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Delicious PR celebrates a Delicious decade

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Delicious PR celebrates a sparkling decade in business. Specialising in the city’s food drink and hospitality sector, the PR agency in Birmingham hosted a delicious party to mark their 10th Anniversary at the Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Bar.

Clients old and new, press and friends who have been a part of the delicious journey came out in force to support this milestone.  With fizz, canapés and cake, not to mention Edgbaston boutiques fabulous bespoke cocktail called Deliciously Golden made with old pressed Golden Delicious Apple Juice, Meadowsweet Cordial, Quince, London Dry Gin, Citric Acid & Magnolia. Serving delightful, playful afternoon tea canapés that went down a treat along side a few hours of sunshine in the brand spanking new luxurious Moet & Chandon terrace – it’s safe to say it was definitely a great way to mark a delicious decade.

MD Anita Champaneri said,

“Having founded the company after a career as a showbiz producer with ITV and BBC in London, I am fiercely proud that the company is really plugged into the dynamics of my adopted city. It’s been an adventure, and we want to say a big thank you to all our clients, colleagues and hospitality comrades who have been on this fantastic journey with us. We are looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond.

Click here to see all photos from the event.

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Chef Brad Carter Interview

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Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter is looking forward to getting out of the kitchen and meeting food fans and producers at Ragley Food Festival, in Alcester, Father’s Day weekend.

We caught up with Brad who has appeared on television’s Saturday Kitchen, whowill be demonstrating the culinary skills that earnt him his prestigious star at Ragley Food Festival in the magnificent 18th century Ragley Hall between Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in the hall’s stunning grounds, the event falls on Father’s Day weekend and – with a barbecue, craft beers and family fun galore – is the perfect place to take to Dad on 17-18 June.
Brad Carter is chef/proprietor at Carters of Moseley, which he launched in his hometown in 2010. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide 2016, making it the fifth restaurant in Birmingham to receive a coveted star.

Although proud to receive this and other honours, Brad hasn’t changed his core values and enjoys getting out and about and meeting everyday foodies. As a chef who is known to be passionate about seasonal food, Brad enjoys spending time at food festivals, receiving feedback from the public and listening to what other foodies want.

“It’s a chance to showcase the restaurant to a wider market and show people how passionate we are about food. You get a real sense of discovery from a larger audience,” he says.
He is looking forward to Ragley Hall Festival due to the large number of independent traders, producers and start-ups.

“I hope to be able to discover new suppliers from the region, and maybe cook with them on stage. Our food is ALWAYS driven by the ingredients.”
Brad loves the summer months and is eager to show off what can be done with British green peas, broad beans. strawberries and raspberries.
He says: “Our soft fruit is from nearby New Farm Produce, in Lichfield. We use both ripe and ‘green’ strawberries; we use the unripe berries in savoury dishes, which we are looking at using in our demo.”
Cooking seasonally is just an everyday job to Brad.

“It will be bang on seasonal just like we do in the restaurant. Our menus are based on ‘on-the-day ingredients’ using what comes in from our suppliers, so our demo will be the same.”
Brad has recently spent time in Cornwall bonding with his kitchen team and researching seafood and produce from the area; all of the restaurant’s seafood comes from the region.

“Our team visited our mussel farmer in Foye, in Cornwall, during our spring break; we like to work as a team. I met Gaz who farms our mussels in deep sea, rather than an estuary, which is rare – he is the first to do so. It makes a huge difference to the flavour. They are the best I’ve ever had, the meat is right to the rim, and the flavour is like nothing else I’ve tried before.
“Mussels now form one of our ‘snack’ dishes on our menu with wild garlic that we have fermented from last season mixed with fresh wild garlic with wild garlic seeds. We like to experiment with flavours all the time.”
Brad’s favourite dish on the menu at the moment is Cornish turbot.

“Its just at its best now due to the tides in Cornwall. Served with our own smoked roe, Lichfield asparagus and Kent truffles, you cant get much more seasonal and British than that,” he says.
The Michelin star still counts as one of the highlights of Brad’s career, though he says it was completely unexpected.

“I never realised what it meant and how it gives an inner confidence for the team and opens doors to help push the boundaries with exciting new ingredients and methods, whilst still keeping true to our roots: the flavour. It opens so many doors beyond the kitchen. I always wanted to go on Saturday Kitchen since I was a young chef, it was a dream come true when it happened.
“I do enjoy it. I never thought I’d be on TV, or even on stage, it’s so humbling.

Read more about Brad’s plans for the next year and Ragley Food Festival here

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Top 10 Midlands Father’s Day Gourmet Gifts

Nut Tree Inn Michelin Chef Mike NorthMake Dad’s day: 10 best food gifts for dad.

Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so, this year, don’t buy Dad yet another pair of cuff-links that will rarely see the light of day. Treat your father to a gift that he’ll truly enjoy.

Whether he’s an aspiring gourmand, sees himself as head chef in the kitchen, or simply loves delicious food and drink, you won’t go far wrong with a gourmet gift. We have gathered together ten of the best from Midlands based ‘GourmetXperiences’

  1. Cocktail masterclass. Teach dad to create cocktails, shaken and strirred. The Verzon Hotel, near Ledbury, offers a cocktail masterclass with an expert mixologist, using spirits from the Chase Distillery. For this entire month, book or attend a masterclass for a minimum of two people and learn tips on perfect Chase Gin cocktail accompanied by a Herefordshire sharing platter. Each couple also receives a complimentary Chase Gin Taster Pack to take home as a thank you, before the end of June. More on Chase Cocktail Masterclasses Here
  2. Michelin-starred cooking eXperiences For dads who fancy themselves as budding chefs, give them a Michelin-starred eXperience hosted by top chef Brad Carter at his eponymous Birmingham restaurant. This is a restaurant that focuses on a warm welcome and a ‘wow’ factor. Discover the secrets behind an award-winning dessert and sample the five-dish tasting menu courtesy of this Michelin-starred chef, who has appeared on television’s Saturday Kitchen. £65 per person. More on an experience with Brad here.
    Or try seasonal English fare at Nut Tree Inn, Oxfordshire served up by chef patron Mike North. Cook with Mike North here
  3. Thai cookery eXperience. Love Thai food but have no idea how to recreate the authentic experience at home.? Multi-award-winning Thai chef Suree Coates is renowned for her flavours and presentation. The former Thai Curry of the Year can teach you Dad to cook traditional Thai with an interactive demonstration (including lunch and wine), at her Shropshire restaurant, near Bridgnorth. More on Thai Cooking Here
  4. Gourmet tasting menu eXperience. More into eating than cooking? Why not try Edmunds Bistro de Luxe Tasting Menu eXperience at the classic French bistro, in the heart of Birmingham’s fashionable Brindley Place. Offering six courses celebrating the flavours of France. Edmunds Bistro eXperience and gift voucher details here
  5. BBC MasterChef Winner eXperience. In recent years, cook schools have popped across the country offering culinary lessons to beginners and experts alike. One of the best is by BBC MasterChef Professional winner Mark Stinchcome and his wife Sue. They’ll offer tips and insights gleaned from the BBC show at Eckington Manor Cookery School, in Worcestershire. MasterChef Masterclass details Here
  6. Stay in a country retreat in foodie heaven. Ludlow, in Shropshire, is gourmet heaven. Why not make a top class meal even better by adding a relaxing night’s sleep to the evening? Old Downton Lodge, near Ludlow, offers a top class menu with rustic refurbished converted stables and barns, so there are no worries about how Dad’s getting home. Ludlow Retreat details here
  7. Cooking inspiration with quality cook book. Start Dad’s creative juices flowing with inspiration for a Signature Chef recipe book featuring recipes from top chefs from Heart of England & Wales or South West and Channel Islands. With recipes from some of the greatest British chefs including all Birmingham Michelin-starred chefs, alongidie 10 others in the region, celebrity chefs and rising stars, this quality cook book with mouth-watering photography makes a thoughtful addition to any gourmand’s recipe book shelf.  Heart of England & Wales Recipe book here.
  8. Beer or wine evening. Many breweries, vineyards and wine shops offer a tour and tasting experience. Tanners, in Shropshire, holds regular events that Dad will love. This month, you can sample an Ale, Cider and Cheese masterclass with Clare Downes of Monkhouse Food and Drink, who also happens to be part of the Appleby family behind Appleby’s Cheshsire cheese.  The evening, at Tanners, in Shrewsbury, on 24 June, will pair cheese with sweet cider, stout and Tanners 175th anniversary ale. £18 per person. www.tanners-wines.co.uk
  9. Craft beer. Indulge the man in your life with quality craft beer. The Wild Beer Company has a selection of merchandise for the dad who loves a pint. From a Craft Master Glass for £4 to Bag O Swag including a hat and bottle opener £15, hoodie £32, or simply opt for a mixed case of his favourite beers. www.wildbeerco.com
  10. Save 20% Off at Chase Distillery. Who does nt love a tipple? What bette than a delivery from the regions’ very own Single estate Distillery. Chase, located in Herefordshire offers World beating Gin, Vodka and liquors that will lift anyone’s spirits – especially dad. Being made from Herefordshire potatoes, and apples, rather than grains, means they are all Gluten Free too! Visit the Chase Shop, and quote “WorldGinDay” to save 20% off at check out Here (before the end of June)All of the above provided by (c) GourmetXperiences.co.uk
  11. White Hart GourmeXperience Oxforshire

    White Hart GourmeXperience Oxfordshire – Sample their produce with a  special Tasting Menu here

 

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Canal Square celebrates a year in business

Harvey Bains and Anita Champaneri

Birmingham’s newest Punjabi fine dining restaurant took over the square celebrating their 1st birthday last week. Basking away in Brum’s glorious heat wave press, bloggers and finance professionals were out in force to enjoy an evening by the canal with fizz, food and Punjabi entertainment.

Serving delightful, playful canapés such as Chicken Tikka and Mini shell Aloo Channa Chaat followed by a divine main menu that went down a treat, with stand out dishes such as Punjabi Pind Wala Murgh and Punjabi Tharee Wala Lamb. Nothing other than exemplary service and great food was expected and definitely delivered.

Canal Square has been quietly tucked away for a year now perfecting its Punjabi cuisine and excellent service. Nominated for Best Curry House at this year’s Midland Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards and it’s easy to see why!

Owner Harvey Bains said

“It’s a great pleasure to host such a great event celebrating a year in business. The team are ecstatic with how much everyone loved and enjoyed our food and I hope everyone continues to do so.” 

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The Colmore Food Festival is back again at the end of the month and its bigger and better than ever!

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The event kicks off on Friday 30th June with our very own superchef, the Michelin starred Glynn Purnell, making a welcome return to the city’s biggest free-entry food and drink festival.

The Saturday Morning Kitchen regular who describes Birmingham as ‘the centre of the universe’, will help officially launch Colmore Food Festival 2017 before hosting cookery demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage.

The Festival will take place between Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st from 11am-7pm.

The annual celebration of Colmore Business District restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, is now in its seventh year, and each year attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

Each of the taster dishes costs no more than £4, which means visitors can try the different menu options on offer at the 35 stalls without breaking the bank. Yes you can travel the culinary world all over one weekend!

A lot of our favourites will be hosting a stand: you get to try 10 different wines from Hotel du Vin, and mini plates from Gusto, Chung Ying Central, Asha’s, Zen Metro and many more.

There are so many independents taking part this year such, which is great to see and this is a chance for all restaurants large and small to stand side by side. Expect great food and entertainment, cooking demos and hopefully sunshine!

www.colmorefoodfestival.com

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Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge celebrate their 1st Birthday with a Bloggers Event

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Bloggers were invited to enjoy a taste of sugar heaven to celebrate Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge 1st birthday in Digbeth. The upmarket venue opened in May 2016 with a glorious launch party that the crème de la crème of Brum attended. A year in business they have successfully grown loyal customers and have a range of offerings from private hire to live music on Sundays.

Pirlo’s resembles a New York loft style café experience and is sure to delight dessert lovers everywhere.  Treats included the heavenly puddings wonderful waffles, gelato and crepes.

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Whether you have a passing sweet tooth or are a committed chocoholic, Pirlo’s has a plethora of dishes to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t worry about those dietary dilemmas as Pirlo’s offers Gluten free waffles for coeliacs, desserts for vegans and vegetarians as well as dairy free treats.

Also nominated for the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Midland Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards. With its buzzing ambience, high ceilings, exposed brickworks and lots of copper the venue certainly looks the part and it certainly makes an ideal place to indulge in all your sugary favourites – and who can say no to dessert? Vote today: http://bit.ly/2q3Ya5s

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Izza Pizza launches in Selfridges Birmingham

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Wood-fired artisan pizzas with a unique sourdough base are coming to Selfridges Birmingham this week with the launch of the Lasan Group’s latest venture, Izza Pizza.

Restaurant royalty, Aktar Islam and his chefs from the succulently successful Lasan Group are bringing a quality unseen in the city before and it will officially open in the iconic Birmingham Selfridges Foodhall on Thursday 6th April.

Izza Pizza brings carefully-sourced ingredients of the highest quality from near and far, to create a picture perfect pizza for diners and shoppers and it is all about that base.

Aktar Islam, chief director at Lasan Group, said: “The bases are made with a combination of white and wholemeal flours. The wholemeal adds flavour as well as goodness and creates a lighter and slightly more ready texture than you find in ordinary pizzas.”

The sourdough itself is fermented using natural yeasts, ensuring a healthy and natural product. Izza’s wood-fired oven will ensure that the pizzas emerge crisp, irresistible and with slightly smoky notes.

To top it all off, the pizzas are dressed with mouth-watering ingredients ranging from classic and simple Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil to the indulgent Truffle in Paradise with Read more »

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Staffordshire Lymestone Brewery and Inspired Film and Video launch a new beer

 

Staffordshire  Lymestone Brewery ‘Brew Macari’.

Staffordshire businesses Lymestone Brewery and Inspired Film and Video have teamed up to launch a new beer called ‘Brew Macari’.

The beer has been brewed to mark the announcement of a new film marking the 1992/93 winning Stoke City side. Production has already begun and the film is due for release in March 2018.

Michael MacDonald, Business Development Director at Inspired said, “We decided to make this beer to support the production of “Macari’s Red and White Army”, a documentary we are making celebrating the league winning team, the fans, terrace culture of the 90s and Stoke-on-Trent in general. We wanted to do something a little different to raise awareness and thought nothing goes better with football and films than beer.”

The aptly coloured 4.5% red ale got its name following a competition carried by Duck Magazine and will be on sale at venues across Staffordshire as well as on line, over the next couple of weeks.

Ian Bradford, brewer from Lymestone said, “As a lifelong supporter of my local team I am delighted to be involved with Inspired in the creation of this brand new beer that will raise the profile of the project and help to raise funds.”

More information on Lymestone Brewery

 

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Luxury Lodge Michelin Breaks Launch in Oxfordshire

Luxury Lodge Accommodation Oxfordshire Panshill LeisureOxfordshire-based accommodation provider Panshill Leisure in Murcott near Biscester Outlet Village, have announced it is due to launch four, state-of-the-art luxury lodges complete with hot tubs, linking to local Michelin Star Pub, to help satisfy the area’s growing demand for premium luxury leisure breaks.

Set in 16 acres of private woodland, surrounded by fishing lakes and country walks the area is a haven for relaxation. The red Cedar wood structures have been built and developed by owner Ian Adamberry, who previously owned a successful Oxfordshire building firm.

Each detached lodge offers the perks of a secluded sanctuary while allowing guests to indulge in extra special creature comforts like top of the range kitchens, bathrooms, sumptuous bedding, oak flooring throughout, flat screen TVs and double doors opening onto a private terrace with hot tub, framed by a private backdrop of woodland.

 Built to the highest of standards and privately funded by local couple Tracey and Ian Adamberry, the lodges’ five star accommodation is matched by exceptionally high service standards delivered by the Tracey herself. 

Joint owner Mrs Adamberry said: “We are so excited about our new luxury lodges, they have been a long time in planning, with Ian and I researching many different constructions from all over the UK.

“We settled on these chosen ones, as they best reflect the woodland they are based in, and the local area, offering the most up to date facilities with the focus on comfort as well as luxury for our leisure break guests and business travellers.

“We have been owners of Panshill accommodation for 14 Years, and always received very positive feedback from our loyal customers who travel from all over the UK, and world to stay with us.

“In recent years the demand for quality has been raised as peoples own homes improve, so we have tried to meet their requirements with some amazing mod-cons, and hopefully adding a unique element to each lodge creating a more personable experience, attracting more leisure seekers to the region.”

Working to grow and develop Oxfordshire’s visitor economy, Panshill Leisure can sleep up to 37 guests in total and also offers private hire of a fully fitted cafè for wedding guests and business conferences.

The lodges appeal to both staycationers and guests from surrounding areas due to easy access to top attractions such as Silverstone, Blenheim Palace, shopping-mecca Bicester Village and the ever-romantic Oxfordshire and Cotswolds countryside.

Michelin Gourmet Breaks. Panshill Accommodation has teamed up with UK-based ‘GourmetXperiences’ that celebrates the greatest British chefs and restaurants, to create a bespoke dining experience adding a culinary dimension to the luxury break.

In association with the local Michelin Starred restaurant ‘The Nut Tree Inn’- voted in the top 50 of UK gastro pubs – guests can enjoy Read more »

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New Thai restaurant brand Siamais to open in Birmingham

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City dwellers looking for a different kind of night out, need look no further than Birmingham’s brand new restaurant/bar, Siamais.

Opening with a soft launch on 24th March, the name Siamais (pronounced Siam-aze) is a clever play on words incorporating twins (Siamese), and Siam (the old name for Thailand) to reflect its dual offerings of drink and food, and also the style of the food – delicious modern Thai with a twist.

It’s the brainchild of young businessman Nishil Nathwani, who opened his first restaurant in Manchester at the age of 22. He then went on to launch Aluna cocktail bar by the water’s edge at The Mailbox, and now Siamais – a sister venue to Aluna.

“Aluna has been a huge success as a ‘mixology’ specialist cocktail bar,” says Nishil. “There, we combined sumptuous interiors, experimental cocktails and lively music, all designed to appeal to young professionals. And as a secondary offering, you can also choose from our Thai inspired food menu.”

“With Siamais, we’ve reversed the concept, and created a magical restaurant as the primary offering, and a completely curtained off, separate bar – with a choice of up to 60 cocktails)- to complement the food.”

“The choice is the customer. You can come here simply to drink and stay in the bar all night. Or choose to eat in the restaurant, but either way – it’s all going to be done very differently, with a little bit of Siamais magic.”

So – expect the unexpected! Cocktails in bamboo glasses, smoking drinks served in teapots, food to reflect the mystery of Old Siam, and décor that will take your breath away. All served by highly-trained and knowledgeable staff. Siamais, bringing an authentic taste of the true Thailand to Brindleyplace.

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