North East Food & Drink Roundup
By Deane Hodgson on April 22, 2010 in Food
The north east’s nearest thing to gastronomic genius Heston Blumenthal, Chapters head chef and soon-to-be Keep Your Eyes Open contributor Sean Wilkinson hosts the first of his monthly A Night Of Inspirations evenings this Friday. Allowing Wilkinson to showcase his more eccentric and creative culinary side, the tasting menu offers the likes of a smoked venison and thyme ‘sausage roll’ with white bean cappuccino and sweet potato chips, and soft-set goat’s cheese with plum tomato fondue, tomato crisps and a warm bloody mary dressing. With limited availability, advanced booking is required.
Despite falling three months behind schedule due to the long, harsh winter, work is continuing apace at Gateshead’s iconic The Central. With managing director Tony Brookes and his Head Of Steam group having embarked upon a huge undertaking to bring the landmark watering hole back to its former glory, the scaffolding is due to come down and the outside be unveiled next week. Although the entire project may not now be finished until the end of November, with the prospect of half the upper floor being completely redesigned in order to create a rather splendid rooftop terrace bar, it should prove to be well worth the wait.
Newcastle’s Blackfriars restaurant is hosting a local food and beer matching dinner in conjunction with the excellent Wylam Brewery on Friday evening. Hosted by the brewery’s co-owner and director Matt Boyle, the menu will feature home-smoked salmon and potato pancake (served with Wylam’s smooth Locomotion No.1), braised belly pork with root vegetables (accompanied by Jarrow Brewery’s award-winning Rivet Catcher) and sticky toffee pudding (served with High House Farm’s malty Matfen Magic). Advanced booking is advised.
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