Since becoming part of The Brewery family back in 2012, our, Tom Gore, has worked to fulfill his vision to deliver high end restaurant quality cuisine to the events world.
This vision has come to life and transformed the dining experience at The Brewery, and now our venue is regarded as one of London’s must-attend destinations for imaginative and truly delicious food and drink.
Here, we talk to Tom about all things food, explore what makes him tick and delve into his culinary wizardry.
When did you decide you wanted to be a chef?
“I first thought about being a chef when I was around 14, when I was doing cooking lessons at school. The teacher asked us to create a dish or cake. Everyone made cakes or cookies, but I decided to prepare pan-fried duck with raspberry sauce and potato gratin. I think that was the defining moment!”
What was your favourite childhood meal?
“It has to be lamb chops with mashed potato and cabbage. It’s still my favorite to this day.”
What is your favourite restaurant in London?
“Roka in Charlotte Street, I love the robata grill. I’ve had some fabulous evenings in there.”
Where do get the inspiration for adapting your seasonal menus?
“All over if I’m honest, but most of the ideas come from talking with my chef colleagues and friends.”
What is your signature dish?
“Not something I make at The Brewery, but it’s my fry up. Anyone who’s experienced it, knows it can’t be beaten!”
What is your favourite ingredient to cook with and why?
“Lamb, it’s just a sensational meat.”
What would you say are the biggest challenges for chefs currently?
“The food industry is always changing. Keeping up with food trends can be challenging if you only treat it as job rather than a passion.”
What is your favourite dish to prepare at an event?
“There have been many dishes, but I have to say scallop ceviche and yuzu wasabi vinaigrette.”
What is your go-to comfort food?
“Fry up, lamb chops, my mum’s Italian meatballs and a drive through McDonald’s.”
Who/what is your biggest inspiration and why?
“I don’t have anyone who I aspire to be, all I want to be is the best I can be myself. I feel I’m not even close to hitting my targets, ask me this question again in 10 years’ time!”
What is your favourite movie or television show to enjoy over a home-cooked meal?
“I love a documentary on Netflix. At the moment, I’m really enjoying The Last Dance, about the Chicago Bulls in the 1990’s.”
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If you have enjoyed hearing Tom’s story and finding out more about our passionate Food Director, why not book your next event today?
Throughout these challenging times our mental health is being affected more than ever, and it’s important to realise we’re not alone and that help is out there. As part of mental health awareness week The Brewery has reached out to Dr. Melvyn Adjei, a GP Registrar, who works at one of the busiest GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets, East London. He has kindly answered some questions to help us shine a light on mental health and how we can help those who are experiencing issues.
What is mental Health?
Mental health is essentially a state of psychological well-being. It’s about how people think, feel and behave. Common mental health problems include stress, anxiety and depression and it’s exceedingly common, much more than people realise. In the UK approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year! Whilst being seen as primarily psychological, your mental health can have a big impact on physical processes too including concentration, appetite, sleep and much more.
Can you tell us some of the ways in which you are noticing that Coronavirus is affecting people’s mental health?
In a nutshell, a lot! We are noticing depression and anxiety in particular are on the rise, largely due to the effects of lockdown. I work in Tower Hamlets in East London where there are lots of large families trapped in very small apartments for most of the day, often with school aged children stuck at home. Additionally, usual stress relievers for most of us including sports, entertainment and socialising are non-existent. On top of this there is huge uncertainty for people in their jobs, careers and businesses. Hospitality industry has certainly been hugely affected by the pandemic and the uncertainty of the situation is affecting the mental wellbeing of individuals. All these things are what we call ‘social stressors’ and a perfect recipe for a mental health crisis.
What are the most useful strategies that you would recommend for people who are struggling at this time?
I think one of the main things to remember is that you are NOT alone. Just a quick look at the stats mentioned before show us that even if many of us aren’t talking about it as much as we should, mental health is affecting almost everyone in some way shape or form at some point in our lives. It’s OK to be struggling.
Secondly I think that for those of us who do have a strong network around us, be that partners, relatives, friends….that can be a fantastic source of help. I often hear a lot of my patient’s say, ‘Oh I don’t want to burden them.’ I think most people would be desperate to know if a loved one was struggling and would do anything they could to help. I’m fairly certain I don’t know a single person who would feel it be a ‘burden’ to help a loved one going through a difficult time. I know for sure I would want to know if somebody I knew needed me and it’s so important to remember that if you’re going through a difficult time.
Thirdly, I would always encourage seeking professional help where possible, especially when things are becoming unmanageable, and your mental health is starting to take its toll on relationships, work life and the like. There are lots of really useful resources online created and run by professionals including many helpful mental health apps on the NHS website. Your GP is also a great first point of contact and will be more than happy hear from you. We manage people who are struggling with their mental health every single day, we aren’t too busy, you are important and we do want to help!
If we know somebody who is struggling with their mental health how can we help them?
That’s a very useful question in these times. There’s lots of things but I’ll try and name a few! My advice would start with, if you suspect, ask the question. It sounds obvious but with all the distractions of life and the hubbub of social media it is easy to assume someone is managing fine when they actually might be drowning. Reach out to people.
Next, I would encourage that person to seek help if you think they need it. Regularly patients come to me and say, ‘My partner encouraged me to call,’ or ‘my friend told me I need help.’ Each one of us can be that push in the right direction that a person might need.
Last but not least, be patient! I think so often it’s easy to think or say, someone should be doing this, or that, you should stop drinking, start going for daily jog, speak to a friend, this that and the other! It’s important to remember that often, particularly with depression part of the illness process is that almost all ones energy can be focused on how badly they feel and their negative thoughts. After all the energy spent on that, it can be so very difficult to find the energy and motivation to do all the things that we all know can be so helpful. Imagine how you might feel after your longest most arduous day at work and imagine feeling like that most of the time. Now you can imagine how hard it would be to call that friend, go for that jog or cook that healthy nutritious meal.
Any final thoughts?
Reach out to each other, be kind to one another and remember that help is out there and you are most certainly not alone!
We’ve asked Blake Ezra, a firmly established and very talented photographer who’s been to The Brewery many times, to give us some tips (photography tips but not only!) to help you plan your wedding day.
You can download the document here or read the article below for the entire list!
1- Enjoy being engaged. It’s not only a time to be busy and possibly stressed with planning your wedding, it should be a special time in itself, a time in which you can celebrate your decision to be together.
2- When choosing the professional and creative team for your wedding, whether that be a make-up artist or photographer, beyond their skills it’s important to surround yourself with people who will bring positivity and calm to your day. People who you can get on with.
3- Let go! When the wedding days comes around you’d have done so much planning and preparation, by that stage you’d have done all you can to have the wedding of your dreams. Nothing will ever go 100% to plan, so it’s important you let go, have a great day, accept that a few small things may not go exactly as you’d imagined.
4- When choosing a photographer, look for someone who has a track record of photographing weddings like yours, for example whether that be indoor weddings and winter weddings, whereby they’ll need to be very savvy with lighting, or Jewish weddings where they’d need to know the traditions involved.
5- Leave more time in your timetable than you could ever imagine needing! Things will take longer than you expect, whether that be makeup or getting from one place to another in a wedding dress. Leaving more time allows everyone (and most importantly YOU) to know there is time, and avoid stress
6- Do whatever possible to minimise your own potential stresses on the day, whether that be staying in the venue the night before or changing into a pair of trainers hidden under your dress just before the party! Have a ‘team’ of close people around you who can help you to simply let go and have the best time.
7- Think about lines of sight, for example I would suggest not having a high centrepiece on the top table. This will stop any photography or video being able to take natural shots of you during speeches for example, but even more importantly it stops guests seeing you and you seeing them.
8- If you are using lighting and production, ask your team to light anything that you want to be seen. For example, it’s great to have spotlighting on the table centre pieces, lighting on those making a speech and even lighting onto the top table during the speeches.
9- Keep everything nearby. If you’re having a bar, a photo booth or any other stations of entertainment, don’t place them too far away from the dance floor as you risk an exodus of guests when they’re are open.
10- Make time for the two of you. Whether that be for the sake of photography (having some beautiful shots as a couple) or simply to step back and enjoy each other’s company for a short time away from guests, it’s important to make that time. The wedding day goes so quickly, these short moments of ‘stepping out’ help to slow it down for you
11- Whatever time of day you are giving to your photographer for portrait photographs of you as a couple, also try to give them ten minutes in the hour before sunset, if at all possible. This is known as ‘Golden Hour’ and is the perfect time for beautiful photography
In these uncertain times, it feels in many ways like our lives are on hold. And, while everyone’s top priority is to stay safe and well, and look out for those around them, it’s understandable that many newlyweds-to-be are concerned about how they’re going to manage to plan their big day.
But the good news is, you don’t have to put your wedding planning on hold! Even if you can’t get out to visit venues, meet suppliers and catch up with your wedding planner, there are still plenty of ways to stay busy planning your wedding online.
What is remote wedding planning?
Remote planning is just like traditional wedding planning, only you take care of everything online. From hunting for venues, through to ordering flowers, invitations and more, virtual wedding planning allows you to plan every aspect of your special day without getting up off the sofa!
And, with so many cool, quirky and unexpected wedding service providers online, you’re only a quick search away from uncovering a whole host of exciting wedding ideas.
What does a remote wedding planner do?
A remote wedding planner will help you with your online wedding preparation.
Just like a traditional wedding planner, a remote wedding planner will help ensure that everything is in order for your big day. Whether you want them to take charge of the planning process or you just need some support for the more demanding tasks, your virtual wedding planner will be at your side – without either of you needing to leave home!
So, rather than meeting up face to face, you’ll communicate with your wedding planner via call, video call and email. You’ll get the same level of service and the same results, you just won’t have physical meetings with your planner.
Remote wedding planning at The Brewery
Here at The Brewery, we pride ourselves on offering an incredible wedding venue, and an outstanding service to match. We want to ensure that our happy couples find the process as simple, straight forward and stress-free as possible. So, in these challenging times, we’re working hard to ensure you can still plan your big day.
Virtual venue tours
Choosing a wedding venue is a big part of the planning process – and it’s a decision you need to get right. If you aren’t able to visit your potential venues in person, either due to the current situation or because you’re getting married somewhere far away, a virtual venue tour could provide the perfect solution. A virtual wedding tour allows you to experience the venue, walk down the aisle and even wait at the altar, without leaving the house.
If you’re considering holding your wedding at The Brewery, our dedicated wedding planners will be happy to arrange a virtual tour so you can experience the venue in all its glory.
Take a virtual tour
In-house wedding planning
Our in-house wedding planner, Milena Gorska, can work with you remotely to plan your big day, assisting you in deciding which of our many venue spaces you’d prefer, through to the menu, flowers and evening entertainment. We’ll take care of everything virtually, so your planning doesn’t have to come to a halt during the current crisis.
The benefits of remote wedding planning
Remote wedding planning offers a whole host of benefits to couples planning their big day. It’s convenient; you don’t need to be in the same place as your wedding planner or suppliers in order to make the necessary arrangements. It’s flexible; you can work on your wedding planning at any hour of the day, so it’s easy to fit it around your other commitments. It also makes it possible to keep planning your wedding during lockdown, when face-to-face plans have been stopped.
Here at The Brewery, we are committed to helping you plan your perfect day, online or offline. Our remote wedding planners can help you plan your big day from the comfort of your home, or why not pop in and explore our venue virtually?
Trade shows are a great opportunity to connect and engage with your target market, boost exposure and generate sales.
And, with increased levels of competition in all areas of business, it’s more important than ever before to ensure your organisation is seen in the best possible light.
When you attend a trade show as representative of your business, the most important goal is likely to be reaching potential new clients and customers. A trade show booth is like a shop window, so it pays to make it eye-catching and inviting, so that people can’t help but stop and find out more about the products or services you offer.
We’ve gathered some of the best ideas we’ve seen at recent trade shows to help your booth stand out from the crowd – we hope you find them helpful.
Trade show booth ideas
One of the key things that will bring people to your booth is a level of interactivity. So, find an engaging way for people to get involved with your stall, and if it’s linked to demonstrating your business, even better!
To capitalise on the draw of interactivity, make sure that the touch screens you use – whether it’s iPads or TV sized screens – are visible and easily accessible by attendees. This way, they can interact actively with your content, instead of purely receiving information as they walk past.
Gamification can be a fantastic way to promote your brand and get people in your booth excited about learning about your products or services. The experience of being involved in a game will leave a lasting impression beyond the end of the event and will allow you to connect your brand with the game.
Games could include prize wheels, gaming apps, quiz shows, social media content and interactive activities. Making the prize linked to your business – even if it’s just through branding – can also help ensure you leave a lasting impact.
3. Video walls
Few things catch the eye more than a video wall, especially since it creates movement in a relatively static environment. Using a video wall is a great way to stand out from the other booths around you and showcase your company from a distance.
Video walls are far more visible from further away than text on a board, so even if you’re showing a slideshow of product images or a graphic using your business’s branding colours, you’ll be more noticeable than other companies.
4. AR and VR
Who says trade shows can’t be fun as well as informative? Embracing new technologies is a really effective way to bring some entertainment into your booth. AR and VR are particularly popular right now, and are becoming a lot more accessible.
Why not consider a virtual scavenger hunt around the exhibition space or VR experiences including demonstrations of your products? At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, for example, Siemens gave attendees the opportunity to travel in an autonomous car using a VR headset.
5. Promotional gifts
Everybody loves freebies. However, giving away freebies that have no value or are likely to be discarded, can actually work against your brand.
With this in mind, make sure the items you’re planning on giving away are useful and something that people will actually want. For example, capitalise on the idea of staying hydrated at a trade event by giving away reusable water bottles. People will not only be thankful for them on the day, but they’ll be likely to use them in the future too.
Or you could give away something that will make a statement, as long as it connects with your brand. Google Cloud demonstrated this effectively by giving away candy floss at their recent trade event, capitalising on the cloud-like nature of the sweet treat.
6. Booth design
While it’s important to make sure your space is eye-catching and original, it should also be tailored to reflect your company and branding.
Sustainability is a trailblazing concept that has started to seep into the trade show world – some companies are branching out to show their commitment to sustainability by building their booths out of cardboard. If there’s a concept or a movement that your company is involved in, embrace it and create something that reflects it.
7. Work with the space you have
Trade show booths aren’t always the largest of spaces to work with, so it can often feel a little limiting when designing the space. However, don’t let size restrictions limit your creativity – sometimes the most eye-catching booths are the ones that use the space they have most effectively, instead of the ones that fill their space completely.
For example, maximise the space you have by using an open plan concept. Do away with the chairs, tables, dividers and stands at the entrance of your booth that stop attendees exploring further into your space. Instead, keep the front of your booth open, allowing people to explore at their leisure, without feeling blocked or trapped by your décor.
8. Add some mystery
If your company is announcing something new at a trade show or event, why not consider employing techniques to keep it an intriguing mystery? The best way to do this could be making your booth fully enclosed with a single entrance to allow attendees in.
Secrecy is a great incentive for people to visit your booth since they won’t be able to see what it’s about from the outside. You will have to employ some incentives inside the booth when people visit so that they can spread the word about what’s really inside.
9. Set up a creative stunt
One way to capture the attention of your customers is to set up a creative stunt to ensure everyone remembers your stand. A great way to round up the crowds, an effective and relevant stunt will make an instant impression and keep your customers interested in your brand.
10. Light up your stand
To ensure that your product or service can be seen, it’s always a good idea to bring along your own lights to a trade show. Lights already at the show are not always reliable and can be dull.
11. Decrease sign-up time
Trade shows move at a quick pace, with talks and presentations happening throughout the day. Due to that, it can often be quite difficult for attendees to spend long amounts of time at the booths they’re interested in.
If you’d like to ensure more sign-ups at your booth but can’t incentivise people to stay and chat for long, why not employ a different technique? Put a jar at the entrance of your booth, with a sign that tells attendees to put their business cards in the jar if they want to find out more – incentivise this by letting them know that one business card will be selected at the end of the day as the winner of a prize.
This way, people who are interested in your company but don’t have time to talk, can easily give you their contact information to find out more and could possibly even win something too.
12. Photobooths or photo walls
Everybody loves taking photographs to remember an event and, if you create the best place for them to take their photos, then they may be more willing to chat to your team while they’re there. Creating a photo wall on one side of your booth is a great way to maximise visibility and also engage with people in a fun and creative way.
Theming the wall around the event, with some subtle links to your brand as well, will allow for you to appear in social media posts as people share their attendance at the event.
Finally, a great way to generate sales is to offer a special trade show deal such as a discount, a package deal or offer, or even a free gift with every purchase or sign up.
No matter your budget, there are plenty of engaging trade show booth ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. And if you’re struggling to juggle your business budget, there are still lots of ways that you can take part in various trade shows and pull in crowds without breaking the bank.
13. Pop up trade show displays
Pop up trade show displays are one of the most cost-effective ways to exhibit. Allowing exhibitors to enjoy a large display area, as well as incredibly versatility when it comes to framing and accessories, this type of display can also be easily stored and packed away into areas with limited space. They are also great for displaying large graphics and are built to stand the test of time.
14. Renting flooring
Another money saving option is renting flooring covering for your show booth. A number of companies offer great floor covering options on a rental basis.
A great way to boost footfall and grab the attention of your target market is to engage with your customers using fun and exciting activities. From demo sessions and games, through to quiz contests and tombola, there are a whole host of ways you can stop your customers in their tracks and get them interested in your product or service.
And don’t forget to give out some prizes to your winners – branded merchandise is always a great idea!
16. Folding bookcases
Ideal for displaying and distributing your merchandise, folding bookcases are an easy way to showcase marketing materials and promotional content for your brand. Easy to transport, they are a great, high impact addition to any trade show.
And remember, if you’re working with a limited budget, you could always think about renting a trade show display instead.
Bringing together a special team of talented experts in the fields of venue management, event production, fine dining and customer service, we are proud to offer a unique and flexible environment for every type of event, including trade shows.
So, if you’re looking for a venue that can host your trade show, look no further than London’s The Brewery. We have a number of different venue spaces in varying sizes that can be tailored to showcase each of the businesses attending. Find out more information about our venue here, take a virtual tour, or contact us to talk about your event.
This article was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated on May 7th 2020.
Choosing your DJ and the right music for your wedding is not an easy thing, that’s why we’ve asked one of our preferred suppliers @thedjtp to send us some music tips to help you with your wedding planning! Tony has been working with the Brewery as a DJ for years but also in an event management capacity with @perrysweddingco over the last 20 years to create magnificent Mediterranean weddings in The Porter Tun! Read below his Top 5 music tips or download the PDF by clicking on the following link: Music and DJ Tips from DJ TP
Getting peace of mind from your DJ
Its always a good idea for your DJ to get familiar with the venue well in advance of the big day, whether it’s a site visit or a discussion with the event manager. At the Brewery, this is always straightforward due to the in house sound technicians who make life super easy for us DJs!
Don’t be afraid to ask them for song suggestions
Many couples don’t have ‘a song’ as such, so your DJ should be more than happy to help with suggestions for your first dance, cake cutting, bridal party entrance etc. Also, its important for your DJ to be open and honest on whether they feel a particular song will have the right impact.
Remember your Audience
Whilst I am sure your favourite tunes from Glasto, or that summer in Ibiza are what you want to hear, its vital to win the crowd over first, given there’s likely to be a variety of ages and tastes to cater for. Its always best to start with more known music, such as Motown, Disco, Pop hits (you don’t have to be cheesy all the time), to make sure you don’t alienate certain parts of your crowd. For example, if you have a contingent from broad, it might be nice to acknowledge them with a song from their homeland (may be over dinner), or for the oldies, something from their heyday will make them feel included. But then as the night progresses, your DJ can increase the party atmosphere as the night progresses for the younger guests (and cooler parents!).
Check it’s the right version!
You’d be surprised at how many different version of ‘that Ed Sheeran’ song there might be. To be sure, send a weblink of the specific version you want in advance of the big day, so that the DJ can get this right for you.
Leave them on a high
As the wedding day goes by so quickly, there is a temptation for ‘more song’. Whilst its important to get the most from your wedding day, its key for your DJ to slowly wind things down, rather than a sudden stop. Getting your DJ to jump on the mic, letting the guests know there is a slower song coming to end the night, is always a nice touch.
During lockdown we’ve taken the opportunity to speak to some of our favourite suppliers and quiz them about working at The Brewery. Rick Bronks of Satureyes is one of the best known and most widely respected photographers in the events industry. His work has been featured in many publications, and there is more than a fair chance you’ve attended an event that Rick was shooting.
We have been lucky to work with Rick since 2009 and have collaborated on many photo and video projects with him. In the knowledge that Rick has thousands of photos taken at The Brewery, we wanted to give him the challenge of choosing his favourite 3, with the reason why they stand out for him.
Here is what he had to say:
For me a photo is not just about how it ‘looks’ that’s always open to interpretation, regardless of what the subject is. As the creator of the image I can usually remember the time and place and exactly how I felt when I pressed the shutter button. I probably have over 100k images in my library and I could probably get the location and event for most of them.
It’s incredibly hard to find 3 images from the collection I have from over the years of shooting at The Brewery. It’s a fantastic venue space, not just where it is but also because of the atmosphere and the ambience that is created there. From the security guy who shouts ’shalom’ and high-fives me every single time I walk in, to the fact that they are attentive not only to their guests but the people who work there too and the effort that goes into creating some incredible ideas.
The images I’ve chosen encapsulate all this- after all, they play as much a part in my work as I do.
So here we go..
It might seem odd that I’ve picked a photo of a plastic cup, but this was the first major event I shot for a magazine – and the first event I shot at The Brewery. It was pretty much at the start of my photography career after I left working in broadcast TV. It has a place in my life-timeline, and also shows the attention to detail that goes into all the events that I’ve shot there. This was a fantastic transformation of the interior, creating a festival indoors.
The second photo is of course the iconic welcome and ‘man with the hat’ who greets guests at the entrance. I like the photo as a portrait, the colours work in the surrounding night time darkness. It’s like he’s welcoming you to your next adventure or experience and this for me is what it’s all about – I can try and capture that but it’s the people who make the experience.
This leads me to my third photo and possibly one of my all time favourite images – for so many reasons. It looks like a painting. The clown is a real person, the background is part of the ’set’ at the event. I have added no lighting and there is very little post-production work. It’s both scary and humorous. What the photo can’t show is how he was interacting with the crowd – taking food off their plates and feeding it to the doll he is holding. Taking icing off cupcakes and rubbing it over the doll in an incredibly sinister way.
It also happens to have been shot at (so far) my all time favourite event – a Halloween party but done in the way only The Brewery can. It was utterly spectacular.
Like I said at the start, when you have the foundations it makes my life as a photographer and videographer a heck of a lot easier to get some of my most memorable shots.
Our Food Director, Tom Gore, arrived at The Brewery in 2012 with a vision to bring high end restaurant quality food to the world of events. In the next seven years, we believe this goal has largely been achieved with The Brewery being widely recognised as the go to venue for a delicious dinner. Our three course menus are seasonal and changed twice a year. In the tasting room clients get to choose from five starters, mains and desserts, with the often tricky task of getting down to one of each. So in the time Tom has been overseeing all things food, this adds up to 210 unique dishes having been created.
As we currently have a bit of unexpected downtime, we thought it would be fun to dig out the old menus from the archives. We then set Tom the challenge of picking his favourite dish for each course, to create The Brewery’s all star dinner menu. This is what he had to say.
‘I had a great time doing this, my memory isn’t great so I had forgotten about some of the earlier dishes that we had created. It was really interesting mapping the journey that we have made over the years and the changes in style and ingredients. You can also see how trends have come and gone and how people’s tastes have developed. We have definitely been able to be more ambitious with ingredients and flavours in recent times as we have started to become a nation of foodies that is more open to trying new things.’
‘I have been very lucky to work alongside a number of talented head chefs and the dishes that I have chosen, were heavily influenced by them. I have always encouraged everyone to get involved when we are planning our next set of dishes. We have lots of amazing customers who have been with us for years and I’m sure they will remember serving some of these at their events.’
Starter – Cauliflower and Bass
Ways of cauliflower, soft quail egg, apple tapioca, crushed parsnips, polonaise sauce and roasted bass.
‘I loved the look of the dish and it ate really well. You don’t often see cauliflower and bass on the same plate but the subtle caramelization of the fish helped to bring them together. We then used the apple tapioca to add some acidity and extra punch to the dish. I’m a huge fan of challenging guests pallets with more complex combinations of flavours than what would normally be expected at a large scale event ‘
Main – Koren Lamb
Korean pepper spiced lamb, BBQ rice cake, blackened cucumber, sesame with sauce, aniseed reduction and spinach.
‘This was a really difficult one to choose, we had a beautiful summer dish that paired pork with rhubarb, that was pretty crazy and extremely popular but in the end I had to go with this one. The real stand out on this plate was the rice cakes. I used to make these when I worked at Zuma and I absolutely loved them. I had always wanted to get them on the menu and then one day had the eureka moment to pair them with a chunky rack of lamb. This dish actually changed massively how we work in the kitchen. I didn’t feel we could do the dish justice unless we actually used a BBQ to get authentic smokiness. So I went out and bought 2 Green Egg BBQ’s that we still use now to sear all our meat and seal in all the flavour. I’ve always been very proud of what we did with this dish, it was packed full of strong flavours and you won’t find a better dish to go with a bold red wine.’
Dessert – ‘Fab’ulous Lolly
Strawberry and mint sorbet, vanilla parfait, dipped in chocolate, coated in colourful sugar strands.
‘My favourite dessert is from our most recent bank of menus, but sadly due to the lock down I haven’t been able to serve it yet. However it did make it into the tasting room and was chosen by most of the clients that saw it. I really wanted to push the boundaries with this and my pastry team did an amazing job. Quite often we found that guests don’t eat their dessert, as they want to go and talk to the friends on other tables or go for a smoke. So I thought it would be fun to give them a dessert they could take with them. I can’t wait to see the reaction in the room when this comes out and there are 700 people in black tie walking around eating it. I really feel like we have done something different with this dish and pushed the boundaries. I’ve certainly never seen anything like it served as part of a 3 course banquet.’
We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane, if you like the look of any of these dishes we are sure Tom can be persuaded to cook them again for your next event at The Brewery! Fingers crossed we are back up and running soon and serving delicious, mouth watering food to you all once again.