Local charity and social enterprise The Larder West Lothian (The Larder) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by hosting a celebratory showcase event on Wednesday 27th May in partnership with MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel.

The Larder supports the most disadvantaged to reach their full pontential and be all that they can be by using food as a tool of engagement. In the last year they supported over 230 young people by helping them build their confidence, develop skills, gain qualifications (often for the first time) and move closer to or into work. They deliver training in schools, at their bespoke training centre in Bellsquarry and their training cafes in Armadale, Fauldhouse and Broxburn. All profit from trading activity is used to support more young people each year.

The Larder also runs the Food for All project that is now expanding and relaunching in June 2020 as Catalyst Kitchen.

This project offers weekly dining experiences for individuals and families who have been impacted by welfare reform, are on low incomes and who are experiencing food insecurity. These dining experiences provide access to high quality nutritious meals with food sourced from local supermarkets and Fare Share.

Emma Hamilton, Office Manager at The Larder said “This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our inspirational young people and get together with partners and supporters. We are incredibly grateful to the Houstoun House Hotel who have kindly sponsored the event by providing the venue and kitchen space free of charge and giving their staff team time to support us.”

Andrew Boe, General Manager at Houstoun House Hotel said “Macdonald Houstoun House is proud to be partnering with the Larder Cook School to provide their students with the opportunity to not only showcase their talents but apply what they have learned in a challenging environment.

The Larder Cook School allows disadvantaged young adults to develop skills and confidence that will assist them in their working lives. As the potential next generation of hospitality professionals, we at Macdonald Houstoun House are grateful to contribute to their collective development. Our team will also be able to share their experiences in both front and back of house, event planning and operations while assisting the students with an event that will push them out of their comfort zone.

We are proud to support the amazing work that the Larder Cook School deliver throughout the West Lothian area and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future

This event is a ticket only event, tickets can be booked by contacting

Could you be a sponsor for this event?

Get in touch with Emma Hamilton, Office Manager at for more information.

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