Jump into June’s events

June 2017 events

This is a good month to see your favourite chefs in action, with cookery demos at festivals all across the West Midlands in June.

Catch Jean-Christophe Novelli in Coventry,  Simpson’s Nathan Eades  at Foodies Festival in Birmingham, Brad Carter at Ragley Hall’s Fabulous Food Festival and Chris Burt at Shrewsbury Food & Drink Festival.

Specialist dinners this month include a forage walk and inspired menu in Hereford at Madam & Adam, celebrating asparagus at The Cross in Kenilworth and three of Colmore Row’s best eateries in an evening tour.

Look out for National Beer Day themed events in Staffordshire too, with a supper club and beer tasting.


Birmingham chefs take centre stage

There are some familiar faces and a cross section of city venues taking part in the Foodies Festival this weekend.

Foodies Festival Chefs Theatre


To see the guys in action, here is the timetable for the Chefs Theatre.

Friday 15th May

12.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

13.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

14.00 Ryan Swift – The Edgbaston

15.00 Robert Grzesik – The Warehouse Cafe

16.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

17.00 William Noblett – Ju Ju’s Cafe

Saturday 16th May

12.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

13.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

14.00 Glynn Purnell – Purnells

15.00 James Wong – Chung Ying

16.00 Jackie Kearney – The Hungry Gecko

17.00 Nick Turner – Hotel De Vin

Sunday 17th May

12.00 Katy B – ‘Little Miss Meat Free’ Great Vegan Bake Off Winner 2014

13.00 Rachel Green – Top TV Chef

14.00 Aktar Islam – Lasan Group

15.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

16.00 Matt Cheal – Simpsons

Entry to the Chefs Theatre is included in the ticket price. Tickets are released at the festival on the day and are available on a first come, first served basis and entry is limited – register for free entry at the Registration Point opposite the main entrance.

(Photo credits: Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Living)

Epi Restaurant pop-ups in Birmingham

After an extended break I’ve finally emptied my inbox, which contained some exciting news for 2014. There will be a new street food collective launching in Birmingham, Glynn Purnell is publishing his first cookbook and there are a couple new food festivals planned for Warwickshire in the Summer. I’ll let you know more details as soon as I have them.

One event that I can tell you about now, is a new pop-up from chefs Nathan Eades and Grant Hill.

Nathan Eades and Grant Hill Epi Restaurant pop-up

After a successful few months running their Epi pop-up restaurant in Bromsgrove, the Ludlow trained duo are making their way over to Birmingham for three dates this month.

Nathan and Grant will be serving modern British cuisine with French technique and influence.  They will be using local artisan suppliers and both have a keen interest in foraging and wild foods.  Nathan says: “We’re both trained in classical French cookery, that’s what we love doing and feel comfortable doing, but we’re going to use local ingredients as much as possible.”


Here is what diners can expect from some of the dishes at the Kitchen Garden Café on Monday 13, 20 and 27 January – goat with spiced quinoa and fennel, salmon with cauliflower and chicory and pork with broccoli and almonds.


This isn’t the first time that the Kitchen Garden Café has played host to successful pop-ups, as happy diners from masterchef the professionals finalist Claire Hutchings can testify. The venue is a mix of a licensed cafe, organic Fairtrade deli and garden centre, that transforms itself into an a la carte restaurant for weekend evenings. http://www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk

Epi pop-up tickets are £32.50 and available via  www.epi-KGC.eventbrite.co.uk.  For more information visit their Facebook page www.Facebook.com/epirestaurant or follow them on twitter @RestaurantEpi.