Next was Chris Stewart from the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine. I’d really enjoyed chatting to Chris at the March event so was keen to hear more about his idea for a more ingredient and producer-led approach to pop-up restaurants. The first of these will take place in June, all being well. Chris asked the audience for venue ideas and producers they’d like to see showcased. I continue to ponder venue options and potential cheese suppliers…
Rounding out the first half was Hemma’s head chef, Steph Stapleton Barnes. The folks at Hemma have looked after us brilliantly at our first three events. This was an opportunity for them to more directly share a little about their ethos and approach with the audience. This included some samples of their excellent Scandi-influenced menu, which people happily munched during our mid-session interval.It was soon back to business with Rose Clarkson, who is a fellow Total Food Geek, giving us an insight into Space to Grow, which will aim to transform corporate land into working gardens. Again, Rose asked the appreciative crowd for their support and they volunteered it in spades. To round the evening out, Fred Berkmiller from Les Escargots Blanc et Bleu presented with his Budding Chefs hat on. After a successful programme of events, last month, Fred was happy to reflect upon another successful cultural exchange. He highlighted the importance of capturing enthusiasm for food at an early age so that the basics were commonplace and ingrained.
Fred was a little too modest to ask directly, but I know he’s keen to get some more support from the food community in Edinburgh for the logistical aspects of next year’s events. He’d be happy to hear from you if you have a little time or expertise to pledge to this excellent project.
That brought down the curtain on another fabulous evening, which was our busiest event yet. Thanks again to Hemma for continued excellence and the Zomato chaps, now safely ensconced in our fair city, for their continued support.