Food lovers enjoy L'ortolan Day of ExcellenceBy David Millward
April 27, 2012
Food lovers enjoyed an afternoon of food and wine tasting and delicious displays when l’ortolan restaurant threw open its doors for a Day of Excellence.
More than 200 guests explored the restaurant and grounds of the Michelin starred venue in Shinfield.
The event was held to showcase some of the business’s top-quality suppliers and give visitors a behind-the-scenes glance at the highly-regarded restaurant.
Marketing manager Sally Albin said: “Guests were welcomed with a glass of Pommery champagne before being whisked off on a tour around the restaurant to sample the many delights on offer.
“Throughout the open day the l’ortolan chefs were producing mouthwatering plates of amuse bouches, mini versions of some of executive chef Alan Murchison’s dishes from the recent Great British Menu on BBC Two.
“To wash them down, a variety of rosé wines, both sparkling and still, from Boutinot.”
Guests were entertained with demonstrations of Thermomix food processors which are a favourite of the l’ortolan chefs.
Cacao Barry took along their popular chocolate samples from around the world and James Gourmet Coffee gave guests the chance to experience the change in flavour as coffee as it progresses through the brewing process.
Sommelier Stephen Nisbet excited the tastebuds on the Morrison Bowmore stand with unusual cheese, chocolate and whisky pairings.
And local cheese supplier Village Maid offered bite-size chunks of Spenwood, Wigmore and Waterloo.
Jacobs of Reading brought some sparkle to the occasion with their jewellery display, while l’ortolan florist Flowerstalk added some colour to a grey and wet afternoon.
The lifestyle section of the exhibition included Nirvana Spa, photographers Tara Taylor and Julia Conway and unique shoes by designer Silvia Campbell.
Two outside demonstrators were Audi Reading and Specialized bikes, who are supplying the bike which Alan Murchison will be using in the London to Paris cycle for Hospitality Action.
A raffle raised £800 for the charity which supports hospitality people who have fallen on hard times.