One of the lovely things about the Brighton & Hove Festival of Food and Drink is that there truly is something for everyone who eats out to enjoy. From eating a six course meal of fish, game, meat and cheese with different wines for each course to an all vegan BYO supper, from being in a grand sea front hotel to a tiny cafe up a narrow alley… It has it all. Tonight it was the turn of the latter at Seven Bees Cafe, tucked away in Ship Street Gardens, a little walkway between Ship Street and Middle Street. Usually a place where one can get a scrumptious breakfast, tonight the Seven Bees was moonlighting as a supper venue for the Gourmet Girls who hosted the 'Tickle My Fancy Pop Up Restaurant'. There are many reasons people state for becoming vegetarian or vegan - I had a boyfriend once who claimed the price of Spam going up was his - but perhaps there are not so many who do so because they enjoy the food. That could all change if you have one of Sammy and Paula's meals - it did leave me wondering why so many of us insist on the need for animal products in our diet. I'm not a vegetarian but I do enjoy my food and this meal had the sort of creative use of ingredients that makes eating a real pleasure. Not haute cuisine by any means, but carefully chosen, locally sourced, top quality organic ingredients carefully crafted into a delicious meal. A lovely supper with an informal and relaxed gathering of strangers who all soon got to know each other as we changed seats between courses around the long, beautifully laid table in the intimate space of Seven Bees.
Virgin Pimms Welcome Drink
Secret Taste Tickler [lightly spiced bean pate on sliced cucumber]
Marinated seasonal vegetable & Cashew Cheese Torta served with gazpacho mojo, black olive tapenade, rocket and pine nut salad & a balsamic reduction
Herb Crusted Quinoa Lemon & Almond Griddle Cake served with seared brassica, courgette and bean medley, Romesco sauce
& cherry tomato confit
Local Blackberry & Apple Tart with Vanilla Creme Anglaise
Secret Treat [Chocolate Dipped Strawberries]
Paula and Sammy [www.titbitscatering.co.uk] will cater your event in your home, teach you how to cook their holistic vegan way, and can be seen at foodie events round Brighton doing cooking demonstrations and with their delicious cake stall. You can sample their cooking on Hove Lawns at the Sussex and the World Market on September 24th/25th
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