Congratulations to Paul Foster and his team at Salt who have been awarded their first Michelin star. A record number of stars were announced by the food guide this week, with 21 restaurants achieving their first star. The Stratford upon Avon restaurant is delighted on the accolade as the guide says that “the cooking of Paul Foster is daring yet has real clarity”.
The Globe in Theatre Street, Warwick is re-opening next Friday (12th) following a big makeover. Changes include a new wood-fired oven to serve hand-crafted pizzas made in the Neapolitan style, a fresh new look and layout in the pub’s bar and dining areas plus the refurbishment of their guest bedroooms.
The man hiding behind the cover is Birmingham wonder chef Brad Carter, who has just scooped Sustainable Star award from olive magazine. For the past 15 years olive magazine has championed the chefs that are making a difference to the way we eat in the UK. Instead of focusing on ‘celebrity chefs’ and ‘TV cooks’, they have sought out the professionals behind the pass who are breaking a sweat, innovating and pioneering. Carter’s of Moseley has been recognised for proving that they care just as much about the environment as the food they’re serving.
For a mellow October I have picked a dozen events for you to eat, drink and discover some of the best chefs and producers in the West Midlands.
The first is a Salt & Earth pop-up by Nikki Astley (formerly Two Cats Kitchen ). He has chosen the recently opened Kanteen in the Custard Factory as a venue to showcase an eclectic menu with Latin American and Eastern influences – including octopus. There are six dates to choose from.
I will be heading over to Staffordshire for the Stone Food & Drink Festival at the weekend and seeing what local producers have in store for foodies.
Shropshire chef James Sherwin is holding a special tasting dinner at Alderford Lake, Whitchurch. Look out for an exclusive competition on the blog to win a pair of tickets for the Saturday 28th October Wild Shropshire evening later in the week!
Two other themed dinners have caught my eye this month. Taste of Leamington is a mini tour of Sabai Sabai, Momenti, Eleven and Oscars restaurants in the town to raise funds for local charities. Over in Brum, chef Tom Aikens will be in his Mailbox restaurant to host a five course Beef Dinner, which includes a butchery demonstration.
There is no shortage of drink events being held in October either. The Wine Gang will bring their Winter Wine Festival to The Cube, Birmingham for a day of tasting over 200 different vintages. If you would like to learn more about natural Austrian wines, then Carters of Moseley has a Meet the Winemaker event to try. The Bluebell in Henley in Arden is showcasing South African wines, meanwhile over in Kenilworth The Cross is repeating its popular Costswold Gin Dinner. It is a taste of the deep South with New Orleans cocktails at The Church in Birmingham and Westons Cider will be celebrating the harvest with an evening tour and light supper in Ledbury.
Full details over on the October events page.
If you go to any of my recommended events I would love to hear how you get on. Also if there is anything coming up in November that you think I should know about, drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
July started with the launch of Leamington Wine Company’s Gin Club, boubon tasting at Hotel du Vin and a stars and stripes dinner at The Star and Garter. Yeeha to American Independence Day! The rest of this month’s food and drink events are just as good.
This week you could be onstage at The Rep for a Blanch & Shock dinner as part of BE Festival, tucking into gin cocktails and pastries at Loki’s new Gin Brunch, or waving the flag for French Resistance Week at The Church.
Next week Glynn Purnell will be signing copies of his book at Harvey Nichols, the Colmore Business District food festival returns and we say hello to a new event – the Stratford Home and Garden Show at Alscot House.
July goes out with a bang at the Birmingham Beer Bash, vintage night at Le Truc and a Connolly’s Wine Dinner at Carters of Moseley. AMV Curiosities takes over The Electric’s Food and Film Club and Clarke and Lee pop-up in the refurbished back bar at the Hare and Hounds.
All the details are on the Events page.
Wherever you go this month I hope that you have a great time discovering or revisiting your favourite chefs, venues and producers in the Midlands.
If there any food and drink events that you think I should add to the blog, please drop me a line at email@example.com.
As Vermillion in Rugby says adios to their paella night, The Encore toasts the Bard in a special supper for Shakespeare’s birthday. April diary dates for foodies are now on the Events page.
Monday (23rd April) is the last day to vote for your favourite! Carters of Moseley, Saffron in Birmingham and The Bluebell in Henley in Arden are the front runners for the West Midlands region.
The ten regional winners will be announced at the end of May and the overall winner of The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year will be announced at a ceremony in London in late June. www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk/awards
Things to enjoy in January include the half price wine sale at Carters of Moseley in Birmingham, extended opening hours at No 9 in Stratford upon Avon and a gourmet Burns’ Dinner at Ettingham Park Hotel . Full details are on the Events page.