I can hardly believe that this happened a month ago now. I’ve been a bit tardy in blogging, it seems! 28 of us gathered at the Goods Shed, one Friday evening, to enjoy a fabulous menu of Kentish food created especially for the occasion by the chef, Rafa.
I suspect it would be better if I let the photographs speak for themselves. So what follows is a small selection of mine, snatched between much eating, drinking, and chatting, and then a full account of the evening by genius photographer, Paul Winch-Furness.
Click here to see Paul’s wonderful and evocative photographs. And for another perspective, see a fellow blogger’s account: http://cornercottagebakery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/kentfoodtweetup.html
Our menu (in case it’s not evident from the pictures!):
Rabbit and bacon terrine, beetroot chutney, toast
Rye Bay scallops thermidor
Pear, blue cheese, and walnut salad
Cod, shrimp butter sauce, wild garlic
Suckling pig (belly, chops, meatballs), poor man’s potatoes, rape greens
Chocolate and rosemary fondant, blood orange sorbet, poached rhubarb
Cheeses: Ashmore Farmhouse and Kelly’s Canterbury Goat, matched with Kernel IPA and Fuller’s Vintage beers
Finally, huge thanks go to all the people, suppliers, sponsors, and donors who helped to make the event happen: The Goods Shed, chefs Rafael Lopez and David Hart, Lee (Murray’s Stores), Andrew (The Bottle Shop), George and Jane (Cheesemakers of Canterbury), Kentish Pip cider; goodie bag sponsors Perton’s, Smoked and Cured, Nip from the Hip, Kent Crisps, Quex Foods, Foodari, and Helen Howard; and raffle prize donors Eastwell Manor, Foodari Direct, The Whitstable Hamper Company, and The Farmhouse.