Jump into June

June 2019

June starts with a Pudding Party and finishes with a Rum Festival. Let my blog will be your guide to eating and drinking at the best events this month. All the details are over on the Events page.

Hunger for a taste of Harvey Nichols?

Harvey Nichols shopping bag

The luxurious new Harvey Nichols store in the Mailbox is due to open in July and at its heart will be The Harvey Nichols Restaurant curated by Glynn Purnell.

Glynn Purnell at Harvey Nichols

Glynn has worked closely with the store to develop a stylish all-day dining menu, mentor the restaurant’s new Head Chef and hospitality team, recruit local suppliers and source the specialist ingredients used in each dish.

To give you a taste of the luxurious new shopping haven, Harvey Nichols has teamed up with Flybe Flight Time and Gastro Card to offer one lucky winner a £250 shopping spree instore, dinner for two (up to the value of £100) in its new restaurant as well as a signed copy of Glynn Purnell’s bestselling book Cracking Yolks and Pigs Tales.

So what are you waiting for?! For the chance to win this fabulous prize and enter, please read T&Cs here Competition closes 30 June.

July’s hottest food and drink events

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.

July events1

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.

July Events2

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 events3

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 midlandsgourmetgirl@gmail.com.

Time for afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols is celebrating the tradition of afternoon tea with a new menu and cocktails, plus mixology masterclasses as part of their restaurant festival which runs until Sunday 18 May.

Harvey Nichols afternoon tea

On the menu is a selection of finger sandwiches, mini scones with clotted cream and jam, individual earl grey Victoria sponge, blueberry and lemon mille feuille plus strawberries and cream. Available daily 2pm – 5.30pm for £12 per person, or for £18 partner it with a signature cocktail.

MAI CHERRY BAKEWELL – Gold rum, Cointreau and fresh lime juice shaken with almond syrup and cherry syrup. Served short over ice and garnished with maraschino cherries and almond flakes

CUCUMBER & ELDERFLOWER COLLINS – Fresh cucumber shaken with gin, fresh lemon juice and elderflower syrup. Served tall over ice, topped with soda water and garnished with a slice of cucumber.

HIGH TEA AT HARVEY’S – Earl grey infused gin shaken with bergamot liqueur, fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. Served in a vintage tea cup garnished with an edible flower.

HARVEY NICHOLS WINE COOLER – Lemon vodka, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and Harvey Nichol’s house white wine shaken with a little pineapple juice. Served tall over ice, topped with a splash of lemonade and garnished with a pineapple leaf.

Harvey Nichols restaurant Birmingham

The one hour mini cocktail masterclasses are running on Saturday  17 May at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5pm at £10 per person.  To book, call Harvey Nichols Birmingham 0121 616 6028.  (A £5 deposit will be required when booking, places offered on a first come first served basis.)

Egg-stra special Easter

Mary Berry simnel cake

On Tuesday I’ll be tuning into BBC2’s Great British Bake Off Easter Masterclass, to see Mary Berry make a traditional simnel cake. In the meantime I’ve found some more sweet treats for you to try at Easter.

From rabbits to chicks there are all sorts of novelty shaped chocolates, but the Galllina white chocolate hen stands out as being egg-stra special. Laying a bed of mini eggs, she is available from Carluccio’s for £6.50.

Carluccios Gallina

As I have girlfriends round for afternoon tea on Sunday, the Artisan du Chocolat Easter Tapas box is going to make an appearance. A selection of sugared ganaches and praline mini eggs, fried egg discs filled with apricot and tonka, crunchy milk chocolate honeycomb bites and gianduja coconut cubes for £19.95.

Artisan du Chocolat Easter tapas box

A Fairtrade dark chocolate egg from Marks & Spencer has caught my eye, as the shell is a mini explosion of colour with raspberries, chocolate covered crispies and silver coloured pearls.£10.

M&S fairtrade Easter egg

From their extra thick shell and gigantic Ostrich eggs to handy little gifts for egg hunts the Hotel Chocolat range of Easter eggs is stunning. Here you’ll find the Raspberry Eton Mess sandwich of two slices of white chocolate pressed between two beautifully decorated egg shells for £8.

raspberry-eton-mess-egg-sandwich

Instead of an egg, my mum will love the Harvey Nichols alternative to petit fours. This pretty selection box of 25 bite sized marzipan spring flowers and hot cross buns is £15.95.

Harvey Nichols Easter marzipan selection

Now I’m going to let you into a secret. This beautifully wrapped dark chocolate bar is from Marou, the first single-origin artisan chocolate maker from Vietnam. Their cocoa beans are sourced directly from small farmers who harvest the pods and process them into fermented and dried cocoa beans. Marou is one of the very few artisanal chocolate makers in the world that are creating gourmet chocolate at the place of origin, all from locally sourced ingredients. This chocolate is rich in flavours and aromas – there are notes of citrus fruit, banana, cinnamon and honey, with a hint of tobacco, all embedded in the 80% cocoa bars. Try them at Chocolate Gourmet in Ludlow, Broadway Deli in Broadway Worcestershire and Defaba in Birmingham.

Marou chocolate bar

Happy Easter!