Sheffield Food Festival: Evenings in Demo Theatre Kitchen
From an elegantly curated three-course dinner, to an Italian-inspired event, to an organic vegetarian pop-up feast, this year’s evening events in the Demo Theatre Kitchen are an absolute treat.
Last year’s Sheffield Food Festival saw the introduction of a brand new event: the host evening events in the Demo Theatre Kitchen. Proove hosted a sold-out, five course pizza Supper Club extravaganza, whilst Riverford put on a special wine tasting experience.
Following on from the success of last year’s events, Proove and Riverford will both be back as key sponsors for the Theatre Kitchen, this time with the addition of a collaborative evening event between Butcher & Catch and Sir Robin of Locksley Gin. These evenings are a chance to get stuck in with some of the Food Festival’s key partners in a more intimate and personal environment.
Kicking off on Friday 24th, there will be an evening of Tasty Toasts hosted by Sir Robin of Locksley Gin and Butcher & Catch. It’ll be a unique dining experience with a cultured menu of three courses, starting with a fish course of morocello and fennel-cured sea trout, then a course of Moss Valley belly pork, finishing with dessert from Our Cow Molly: ice cream and Yorkshire rhubarb. Delicious! Each course will be presented with a specialist drink, chosen by experts to compliment the incredible food on offer. Welcome drinks, talks and entertainments will follow, too!
The evening of Saturday 25th will see Proove return with its hugely popular Supper Club, bringing its authentic Neapolitan pizza to the lovely folk of Sheffield. It’s a great chance to see what Proove is about – the very best, authentic and fresh ingredients created by their expert Pizzaiolos and made fresh to order. The secret, we’re reliably informed, is in the dough. It’s homemade every day with ’00’ flour and proved for a minimum of 20 hours. It’s then hand-stretched and topped with tomato sauce – homemade, of course, and always with San Marzano tomatoes which are grown in the rich volcanic soil around Mount Vesuvius. The cheese has to be Fior Di Latte mozzarella, which is made in Naples for Proove twice a week and flown in ready to be served within 72 hrs.
This year’s menu will include carefully curated Italian cuisine, inspired by ‘Naples in the spring time’. They have partnered with LWC Drinks who will be imparting their expertise by pairing each of the five courses with drinks such as prosecco, Italian wines, and gin and rum cocktails. And once again, they will be supporting Ben’s Centre, through Foodinate which provides meals for the homeless. Since partnering with Foodinate in December 2017, Proove’s restaurants and kitchens in Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds have donated over 25,000 to those in need.
The wonderful team at Riverford Organic Farmers, who’ve supported the Food Festival since its launch, will be a hosting a very special ‘pop-up feast’ event on Sunday 26th to round off the evening Theatre Kitchen programme. Riverford is celebrating 12 years of delivering organic produce to homes across the region this year. From its award-winning veg boxes and recipe boxes, to bread, dairy, deli items, drinks, meats and more, Riverford deliver its wide range of organic produce direct to doorsteps each week, teaching people how to ‘live life on the veg’ in the process.
Riverford’s talented chef Sarah Raven will cook up an exciting flavour-packed menu of vegetarian dishes, bursting with the freshest seasonal veg from their organic fields. So, expect vibrant and creative dishes with vegetables as you’ve never tasted them before!