Launch of the Exmoor Food Fest: Guest Dinner at The Luttrell Arms

A week ago, several award-winning chefs came together in the kitchen of the Luttrell Arms in Dunster to prepare an outstanding seven-course-meal marking the official launch of the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest.

Head chef Barrie Tucker was joined by Paul and Donna Berry (The Swan), Andrew Dixon (The Café at Porlock Weir), Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn) and Ellis Pannell (Pyne Arms).

Each course was perfectly matched with exclusive wines by Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Wine Director at Enotria&Coe, who commented: “Congratulations for putting together such amazing event. It seems that everyone really enjoyed the excellent food and brilliant atmosphere.”

Nigel Way, owner of The Luttrell Arms Hotel, introduced each of the chefs as their courses were being served, said “The Guest Chef Dinner is a celebration of food and drink from across the region. We are happy to support the Exmoor Food Fest which provides a valuable platform for fine dining, and its success brings benefits not only to restaurants here in Dunster but to the economy of Exmoor.”

Elke Winzer said. “The launch of the Exmoor Food Fest 2017 at The Luttrell Arms Hotel was a great success, not least because of the untiring enthusiasm and support by the Luttrell’s team for the festival. They put together a fantastic Guest Chefs Dinner showcasing the talent and high quality local produce on Exmoor and it was a fitting start to the third Exmoor Food Fest.” 

WELCOME

WICKED WOLF GIN

Cocktails

CANAPÉS

ELLIS PANNELL, THE PYNE ARMS, BARNSTAPLE

Plaistow Mill’s smoked trout with fennel toast,Westland Farm pulled pork fritters with sweet and sour apple sauce,Vulscombe goat’s cheese and Exmoor Ale onion chutney

STARTER

PAUL AND DONNA BERRY, THE SWAN, BAMPTON

‘Breakfast’ Bampton butcher’s smoked streaky bacon, duck, plum and quail Scotch egg, black pudding, tomato and pancetta with haricot beans

FISH COURSE

OLIVIER CERTAIN, CLAVELSHAY BARN, NORTH PETHERTON

Pan-seared fillet of silver mullet, Jerusalem artichokes, baby gem and poultry reduction

MAIN COURSE

BARRIE TUCKER, PSALTER’S RESTAURANT, AT THE LUTTRELL ARMS HOTEL

Haunch of venison with pickled mushrooms, mushroom purée, charred salsify, salt baked celeriac and chocolate sauce

PRE-DESSERT

BARRIE TUCKER, PSALTER’S RESTAURANT AT THE LUTTRELL ARMS HOTEL

‘Egg and Soldiers’

DESSERT

ANDREW DIXON, THE CAFÉ AT PORLOCK WEIR,

Apple mousse, apple jelly, nutty granola,
Somerset cider brandy ice cream, cider syrup

All photos by Clayton Jane.

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Exmoor Food Fest celebrates the Taste of Exmoor

In February, the third Exmoor Food Fest will tempt foodies to eat their way across Exmoor when participating restaurants offer two courses for £10/ 3 courses for £15.00.  There will also be markets and food related events during this time, celebrating the best our region has to offer.

A special dinner will launch the 2017 festival at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on 26 January: Six award winning chefs are going to join Head Chef Barrie Tucker to cook seven courses for some very lucky diners.  The menu is still a secret, but will focus on local produce and seasonal fare.

Exmoor is home to many outstanding local products such as Porlock Oysters and Exmoor Caviar.

Diners at the Exmoor Food Fest launch will be able to taste Wicked Wolf Gin which is handcrafted by husband and wife team Pat Patel and Julie Heap on their property on Exmoor on the banks of the river Lyn.  Nettlecombe based award winning Secret Orchard Cider and Madrigal Ales (brewed in Lynmouth) are two more outstanding local products which are available to sample at some of the Exmoor Markets which will take place in February. 

The Exmoor Food Fest runs through the whole month of February.  Originally the idea of local chef Andrew Dixon, the event is now organised by Elke Winzer who is also behind Exmoor4all (an online platform for all things Exmoor, including an online shop) and the Exmoor Markets which take place regularly at Tesco’s Minehead and other locations around Exmoor.  The Dunster Food Festival will be the grand finale on the Exmoor Food Fest on the last weekend in February.

“The Exmoor Food Fest helps local businesses in the hospitality sector to show off their skills. The festival deal of 2 courses for £10 tempts many people into restaurants at a time of year when business tends to be slow,” explains Elke Winzer.

For the first time, all participating restaurants will take part in the Taste of Exmoor Awards.  Customers will be able to vote online for their best dining experience – the winners will be crowned at the Awards Ceremony at Butlins at the end of March.  Tearooms and village shops are also encouraged to sign up for the Exmoor Food Fest.

Information about all the restaurants signed up for the Exmoor Food Fest as well as tearooms and village shops will be available on the website www.exmoorfoodfest.com

Local producers get regular market outside Tesco’s in Minehead

Local producers will be selling their products regularly outside Tesco’s supermarket in Minehead. The next “Exmoor Market” will take place on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, from 11am till 5pm, featuring street food and locally produced meat as well as arts and crafts.  Children from Old Cleeve School will perform Christmas carols from 1pm. Exmoor Ponies will be in residence as will Father Christmas.

Exmoor Market has been set up by Elke Winzer to help promote local businesses.  “We are very grateful to Tesco’s in Minehead to welcome our stalls onto their premises.  It provides our traders with a great opportunity to showcase their products to a wide range of customers, including visitors to the area, who might not always have the chance to buy locally made products.”

Tesco store manager Lisa Buss commented: “We love supporting local suppliers and our community.  The traders offer complementary products to our own range which is a bonus for our customers.”

The stalls are set up outside the store entrance. Amongst them are Little Oak Farm who offer meat and sausages from their rare breed Middle White pigs raised in Timberscombe. Marion’s Deli uses Little Oak Farm pork belly in the street food they sell at the market.  White Post Bakery will attend the market for the first time on 14 December with their sourdough bread and pastries.  Local arts and crafts are available from JinKs, Gaea, Midges Treasures, Exmoor Engravings and Rupert Smith Wildlife Photography.

Local author and pony whisperer Dawn Westcott will bring Exmoor Ponies to the market on 14 December.  It will be a great opportunity to see these ponies close up, and find out more about the ancient breed.

In 2017, the Exmoor Market will be at Tesco’s in Minehead twice a month, usually on a Wednesday and a Sunday.  Dates are available from www.exmoormarkets.com.

Dunster Food Festival starts tomorrow 

Over 40 producers and street food traders will be at the Dunster Tithe Barn from 10.30am till 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, while a number of restaurants and local traders have also got into the spirit offering Exmoor Food Fest deals in the village.
    
Please note that there are no parking facilities at the Dunster Tithe Barn.

Barn good food… Pop-up Restaurant & Owl Display

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Join us for an evening with a difference, a one-off experience, which involves a stunning, albeit unusual location, an owl display and, of course, fabulous Mediterranean food prepared by Claire’s Kitchen.  It will be a night to remember!
Booking is absolutely essential.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

19:00
A barn at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre,
Allerford  TA24 8HJ

Dress Code:
Please wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes (layers are a good idea!)
The barn will be heated, but we strongly recommend that you bring a blanket, just in case. It is winter, after all!        

Ticket*:                             £ 32.00 plus P&P  

Book now

Menu:

Canapés

Roasted red peppers and anchovy salad on roasted garlic toasts
Chorizo tortilla with allioli

Sharing Starters

Pea soup with a crispy serrano ham crouton and basil oil
Gambas pil pil (sizzling gambas prawns)
Piquillo rellenos de queso de cabra (goats cheese stuffed piquillo peppers)

Sharing Mains

Suckling pig cooked whole on a spit with a mediterranean herb and garlic marinate
Red pepper and halloni paella on a rich Sofrito base
Chorizo with tomato butter beans, parsley and Claire’s Kitchen Lynch cider
Poor man’s potatoes cooked with the suckling pig with onions, rosemary and garlic

Dessert

Almond cake with Crema Catalina ice cream, custard caramel and a cherry compote

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Claire Lynch of Claire’s Kitchen will be assisted by hospitality students from West Somerset College’s hospitality department.

All dietary requirements can be catered for if advised prior to the event.
Please contact us if you need any advise about allergens.
Vegetarians catered for.

Cash bar.

* Tickets will be posted at the beginning of December 2015 in time for Christmas

 

Tales by the Fire: An Evening with Richard Havers

Tales by the Fire:  An Evening with Richard Havers

21 January 2016,  7pm at The Culbone

“It’s all Rock’n Roll: The Beatles and The Stones”

£30.00 per person
(incl. two-course menu and canapés on arrival)

The Beatles and The Stones – The two bands that have defined popular music were often pitted against one another during the Sixties.
Richard Havers, who has written extensively about both bands and worked for them on various projects, delves into their enduring appeal and unravels some of the mystery as to what makes them so timeless. With music and photographs.

Canapés

Butternut squash and baby spinach fritters
with cucumber and turmeric yoghurt 

Home cured salmon gravadlax bilinis with lemon jelly and dill

Smoked venison loin crostini with fresh horseradish and cress

Mains

Devon red beef shin stew with smoked bacon, kale colcannon and truffle oil

Pan fried sea trout fillet with purple sprouting, brown shrimps, crushed new potatoes and lemon dill butter

Stuffed butternut squash with wild mushroom, Devon blue, hazelnut and   baby leafs and parsnip crisps

Desserts

Somerset apple and ginger crumble with stem ginger ice cream

Sticky toffee pudding with Devon clotted cream and toffee sauce 

Styles ice cream selection

Richard Havers

Writer and jazz producer Richard Havers

Writer and jazz producer Richard Havers

Richard spent twenty years working in the airline industry before deciding to pursue his passion for music. He worked advertising, writing and producing over 2,000 ads and jingles. He has written and produced in-flight radio shows, launched Turkey’s first commercial radio station, and produced concerts for artists that includes, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Chicago and America. 

His books about music include, Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey, which won the Blues Foundation’s Award For Literature in 2002. Richard wrote, co-directed and produced the Peabody Award nominated TV series based upon the book. He has co-authored Rolling with the Stones (2003), and The Stones – A History in Cartoons (2006) with Bill Wyman and written The Stones in the Park (2009) about the band’s pivotal 1969 concert, as well as The Rolling Stones – In The Beginning (2006) a book by Danish photographer, Bent Rej. He compiled and edited Rolling Stones 50, the band’s official anniversary book in 2012. His other music related titles include, My Take (2006), Gary Barlow’s autobiography, Bowie, Bolan & The Brooklyn Boy (2007), legendary record producer Tony Visconti’s autobiography, Woodstock – 3 days of peace and music (2009), Jazz – The Golden Era (2008), Blues  – The Golden Era, (2008) Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Golden Era (2008), The Beatles – The Days of Their Lives (2010), and Read’s Musical Recitor (2004). His biography, Sinatra (2004), according to Marella Fostrup on BBC Radio 4, “Stands out as one of the best books ever written about Frank Sinatra.

His most recent books are Verve – The Sound of America, the 2013 book on the American record label. Uncompromising Expression, that tells the story of 75 years of Blue Note Records was published in November 2014.

His other books include Here Is The News, about the BBC in World War II, Treasure Island, Airline Confidential, Pop!, When Football was Football (nominated for illustrated Sports Book of the Year 2008), Dreamboats & Petticoats – Music & Life in Pre Beatles Britain, Titanic – History As It Happened, When Britain Went To War, Better Late Than Never, Len Goodman’s autobiography, Len Goodman’s Lost London (2013) and Len Goodman’s Dancing Round Britain (2014). He has also co-written As Much As I Can (2010) – The life of film and stage director, Peter Glenville.

His articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Goldmine and Record Collector; he also appears regularly on radio and occasionally on TV, usually talking about music. He has produced box sets Universal Music, including, 100 Years of the Blues, as well as Satchmo: Louis Armstrong – Ambassador of Jazz (10 CD box set and 200 page illustrated biography), Ella – The Voice of Jazz, Verve – The Sound of America, Blue Note’s Uncompromising Expression and a 10 CD career retrospective of Nat King Cole in 2015. He has written numerous sleeve notes and books to accompany album and DVD releases, including many for The Rolling Stones and in 2015 wrote the historical notes for The Beatles 1+ DVD rand CD reissue. He is Universal Music’s jazz consultant and Editor-in-Chief of Universal Music’s online music marketing site – udiscovermusic.com 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Tickets are available from The Culbone – Please call 01643 862259

Arabian Nights and Kits by Kids

Last summer we were once again on our way to Germany when we got held up for hours on the M20 in Operation Stack, followed by hours delay at the Eurotunnel.  That night, another refugee had died in the tunnel.  We had enough time to start researching the issue on the internet. Like most other people, we had no idea how bad the situation had become in Calais, and how many refugees had already died in the attempt to get into the UK.  When we finally got to Calais, we saw refugees everywhere.

This trip made my boys think.  Then the images started to appear in the newspapers and on my Facebook timeline: Images of children, caught up in the flight from war-torn countries, cold, distraught and upset.  That’s when Alexander had the idea to set up a fundraising campaign, Kits by Kids.  He wanted to put bags together for these children which shows them that they are not forgotten and remind them that they are still children who should play.

In the following weeks a website and a crowdfunding page were set up, complete with Facebook page and Twitter account.  Alexander was mentioned in the local newspapers and interviewed at a very hour by Emma Britton on her BBC Somerset breakfast show.  People started to donate, and then Claire Lynch of Claire’s Kitchen offered to do a fundraising event at The Combe, the training restaurant at the West Somerset College in Minehead.

The “Arabian Night” was an amazing experience.  A local group of belly dancers entertained the guests, the food prepared by Claire and the students was amazing, and James Fenwick took some great photos.  In the end, the evening raised about £850.00 which has pushed us over Alexander’s initial goal of £1,000.00.

We have now chosen two fantastic projects which we want to support:  HEART ELT is a school project in a refugee camp in Iraq, providing education for children aged 8 to 10.  The other project “Children of Calais” supports children and their families in the horrific camps in Calais and Norther France.  Now it is time to sort out logistics – what to order, when to pack the bags, and how to get them to Iraq and Northern France.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported Alexander and Kits by Kids so far.  We are keeping the fundraising page

open as we hope to provide continued support to both HEART ELT and Children of Calais.

Exmoor Markets at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre in Allerford

We have teamed up with the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre in Allerford for a number of events in 2016.

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On 10 February 2016, there will be a pop-up restaurant with Claire’s Kitchen at one of the barns.  Guests will have the opportunity to watch an owl display before sitting down for a mediterranean dinner which will include paella and suckling pig on a spit.  We are still working on the finer details, but will post the menu and everything else you’ll need to know for a fab and unusual evening as soon as possible.  Tickets will be limited and will have to be purchased in advance.  You might like to bear this in mind for a Christmas present!

During 2016 we are going to run three Exmoor Markets at the Centre:

Sunday, 13 March 2016 (free entry to the Centre; £5.00 per person for the owl display show) Sunday, 12 June 2016 (normal admission)
Sunday, 16 October 2016 (free entry to the Centre; £5.00 per person for the owl display show)

If you are a trader (food, street food, arts, craft…), then please email us at exmoor4all@gmail.com, contact us via the link below or download the registration form here: Exmoor Market Reg Form – Falconry

Exmoor Market at The Beach Hotel in Minehead

On Sunday, 18 October 2015, we are running the first Exmoor Market at The Beach Hotel in Minehead.  Traders will be offering local produce and crafts. Local authors Dawn Westcott and Victoria Eveleigh will be reading from their latest books.

Refreshments will be available from the café at The Beach Hotel. The event starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.  Admission is free.

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“Arabian Nights” with Claire’s Kitchen

We are delighted to have teamed up with “Claire’s Kitchen” for a number of events which all promise great food, great fun and a great experience.

Arabian Nights” is the first themed night at The Combe, West Somerset College’s training restaurant in Minehead, which will raise funds for the initiative “Kits by Kids” set up by my 12 year old son Alexander to help refugee children.

The tasting menu of Middle Eastern dishes costs £25.00.  To book a table, please call 01643 700322 – don’t wait too long as places are limited.

Arabian Nights