Merchant Gourmet Hold Cooking Masterclass at Grains & Graze

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Tomorrow, on the 14th November, it has been announced that the award-winning food brand Merchant Gourmet will be hosting a cooking masterclass. The event will be taking place at their new restaurant and discovery space which is called Grain & Graze.

The restaurant in Islington will be hosting this cookery masterclass with the intention of trying to change the perception of grains and pulses. It is thought that this food group is seen as elitist, which is far from true. The work by the team at Grain & Graze at this workshop will be to demonstrate for grains and pulses can be used in everyday cooking. The cooking masterclass should hopefully educate and inspire more people to cook with this rarely considered food group.

The masterclass will be hosted by Merchant Gourmet Cook and former Le Manoir Cookery School Head Alex Mackay, who will be working to share a wide range of tips and trick that make cooking with grains and pulses easy pea-sy. Alex Mackay will share tips and tricks as well as a range of 30 minute dishes that have been created with healthy produce.

Merchant Gourmet has been working for the past 20 years to explore the world and look for the finest and most interesting ingredients that can be used to get their guests excited about food too. Formed by Mark and Oliver Leatham in 1995, Merchant Gourmet has a passionate team on hand to find the world’s finest ingredients and have also launched their own Ready-to-eat Puy Lentils and Quinoa pouches, which were the first of their kind in the UK.

Grain & Graze is the first pop-up opened by Merchant Gourmet, with the intention of taking guests on a journey of taste and discovery with fresh, innovative flavours. The menu at the restaurant has been tailored in order showcase the variety and potential available from pulses, grains and chestnuts. The food on offer ranges from nutritious to indulgent and from sweet to savoury.

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Première Niege Launches Personalised Winter Menus for Chalet Merlo

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Première Niege is thrilled to announce their personalised winter menus for the 2017/18 winter season for their most luxurious property, Chalet Merlo. Located in the spectacular mountains of Sainte Foy, in the Tarentaise Valley of Savoie in France, this luxurious Chalet will offer a luxurious stay in the mountains, with uniquely personalised concierge service, dedicated host and chauffeur and private qualified chef.

The new personalised menu will offer high gourmet standards with the use of fresh and local produce, allowing food lovers to savour the seasons deliciously warming dishes after a day on the slopes. Chalet Merlo is one of Première Niege’s luxury catered chalets that will offer unforgettable ski holiday experiences for friends and family who want the ideal gourmet getaway in the heart of the French Alps.

Guests will be pampered from the moment of arrival, with a dedicated Première Niege team on hand to create a complete fine dining experience that can be enjoyed in the luxury of the amazing Chalet. Première Niege can offer a personalised menu of high quality for all dietary requirements. From the start of the week to the end, guests will be able to enjoy nothing but the finest cuisine which is prepared daily by Chalet Merlo’s qualified chef, this includes dishes such as Asparagus Veloute and Boudin Noir Scotch Eggs as well as delicious cheese platters which offer a range of the local favourites to enjoy.

All diners will also be served with quality sommelier chosen house wines with the option to upgrade from Première Niege’s wide-ranging wine cellar. To add to the luxurious experience, guests can add a glass of Champagne to enjoy during canapés and aperitifs before sitting down to their four-course gourmet dinner. The guests at Chalet Merlo will also be treated to a range of freshly baked cakes and biscuits, also prepared each day for afternoon tea.

Chalet Merlo is located directly above the village of Le Miroir and offer panoramic vistas of the Tarentaise valley. Offering access to some of the best ski areas that the Alps have to offer, this Chalet offers the ideal backdrop for a stunning winter holiday.

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The Hunter Penrose Transforms into The Imaginarium for Christmas

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A barely touched Olde Victorian warehouse located in the heart of Borough Market, The Hunter Penrose has been converted for the festive season into the Imaginarium. This space will open on Saturday 18Tth November 2017. The Imaginarium is the latest festive offering by Slap Ya Papa and Marbles & Ware, the scene created in the Olde Victorian warehouse is set in a parallel world where Christmas has been cancelled, but St. Nicky is out and leading a rebellion with a cabal behind him of rebel elves.

The Imaginarium is a pop-up arts space and will include a programme of events that will last for six weeks and display work that has been inspired by the seemingly endless nature of human imagination. The Imaginarium will be filled with artistic activity, with highlight at the warehouse including immersive theatrical feasts from Christmess, live jazz and cabaret performances, thought provoking talks and workshops and a black comedy matinee of the Night Before Christmas by Anthony Neilson.

With family workshops that have been inspired by the mesmerising alternate world brought to Borough Market, with drawing workshops from Drawing Theatre and beekeepers from Forest Garden on hand to offer beeswax candle dipping. Those looking for a wellness kick during their visit can enjoy Hedge Herbs’ offering, a Victorian apothecary to soothe ailments from this season of excess. The apothecary will teach modern Londoners how to brew tonics and remedies that are designed to cure winter ailments. Forest Garden will be on hand in addition to the candle dipping to demonstrate how beeswax can be turned into beauty creams and balms that are perfect for chapped skin in these cold months.

The transformation of The Hunter Penrose seeks to demonstrate that, although Christmas it’s a time seemingly typified by frivolity, the heat of St. Nicky and the elves’ revolution of the conscientious aim to imagine a better future for the planet. The Imagination Series is about capturing the magic and imagination around Christmas while also working to transform the world, to make it fairer, greener and more inspiring. As a part of this there will be talks such as ‘Reimagining Masculinity’ with author Chris Hemmings and ‘Reimagining Economics’ with comedian Susie Steed.

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Chamberlain’s Of London Opening During Weekend to Bring More Visitors to The City

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Chamberlain’s Of London restaurant will be supporting the move to attract more weekend visitors to The City. This move is taking place in particular in Leadenhall Market, and will see a number of businesses opening 7 days a week. Chamberlain’s Of London has announced that they will be open every day for the first time in their 17 year trading history.

Starting on the 11th November, the restaurant will launch a Saturday evening and Sunday brunch menu which will be presented as a la carte and a set menu. Chamberlain’s news has come in addition to the news that the amazing Victorian Leadenhall Market is now fully occupied for the first time in five years and The Lord Mayor’s Show, which Chamberlain’s will be involved in, as a sponsor for the Leadenhall float. There have been a number of new openings in the area including The Ned and Bloomberg Arcade.

Chamberlain’s has been serving fish and seafood for 16 years at the stunning Victorian Market. Offering amazing architecture, history and world class retail, food and drink locations for visitors to enjoy, it is great news that the Market and local businesses are trying to encourage more visitors by opening at the weekend. Chamberlain’s Of London is in their fourth generation of a family fishmonger business and works to select and supply only the very best fish and seafood which have been supplied straight from the boat via Billingsgate to the kitchen.

Diners will be able to enjoy a Saturday Gourmet Menu or Sunday Brunch menu as of this weekend. Both of these offerings are available from £27 for two courses or three courses for £32. For those visiting on the Sunday, guests will be able to add a bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary to the two course option for an extra £20.

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Mac & Wild Launch Highland Winter Hunting Lodges in London

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Mac & Wild, London’s favourite Scottish restaurant has announced the launch of their winter Hunting Lodges. This winter, the popular restaurant is offering guests an opportunity to escape to Highland hideaway, while staying firmly in the centre of London. The Hunting Lodges have been created in partnership with their favourite Scottish Gin, The Botanist.

Londoners will have the opportunity to get a taste of the Highlands at Mac & Wild in Devonshire Square. Located a short distance away from the Square Mile, and close to Liverpool Street Station, the Highland-inspired winter lodges are nestled into the western courtyard of Devonshire Square and is the perfect location for a festive retreat this winter. The Lodges are now available to book for brunch, lunch, drinks and dinner 6 days of the week.

The coldest season of the year is upon us, and Mac & Wild’s heated Botanist Hunting Lodges have been created with inspiration from shooting lodges located in the Highlands in order to deliver a festive hideaway in a quiet corner of the bustling city streets. The Lodges have been decorated with festive pine, candles, twinkling lights, heather shrubs, Scottish books and a speaker, allowing guests to play their favourite Christmas songs, or find the perfect playlist for their cozy winter gathering. The lodges have plenty of fur blankets on offer and tartan rugs in order to snuggle up on chilly winter days and nights.

Each of the Hunting Lodges is allocated its own dedicated serving lad or lassie, who will be on hand throughout the guests’ bookings in order to feed and water the entire party as while enjoying the festive, intimate space.

The restaurant’s favourite Gin, The Botanist has been used to curate an extra special gin-based cocktail menu with highlights such as The Botanist Elixir Winter Bramble and The Botanist Apple Collins. The food on offer will include Mac & Wild favourite selection of highland treats.

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Two Students Use Holiday to Inspire Start-up Business

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Two young students have taken holiday inspiration and created one an innovative new dessert startup in Manchester. In 2015, Henry Milroy and Rob Huysinga where visiting Thailand when they came across a stall that served ice cream in a creative and innovative new way.

The pair were aware that there would be a market for stir-fried ice cream in the UK, spending the rest of their time in Ko Phi Phi working to recreate the amazing ice cream spectacle that they had seen. The the pair got bat the the UK they immediately got to work making their business venture dream a reality. Pan-n Ice toured around the biggest festivals this summer showcasing their creative new start-up to a large audience. Soon after the summer tour had ended, Henry and Rob managed to get a permanent home inside Selfridges at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The new concession stand for the partnership is currently the busiest that the location has ever had.

The most important thing that has been learned by Rob and Henry and most other people starting their own business venture is that it is vital to maximise each and every penny of revenue for the business. This means that funds are limited for Pan-n-Ice, which creates a range of problems for the company, especially as the business founders were both University students when they first started the business. At this point the pair turned to iZettle, which is a commerce solutions provider that works to offer small businesses a range of tools to help them grow, from card payments to a point-of-sale system.

Society is becoming more and more digital, with the widespread use of contactless technology and apps to pay for purchases with mobile devices, people are moving further away from cash. Because of this, iZettle offers their card readers and allows smaller businesses that would usually rely on cash sales could increase their intake, especially when working at events where it is likely that customers could be without cash.

Speaking about this offering, The two founders of Pan-n-Ice have said that there are a large number of people at each event they attend that would watch them work with amazement then not have any cash available to make a purchase. Therefore, the iZettle card reader offers the pair, and other businesses the chance to make a sale that they would have previously missed out on, and the customer gets to try the amazing, creative, Stir-fry Ice Cream.

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