StrEAT comes to Harbourside
21 May 2013
On 23 May, the street food craze will take off in Bristol with StrEAT announcing a brand new location. Some of the South West's best street food vendors will be hitting Cathedral Walk, just off Millennium Square on the Harbourside, for an evening of global food, music and vibes. Taking place from 5-9pm, beer masters Brewdog will be hosting a pop-up bar to support the vendors who include Stuffed, Coconut Chilli, Dorshi and Chomp. For more info, visit the website.
Queen of patisserie comes to Bath
21 May 2013
One of the top pastry chefs in the world, Claire Clark MBE, will be at Allium Brasserie at the Bath Abbey Hotel on 7 June to give an exclusive pastry demonstration followed by lunch, offering Bath cooks the chance to share her secrets on how to create the perfect dessert.
Claire has worked at some of the best international restaurants including Claridges, The Wolseley and The French Laundry in California, where she created stunning desserts to complement Chef Thomas Keller's distinctive American cuisine. She is the only female recipient of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de Grand Bretagne and has appeared on MasterChef giving masterclasses in the art of patisserie.
Tickets, priced at £27.50 per head include the cooking demonstration and a two-course lunch, and are available from the hotel on 01225 461603. Further details are available on the website.
Feeding the 5000
20 May 2013
On 1 June, thousands of people will gather on Bristol's college green to enjoy a free lunch to highlight the issues of food waste and food poverty in the South West. Now in its second year in Bristol, Feeding the 5000, sees top local chefs cooking up a free feast, using perfectly good ingredients that would normally be wasted.
The event is organised and hosted by FareShare South West – a charity leading the campaign against food waste. As part of the event, a petition is being made, supported by local government and the Mayor, George Ferguson, calling for food businesses in the South West to take “urgent action” and to do the “moral and ethical thing” with their surplus food. Jacqui Reeves, project director of FareShare South West said,
“Around 16% of people in the South West are living in food poverty whilst the food industry continues to throw perfectly good food away. We want the government to introduce levies and penalties that will make it more expensive for supermarkets to waste good food than it is to redistribute it to those in need.”
The free lunch will be prepared by The Thali Cafe, Pieminister and the Vegetarian Cookery School with chefs including Richard Bertinet Sam Moody and Tom Hunt giving talks and demonstrations at the event. Volunteers can sign the petition at the event on 1 June or by visiting the website.
The roar of The Lion Inn
20 May 2013
The Lion Inn of Winchcombe has been honoured with an Alastair Sawday’s pub award for being an excellent inn with rooms. The latest edition of Sawday’s Special Places Pubs and Inns of England & Wales comprises over 900 of Britain’s very best pubs with just twelve selected to receive an award in one of four categories; authenticity, commitment to the community, local, seasonal & organic produce or pubs with rooms.
All winners have demonstrated a passion for serving excellent food, beers and wines as well as offering a top-notch bed for the night. Each inspector paid a visit to more bedrooms than ever for this celebratory tenth edition, making each award even more of an achievement. David Hancock, editor of the guide said,
“The Lion Inn is relaxed and unpretentious yet the food is Michelin starred, so foodies can savour sublime cooking and stay over in gorgeous contemporary rooms. With over 900 pubs in the guide, winning is a terrific achievement for the hard-working landlords, landladies, chefs and staff.”