent cup of coffee (or tea).

With frequent events like ‘FOLK + PIZZA’ night, or next week’s ‘BUMPS + BABIES COFFEE MORNING’ (where babymamas and mama’s babies get 1/2 price brews), Trove facilitates people meeting through food and fun. Ain’t that nice?


And most importantly – so is the food! The menu offers delicious twists on classic breakies – like spiced spinach + coconut with fried egg – and everything is lovingly homemade. Just try and resist the rows of cakes and breads as you head up to order…! I left with a fresh loaf of fennel seed rye, a half price ciabatta and some sage advice on how best to enjoy them both (the rye bread keeps improving from the day after it’s first been sliced; ciabatta makes a bangin bruschetta or simple garlic bread – just grill with some olive oil and mushed up garlic). And, needless to say, a big smile on my face. Actually, from their old blue delivery van affectionately named Cyril down to the hand printed brown paper bags you get with your purchases, everything about Trove makes me, and my tastebuds, smile.

Cyril the van
Cyril the van

See you at the next pizza night!

***All images taken from Trove’s site, and snapped by Giulia at***