A taster of prime British produce – Hunters & Gatherers 04.03.13

On March 4th we held our second event, Hunters and Gatherers, at the Rooftop Café. Focussing on local and artisanal British ingredients, the night began with wild mushroom bruschetta and smoked salmon and salsify canapés from Princess of Shoreditch Head Chef, Shaun O’Rourke.

Canapes

Naked Wines kindly provided their English sparkling rosé wine, and guests were treated to a glass upon arrival. The fruity 2009 went down a treat as guests perused the night’s menus.

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After an introduction to the theme and the food from Eliot, the eating could begin. First out of the kitchen was a Lancashire bomb rarebit.
The second taster dish consisted of mackerel paired with saffron-infused lemon curd  – the saffron coming from one of Britain’s very few saffron producers, the English Saffron Company.

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Chart Farm provided the rabbit for an elegant rabbit ballotine topped with a black pudding Scotch egg  – which turned out to be quite a mouthful!

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Sweet and sharp, the mini Yorkshire rhubarb tarts were a fitting end to the taster courses.

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All of the taster courses were nicely paired with an English white wine from the Three Choirs vineyard in Gloucestershire; who said English wine is no good?

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Lucy Gregory of The Cheeseboard, Greenwich, gave an eloquent introduction to the cheeseboard consisting of 5 artisan British cheeses. Highlights included Perl Las, a wonderfully creamy blue, and Golden Cross, an ambrosial goat’s cheese.

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The glut of cheese was washed down with Burton Bridge Brewery’s Empire Pale Ale.

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Photos © Jai Brodie – jaibrodie.com

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