Well we think it has got a bit tired really - the magazine is thin, the 'street food corner' announcing the commercialisation of street food - uninspiring, sold out of brand new H vans by bored staff, pricey, using weird ingredients (when was Sangria ever made with sherry and sugar-free lemonade?) The sales pitches out of touch (with the exception of the coffee machine suppliers who gave us a great coffee and the best, most relevant and interesting information) and the stands with just a jar of sweets...well...is your budget REALLY that bad? And what happened to wine tasting?!
But I did get a years supply of quite nice pens, spoke to a few genuinely well informed and passionate foodie suppliers (mostly the ones who we already know who actually make what they sell like the cheeses, the bread, the juices and the ice cream) and we found just one brilliant and inspiring brand new idea - from Croatia - that we really want to keep to ourselves but will feature as Dish of the Day when we get back in touch with them.
- New cheeses from Butlers
- Breckland Orchards award winning juices
- a great summer equals lots of great ice cream makers
- our lunch starter
- our lunch main course
- One of the better Street Food menus
Off we go again to sample the delights of the Restaurant Show trade fair at Earls Court. Our first mission - to get the best coffee we can find, as fast as possible, and free. Inspector X won. Then to lunch at the the disappointing street food area (this years theme) where I had the worst 'street food' I have had all year, I should have realised - there was no queue! Then off to taste Orange wines. Here are some of the pics - starting with Tuddenham Mill chef Paul Foster doing a demo.
At suffolkfoodie we have·a wide range of hospitality qualifications, experience and skills. It includes working in the industry for many years, cooking, food writing and related hospitality business enterprises. We like good home-made food, are fussy about what we eat but·this doesn't mean fine dining -we are just as happy with a good stew or a burger from a street food stall.
Ruth Bolton is a passionate foodie and hospitality professional with over thirty five years experience in the catering, hospitality and service industries. Ruth is a Quality Assessor for Visit England having trained with them as a Hotel Inspector in 2007. She has also taught life skills and cookery at a Further Education level. Ruth has owned an award winning restaurant (The Chalice in Bury St Edmunds) and run her own outside event catering businesses. She occasionally pops up with her Little House of Cooking Cafe, complete with colourful caravan. She understands how difficult and expensive it can be to find help and advice when you need it. She keeps up with food trends and was ahead of her time in serving what is now known as Modern British food. She can provide advisory services to your business if you contact her here. Her relaxation pursuits include discovering more about wine and experimenting with her cocktail trolley - as Jimmy Buffet sang ... it's five o'clock somewhere; pour me another one!
Claire Frank has lived, eaten and cooked in the UK and sometimes goes to the Caribbean, but not in a 'living on a luxury yacht' kind of way. Claire has taught cookery to children in schools, to adults as an evening class, worked as a food taster for a research company, has written about food for local media and began to write the original suffolkfoodie blog long before street food was the trend it is now. Claire also has a life-threatening addiction to hot sauce and makes it in Barbuda.
As some of the first food bloggers to start writing in the UK our sixteen year old blog is noted by many in the industry for it's longevity and accuracy regarding the world of food. We are hospitality trained, between us worked as a hotel inspector, chef and a food taster and written extensively about food and food trends - how to cook, what to eat and where to go. Ruth continues to work as a freelance consulant to food led hospitality and tourism businesses. Take a look at her website here. We have been invited to attend promotions and contribute to feedback for many in the food industry over the years including the Suffolk Magazine Food and Drink Awards, the Suffolk Food Hall and and Broads Authority "Eating out on the Broads". We work with PR companies to promote new openings and food events. If you invite paying guests into your home then invite us to your supper club, or if you want to share a recipe, send it to us. Ruth is based in Suffolk and Claire spends much of her time in London, so we travel everywhere for good food - Abroad if necessary. We are always on the look out for new trends, exciting new producers and innovative businesses in the world of food and drink.
For many years Ruth has catered for interesting food events with a wide range of clients. Her speciality is cooking over a campfire in her South African Potjies. Ruth is a personal licence holder and holds a 5 star food hygiene rating. You will find her Little House of Cooking blog pages here.
If you would like to be·featured on the site, tell·us and we will do our best to promote you. We are always looking for a new Dish of the Day so submit your picture and your favourite recipe and it could be you. And if you do find something or somewhere nice, give other suffolkfoodies your feedback by telling us about it.
A great day out of free tastings and sous-vide immersion into the world of culinary arts. There were olives, ice creams, huge parmesans, coffee, pastries, salami and of course plenty of wine and we tried it all. I correctly matched a Pinot Noir to Jimi Hendrix in the completely mad music-with-wine tasting by Mickey Narea - the sommelier at Launceston Place, and afterwards went to eat at beautiful Benares for their early supper at £25 for three courses. Not much Suffolk in this show though.