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Monday, October 25, 2010

Bill Knott at Blacks

Sunday nights at Blacks was certainly a treat. Bill Knott cooked up a storm which included such delights as Partridge en Escabeche and Blackberry Trifle. Here's the full menu for your perusing pleasure:


October 24th 2010
Sustenance- Bill Knott + Robin Freeman
Exotica – Goddess of the Stars
Inebriation – Giuseppe Mascoli
Partridge en Escabeche, Fried Polenta
Domaine du Rey, Gros Manang, Gascogne, 2005 - £5.50/£20.00
Manzamilla La Gitana, Bodeyas Hidalgo - £3.50
Venison Pie
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms
Bitter Leaf Salad
Villa Gemma, Montepuleiano D’Abruzzo, Massiarelli 2000 – £25.00/£100.00
Bardiga, Valli Unite, 1999 - £8.50/£99.00
Chartreuse and Green Apple Sorbet
Somerset Pecorino with Pears
Vinci, Cotes Catalanes, Coyade, 2006 - £6.50/£36.00
Verduzzo Marco Sara, Savorgnano del Torre, Udine, -£3.50/£28.00
Blackberry Trifle
Colombaia, Vino Rosaro Frizzante Naturale, Toscana, 2009, - £5.50/£29.00
Cartagene, Andre Bourget, Languedoc, NV - £3.50/£28.00

Friday, October 15, 2010

Plectrum Live Edition: A Night at the Rockabilly Revuebar 27th October 2010

where “it ain’t no sin to take off your skin, and dance around in your bones…”

An evening of live music, author readings and talks, screenings, and more, with

Wednesday 27th October 2010
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1
(Russell Square underground station, Piccadilly Line)

Doors 7.30pm Performances begin 8pm
Tickets: £6 on the door
To reserve tickets email: guy@theculturalpick.com

On sale on the night:
All issues to date of the print edition of Plectrum - The Cultural Pick
(more details: www.theculturalpick.com)
Featured performers' books, recordings, and merchandise which they will be happy to sign
(please note no credit card facilities will be available on the night)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Saraban by Greg & Lucy Malouf

We are thrilled to be working with Hardie Grant Books on the forthcoming launch of "Saraban: A chef`s journey through Persia" by Greg and Lucy Malouf. Based in Australia and an acclaimed master of modern Middle Eastern cooking, Greg Malouf will be in London at the end of January 2011 for a series of dinners and other events.

Greg Malouf is the executive chef at MoMo in Melbourne. Lucy Malouf, Greg`s former wife, is an award-winning food writer and editor.

Saraban (£30) will be published on 1 November 2010.


We look forward to introducing Greg in person next year.

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The Hardwick Wins Two National Restaurant Awards

We are very pleased to announce that The Hardwick scooped last night's National Restaurant Awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, winning Best Gastropub and coming No. 13 in the top 100 Restaurants in the country. This is a tremendous achievement, and having eaten at The Hardwick, we can truly say that it was well deserved!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chocolate by Trish Launches

Mauro Colagreco at The Loft Project

On Friday Mauro Colagero wowed guests at the Loft Project with an extraordinary ten course meal. The best dish had to be the razor clam with parsnip cream and coffee emulsion, though the quinoa risotto came a close second. Cooking food as wonderful as that in a kitchen the size of a handkerchief was no mean feat.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Chocolate by Trish Launches at Selfridges

French based, Irish chocolate lover, Trish Deseine, author of the bestselling 'Je Veux du Chocolat' ('I Want Chocolate!'), will be introducing her new range of French cook's chocolate - 'Chocolate by Trish' during Chocolate Week from the 11th October 2010.

Trish has sold over 1 million cookbooks, presented three TV series, and writes for both English and French language publications. Now her love of chocolate and her belief that using good quality can transform any cook's baking has led her to create her own range of quality French cook's chocolate due to launch in Selfridges in October, and perfect for using in recipes at home.

On Thursday 14th October, as part of the Selfridges Chocolate Week celebrations Trish will be demonstrating her Chocolate Making Kit and inviting customers to participate in blindfolded tasting tests. Seated, and enveloped by gorgeous, chocolatey aromas, all senses will be directed towards the taste of Trish's milk, white and dark chocolates and the ingredients they encompass.

All it takes is the right stuff. Rich in cocoa butter. Made in France with love and care.

Chocolate Week is the UK's largest and most indulgent celebration of chocolate, featuring a variety of exciting events nationwide.

Chocolate by Trish will be launched in Selfridges during Chocolate Week, from the 11-17th October 2010.

Available in Selfridges Food Halls - London, Manchester Trafford, Manchester Exchange Square & Birmingham.

And online at www.selfridges.com

Selfridges & Co,
400 Oxford Street,
Telephone: 0800 123 400

Spoon PR
Contact: Sarah Canet
Telephone: 0207 610 9821
Email: sarah@spoon-pr.com

For more information on Chocolate By Trish visit www.chocolatebytrish.com

Monday, October 04, 2010

First Look at The Hardwick's New Rooms


Stephen Terry’s critically acclaimed restaurant, The Hardwick in Abergavenny, opened 8 beautiful bedrooms in time for the Abergavenny Food Festival which took place in mid-September.

This is the first accommodation venture for internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Stephen Terry, owner of The Hardwick. Known for its mighty reputation as an outstanding place to eat and drink, Terry’s restaurant has now been expanded to offer visitors an astounding place to stay. The result is a gastronomic hideaway in the heart of Wales’ lush,verdant hills.

The restaurant remains at the heart of this idyllic escape and the understated, natural elegance of the accommodation blends perfectly with the restaurant’s simple and honest philosophy. Terry’s cleverly remodelled building, though contemporary, is thoroughly sympathetic to its tranquil countryside setting and its Welsh identity. Within The Hardwick’s beautiful oak-clad building, 8 contemporary double bedrooms have been created, combining elegant, understated design with historic Welsh charm. Hand-crafted oak doors, desks and shutters and Welsh slate floors sit comfortably against luxurious ensuite bathrooms, crisp white sheets and modern comforts, such as HD TV, Wi-Fi and a Roberts DAB Radio with iPod and iPhone connections, making it the ultimate escape from the city.

The Hardwick’s award winning restaurant offers exceptional food and drinks and is a
convivial place for guests and visitors alike to meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From Ham, Egg and Chips to a beautiful piece of roasted Gower Peninsula Sea Bass, the restaurant is recognised for using the highest quality locally sourced, seasonal produce. In addition, an elegant mini-bar containing good half bottles of wine and champagne, bottled water, milk and a selection of truffles by chocolatier Damian Allsop is available in each bedroom- creating not only the smartest but also the tastiest accommodation in Wales.

Located in beautiful countryside overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park, this rural retreat provides an excellent base for touring the Wye Valley, an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and for exploring nearby picturesque market town Abergavenny. Famed for its annual Food Festival, it is steeped in history and enjoys an enviable position in the South Eastern corner of Wales, only 20 miles from the English border.

Opened - September 2010

Reservations number: 01873 854220

Address: The Hardwick
Old Raglan Road

Email: info@thehardwick.co.uk

Website: www.thehardwick.co.uk

The Hardwick is a country pub which very much leans towards being a restaurant. This is largely due to the owner, critically acclaimed chef Stephen Terry, being a cook by nature and not a publican. A place where everybody is made to feel welcome, whether it be for a quick pint or meeting friends and family for lunch or dinner, The Hardwick has a simple & honest philosophy- to source, cook and serve to the best of its abilities at all times.

Produce is treated with the respect it deserves and served with the minimum of fuss and maximum of flavour, using seasonal produce that allows customers and staff alike to look forward to certain ingredients throughout the year.

Creating The Hardwick has been a labour of love for Stephen, with the combination of his honest and intelligent food with The Hardwick’s relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere earning it the reputation as one of the best restaurants in the country.

In 2007, The Hardwick was awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide, it has
retained it every year since and is currently the only restaurant in Wales to hold one. Two years on, The Hardwick was named runner-up for the Best Restaurant in the Observer Food Monthly awards and feted for having the UK’s “Best Use of Local Produce” by the Good Food Guide. Last year, ranking 51st in the top 100 restaurants at the National Restaurant Awards 2009, this “highly recommended” establishment was crowned “Best Dining Pub in Wales” (Good Pub Guide 2010).

Stephen Terry
Chef- proprietor Stephen Terry has a great pedigree. From starting off his career with Marco Pierre White to achieving a Michelin star (for the second time) at The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, Stephen’s talents have recently been witnessed on TV courtesy of The Great British Menu. Stephen’s arrival at The Hardwick has been a long and interesting journey.

After training with Marco at his first restaurant, Harvey’s, Stephen went to Le Gavroche where his introduction to classic French cooking became an integral part of the foundation of his philosophy to cooking. His next stop was Scotland as Sous Chef at The Breaval Old Mill, followed by a journey back to London where he opened The Canteen in Chelsea Harbour for Marco and Michael Caine and was awarded his first Michelin star, at the age of 25.

After two years at The Canteen, it was time for a sabbatical and France beckoned.
Following six months in the South of France at a one star Relais chateau Le Roches,
Stephen spent a further successful six months at Parisian two star Michelin L’Arpege led by inspirational Chef Alain Passard, eventually leaving to take up an offer from Oliver Peyton to be head Chef at his new restaurant, Coast in Mayfair, London – still remembered as one of the most cutting edge restaurants of the late nineties.
After Coast, Stephen travelled a little, taking in Australia and parts of North America and was then approached by Francesco Taruschio to purchase The Walnut Tree Inn. In 2002, a year after opening, Stephen won a Michelin star. Two years later, he returned to London to a position as Head Chef consultant at Cecconis, the legendary Italian restaurant in Mayfair that was in need of a little inspiration. From Cecconis it was on to another consultancy at The Pear Tree Inn, Whitley, Wiltshire, which was then awarded Best Pub in England by the AA Guide in 2005. It was whilst commuting from home in South Wales that The Horse & Jockey Pub came on the market. With a new lease of life and the help and support of friends and family, The Hardwick was born within four weeks of purchase.

Images available upon request
For further information on The Hardwick, please contact
Sarah Canet
E: sarah@spoon-pr.com
T: +44 (0)20 7610 9821

Friday, October 01, 2010

Made In Camden: In the Making

Sarah headed across to Camden yesterday for a tour round Made In Camden. Still very much a Work in Progress but the kitchen is very much in full swing with Josh Katz, MIC's Head Chef, testing out the new menu. Here's a few sneaky photos of a few of the dishes;