Saturday 6 October

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WhitFood Wheelers Tasting Menu with Stephen Harris, Dan Smith, Mark Stubbs & Chantelle Nicholson

Saturday 6 October

Wheelers Oyster Bar, High Street Whitstable

6 pm & 8.30pm, £85 per head. Book 01227 273311

A once-in-a-lifetime tasting menu at Wheelers on Saturday 6th October.  Each chef will take a course along with Mark Stubbs, Head Chef at the intimate Whitstable oyster bar which has graced the high street for over 150 years. He will top the event with a Devilled Scallop at the Wheeler’s Beach Hut before taking his guests back to the restaurant for the main event.   Local hero Stephen Harris of The Sportsman will kick off the proceedings with the Fish course, using his extensive knowledge of the marshes, the beach and the seasons to create a truly memorable course.  Head Chef at Canterbury’s The Fordwich Arms Dan Smith will then take the meat course. Chantelle Nicholson of London’s Tredwells will then tail the event, working with Kentish orchards to devised a stunning Wheelers dessert to round off the meal.   The meal will be in two sittings – one at 6 pm and one at 8.30 pm. Advance booking essential.

 

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Stephen Harris in Conversation with Barney Desmazery

Saturday 6 October, 2.30pm

Horsebridge Centre, High Street Whitstable

£12. Book HERE

Stephen Harris is one of the greatest chefs cooking in Britain today. He will be in conversation exclusively at WhitFood to discuss the stories behind his success from his humble beginnings to running his award winning Michelin star restaurant.

Stephen will also discuss his first book The Sportsman which features simple, stylish recipes that epitomises all that’s great about British cooking.  Showcasing his pared-back style, the book also features personal writings and memorabilia offering a rare insight into an extraordinary life whilst also sharing age-old and modern techniques to perfect 50 British classics.

 

Laura Freeman: The Reading Cure, How Books Restored My Appetite

Saturday 6 October, 4pm

Horsebridge Centre, High Street Whitstable

£8, Book HERE

Laura Freeman in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

At the age of fourteen, Laura Freeman was diagnosed with anorexia. She had seized the one aspect of her life that she seemed able to control, and struck different foods from her diet one by one until she was starving. But even at her lowest point, the one appetite she never lost was her love of reading.

As Laura battled her anorexia, she gradually re-discovered how to enjoy food – and life more broadly – through literature. Plum puddings and pottles of fruit in Dickens gave her courage to try new dishes; the wounded Robert Graves’ appreciation of a pair of greengages changed the way she thought about plenty and choice; Virginia Woolf’s painterly descriptions of bread, blackberries and biscuits were infinitely tempting. Book by book, meal by meal, Laura developed an appetite and discovered an entire library of reasons to live.

The Reading Cure is a beautiful, inspiring account of hunger and happiness, about addiction, obsession and recovery, and about the way literature and food can restore appetite and renew hope.

 

Francine Raymond – The Garden Farmer Tour

Saturday 6 October & Sunday 7 October

3pm-4pm, £10 including cocktail from Mighty Fine Things

Book HERE

Join Francine Raymond in a tour of her garden, as she brings her new book to life.

A punnet of plums from your tree, a handful of gooseberries; home-grown nuts and herbs, and a few freshly laid eggs from your hens – all enjoyed in your own small plot. What could be more satisfying?

The Garden Farmer is an evocative journal and monthly guide to getting the most out of your garden throughout the year. Whether you are a keen gardener looking for inspiration, or just starting out and wanting to rediscover and reclaim your patch of earth, Sunday Telegraph garden-columnist Francine Raymond lays the groundwork for a bountiful year of garden farming.

Maybe you would like to get outside more, grow a few essential vegetables, some fruit trees or bushes for preserving, and create a scented kitchen garden to provide for you year round. Or perhaps you will raise a small flock of ducks or geese, or even a couple of pigs? Could this be the year you decorate your home with nature’s adornments, encourage wildlife back to pollinate your trees and plants, and spend celebratory hours in a haven of your own creation?

Each chapter of The Garden Farmer offers insight into the topics and projects you might be contemplating that month, along with planting notes and timely advice, and a recipe that honours the fruits of your labour. With just a little effort and planning, every garden can be tended in tune with nature, and every gardener can enjoy a host of seasonal delights from their own soil.

Keep up-to-date with Francine’s gardening adventures on her blog at kitchen-garden-hens.co.uk.

Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 in You Magazine

‘A lavish monthly guide to getting the most from your garden’ Daily Mail

 

Lizzie Collingham – The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

Saturday 6 October, 5.30pm

Horsebridge Centre, High Street Whitstable

£8,  Book HERE

*WINNER OF THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS BOOK AWARD 2018*

Lizzie Collingham in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

The glamorous daughter of an African chief shares a pineapple with a slave trader… Surveyors in British Columbia eat tinned Australian rabbit… Diamond prospectors in Guyana prepare an iguana curry…

In twenty meals The Hungry Empire tells the story of how the British created a global network of commerce and trade in foodstuffs that moved people and plants from one continent to another, re-shaping landscapes and culinary tastes.

To be British was to eat the world.The Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe’s edible resources from cod fish and salt beef to spices, tea and sugar. By the twentieth century the wheat to make the working man’s loaf of bread was supplied by Canada and his Sunday leg of lamb had been fattened on New Zealand’s grasslands.

Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide-ranging culinary journey, charting the rise of sugar to its dominant position in our diets and locating the origins of the food industry in the imperial trade in provisions. Her innovative approach brings a fresh perspective to the making of the Empire, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

‘This is a wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire’, Max Hastings, Sunday Times.