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Loch Duart Appoints New Non-Executive Director

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The independent salmon farming company Loch Duart has appointed Ian Laird, the Managing Director of Alex Begg, to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. Ian has a passion for products and brands like Loch Duart Salmon that have attained global recognition and are popular worldwide.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Board of Loch Duart at a time when this premium brand is growing in popularity, particularly overseas. It is one of the great Scottish business success stories. As Managing Director of Alex Begg, I have developed an understanding of the connection between what customers value and what unique capability exists within a business like Loch Duart. I look forward to bringing my experience into the mix of the Board of Loch Duart and being a champion for a quality product which is asked for by name worldwide,” said Ian Laird, the new Non-Executive Director on the Loch Duart Board.

Alex Begg is a world leader in the design and manufacture of woven accessories, producing the world’s finest cashmere products. It counts as its clients luxury fashion brands, such as Ralph Lauren and Vivienne West Wood, and leading luxury retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Wako in Tokyo.

Alban Denton, the Managing Director of Loch Duart, thinks that Ian will bring to the company his understanding of managing a prestigious and global luxury brand, which is Alex Begg. “We’re especially pleased that he will contribute his experience of managing a company which has not only doubled in size, but now exports most of what it produces. Loch Duart’s focus is on producing extraordinary tasting salmon. Having Ian as part of our team will help us continue to deliver this to customers across the world,” he added.

Loch Duart was founded on the principle of farming in a sustainable manner, so it makes no compromise when it comes to producing the best tasting salmon available. It produces around 5,000 tons per year and it employs 115 people in the Hebrides and Sutherland.

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New Events from Billy and Jack

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Billy and Jack have announced some forthcoming March events, following the success of their sold out 24-hour World Cancer Day supper club that took place last weekend at Plum + Spilt Milk.

The first event on the list is Dinner Club at BOKI Seven Dials on Saturday, the 3rd of March, in London. It is an exclusive monthly supper club and those wishing to attend will enjoy a menu of seasonal and contemporary British food, served in a beautiful and relaxed venue. Four seasonal courses will be served, together with bread and butter, and a couple of snacks. Tickets are limited to 24 and are priced at £45 per person. For purchase, please visit https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/supper-clubs/billy-and-jacks-dinner-club?t=tickets.

The second event will take place on Sunday, the 4th of March in London and it is called Blacks Club’s Sunday Roast Presents: Billy and Jack. The duo has designed a beautifully honest and seasonal menu, focused on using the highest quality British produce available. Priced at £35 per person, the menu includes three courses and all the trimmings required on a Sunday, plus a welcome drink of your choice. The tickets can be purchased here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/blacks-club-sunday-roast-with-billy-and-jack?t=tickets.

Billy and Jack at William Sitwell’s Weston Supper Club will take place on Friday, the 23rd of March, in Northamptonshire. William Sitwell has invited the two chefs to cook at one of his legendary Supper Clubs in the beautiful setting of his family home, Weston Hall, which will seat 50 people. William Sitwell is one of the UK’s leading food writers, the multi-award-winning editor of the acclaimed Waitrose Food magazine, and the author of three internationally successful books. He is also one of the long standing critics on the BBC show MasterChef. Tickets are available for purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/william-sitwell-13713261552.

Billy and Jack met in 2016 on BBC’s MasterChef and since then, they have teamed up as a duo and shared their love for cooking to the world. They have worked with a variety of brands, including designing the menu for and hosting the launch of Google Home and developing a series of super tasty dishes for Cancer Research UK.

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Organic Pomegranate Essence from Planet Organic

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Planet Organic will be tingling our taste buds this month with the launch of the tasty Organic Pomegranate Essence by Secret Gardens that comprises the exotic tastes of the Mediterranean into a bottle. British people have the chance to enjoy the flavours of sun kissed organic pomegranate, brought to them from the Antakya region in Turkey.

The Antakya region is renowned for its rich soil and warm Mediterranean climate that creates distinctively delicious pomegranates, which burst with sweet taste and delightfully fragrant aroma. The fruits used in Pomegranate Essence are gently squeezed and simmered for hours on end, using a traditional Turkish recipe known as ‘Nar Eksisi’. The result is a pure organic pomegranate extract that is tangy, sweet, and sour at the same time.

The Essence can be used for marinades, salads, sauces, dipping, and even as a health supplement. The pomegranate is well known for its high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants invaluable for health. It even has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, and blueberries. Furthermore, it contains a compound called Punicalagin, which is responsible for its health benefits.

“Organic Pomegranate Essence tastes astonishing. The fruit is a staple in Mediterranean diets and now UK connoisseurs can experience the delightful taste and health benefits for themselves. Whether you drizzle it on a salad, use it as a marinade or whip up a show stopping dessert, its multi-purpose nature makes it a savvy kitchen purchase for amateur cooks and gourmet chefs alike,” said Taner Ozsumer and Tuncay Yildiztas, Joint Founding Directors.

The Organic Pomegranate Essence is free from gluten, wheat, artificial colours, artificial flavours, and GM, making it suitable for those with special diets and health conditions. Additionally, it comes in an environmentally friendly glass bottle, which ensures the product stays fresh, flavoursome, and healthy throughout its shelf life.

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Radici Launched New Brunch Menu

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This weekend Radici, which is Francesco Mazzei’s much-loved Islington trattoria, will be launching a new brunch menu revolving around the knockout Brunch Pinsa for two to share. Created by Francesco and his newly appointed Head Chef Giuseppe Cafaro, the brunch is meant to be a playful and delicious take on several classic combinations.

With plans to become a classic on the London brunch scene, the menu features combinations such as smoked salmon and yogurt, poached eggs and avocado, and prosciutto and mushroom. Other brunch dishes that were inspired by the warm climate and the amazing ingredients of Italy, include Tuscany meets Puglia with pappa pomodoro, burrata and anchovy; Cannellini bean stew with poached eggs and sausage; and Ciambotta, grilled pumpkin, mushrooms and torpedino tomatoes.

Francesco and Giuseppe have not forgotten those that enjoy finishing their meal with something sweet, so they created the Grilled pineapple and pancetta pancakes with, mascarpone, honey and orange, which is a reinterpretation of the prosciutto and melon and the Canadian bacon pancakes.

Those of you who think this sounds like something they would enjoy, then you should know that for an additional £15 per person you can add unlimited prosecco to your meal. Radici is the perfect place where you can spend a lazy weekend away from the busy life of London, enjoying British brunch dishes with a plus of Italian extravaganza. Its laid back atmosphere and rustic interiors will remind you of the landscapes of southern Italy and will make you feel warm again.

The brunch menu will be launched this Saturday, on the 17th of February, and it will be available only on Saturdays from 11am until 2.30pm and on Sundays from 11am until 4pm.

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Perfect Day Caterer Pop up Event

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Perfect Day Caterers and The United Brethren have announced their collaboration at the Chelmsford Restaurant Festival on the 8th of March 2018. The pair will be creating an indulgent five course tasting menu complimented by delicious accompanying wines.

The Chelmsford Festival is an opportunity for the local community to expand their pallets and try new food, while experiencing the best ingredients and products that the city has to offer. The collaborative menu will be available on the 8th of March and it will feature an exciting dining experience that includes ham hock lollipops, Maldon oysters three ways, and saffron ice cream, with ingredients and beverages coming directly from Chelmsford.

The price for the menu, including the wine, stands at £45 per person, and guests will be able to enjoy bespoke dishes, including Chelmsford beef and roasted bone marrow. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

“I’m so excited to be hosting another pop-up at The United Brethren. Together our pop-up events are fun, friendly and sociable evenings. We spoil our guests with top quality food and an array of specially selected drinks; this event will be no exception,” said Beverley Matthews, owner of Perfect Day Caterers.

“Focusing on local produce is something I am particularly passionate about and always aim to support local producers for catering functions, parties and weddings. It’s also great to be part of the Chelmsford Restaurant Festival at a time when the Chelmsford foodie community is thriving. The 8th of March promises to be a great night,” she added.

The previous pop up events held by Perfect Day Caterers and The United Brethren all proved to be a success, so this one is likely to be one as well. To make sure you will be present there, don’t forget to call The United Brethren on 01245 257 478 or email scott@pinupbeers.com because the spaces available are limited.

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Loch Lomond Whiskies Start New Partnership

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Loch Lomond Group, the award winning independent Scotch whisky distiller, has announced its new five year partnership with the professional golf championship The Open. This partnership includes support towards the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the showcase of the full range of Loch Lomond Whiskies, and the title of ‘The Spirit of The Open’ for one of the distiller’s range of single malts.

“Becoming the official ‘Spirit of The Open’ provides us with an unrivalled opportunity to build on our ever- growing international presence and position Loch Lomond Whiskies as a world class distiller producing some of the industry’s finest, most exciting and unique single malts,” explained Muriel Raguenaud, Marketing Director at Loch Lomond Group.

Recognised as some of Scotland’s most famous products, whisky and golf are coming together into a new collaboration aiming to spread this knowledge. Loch Lomond Whiskies will be creating a variety of highly covetable limited editions for both golf fans and whisky aficionados.

“We are extremely proud to have agreed this prestigious partnership and association with The R&A for The Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open. There is an incredibly strong alignment between the worlds of whisky and golf, two of Scotland’s most iconic gifts to the world. There is also a great fit between those who follow golf and whisky, with research showing clearly that many golfers across the world enjoy a regular dram,” said Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group.

The partnership between the two will run until 2022 and it will include the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf, and the 147th Open that will take place at Carnoustie from the 15th until the 22nd of July 2018.

Over the last four years, Loch Lomond Group has expanded its product range significantly, making capital investments in its distilleries, maturation infrastructure and bottling operations. It has achieved strong international growth and its brands are not present in over 125 countries around the globe.

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Steakout Offers 2kg Steak

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Steakout, the premier casual dining restaurant chain, will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with a limited edition addition to its menu – the 2 kg Porterhouse steak – known by meat lovers as the ‘king of steaks’.

The steak will be the restaurant’s ‘millionaire meal’ and it can easily serve up to four people. It consists of tenderloin fillet and top loin, and it is usually valued at £120, but it will be offered at half the price by Steakout this spring.

The steak is so rare that only a handful of UK restaurants have ever offered something this big. Those wishing to order it actually have to let the restaurant know 24 hours in advance, so that it can be freshly sourced and prepared.

“Since 2008, we’ve grown to eight outlets across London and the UK, transforming beef steak through tenderising and our unique marinades. We’re proud that from day one, we’ve only purchased 100% British Yorkshire cattle and are considered to have some of the highest procurement and packing standards within the industry. We’re delighted to celebrate our tenth anniversary by offering this famous steak in such a rare size and hope our diners really do feel as though they’re eating like millionaires,” said Kaysor Ali, the founder of Steakout.

The 2 kg Porterhouse steak will be available at all of the eight Steakout outlets across London, Leicester, Middlesex, and Bedfordshire.

The Steakout chain was established in early 2008 and it set out to transform the common beef steak, tenderising and marinating it with unique flavours. Soon after, Steakout became the most recognised halal steak dining restaurant in the UK, with eight outlets across the south east and Leicester and further plans to expand.

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New Restaurant Opening in West Hampstead

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Hām is a neighbourhood restaurant, championing produce from small British farms and artisan suppliers, opening its doors this spring in West Hampstead. Its name translates to home in Old English and its menu will use only carefully selected ingredients from the season and soil.

The inspiration behind this concept comes from the passion of independent farmers, fishermen, and cheesemakers. The owners are Rose Tuckey and David Houten and the Head Chef is Matt Osborne. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Matt’s last position was of Head Chef at Toasted in East Dulwich, from where he will bring the interesting flavour combinations.

The menu will reflect the British kitchen, with a few hints of Matt’s Australian background. The restaurant will serve brunch and dinner, with plates such as crumpets, honeycomb, Westcomb ricotta & pear and Bircher muesli, almonds, Hurdlebrook yoghurt & rhubarb on offer. The starters include dishes like Norfolk quail, artichoke, kombu & watercress or raw beef, English wasabi, ginger & shallots, which can be paired with mains like Cornish Brill, verjus sauce, Pink Fir & mussels and Dexter beef, black sesame, white soy and turnips. Round off the perfect meal with chocolate crémeux, blood orange sorbet & peppermint and a selection of cheese from Mons Cheesemongers & Neal’s Yard Dairy.

“At Hām we are working with small suppliers to create a menu which will showcase the best possible ingredients available. We are working with people who are true craftsmen and women, we want to show people respect for what they passionately produce, with what we put on the plate. Hām will be like a buzzing living room, where friends and family come together to share food and stories,” said Matt.

The interior designers of the restaurant are Rory Macpherson of Play Associates. The venue mixes modern elements with traditional design details, making use of exposed brick walls, powdered sea green leather and velvet banquette seating, curved lines and accents of antique brass. There will also be a bar available for guests to enjoy small bites and drinks.

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Almond Nut Clusters Are the New Snacks in SourcedBox

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The Great Taste Award winning Almond Nut Clusters, part of the Pure Bite range, are now going to be featured as a selected snack in SourcedBox’s healthy delivery service, starting from mid-February 2018. SourcedBox delivers every month a selection of the best healthy snacks, all bundled up into a beautiful box that gets delivered directly to its consumers.

“We are thrilled to have Pure Bite’s Almond Nut Clusters in our February SourcedBox. These delicious clusters pack a nutritional punch without compromising on taste, making them exactly the kind of healthy snack that our subscribers love,” said Max Head-Lee, Co-founder of SourcedBox.

Pure Bite is a brand belonging to BiteUK, which offers a delicious range of rice, nut, and coconut baked snack clusters. The founder of BiteUK, Jason Bull, said about the news: “We share values with SourcedBox and love their ideology that brings delicious healthy snacks straight to people’s doors and desks. We love the energy of their business and ability to engage with people through social media channels. We are delighted that they we are spreading the word about healthy snacking together.”

In the snack market, there is a high demand for nut snacks, with a 23.5% increase in consumption in the last two years. The Pure Bite products are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, preservative free, high fibre, high protein, low salt, low sugar and low in calories. The range was created as an answer to a gap in the market for delicious, bite size, and healthy snacks. Jason experienced this first hand, having relatives who suffer from coeliac disease and who find it really challenging to find high quality and tasty gluten free products.

“Our products are low in calories and suitable for people with allergies and intolerances. What I am most proud of is our ability to achieve a product of such outstanding health credentials which taste incredible – and to deliver that package at a competitive price to retailers,” said Jason.

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A New Style of ‘Long Drink’

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Sauce Communications has introduced The Longflint Drinks Co, a new style of ‘long drink’ in the UK that uses handmade tonics, sodas, and seltzers combined with craft spirits. Its mission is to bring the excellence and expertise of their background in craft beer under a new form.

“What we do is actually pretty simple. We hand make a range of tonics, seltzers and sodas before matching them with gin, rum, vodka or mezcal from our favourite craft spirits producers,” said the co-founder James Law.

Founded in east London, Longflint represents a collaboration between artists who design each of its labels, local suppliers, and independent producers that results into unique and affordable drinks. The range can be found and purchased at the price of £3.50 at Mother Kelly’s, Selfridges, and Whole Foods, in the tap rooms of Camden Brewery and Beavertown, and in pubs such as the People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park. It can also be purchased online via Amazon or directly from its website: https://longflint.com/

The founders of Longflint Drinks Co. are James Law and Mark O’Reilly, together with brewer Shane McNamara. They all have a background in craft beer, using it to produce a range of drinks made in collaboration with craft spirits producers. The drinks are carbonated and are around 5% ABV.

The Longflint range includes: A Winter Spiced Pear, Vodka Tonic, a blend of new season British conference pears, East London Liquor’s 100% wheat vodka, and a syrup of clementine’s, cassia cardamom, ginger, cinchona bark, and cloves; Ginger & Rum Fuego, with spiced rum, pressed ginger juice, and Longflint’s own dried chilli tincture Rumbullion; Grapefruit, Sour Cherry & Mezcal Paloma, QuiQuiRiQui mezcal blended with grapefruit juice, and a thyme and rosemary vodka maceration; Hibiscus, Gin Tonic, with cold brewed hibiscus flowers, packed with red stone fruit flavours and Longflint’s house tonic; Negroni Sbagliato, using prosecco instead of gin and added Sicilian blood orange juice; Rhubarb & Vodka Seltzer, a blend of pure British rhubarb juice, house-made vanilla tincture, and organic vodka; and Rose Hip & Gin Fizz, organic gin mixed with Longflint’s house tonic and rose hip, the fruit of the Rosa Canina.

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