THE FOODIE DIARY: NOVEMBER 2019
The clocks have gone back, and it’s time to wrap up warm and comfort eat our way through winter. To help you decide what and where to eat and drink this month, here’s our latest food news from across the county; scroll down for diary dates throughout November.
EAT UP AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
This November, Fifteen Cornwall is running a series of brilliant looking “Eat Up” events. These include two industry events – a business breakfast on 8th and “Meet the Media” on 25th – as well as:
Sunday 3 November Vegan Sharing Lunch with food writer, Áine Carlin
Join Áine at the table, share food and chat about the world of plant-based cooking and her accessible approach to veganism. £20pp.
Sunday 10 November Badass Brunch
£20pp, includes a brunch cocktail, tea or coffee, and a badass brunch dish. Choose from steak with eggs and burnt onion ketchup, omelette with smoked salmon, horseradish, and chive and cucumber relish, or brioche eggy bread with roasted seasonal fruit, chocolate and custard.
Sunday 10 November High Time for High Tea
Fifteen’s pastry chef, Mariana Chaves, has put together an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches of Cornish crab, smoked mackerel and pickled vegetables, and sweet treats including carrot cake and indulgent chocolate tarts. Served with Tregothnan tea and a glass of fizz. £35pp.
Monday 18 November Peboryon Baking Masterclass
Hosted by Phil and Christine Jenson from Peboryon, the talented duo will be demonstrating how to turn a standard sponge into an awe inspiring masterpiece. £28pp.
Thursday 21 November Dessert, wine and cheese evening
An evening of Cornish cheeses from Hanson Fine Foods and desserts from Mariana Chaves, served with fine wines matched by sommelier Greg Turner. £35pp.
Tuesday 26 November Chocolate tasting with Rio Nuevo
Chocolatiers Andres and Sara from Rio Nuevo Chocolate will guide you through the basics of chocolate tasting, learning about taste, aromas and texture. £20pp.
Thursday 28 November Pasta Perfecto with Gennaro Contaldo
A special four course menu featuring dishes from the fabulous Gennaro and Fifteen’s head chef Adam Banks. The evening also includes an interview with Gennaro and book signing of his new book ‘Pasta Perfecto’, a copy of which is included in the ticket price for every guest. £48pp.
PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
It’s nearly time for the county’s biggest festive food event of the year. Padstow Christmas Festival runs from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 December, and this year’s chef line-up looks as good as ever.
Nathan Outlaw officially opens the festival at noon on the Thursday, and his appearance on stage will be followed by dozens of others, ranging from popular locals to high-profile chefs from further afield. This year’s newbies include Clodagh McKenna, Matt Tebbutt and Andrew Sheridan, and festival favourites Atul Kochhar, Paul Ainsworth, Angela Harnett, Brian Turner and the Stein family will all be there too.
The Sunday morning sees a star-studded kitchen team (see photo above) cooking and serving up a charity breakfast for those lucky enough to get hold of tickets, which go on sale at noon on 1 November. See here for tickets.
For full details see padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.
TREVETHAN DISTILLERY LAUNCHES KONEVA APERITIF
Trevethan Distillery has launched a brand new Cornish aperitif, called Koneva, which means “dinner drink” in Cornish.
Having produced gins for over five years, the distillery decided to create something that would sit alongside their existing products. Koneva is a distilled spirit (25% ABV) and is described as being an “aromatic, flavoursome and vibrant aperitif”.
Served simply with tonic, it is full of flavour (ingredients include cinchona bark, orange peel and mixed berries) but not overly sweet. And for a 100% Cornish Negroni, Trevethan’s recipe is:
- 25ml Koneva
- 25ml Trevethan Original Gin
- 25ml Knightor Rose Vermouth
- Stir into a glass with ice and garnish with a large twist of orange peel.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
The latest offers from Rick Stein’s restaurants include…
Moules frites with a glass of Le Tuffeau Sauvignon Blanc for £14.95 at Rick Stein, Falmouth. Available every day at lunchtime from 12 Nov to 27 March.
Vintage lunches at Rick Stein, Porthleven for the over 60s. Classic fish and chips for just £7.95 and, if you can squeeze it in, a dessert for £3. Available every Thursday until 26 March.
The winter offer at Stein’s Fish & Chips, Padstow is classic fish and chips with a cup of tea for £7.95 or with Prosecco for £10.95. Available until 27 March, excluding school holidays. No reservations required.
And finally, the winter set lunches at The Seafood Restaurant are priced at £24.95 for three courses. The seasonal menu includes freshly landed seafood, locally sourced vegetables and dishes inspired by Rick’s culinary travels. Booking recommended.
Friday 1 November South Indian Curry Feast at Knightor
A wonderful looking feast, starting with nibbles and a cocktail at the bar, followed by three courses of authentic South Indian dishes. £30pp. For full details or to book, see here.
Friday 1 November Wine Tasting Dinner at The Beach at Bude
The Beach’s head chef Jamie Coleman has come up with another cracking menu for this month’s wine dinner. Dishes include plaice fillet with steamed crab dumpling, salsify, shiitake mushroom and Thai green sauce, and toffee apple whipped cheesecake with almond biscuit and cider caramel. £45pp, full details here.
Sunday 3 November Polytunnel Brunch at Padstow Kitchen Garden
A pop-up brunch in the polytunnel at Padstow Kitchen Garden, featuring a full Padstow breakfast made up of ingredients either reared or grown on the farm, which will be cooked over fire. BYO hot drinks, and there will be a bar on site where other drinks can be purchased. £16.50pp For full details and to book, see here.
Friday 8 November Cocktails at Saltbox, Wadebridge
Bartender Jordan Gilbert is teaching mixology between 4 and 6pm, followed by an evening of cocktails, at The Bar at Saltbox in Wadebridge. The Cocktail Masterclass is £20pp. Phone 07974 089391 to book.
Tuesday 12 November Coffee Cocktail Masterclass at The Warehouse in Penryn
Origin’s head barista, Adam Pascoe, will be hosting a cocktail masterclass, showcasing how coffee and spirits can be combined to create deliciously indulgent cocktails. Guests will receive a cocktail on arrival and enjoy samples throughout Adam’s demo, along with a recipe to take home. £18pp, tickets available here.
Wednesday 13 November Charity dinner at INDIdog
INDIdog’s head chef Paul Ripley will be joined by legendary Alan Bird for an eight course feast in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission. Expect delicious food – but the top secret menu will not be revealed beforehand so please note that special dietary requirements can not be catered for. £60pp, doors open at 6.30pm for canapés and fizz. Phone 01326 450699 to book.
Friday 15 November An evening with Jude Kereama, Josh Eggleton and Rob Howell at Kota Kai
Three of the south west’s top chefs will be joining forces to serve up a six course tasting menu at Kota Kai in Porthleven. Josh Eggleton (Pony and Trap), Rob Howell (Root) and Kota Kai’s very own Jude will each be taking on two courses. The menu will be matched with wines by Enotria & Coe. £70 per person. To book, contact the restaurant, see kotakai.co.uk.
Tuesday 19 November An evening with Phil Vickery at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen
Rugby legend, and winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2011, Phil Vickery will be helping Nathan in the kitchen as well as entertaining guests with stories from the rugby pitch. All ticket proceeds will go to the Port Isaac RNLI. £85pp, full details and buy tickets here.
Wednesday 20 November Food Photography with James Ram
Cornish food photographer James Ram will lead Truro School Cookery’s first food photography evening. James will teach the basics of food photography, followed by supper. 7-9pm, £30pp.
Wednesday 20 November Wadebridge Wines Christmas Wine Tasting
Always a great event, this is an opportunity to taste a huge selection of wines and spirits. 6pm-9pm at the Royal Cornwall Showground. For further information phone 01208 812692.
Thursday 21 November Charity dinner at St Moritz Hotel
A wonderful looking dinner in aid of the Cornwall Community Foundation, generously donated by the owners of the St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick. Drinks have been donated by Pentire Drinks, Navas Tonic, Fishlock Wines, BinTwo and Origin Coffee. All proceeds from the £50 ticket price will go to the charity. See here for the menu and to book.
Friday 22 November An Evening with Fern Britton
Bestselling author, broadcaster and actor Fern Britton will be in conversation with BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard at this special three course dinner at The Pickwick Inn in St Issey. £40pp, all proceeds to go to local charities. See here for more details.
Saturday 23 November Natty Dinner with Alex Polizzi
Ancestrel Wines will be joining Alex Polizzi for a special wine dinner at The Tresanton. £80 for the four course meal with matching natural wines. For full details or to book, see here.
Tuesday 26 November Coffee Cocktail Masterclass at The Warehouse in Penryn
As described above, £18pp, tickets available here.
Wednesday 27 November Jamón & Tapas Night at The Vault in Penzance
José Sol from Mevalco will be at The Vault Kitchen in Penzance to give a jamón masterclass, talk through Spanish produce, and why they help preserve rural communities. 7pm arrival, £25pp.
Saturday 30 November Winter Fair at The Vault in Penzance
This annual fair, normally at The Old Coastguard, moves to The Vault for 2019. It will showcase work by local artists and craftspeople. 10am-3pm.
Saturdays 30 Nov & 7 Dec Christmas at Colwith
Colwith Farm Distillery’s Christmas evenings include a welcome mulled gin followed by a mini tour of the distillery. There will be a tutored tasting, including sampling limited edition Christmas pudding vodka and gin, accompanied by a selection of warm festive nibbles. £25pp, book via the website.
30 Nov to 31 Dec Christmas at Una St Ives
There are extensive Christmas celebrations at Una St Ives this year, including special Christmas party nights, wreath-making workshops, dip & dine brunches, a pizza and beer evening, lunch and spa days, and a Swinging Christmas Ball. For full details see unastives.co.uk/events.
Wednesday 4 December Ken Symons at Trevisker’s
The first in Trevisker’s series of events for Padstow Christmas Festival, popular Falmouth chef Ken Symons is presenting a bespoke seven course tasting menu featuring some of his signature dishes. £35pp, with optional wine flight for an additional £30. Booking essential. See here.
Thursday 5 December Adrian Oliver at Trevisker’s
Adrian Oliver is back at the helm of Trevisker’s kitchen, serving his seven course tasting menu, including his signature Cornish duck dish and two of his famous puddings. £35pp, with optional wine flight for £30. Booking essential. See here.
Friday 6 December Alan Bird at Trevisker’s
Legendary chef Alan Bird’s beautiful seven course tasting menu includes a Cornish crab tartlet, a hake dish, and a rum and raisin fondant. £35pp, with an optional additional £30 for a bespoke personalised wine or Sharp’s Brewery beer flight. Booking essential. See here.
Saturday 7 December Davin Browning at Trevisker’s
Head chef at Theatre Royal Plymouth, this is Davin Browing’s first event at Trevisker’s. His seven course tasting menu includes his signature dishes of Cornish plaice, a duck bonbon, and chocolate parfait. £35pp, with optional wine flight for £30. Booking essential. See here.
Rick Stein’s cookery school celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, so to celebrate they’ve added some new courses: a special one day 2020 celebration course, a two day Cornish food adventure with Jack Stein, four new one dish workshops, and the chance to discover recipes from Rick’s upcoming TV series, Secret France. To see the full calendar and to book a course, visit rickstein.com.
Congratulations to the winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards. In the food and drink categories, Una Kitchen was crowned best restaurant, Boscastle Farm Shop and Café was named best café/tearoom and The Pandora Inn in Mylor won pub of the year. St Michaels in Falmouth won the large hotel category, Stargazy Inn in Port Isaac was named best small hotel, and Camel Valley Vineyard won small visitor attraction of the year. For all the winners, see here.
Fifteen Cornwall is recruiting its next round of trainees. The fifteen month paid apprenticeship is open to those aged between 16 and 24 who need a fresh start or second chance, and enables them to pursue a career in the food industry. For full details, see here.
Bidding for The Fishermen’s Mission’s latest live auction ends on 1 November. Lots include some fantastic seafood-related food and drink prizes, as well as works of art. For full details see fishmishauction.org.uk/auction/.
Da Bara Bakery’s new bakery at Indian Queens is up and running, with their café due to open later in November – the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat and pick up one of their legendary cinnamon buns.
Kate Attlee opens her new takeaway deli – Sabzi – in Truro on 2 December. Expect beautiful, fresh, delicious, vibrant and healthy food, with Kate’s signature Iranian twist. More news in next month’s diary.
Huge congratulations to Padstow’s Prawn on the Lawn, which has been named as the UK’s best seafood restaurant in the Seafish/The Caterer Seafood Restaurant of the Year Competition.
There’s a host of events planned at Watergate Bay this December, including festive drinks at Watchful Mary, seasonal dinners at Zacry’s, cocktails and “12 gins of Christmas” in The Living Space, and Christmas feasts and a New Year’s Eve party at The Beach Hut. For full details, see watergatebay.co.uk/christmas-nights.
Emily Scott (St Tudy Inn) has collaborated with Harbour Brewing Co. to produce Monty Dog, a new pale ale named after Emily’s beloved labrador.
Talland Bay Hotel near Looe is running a Sunday Stayover, which includes a three course roast, bed and breakfast, and costs from £175 per night for two people. See here for more info.
Nancarrow Farm’s November feast night has sold out, but they have further events planned for December. See here for Winter Feasts on 4, 11 and 14 December, and also their first Christmas Fayre on 8 December.
The Tresanton in St Mawes has a special offer running until 19 December. Prices start at £310 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast for two people. Book here.
Congratulations to St Tudy Inn and The Foxes Revenge, both placed in the UK Top 50 Gastropubs list, at no 18 and no 45 respectively.
Yummy Scrummy Bakery has opened a new café at Summercourt. Lovely fresh food, nice decor and friendly staff – a great pit stop just off the A30.
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