We are a London based catering company with a strong focus on sustainability. We offer unique and beautiful menus made with seasonal artisan surplus produce.
Elysia is a social enterprise. We are committed to reduce food waste, give access to more people high quality artisan local food and create economic value for all our stakeholders (producers, employees, partners, clients) within a dynamic ethical food ecosystem.
Since we started in 2017, we saved more than 9 tonnes of artisan British food and served more than 29,000 people around London!
For more information about our operations and social impact, please contact us.
The idea has been thought-out for quite some time but it is in 2016 that the adventure started.
Freshly arrived in London with the idea to sell high-quality breakfasts on-the-go for business people next to tube stations, I wished to create a transformative work environment for people with high barriers to employment. I was inspired by the american social entrepreneur, Joe Deloss, who founded Hot Chicken Takeover in Columbus (OH).
The next couple of months, I had the chance to meet with talented social entrepreneurs, charity directors and food specialists. They have helped me a lot to better understand the ecosystem in London and I discovered a whole new food world: the surplus. By talking with local producers, I learned that a small part of the production is sometimes wasted due to the size or shape of the product while the quality of the products remains unchanged. For instance, I met with Hedie - the founder of the delicious organic granola brand Husk & Honey. She explained to me that some batches may be a little too brown or an additional spoonful of honey compared to the regular one. Hedie would not sell it to the cafes she is working with and is then looking for a new home for her delicious handmade granola. It was then clear to me: I wanted to buy this delicious food and make sure everybody can afford it!
From marmalade made from "wonky fruits" to high quality British cheeses with a hole and tasty coffee beans roasted in London, we found out so many fabulous "naturally imperfect" food. We are working with local producers and growers who make by hand their food products and exclusively with natural ingredients (a list of the talented artisans is available here).
In 2017, Elysia was up and running! Breakfasts & canapes are handmade with a personal touch. All the products are carefully selected and delivered by foot or on our cargo bicycle across London. A few months later we have decided to move to event catering to scale up our operations. The adventure was just starting!