Showing posts from September, 2014

River Cottage Confirms Opening Date For New Canteen In Winchester

River Cottage has confirmed the next River Cottage Canteen in Winchester, will open its doors to the public on Wednesday 24 September 2014.
The new River Cottage Canteen is located in the stunningly converted grade two listed Abbey Mill building in Abbey Mill Gardens just off the Broadway in Winchester city centre.
"As a beautiful and vibrant city, close to the West Country and already boasting a wonderful local food culture centering around its great farmer's market, Winchester is an obvious location for a River Cottage Canteen. And the fantastic building we are moving into was the clincher. It's such a special a place, right in the heart of the city. I can't imagine a better location from which to showcase the fantastic fare from the region's finest producers."   saidHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
River Cottage Canteen Winchester will offer a combination of freshly prepared seasonal, local, organic and wild food, on a regularly changing menu, in the relaxed ambi…

Ipsum Vinoteca, A New Wine Bar Concept Opening In Leeds

A totally brand new concept in Italian drinking and dining will be opening its doors in Leeds in October, with the restaurant following in November,  that will revolutionaries the idea of Italian wine and food people have.
Ipsum Vinoteca, the first of its type in the UK, it is not another so called enoteca or Italian restaurant, everything about Ipsum Vinoteca is unique. Ipsum, that in latin mean “itself”, it aims to be different from everything else, stand out from the crowd.
Ipsum Vinoteca will be located on the ground floor that has stood empty for far too long of Murno House, in Duke street, a Leeds' landmark and will feature a wine shop, a wine bar and a restaurant. The wine shop will offer the biggest selection of Italian wines in England, with more than 300 available by the bottle, also available to drink in the wine bar, together with more than 30 available by the glass constantly changing, allowing drinkers to discover unknown wines. There will also be a selection of craft …


Chef Tim Bilton of The Spiced PearThe Spiced Pear Hepworth is seeing double, having won both ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and ‘Chef of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards yesterday.
The multi-award winning, family run restaurant and tearoom – run by chef Tim Bilton and wife Adele – swept the board, with the judges describing Tim as a chef “who has been both courageous in business and in his personal life”.
“Tim has shown unstinting determination in the face of adversity and, in just over a year, created one of Yorkshire’s top ‘destination’ restaurants,” commented the judges. “While a devastating eye cancer diagnosis might have made most people take a step back, Tim instead used it to help inform other men about cancer…and despite the challenges of hospital appointments and operations, set about launching and running a new restaurant. His commitment to Yorkshire food and hospitality has been unwavering.”
Accepting the award, the overwhelmed chef said: ‘I’m so proud of everythi…

Food-To-Go Industry Prepares For lunch! 2014

Award-winning lunch! show returns to London on Tuesday 23 September
With the final preparations now well underway, next week's two day lunch! trade show – kicking off at 10am on Tuesday 23 September at the Business Design Centre, London – looks set for another record turnout.
Renowned for attracting key buyers and decision makers from across the retailing, hospitality, snacking, convenience, and catering sectors, over 6,000 attendees are expected to visit lunch! on 23-24 September.  Many of the country's biggest high street operators, food retailers, and contract caterers will be among them.  Aramark, Boots, Caffe Nero, Cineworld, Costa Coffee, EAT., Elior UK, Greggs, John Lewis, Lidl UK, M&S, Ocado, Pret A Manger, Rail Gourmet, Sainsbury's, Starbucks, Superdrug, Tesco, Upper Crust, Waitrose, and Morrisons – are just some of the big names that have already registered alongside thousands of independents.
Having recently sold out of all available exhibition space at its thr…

Parmigiano Reggiano And Seafood Linguini

The Only Parmesan       
Impress your guests with this indulgent Seafood Linguine. This recipe is fresh, flavoursome and simple to prepare.
Boil the linguine and drain. Fry onions, garlic and chilli until softened and beginning to brown.
Add prawns, mussels and scallops, then stir through lemon zest and juice. Toss the seafood and Parmigiano Reggiano through the linguine and serve topped with extra Parmigiano Reggiano shavings and parsley.
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, known as 'Parmesan', is one of the world's oldest and richest cheeses - still produced today as it was nine centuries ago.  Totally natural - it's the only cheese that has such an extensive maturation which improves the nutrition, aroma and taste.
The use of raw milk and the richness of natural ingredients make this cheese a unique and superior product - It takes 16 litres of milk to produce one kilogram of cheese!  The minimum maturation time for Parmigiano Reggiano is 12 months, but only when it reaches appro…

Terre a Terre Chef Matty Bowling Celebrates The Best Of Sussex Alongside Local Producers And Restaurateurs At Food Lab, Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival

Chef Matty Bowling of Terre à Terre jumped at the opportunity to partake in 'Food Lab' an event pairing chefs with producers to create unique, creative and experimental dishes as part of the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival this September 9th.
The result was a wonderfully creative dish marrying the concepts of Terre à Terre cooking with the passionately blended coffee of Small Batch Coffee Company and the up-cycled product Oyster Mushrooms grown on used coffee from Espresso Mushroom company. Coffee and cocao dumpling rammed with oyster mushrooms, pinenuts, silver birch currants served with a mushroom chino layered with pickled Jerusalem artichoke, onion purée and macadamia nuts. The event was a challenging concept that delivered spectacular results with everyone creating outstanding dishes.
Food Lab challenged Brightons most creative chefs and the county's best producers to join together to create a fusion dish or product for a one-off tasting event at 64 Degree…

West Country Wonders: A Cheeseboard To Celebrate British Food Fortnight

Celebrate some of the region's award winning producers during British Food Fortnight which take place between 20th September – 5th October 2014.
Quickes, The Bay Tree and Sheppy's Cider offer five flavoursome recommendations:
Gold Starred Goats Matured for up to 12 months, this goat's cheese cheddar is made with the same cheddaring process as Quickes other cheeses. It has a clean milk front flavour, developing into nutty and earthy on the back of the palate. Off white in colour and firm in body; this cheese is delightful when used with canapés or crackers. Three Gold Stars – Great Taste Awards 2014
The Quintessential Cheddar Quickes Vintage Cheddar is matured for two years and the oldest clothbound cheese produced using traditional methods. The long maturation process results in a savoury depth of flavour with a rich brittle caramel intensity that is often crunchy and flinty in texture. Best Cheddar - British Cheese Awards 2014
Indulgent Figgy Goodness The Bay Tree has been crea…

Translating The EU FIR Directive

Richard Brooks, internationally accredited translation expert and Director of the Association of Language Companies, speaks out on one of the latest EU Food Directives.
'With the EU aiming to tackle the alarming rise in obesity rates within Europe via Food Information Regulation (FIR), I am concerned that many major food retailers are ill-prepared and may fall foul of the new legislation.  Not only because the relabeling of all food packaging is required by the end of 2014, a massive undertaking in its self, but, more importantly, because it must be precise.  There will be no margin for translation errors within the new legislation as the mandatory labeling obligations for allergens, sugar, fat content, saturates, energy, carbohydrate, salt etc could all have health implications if not 100% accurate.'
'The Food Information Regulation (FIR) comes in to force at the end of December this year, 2014, abolishing confusing and inconsistent labels – food retailers will be required …

Seaham Hall 'Thais' Up Its Menu

A restaurant at a top North East hotel has Asian cuisine all Thai-ed up, with the launch of an innovative new service.
The Ozone restaurant, at five star Seaham Hall's award-winning Serenity Spa, has introduced a Chef's Table, so diners can not only taste authentic Thai dishes but see for themselves how they are cooked and prepared.
Executive chef Simon Bolsover, who also manages the hotel's two AA rosettes Byron's Bar and Grill, oversees a team of five Thai chefs, led by Orawan Price, from Chantaburi, near Bangkok, who has 15 years' experience in five star resorts.
Along with their regular menu of dishes, such as waterfall beef with chopped mint and spring onion and steamed sea bass fillet with nam jim and pak choi, the team has launched a tasting menu of seven Thai dishes, which will be cooked and served at the new Chef's Table.
Aimed at parties of six and more, the Chef's Table gives diners the chance to watch the chefs as they cook and to ask them questions…

Mello The UK's First And Only Raw, Fresh Melon Juice - The Latest Trend In Raw Juice: Great Tasting And Bursting With Health And Fitness Benefits

Mello ( is the UK's first and only range of raw, fresh melon juice.
Great tasting and bursting with health and fitness benefits, Mello captures the goodness of a whole melon in every bottle, harnessing this wonder fruit to create a completely unique drink. The next generation of juice brands, Mello is set to become the latest trend for consumers thirsty for the new coconut water.
Every drop of Mello is naturally alkaline, low calorie and zero fat. Unapologetically natural, it is rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants, rehydrating, repairing and replenishing as nature intended, with no added sugar, sweeteners, water or preservatives.
Mello is available in two unique varieties, Watermelon and Cantaloupe. Each has its own unique properties and specific health benefits as well as the vibrant colour, sweet-smelling aroma and mouth-watering taste of the raw fresh fruit. 
Distinctly different, Mello is not created like other juices, it is produced using th…


You can take a trip back in time to the luxurious surroundings of the Downton era at Goldsborough Hall
You don’t have to wait too long to get your fix of Downton Abbey – treat yourself to a stay at the majestic Goldsborough Hall and you can live life like the Crawleys.
Experience stately home living like the fictional Earl and Countess, and be your own lord and lady of the manor with a sumptuous stay, dinner or afternoon tea at this stunning, 17th century country house – once the home of royalty.
Like the setting of the famous ITV period drama, the grand Grade II-listed Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough oozes history and luxury, set in beautiful uninterrupted parkland with six five-star bedroom suites complete with four-poster beds and stunning views.
Like the stars of the hit show, you can mingle over pre-dinner drinks in Goldsborough’s oak-panelled Jacobean library before heading through to the Lascelles dining room, to peruse award-winning head chef Paul Richardson-Mackie’s elegant …

Continued Growth Of Mango Lounge Windsor

Multi-award-winning Indian restaurant Mango Lounge in the Royal Borough of Windsor is going from strength to strength.  Even during the worst economic climate Mango Lounge managed to keep the customers coming through the door.  It appears that the residents of the Royal Borough and beyond cannot have enough of Mango Lounge head chef Ashwani Kumar and his highly skilled team's exciting and exquisite food.
Mango Lounge has delighted their customers not just through its food, but also with the impeccable service and an excellent wine list. Such is the success of Mango Lounge that an expansion programme is now under way. The current restaurant is being extended and a new kitchen will soon be in place. If your thoughts are turning to hot and spicy food as Autumn sets in and you want to create it in your own kitchen, try Mango Lounge's award-winning Lal Maas recipe, a fiery lamb curry from Rajasthan in western India.
Lal Maas (a fiery lamb dish from north of India)
Serves 4
400g lamb c…

17th National Curry Week 13-19 October 2014

Britain's annual celebration of curry is almost on us again with restaurants and curry fans planning events from poppodom speed eating contests and poppadomathons(a crispy, crunchy relay) to special dinners and curry quizzes in aid of charity.
Why this enthusiasm? Why this devotion?
It is hard to explain except that nearly 23 million of us enjoy the dish every year at over 9500 restaurants and at home munching our way through mountains of poppadoms and gallons of chicken tikka masala. Be it a restaurant, a takeaway, a supermarket or the fun of cooking from scratch, there is no sign of the continued enthusiasm for what is often called 'our national dish'.
Curry can even claim to be good for you given that the right dishes are eaten. Recent research has shown that curry ease arthritis and even protecting you from Alzheimer's.
Studies have found that garlic, cinnamon and cumin can destroy up to 80 per cent of meat-borne bacteria, while ginger can slow bacterial growth by 25 p…

Luxurious Gifts Just A Click Away From The Shops At Dartington's New Website

Are you looking for the ultimate shopping website?  A one-stop shop where you can buy an incredible selection of luxurious products, ranging from the latest fashions to the most delicious food hampers? The hugely popular, South Devon based The Shops at Dartington have just gone nationwide with the exciting launch of their stylish new website ( ).
On the website you can browse the carefully chosen 'edited' selection of 'best picks', all from The Shops at Dartington's 14 spectacular on-site shops.  With home delivery and convenient 'click and collect' services available, it's now easier than ever before to purchase from The Shops at Dartington's stunning collections.
Specialising in unusual, unique items, The Shops at Dartington offers an array of gifts guaranteed to make you go wow.  Whether you're looking for beautiful craft, pottery and glass collections such as renowned Dartington Crystal or stylish women's and me…

Yannick Alléno Takes Over The Culinary Direction Of The Pavillon Ledoyen

Yannick Alléno has taken over the culinary direction of the Pavillon Ledoyen, 3 star Michelin restaurant of 45 seats in the heart of Paris, on the Champs-Elysées. He now manages this historical building of more than 2.200 square meters and he inspires the place with his creative energy. Yannick Alléno is now part of the long line of those restaurant owners that have followed one another in this cook mansion for generations.
At the very best moment, guest is invited to choose his main dish, vegetable, fish or meat and from this choice solve the starters and the deserts that each one will taste.
The poularde topped with seeds poached with Jura wine stock and its panais extract will be best served with the duck foie gras poached with Rivesaltes wine and pear in a sugar crust as a starter or the crab meat in squid leaf to end the orange bead cinnamon foam in desert.
Each main dish becomes the guiding line of the whole experience and the liberty in the gastronomic journey is punctuated by emo…