TV cook, writer and broadcaster Sophie Grigson is promising to cook up a storm in Settle at the end of February, all for the benefit of local food producers and providers.
Sophie, who has been closely involved in the local Limestone Country Beef marketing project, is to oversee the creation of a mouth-watering five course dinner cooked by the catering team at the Falcon Manor Hotel and designed to highlight the excellence of locally produced foodstuffs. The meal for sixty people will be hosted by Sophie who will be following the meal with a demonstration of the art of cooking local lamb – complete with tastings. During the demonstration section of the evening there will be an opportunity to 'Meet the Producer' in which local growers and makers will be displaying and selling their goods. The guests will comprise local food producers, farmers and providers from hotels, restaurants and pubs.
Amongst the delicious items on the menu will be a mousse made from Kilnsey trout, a sorbet of Yorkshire forced rhubarb and ginger, marinated roast aged Limestone Beef with Copper Dragon Ale gravy – of course with Yorkshire Pudding – local goats cheese and Wensleydale orange tart.
Organising the event are Creative Rural Enterprises, known as the Settle & District Chamber of Trade and spokesman Mark Dale outlined the reasoning behind this showcase for local fare. "Many other parts of the country have natural associations with delicious locally produced food. With Whitstable it’s oysters, in Cornwall it’s clotted cream, Isle of Man has its kippers and our neighbours Lancashire of course have their hotpot. What we want to do is highlight the many excellent foodstuffs produced here, in this area, and to get local producers and providers thinking of ways they can build on this excellence to attract visitors to the area."
The event, which is open to all businesses in the area, is sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund, Yorkshire Forward, Craven District Council and Yorkshire and the Humber Chambers of Commerce. This will be the first event of a two year project to raise the awareness of the Settle district as a quality area in which to live, work and play.
The dinner is scheduled for 6.30pm on the 28th February at the Falcon Manor Hotel, with the demonstration on the same evening at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £25 each for the dinner and demonstration or £5 for the demonstration and 'Meet the Producer' networking only. Members of the Chamber of Trade are eligible for a £5 discount on the dinner, subject to a maximum of two people from each organisation. Further information about the purchase of tickets can be obtained from Pat Hartley on 01729 822664, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or view the website www.settle.org.uk. Local producers who wish to be involved in this valuable networking event can also obtain further details from Pat Hartley.