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Supporting the Taste of Dorset Awards

In early 2005 The Eastbury was invited to produce an all West Country menu (even down to the flour!) for an article entitled Superlocalise Me, being written by a journalist who was attempting to live on West Country produce alone. The challenge proved to be a revelation for us, in terms of what could be sourced locally and this has driven us on over the past seven years. Brett Sutton, our Head Chef, and his team, both in the kitchen and front of house, are passionate about our producers, and there is a real pride in the fact that we work with food that has real provenance. Our team has fantastic relationships with our producers and the team’s knowledge of the growing and rearing process is represented in our menus at The Eastbury.

As well as sourcing locally we also grow a lot of our own vegetables, fruit and herbs inside The Eastbury’s walled garden and we even keep our own bees to produce honey. All this means that we have grown the amount of locally sourced produce we use from around 60% in 2005 to more than 90% now. An important part of our commitment to serve the finest Dorset flavours is the need for continued innovation in our regional food community. The fact that Dorset producers are always looking to create something new and inspiring allows us to keep creating exciting menus ­ so we chose to sponsor this year’s Taste of Dorset Innovation Award so that we can thank all the producers who work so hard to create something new and exciting year after year. 

Nicky.

Lunch and Learn - The Aesthetic movement

When I first spoke to Sherborne ArtsLink, the community arts organisation for Sherborne, about setting up a series of lectures and tutorials on the arts I never realised that they would be quite so much fun. From the genius of Claude Monet to the Cities of the Renaissance, each one has been a revelation; I only wish I could have sat in on every one.

On 23rd May we have our final Lunch and Learn, on the Aesthetic movement with expert lecturer Jennie Spiers. The movement supports the emphasis of aesthetic values more than socio-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts - but I will leave the real explanation to Jennie!

You will be greeted on arrival with tea and coffee, before the first hour tutorial. Then we will stop for some tea, coffee and biscuits, before the second lecture begins. For lunch we will serve a two course menu prepared by our team of award-winning chefs with wine included, followed by the final one hour session to complete the day.

So why not come along to The Eastbury and learn a little more about the finer things in life whilst enjoying some of them too!

The whole day including refreshments and lunch costs just £39.  For any more information or to book just call 01935 813131

We hope to see you there.

Nicky.

..and theyre off

We crown Sherborne’s fastest flipper

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, over 50 children from both Sherborne Primary School and Sherborne Abbey School came along to take part in our Three Wishes’ Pancake Race.

There were four heats with 15 children in each heat, and the fastest three from each heat made it through to the final race. It was a closely fought contest, with some incredible pan-action on the way down Cheap Street, but the fastest flipper overall was Chloe Perham from Sherborne Primary School ­ well done Chloe!

It’s the fifth time that we’ve held the pancake race now and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We had over 50 children taking part this year and the street was lined with people cheering them on. There’s nothing quite like seeing laughing children, flipping pancakes down Cheap Street, to remind you that it’s Shrove Tuesday! I’d like to thank all the teachers and support staff that came from both schools to help us with the race, everyone that came to cheer on the competitors and of course all the children for making it so much fun!

Nicky

Lunch and learn at The Eastbury

Starting in just a few weeks you can enjoy a series of expert lectures in the comfort of The Eastbury with morning refreshments, a two-course lunch and wine ­ to keep you going!

Developed with Sherborne ArtsLink, the community arts organisation for Sherborne, the subjects range from the genius of Claude Monet to the Cities of the Renaissance. There are two practical workshops as well, Marilyn Allis’ amusingly titled watercolour workshop ‘People aren’t scary really’ and Julia Moore’s, planting and arranging spring flowers workshop.

Of course as it’s at The Eastbury it won’t be just the lectures that you’ll enjoy. You will be greeted on arrival with tea and coffee, before the first hour long lecture. Then we will stop for some tea, coffee and biscuits before the second lecture, all before a two course lunch prepared by our team of award-winning chefs with wine included, followed by the final one hour session to complete the day.

You can enjoy this delicious and enlightening day, learning from expert lecturers for just £39.

Here is the full list of lectures……

8th Feb Julian Halsby - The genius of Claude Monet

22nd Feb Felicity Herring - Lord Nelson and The Battle of Trafalgar

14th March Mary Jacobsen - Cities of the Renaissance

28th March Marilyn Allis - Watercolour Workshop ­ People Aren’t Scary Really

18th April Julia Moore - Spring flowers Workshop - Planting and arranging

23rd May Jennie Spiers ­ The Aesthetic movement

We hope to see you there.

Nicky.

Brett-Sutton--foraging-for

 

Brett goes Head to Head

Last week I found out that I’m one of three finalists in the Best Chef category in the Dorset Food & Drink Awards 2011. I’m up against Mark Hammick, from the Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton and Matt Follas from The Wild Garlic in Beaminister. We have to wait until January to find out who has won the overall title ­ and as we’re all ‘pals’ there is plenty of friendly banter going on!   

I’m chuffed to have made it to the final three along with Mark and Matt, but whoever takes the title it will be good for food lovers in Dorset!   I’ve spent seven years building up relationships with suppliers and producers in Dorset and plenty of time out in the hedgerows and woods foraging for superb ingredients too.  It’s great to have a chance to talk about the local growers, farmers and producers as I work with them every step of the way.  I want the best flavours on the plate ­ so I have pigs reared for The Eastbury and my fruit and veg man talks to me about what I need each season - without their support and enthusiasm I don’t think I would have been nominated for this award, so if I win it will be for all my fantastic producers as well, ­ so please wish us luck!  

Brett.

Three finalists

Our top boys…

Three of our chefs have reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year 2011, taking half of the six professional finalists’ positions in Taste of the West’s competition.

This is an amazing result for our small team of chefs ­ to have three reach the final is such a boost and it shows the level of commitment to local food that runs through our entire team.  Arran and Ben are young chefs but they have a vast amount of knowledge of local producers and Brett is a superb teacher who has instilled his passion for local sourcing in all of our team.

The South West Chef of the Year final will be held on Saturday 12th November at Exeter College, and we will have our fingers and toes crossed!

Ben was successful last year in the same competition winning both the Young Professional category and Professionals category in the same year and Arran was a runner up in the competition in 2009 ­ so we have very high hopes for all three of our boys this time around.

Nicky

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