Focus firmly on local fare at Food Forum dining event

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Members of the Grampian Food Forum, including local restaurateurs, chefs and food producers, held a successful dining club at Strichen last Monday.

The Forum’s Dining Club is an initiative aimed at promoting greater use of local produce in the region’s hotel and restaurant menus.

It provides a forum for hoteliers, restaurateurs and chefs to meet with producers and suppliers to build relationships and explore opportunities to work more closely together.

Forum co-ordinator, Elizabeth Mathie, described the latest event at The Lodge at Strichen as “an excellent evening with superb food and many new contacts made”.

Guest speaker for the evening was chef Kevin Dalgleish of The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen (formerly Simpson’s) who shared his experience of over 20 years with 54 food and drink producers and fellow chefs who attended the networking event.

Kevin said: “I was pleased to be invited to speak at the Dining Club as it not only gave me the opportunity to let people know about our plans for the hotel but it is also a great way to meet new local producer”

Grampian Food Forum members enjoyed local produce consisting of a sumptuous selection of Lodge canapés including locally sourced beef, crab, scallops and chicken.