January 3, 2012

Since the disappearance of Energy Cafe trailer and all it’s contents in July 2011 – we have heard nothing. No clues, nothing.

A mystery still unsolved. Maybe never will be. We have been going through a long grieving process and deep sadness. It’s loss has been felt by many.

Many Thanks to Maki and Kajsa ( Abake) for the stolen poster they made ( pictured above) – and to everyone who has been involved in the search. More on this later!

Our Garden Open day was Energy Cafe’s last event. The moving story is told by Ana Laura Lopez De la Torre.


if you have any photos, films, recollections of Energy Cafe that you would like to share, please send to pilot publishing.googlemail.com.

Many thanks and warm wishes to all Energy Cafe friends.


August 2, 2011


An edited version of the press release has been sent out to London and National press and TV by Greg Wixted MCIPR Head of Cranial Processing. He does the press for the lovely people at the people’s supermarket http://www.thepeoplessupermarket.org/  THANK YOU!!!

News Release

London 1st August 2011


Local community groups across London are shocked and saddened to discover that the Energy Café community mobile kitchen was stolen from its temporary base in Hackney, in what is likely to have been an organized theft on Friday the 28th of July. The project’s mortified founders and supporters have launched a national campaign to Find Energy Café and are urging people to look out for it, or come forward with any information or to call the police.

No ordinary café, Energy Café is an incredible not-for-profit community art project. It focuses on education within the community, providing a playful way for adults and children of all ages to engage with green issues, resourceful living and to learn about sourcing, cooking and eating healthy food.  The hub is a blue horse box, its interior exquisitely hand-crafted into an off-grid kitchen, that functions fully with the help of Henry Ranger wood burning stove, portable solar ovens and Sally the (bike, solar & wind) Power Trolley. Imagine coming across a little horse box on the roadside, wood smoke curling out of its chimney and delicious home-baked smells emerging from inside. Energy Cafe brings a magical taste of the countryside into the heart of the city and its welcoming atmosphere draws all kinds of folk together.

At the time of the disappearance a permanent East End base was being sought for the mobile kitchen, where it could support the growing of a community garden, running a wide range of activities for all ages, including cooking classes and educational workshops on a regular basis.

The completed mobile kitchen, was launched, in candle light, outside Prick Your Finger haberdashery, Bethnal Green at the end of last year, and since then had travelled to a variety of settings including: Tulse Hill Housing Estate, Spitalfields City Farm, Shoreditch Festival, and the Dorset countryside, encouraging local people to search for wild food in the area, make maps and cook locally grown produce using the quirky kitchen and its off grid technology. From the traditional wood-burning oven to the hi-tech solar-powered blender, seasonal gourmet treats were created such as spring nettle soup, wild summer blackberry pancakes and dandelion beer.

For further information please contact: Contact: Ella Gibbs: 07947367463 / Amy Plant: 07791246022 or findenergycafe@gmail.com

The crime is being invesgitated by Stoke Newington Police Station and heading up by Detective Mark Walden on 0207 275 3161


Greg Wixted MCIPR 

Head of Cranial Processing 


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August 1, 2011


If you or anyone you know can publish something about the missing Energy Cafe trailer, please download the press release here and pass it on! We’ve started the press campaign…


July 31, 2011


Our Garden Open Day was held Sat 23rd July 2011 in memory of Nana Darko-Frempong.  Our Garden is a community garden situated behind Purser House on Tulse Hill estate in Brixton.

The was was the last community event prior to Energy Cafe being stolen on the 27th July.  Energy Cafe is a beautiful community kitchen hand built into a blue horsebox trailer and was made and loved by so many people.
This extract was filmed by Ana Laura Lopez De La Torre.

July 29, 2011


Please help us find Energy Cafe by dowloading, printing out this poster and putting it up in your local area.


Stolen Energy Café poster

July 28, 2011


The trailer was stolen from Regents Studios, Andrews Road E8 in  July 2011 –  some time between 9.00pm (wedensday 27th) and 5.30pm (Thursday 28th) . If anyone has seen the trailer or has any idea of its whereabouts, please, please contact:

Ella: +44 (0)7947367463

Lucy: + 44 (0)7793767914


Join the Facebook page: Find Energy Cafe


July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011

and you shall find blackberries wherever you go!

stories and pictures of Energy Cafe at Strawberry Fayre, Spitalfields City Farm and Shoreditch Festival…coming soon!

For tasty recipes and tips on where to find edible delights along the Regents Canal right through to the Lee Navigation…

download the hand drawn foraging map here!



July 14, 2011

Wild Fruits by the Wayside with a bit of Spice!

This Weekend it’s Shoreditch Festival. Energy Cafe has been invited to take part!

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th we will be located on the lawn of Regents Court Estate. Open from 1pm  – 6pm. For this occasion we will be mapping and foraging as many wild fruits, berries and other edible delights that we find along the canal wayside….menu to be announced on the day!

On Sunday Energy Cafe Guest chef Mahesh will be adding a bit of indian spice to the Energy Cafe foraged menu …

we look forward to seeing you there! click on map for further info.

July 14, 2011