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Ginger Garden Dining Partners The Social Kitchen to Help the Less Fortunate

Ginger Garden Dining Partners The Social Kitchen to Help the Less Fortunate
By Don Mendoza
By Don Mendoza
March 03, 2021
The homegrown food and beverage brand celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and wants to mark the milestone by giving back to the community

It’s always inspiring to be able to celebrate the success of a homegrown food and beverage brand, especially one that is marking its 20th anniversary this year. What’s even more encouraging is how the group in question—Ginger Garden Dining—has chosen to mark this milestone by partnering with social enterprise The Social Kitchen to launch a new concept to help provide employment to vulnerable communities.

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Dubbed The Social Kitchen X Ginger Pantry, the casual dining concept has been set up at two locations—Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Singapore and The Church of Saint Mary of the Angels (SMOTA). The dishes at the former are available for dine-in, takeaway and daily delivery, while the latter only offers takeaway and delivery service.

Offering an array of hearty and wholesome options, the menu is grouped into three categories—From The Garden, From The Stove and From The Oven. Highlights include the Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghettini, which is cooked in a spicy, sweet, and tangy chilli crab sauce. There’s also a refreshing lemongrass and ginger prawn salad with mango and tomato salsa and ginger flower dressing. Or have the smoked duck salad if you’re craving a western alternative (it is served with romaine, cherry tomato, parmesan, boiled egg, crouton and confit garlic). Speaking of which, the seafood gratin with Pignolina pasta, smoked salmon, mixed cheese, herbs, cream and lemon is also worth noting. 

Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn Salad
Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn Salad

Co-founded by Alvin Yapp and Ang Kian Peng, The Social Kitchen, which partners community organisations and well-known local heritage F&B companies, pledges to provide employment to disadvantaged individuals including persons from low-income families, single mothers, persons with disabilities and their caregivers and family members. “Every meal counts towards hiring more beneficiaries in our kitchens so everyone can play a part through dining with The Social Kitchen,” shares Yapp. The plan is to provide this service for at least a year, though the possibility of extending it will be discussed at a later date.

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Smoked Duck Salad and Nicoise Salad
Smoked Duck Salad and Nicoise Salad

Founded in 2001, Ginger Garden Dining now owns and operates multiple concepts including The Halia, The Villa, Halia Catering, Provisions Store, Garden Events Singapore and Halia Pantry. It also operates the Halia Pantry, located on the grounds of the Academy of Singapore Teachers, that caters affordable yet tasty food and drinks to the diverse teaching community.

Esther Wee, managing director of Ginger Garden Dining adds: “The Social Kitchen’s cause, in making a difference to the lives of the less privileged, is one we strongly believe in. With our aligned values and ethos, we are committed to working together and are also exploring future projects to continue extending a helping hand to these individuals.”  

Online orders can be made here.


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