Drewton’s creates a special menu for local growers & suppliers showcasing their own produce

Published: 03/12/2012

Ingredients sourced from local food and drink producers took centre stage when Drewton's Farm Shop near South Cave hosted a dinner attended by members of The East Riding of Yorkshire Local Food Network recently.

A number of local growers, suppliers and producers, who are all part of the Local Food Network, enjoyed a specially created five-course menu featuring their own products at a networking dinner organised and funded by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. The aim of the event was to bring together small local food and drink producers to find out how the Local Enterprise Partnership can offer them practical support.

Tim Frenneaux, Enterprise Partnership Manager, said: "We are organising a series of informal suppers across our patch to chat to small food producers about their business issues and understand how we can help. We asked the East Yorkshire Local Food Network who we should speak to and, as well as lining up a series of food producers, they also said we should have it at Drewton's Farm Shop; and they were quite right!"

He added: "The great thing was that Drewton's already knew almost all of the food producers we invited because they work with a network of around 250 local suppliers. The team was very accommodating, even making space for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to bring along a couple of live crabs and lobsters to join us! The delicious food was beautifully prepared and presented, and nothing was too much trouble. Not only is Drewton's Farm Shop providing a great service to its customers, but it also provides a great service to its suppliers, presenting their produce in such a fantastic setting and filling in as much of the back story about who produced what as they can manage, given the huge breadth of businesses they deal with."

The menu was created for the occasion by Drewton's Farm Shop's Head Chef, Adam Banks, and included canapés such as a Ribblesdale goats' cheese and Cottingham tomato salsa bruschetta. This was followed by pan-fried Anna's Happy Trotters pork medallions with Quality Quails Scotch eggs, fresh pomegranate, autumn leaves and Womersley blackberry vinaigrette. A fish tasting plate featured Crazy Cat lobster and crab fishcakes; mini North Sea cod goujons with chunky chips and Yorkshire pea purée; Staal Smokehouse oak roast salmon and Staal Smokehouse smoked mackerel mousse, with accompaniments.

The main course was Manor Farm medallions of fillet of beef served with St Quintin's creamy Lyonnaise potatoes (from Spuds and Berries) and locally-grown vegetables. A Christmas crumble dessert included apples from The Drewton Estate and was topped with Side Oven Bakery crumble and St Quintin's custard.

Katie Taylor, proprietor of Drewton's Farm Shop, said: "When we were asked to host the event and create a menu fit for the people who produce these wonderful ingredients, we jumped at the chance. Many of the guests from the Local Food Network supply us with their products anyway and we're very much about championing the wealth of fantastic food and drink produce available here in Yorkshire. Adam is used to cooking with the wonderful local, seasonal ingredients that we stock here in the farm shop so this was an opportunity for him to let his imagination run wild."

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