The PJ taste team celebrate Adam's 10 years of dedicated service

Last month our team had an evening out with a very special purpose - to celebrate Adam's ten years of exceptional catering service with us.

Having completed all ten years of his working life all with PJ taste, we have seen him develop from an enthusiastic young home cook (and lover of food) to a catering professional.  Initially a little shy Adam is now a confident team member who upholds perfectly the PJ taste values.  Whilst spending the majority of his time at our production kitchen in Attercliffe, Adam also has an excellent front of house presence which guest immediately warm too.  This was developed during our time running the café at the technology centre.   

Adam's choice was to race in a Grand Prix so the location was Sheffield's Teamsport Go kart track off Shepcote Way. Serious stuff but highly enjoyable giving plenty of stories for the meal later.

 Before the Fray, Adam is back row fourth from the right.

Before the Fray, Adam is back row fourth from the right.

I asked Adam what he remembers as the highlights of his service so far and what his ambitions are for the future.  He said that the friendships he has formed with work colleagues and the opportunity to work across such a range of food styles with quality local ingredients are important.  He has also enjoyed the location catering particularly for weddings where we have been lucky enough to cater at venues like Whirlowhall Farm, Woodthorpe Hall, Hargate hall, Smallshaw Cottages and more recently Wentworth Woodhouse and Chatsworth.

There were thrills and spills on the night which included John breaking a rib in the effort to catch the eventual winner our youngest employee Bradley!  A side bet of £5 was handed over by John in good spirits (despite his discomfort).  None of this though took away from our appreciation of Adam's valuable contribution to the PJ taste journey - heres to the next 10 years!

Great testimonials from our clients in June so far!

Its always brilliant to receive positive feedback from our customers and so far in June its been a bumper month.  We would like to thank our guests for taking the trouble to comment. 

We have had a great response from Sheffield Universities landscape department following their event Upstairs@PJtaste where we hosted 45 visiting Swedish landscape architects.  The Elderflower Champagne was a hit and we particularly enjoyed the traditional Swedish folk songs once the cash bar had been amply used!

Anthony and Jude Hinchcliffe celebrated a wedding anniversary with a fabulous outside party in glorious weather (once the freak storm had passed!).  We catered for many University of Sheffield events and enjoyed providing evening canapes, burritos, bowl food dishes and BBQ's for corporate clients such as BHP and Sheffield's BDP companies.  Here are some of the comments made by these people:

"YOU WERE AMAZING!!!
The party was brilliant and you just made it go so smoothly. Everyone loved the pizzas, canapes and desserts and you were so brilliant at keeping everything moving. Thank you so much.xx

Emma and Ricky – Wentworth Woodhouse  June 2018

We just wanted to thank you all for your hard work last Saturday. The party pre-storm caused havoc but your staff rallied round and went above and beyond to help us stop the marquee from blowing away and becoming flooded. Everyone from PJ Taste worked so hard to make our anniversary party so successful. The canapes , BBQ skewers  and curry's were all cooked to perfection. Everything was tidied away afterwards and you completely took  away the stress of the evening leaving Anthony and I to relax and enjoy our celebration.We would highly recommend you and look forward to using you again in the future.

Jude and Ant 16th June 2018

We organised an event and asked PJ Taste to be in charge of the catering. From the beginning they were extremely helpful. We had a limited budget and John provided excellent advice and was very flexible in delivering a first-class service. Their canapes and nibbles were delicious and we would not hesitate to recommend them to other colleagues for similar events.

Sharon and Adelina, Faculty of Science Mass Spectrometry Centre, University of Sheffield - May 2018

 Hello Tracy and team,Thank you so much for making our party so seamless. I really appreciate all the effort you and your team went to.

Alex Howe Marketing Manager BDP June 2018"

 

Sheffield hampers by PJ taste get a revamp

Our gift hampers now feature the really rather excellent "Spinning John" a lovely dry artisan cider made at Woodthorpe Hall.  Dick Shepley whose family have lived at the manor house since 1929 hand-makes the cider every October in the houses's historic cider press. Using local apples it truely is an artisan product.

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Alongside Dick's cider our hampers feature a variety of other local products as well our own PJ taste produce.  Increasingly we are harvesting soft fruit, apples, herbs and salads from our own 2 acre plot as well as honey from our growing apiary.  Featured in the hamper above is "Crucible Best" from Sheffield Brewery, excellent coffee roasted by Frazer, Sheffield Honey, Henderson's Relish and our chill chocolate (made with chillies grown by John - the "J" in PJ taste.  

This bespoke hamper is ideally for gifts, birthdays or any occasion where you simply want to celebrate local produce.  Priced at just 35 pounds we can post at additional cost or deliver potentially for free in Sheffield.  For more hamper options please see this page.

Postscript:  the Shepley family suffered a series of tragic losses during the war - there is an interesting account of this history here.

Theatre of Dreams - Sheffield Food Festival 2018

An excellent event all round The Sheffield Food Festival 2018 had at its heart the Theatre Kitchen which featured three full days of chef presentations, demonstrations and general fun.  We were particularly keen to see our Head Chef, Lee Mangles compete in a Ready Steady Cook style contest with Chris Hanson from Blend Sheffield.

 Chris Hanson from Blend Sheffield, and Lee Mangles from PJ taste line up with representatives from Food Cycle and compère Justin Rowntree from SweetSpot Hospitality Consulting 

Chris Hanson from Blend Sheffield, and Lee Mangles from PJ taste line up with representatives from Food Cycle and compère Justin Rowntree from SweetSpot Hospitality Consulting 

In the event the session turned out to be a great education for us all about some of the excellent community food initiatives taking place in Sheffield.  Justin Rowntree from Sweetspot Hospitality Consulting did an entertaining and at the same time informative job of controlling the chefs and linking up with representatives from Food Cycle.

After receiving a bag of beautiful seasonal vegetables from Food Cycles the Chefs quickly put together their thoughts on a menu.  Both decided on two dishes, Lee a slightly more simple chargrilled asparagus and halloumi stater with a Thia curry and Chris with an ambitious bread making challenge.  This he was pairing with homemade baked beans and a courgette fritter.

As the Chefs got to work we heard from Food Cycle.  In Sheffield they currently have projects at Gleadless, Firth Park and Lowedges as well as Sharrow and St Barts.  Using donated food and volunteers they produce meals for homeless people and others in local communities.  It was clear that this is done with great passion by all the people involved and helps bring food in as a highly positive social tool both in its consumption and preparation.  They are keen to attract more volunteers and people who wish to be involved through donation of food or simply to take part in the whole community aspect.

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With time running out the Chefs started to plate up.  Justin putting Chris off his train of thought (and perhaps slightly cheekily pointing out that Chris was not good at mutli-tasking) questioned him about his forthcoming restaurant opening.  Blend soon to be on Pinstone Street on the site of the old Fusion shop, is a social enterprise with a vision to use cuisine and hospitality enhance people's lives.  Chris shared his passion for the venture and we were able to meet some of the staff who are having the opportunity of employment and a way into work that they may not normally be afforded.  We wish Chris and his team all the best for their opening.

Having been impressed by the community work going on around us the result of the contest was becoming less important than the overall celebration of food.  However, for the record the appointed judge on the day awarded a narrow victory to Lee, despite Chris's heroic and impressive effort at producing flat bread as well as his two dishes in half an hour!

A big thanks to the contestants, Food Cycle the Sheffield Food Festival and Justin for providing such great entertainment.

Bridal Beauty Event - Upstairs@PJtaste

Beauty in the eye of the empowered Sheffield female business owners!

 Tracy Saleh from PJ taste with Nina Brown of Bite Sized Beauty

Tracy Saleh from PJ taste with Nina Brown of Bite Sized Beauty

When Tracy from PJ taste met Nina from BitesizeBeauty.com at a Business Sheffield telephone sales course, who knew they would be supporting each other just four weeks later? 

“I knew as soon as I heard Nina's business plan I wanted to work together on an event” said Tracy. “She was so passionate about her new business which she had just started with long time work colleague and friend Sharron. We have the facilities to hold events at our new venue, Upstairs@PJtaste, and Bitesized Beauty has amazing knowledge and talent”.

The excitement increased as Tracy and Nina along with fellow make-up artist Sheldon from Beyond Reflections planned an afternoon Bridal Beauty showcase.  They recruited two other start-up businesses, Shona Belch from Tysie97 a recently self employed hair and lashes stylist along with Charlene Brand from Wellness Spa Therapy.

PJ taste Brides, Mothers of the Brides and Bridesmaids were invited to the event which took place on Sunday the 8th April. Each business gave demonstrations with guests taking the opportunity of a complete make-over.  Sharron shared her top 10 tips including best buys, diet, good sleeping advice, skin care, relaxation and also preparing those hands and feet for the all-important wedding day photographs.The event was a great success generating new sales opportunities for all the businesses.  Sharron and Nina are keen to host another event focusing on the female menopause and how diet and holistic therapy can play a positive role. 

Nina commented, “We are big fans of Business Sheffield events and our Bridal Beauty Event shows how these networking opportunities kick-start new and exciting initiatives.

"The event was really useful as a  bride-to-be as everyone was so helpful and friendly. Nina and Sharron were very approachable and genuine. No question seemed silly to ask and they were so knowledgeable. It was great to have time to chat to all the different professionals and to get some handy tips about preparing for a wedding. They all were very professional and seemed to really care about making us fell ready for the big day! I really enjoyed the talks and demonstrations and the fact you could ask as many questions as you wanted! I would definitely recommend the event to any bride-to-be or for that matter, anyone wanting to know more about how to look after their body and makeup" Thank you for organising it, I had a great time! Charlotte 

"We had a lovely time thanks - hope you did too!  "We had a great afternoon at PJ Taste's wedding hair and beauty event. We enjoyed chatting with the experts, and I had the chance to have my hair styled as well. I loved it so much I even kept it in the next day!" Emma Cryan

 

Anyone interested should check out the businesses online presence for great introductory offers

Amazing beauty packages available at bitesizebeauty.com

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Wellness Spa Therapies & Personalised Pamper Parties (Find Charlene Brand on Facebook)

Tysie97 - Contact Shona for hair and lashes on 07584 658885

Beyond Reflections - find Sheldon Marsden of Facebook

 

 

Make up and Hair Demonstrations by Professional Tutors, 2.30pm Sunday 8th April Upstairs@PJtaste Sheffield just 6 Tickets left £12 each

Get the Markle Sparkle this Sunday Afternoon with Prosecco and Canapes

Make up Demonstrations, On trend Hair Demonstrations Upstairs@PJtaste

Canapes and a Glass of Prosecco Sunday 8th April 2:30pm till 5:30pm 

Experienced Beauty Tutors and Stunning Hair Stylist. Tattoo/Blemish Cover up Demonstration, High Street make up best buys, Top 10 tips for flawless make up.

Would you like to feel more confident applying your own wedding make up? Would you like some inspiration when it comes to your hair style and overall look on your wedding day? No make up will be on sale, just good honest advice for a group of brides to be, bridesmaids and not forgetting the ever so important mother of the bride. You and your "I Do Crew" won't want to miss this event.

 Shona Hair and Lashes

Shona Hair and Lashes

Nina & Sharron invite you to

Learn the secrets of the beauty professionals, in the comfort of your own home.

Bitesize Beauty is your perfect learning compact to touch up your beauty skills!

Brush up your make-up routine! Refine your technique as well as your pores! Fill in the beauty know-how gaps that Bitesize Beauty can offer! With Bitesize Beauty, we reveal those salon secrets the beauty experts won’t tell you…

Bitesize Beauty offers access to small perfectly formed beauty skills packages.

Each helps to demystify the secrets of the salon, revealing essential skincare, complexion perfection perfect for every ability, every learning style, available to everyone.

Bitesize Beauty will help you to learn how to safely and effectively perform:

· Magical manicures

· Perfect pedicures

· Fabulous facials

· Brows that wow

· Mini-break-worthy make-up tutorials

https://bitesizebeauty.com

 

 pro-beauty tricks at your finger tips...

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Bitesize Beauty is the creation of Nina Brown and Sharron Morton. It is a website which provides anyone that has an interest in Beauty with the opportunity to learn the secrets of the beauty world from the professionals.

Nina and Sharron collectively have more than 60 years of experience in the Beauty Industry, 30 of which include teaching all levels of Beauty and Holistic Therapies in further education colleges.

Bitesize Beauty has a range of courses which consist of step by step easy to follow guide booklets and video tutorials, which are all available to view on your mobile device.

Book your place now simply complete the form below or for further details call 0330 043 1954 (local rate) Tickets just £12 each including canapes and a glass of bubbles.

 PJtaste  Bridal hair  Bridal make up Bridal  Beauty tips  Events Space Sheffield 
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 Bride and Mother of the Bride hair by Shona from tsiye 97

Bride and Mother of the Bride hair by Shona from tsiye 97

Sheldon is a make-up artist who specialises in media, bridal and special effects make-up and hair.

She has worked on fashion shows, water photo shoots, gymnasts, dancers, Arial Silk, theatre productions and was the lead designer and make-up artist on a project which produced a charity calendar.

Her work has been published in an American magazine.

 Ninas Make up

Ninas Make up

 Bridesmaids Bow - Shona

Bridesmaids Bow - Shona

 practice doll - shona 

practice doll - shona 

 Shona - shona 

Shona - shona 

 Elegant Make up - nina

Elegant Make up - nina

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Get the Markle Sparkle this Sunday Afternoon with Prosecco and Canapes

Make up Demonstrations, On trend Hair Demonstrations Upstairs@PJtaste

Canapes and a Glass of Prosecco Sunday 8th April 2:30pm till 5:30pm 

Experienced Beauty Tutors and Stunning Hair Stylist. Tattoo/Blemish Cover up Demonstration, High Street make up best buys, Top 10 tips for flawless make up.

Would you like to feel more confident applying your own wedding make up? Would you like some inspiration when it comes to your hair style and overall look on your wedding day? No make up will be on sale, just good honest advice for a group of brides to be, bridesmaids and not forgetting the ever so important mother of the bride. You and your "I Do Crew" won't want to miss this event.

 Shona Hair and Lashes

Shona Hair and Lashes

Nina & Sharron invite you to

Learn the secrets of the beauty professionals, in the comfort of your own home.

 

Bitesize Beauty is your perfect learning compact to touch up your beauty skills!

Brush up your make-up routine! Refine your technique as well as your pores! Fill in the beauty know-how gaps that Bitesize Beauty can offer! With Bitesize Beauty, we reveal those salon secrets the beauty experts won’t tell you…

Bitesize Beauty offers access to small perfectly formed beauty skills packages.

Each helps to demystify the secrets of the salon, revealing essential skincare, complexion perfection perfect for every ability, every learning style, available to everyone.

Bitesize Beauty will help you to learn how to safely and effectively perform:

· Magical manicures

· Perfect pedicures

· Fabulous facials

· Brows that wow

· Mini-break-worthy make-up tutorials

 pro-beauty tricks at your finger tips...

SHONA & CARL_115.jpg

Bitesize Beauty is the creation of Nina Brown and Sharron Morton. It is a website which provides anyone that has an interest in Beauty with the opportunity to learn the secrets of the beauty world from the professionals.

Nina and Sharron collectively have more than 60 years of experience in the Beauty Industry, 30 of which include teaching all levels of Beauty and Holistic Therapies in further education colleges.

Bitesize Beauty has a range of courses which consist of step by step easy to follow guide booklets and video tutorials, which are all available to view on your mobile device.

Book your place now simply complete the form below or for further details call 0330 043 1954 (local rate) Tickets just £12 each including canapes and a glass of bubbles.

 PJtaste  Bridal hair  Bridal make up Bridal  Beauty tips  Events Space Sheffield 
SHONA & CARL_067.jpg
 Bride and Mother of the Bride hair by Shona from tsiye 97

Bride and Mother of the Bride hair by Shona from tsiye 97

Sheldon is a make-up artist who specialises in media, bridal and special effects make-up and hair.

She has worked on fashion shows, water photo shoots, gymnasts, dancers, Arial Silk, theatre productions and was the lead designer and make-up artist on a project which produced a charity calendar.

Her work has been published in an American magazine.

 Ninas Make up

Ninas Make up

 Bridesmaids Bow - Shona

Bridesmaids Bow - Shona

 practice doll - shona 

practice doll - shona 

 Shona - shona 

Shona - shona 

 Elegant Make up - nina

Elegant Make up - nina

Bite Size Beauty Logo (1).jpg

Easter foraging in Sheffield

Gathering wild food has always appealed to my parsimonious nature, its free after all!  However, a better reason is getting into the great outdoors and the connection you get to nature and the seasons.  In the Sheffield area there are things to find all year round but it is by Easter time that the possibilities increase.

Wild garlic or often commonly known as Ransoms, (Allium ursinum) is a spring time favourite and when located is usually in such profusion that you have no concerns about over harvesting.  You can use the leaves, flower buds and flowers (the bulb too but as with all wild plants it should not be dug up).  As with all foraging ensure that you are 100% sure about what you are picking and check that there is no contamination from the environment.

 Wild garlic and its beautiful flowers

Wild garlic and its beautiful flowers

Whilst the a few of the leaves can be used fresh in salads we use most to make a wild garlic pesto which allows us to preserve it beyond its relatively short season.  The recipe is very simple:

First wash the wild garlic well. Soak in cold water, rinse and put them in a colander to strain.

Blend the wild garlic to taste with the following

·       garlic puree

·       pine nuts

·       grated cheese (any hard cheese will do) – parmesan is good

·       salt and pepper

·       olive oil (use the good stuff)

·       some lemon juice if needed to cut the richness

Jar into clean sterilised jars and secure lids tightly.

There are a number of other members of the onion family (alliums) which can be foraged.  Heres a super guide to knowing your alliums.

Another almost other-worldly wild find is the Scarlet elf cap.  This is an edible fungus which would provide an amazing way to present other edibles as a striking canape.  However, I have never found enough to warrant picking them and instead have just enjoyed them as a living spectacle.  They occur in woodland where there is plenty of fallen wood on which they grow.

 The striking scarlet elf cap

The striking scarlet elf cap

So Happy Easter one and all and I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some fresh air and make some interesting wild food finds.

Chocolate and Cocktail demonstration in Sheffield

Enjoy an evening making delicious chocolates and learning to mix a range of cocktails in the comfort of our meeting, dining and event venue on Staniforth road in Sheffield. Thursday Evening 8th March 6.30pm for 7pm 

 PJ taste espresso chocolate martini cocktail

PJ taste espresso chocolate martini cocktail

Join us for a relaxed evening Upstairs@PJtaste immersing yourself in a world of chocolate and cocktails!  Our demonstration will include the chance to get hands making chocolates and mixing cocktails!
Your PJ hosts will guide you through the tempering of chocolate, using moulds to make delicious pralines as well as mixing some iconic and locally inspired PJ taste cocktails and Flairing Demonstrations. Thursday 8th March 2018, 6.30pm for 7.00pm £18 per person

To book tickets please complete the form below

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An apple tree pruning masterclass in Sheffield

In November 2016 I planted 15 apple trees on our plot bought from Huw Evans of Sheffield Organic Growers.  I was lucky to benefit from his advice and experience which he has built from establishing a 300 tree orchard over the last seven years.  Yesterday Huw has kind enough to drop by to show me how to carry out the all important formative pruning to ensure the trees develop into productive and healthy trees. 

Over the next few years we hope that these trees along with the other soft fruit, salads, herbs and perennial vegetables will contirbute an increasing quantity of supplies into PJ taste.

 Huw accessing how to proceed with this Red Windsor apple tree.  He selected the four main branches at the top of the tree and cut these back by up to half of last seasons growth to an outward facing bud to encourage these to branch further.  The lower branches were cut back to between 4 and 6 buds to encourage them to develop as fruiting spurs.

Huw accessing how to proceed with this Red Windsor apple tree.  He selected the four main branches at the top of the tree and cut these back by up to half of last seasons growth to an outward facing bud to encourage these to branch further.  The lower branches were cut back to between 4 and 6 buds to encourage them to develop as fruiting spurs.

The trees I planted over the winter of 2016/17 are listed below.  I have added descriptions from the Orange Pippin Trees web site

Two Discovery -the definitive early-season English apple variety.

Three Red Windsor - Self-fertile, so there is no need to worry about pollination partners. It grows naturally in a neat and tidy fashion, and crops heavily. The apples can be picked over several weeks so you don't have to deal with a glut. It seems untroubled by the usual diseases of apples, and the blossom also has some resistance to frost.

Two Ribstone Pippin - A particuarly handsome apple, thought to be one of the parents of Cox's Orange Pippin. It has some of the aromatic qualities of that variety when eaten fresh, but is noticeably sharper in flavour - and for this reason is often used in the kitchen as well.
By Victorian times Ribston Pippin was very popular as a late autumn apple, and the Victorian fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg reported that it was in "greatest perfection during November and December".

Two Blemhein Orange - Blenheim Orange is a popular large English heritage apple variety, widely grown in gardens. It has the characteristic orange flush which is often associated with English apples. Although it can be eaten fresh, it is best considered a culinary apple, and it cooks to a stiff puree.

One Rajka - a modern apple variety, developed specifically to be resistant to the main apple diseases, and hence a good choice for the gardener or home orchardist who prefers an organic or un-treated regime. The fruit is deep-red coloured over a golden yellow background when ripe. The flesh is a creamy-yellow colour and is open-textured, fairly crisp but not too hard, and snaps cleanly when you bite into it. The flavour is sweet, but with good acidity.

Two Fiesta - Fiesta is a relatively new English apple, developed in Kent in the 1970s but with a very traditional English style and flavour. Cox's Orange Pippin is one of its parents, and it has inherited the classic Cox aromatic sweet/sharp flavour. Visually it also looks the part, with the attractive orange flush so typical of traditional English apples.Fiesta is one of the best apples for juicing. It produces copious amounts of juice, with a very good rich sweet / sharp flavour.It can also be used as a substitute for Cox's Orange Pippin in apple cookery - slices keep their shape when cooked.


Three Ashmead Kernel - Ashmeads Kernel is a very old traditional English russet apple. It remains popular for its distinctive pear-like flavour which is quite different from most other apple varieties.
Although often considered as a connoisseur's dessert apple, Ashmead's Kernel is actually quite versatile. It can be used for cooking, or sliced in savoury salads, and it keeps very well in a cold store.

The pictures above show Huw deciding how to proceed with the Blenheim Orange.  As you can see each tree presents a slightly different challenge depending on how it has grown through the year.  These trees are positioned quite close to a hedge and it may be that this has created a slightly lopsided growth pattern.  The video below gives some great tips from Huw and shows how he proceeded with this tree.

Huw's advice have given us lots of knowledge about pruning trees of this young age.  He also recommended a couple of books which he says he still uses regularly and cover a wide variety of specis and styles of training.

There are a number of growers from whom I would recommend buying quality trees. 

In the Sheffield area and for planting in this area you could'nt do better than to approach Huw at Sheffield Organic Growers
For a wide variety of trees and great advice on forest gardens - Martin Crawford at the Agroforestry Research Council
Cool Temperate in Nottingham also stocks an interesting range of trees

Finally here is some information from Wortley Hall Walled garden where they re-established the orchard back in 2007 and have plenty of interesting regional heritage varieties.

Wedding tastings at our meeting and dining venue in Sheffield

Creative Wedding Menus using Local Sourced Ingredients 

Rhian and Sam’s Wedding Tasting Upstairs@PJtaste Amazing Food, Great Venue

Mother of the Bride Julie Oxley
— Julie Oxley

Richard and Becky say "I do" this summer at a stunning new venue. We are as excited as Richard and Becky are about their special day. A lovely fresh summer wedding breakfast is on the menu with lots of salad with interesting leaves and a variety of edible flowers from Peter's home grown plot. They were so delighted with their food, that what they couldn't quite manage to eat on the tasting day was all boxed up for them to take away. This included the fresh sourdough bread which Peter had baked especially for them that afternoon.  

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Big Smiles 

Richard and Becky enjoyed an evening Upstairs@PJtaste saying "Thank you we loved it"

We enjoy getting creative with our menus and to include the bride and groom in creating the perfect menu to compliment their wedding day at Horsleygate Farm 

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Mini Cheesecakes Platter

These little gems made in on to the wedding menu but didn't quite make it home with them. 

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Ben was a natural..

at carving the joint of beef..

Bridget and Ben came to our new venue Upstairs@PJtaste. We invited them to sample a few dishes from their wedding menu.

Focusing on the Roast Beef joints served whole to be carved at the table. Here's  a pic of a mini version to serve our four delighted guests.Ben and Bridget tie the knot in just a few short weeks and were very keen to fine tune their menu. Our head chef Lee Mangles (who had prepared the meal in our production kitchen on the ground floor of our premises) was very surprised when he came upstairs to chat about the menu with our wedding couple. Ben and Lee recognised each other immediately. They had actually worked together a few years earlier. We all had a great time remenising with canapes, roast beef with all the trimmings and not forgetting delicious desserts.

We are all really looking forward to their  "Big Day" at Kelham Island Museum

 

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Sample Canape Selection 

Seasonally Inspired Locally Sourced at PJ taste

"PJ taste are experienced caterers with a passion for creating delicious food from locally sourced and own grown produce. 

We have our own stylish 100 seat meeting, dining and event space in Attercliffe with our team of professional chefs and dedicated service staff on site to provide a really warm and personal service.  Our external event catering is delivered with our electric vans providing for a range of occasions from breakfasts to business lunches and dinners through family celebrations such as weddings and canapes receptions".  Clients include Gripple, The University of Sheffield, BBC, ARUP, Wake Smith, BHP, and The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

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Unique conference and training venue in Sheffield

Located in Attercliffe just a few minutes drive from Sheffield city centre, Upstairs@PJtaste offers a flexible meeting, dining and event space.  Ideal for conferences, company presentations and training courses our on site chefs serve delicious locally sourced food.

Seating up to 120 people theatre style or up to 100 for lunch or dinner dining we can create unique menus and packages depending on your conference theme or celebratory event.

We have some free parking which can be reserved in advance as well as plenty of free on street parking.  Sheffield's supertram stops a couple of minutes walk away at the Woodburn Road stop and bus routes are available outside the building.

Valentines special duo hamper - handmade truffles and Champagne

You can't beat Champagne and truffles for a very special Valentines Day gift.  Our handmade truffles have a white chocolate and sloe gin centre.  The Champagne is from Guy de Chassey and is a grand Cru Brut.  It is described by the De Chassey family as, "zesty apple and citrus fruit, balanced by richer, toasted brioche flavours.

At just £34.95 and packed in an easily posted box its fantastic value.  Ask about potential free delivery in the Sheffield area or we can post for just £2.95.

 Champagne and handmade chocolate truffles with a white chocolate and sloe gin centre

Champagne and handmade chocolate truffles with a white chocolate and sloe gin centre

 Sloes growing wild in Sheffield

Sloes growing wild in Sheffield

A successful meeting and networking event at our dining and training centre in Sheffield

Our event space today hosted another successful meeting with a group of Sheffield based small business owners.  Brought together by Andy Hanselman the subject covered was recruitment and retention.  Presentations were given by Louise from Benchmark Recruit and by Bhayani Law.  We received lovely comments on both the quality of the food and the attention to detail with which we have refurbished the meeting room.

 Delegates from Andy Hanselman's Connect 6 group enjoy the presentations

Chef Lee prepared delicious vegan muffins as a welcome treat and a hot lunch of chicken with mozzarella.

Launching our Street Food menu concepts in Sheffield

 Lamb cooked "Asado" Argentinian style over a wood fire

Lamb cooked "Asado" Argentinian style over a wood fire

We love creating a live theatre cooking experience for corporate events, weddings and parties.  We can offer Vietnamese noodles, wood fired pizza, burrito bars as well as spit and hog roasts.  BBQ's are also very popular.  We can travel to your event in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.  More details here.

 

The ideal Meeting Room in Sheffield

What makes the ideal Meeting Room?  From our years of experience of catering for a huge range of meetings in Sheffield at many diverse locations here are our top 10 ten factors to consider. 

Our special 11th factor just for January and February this year is FREE ROOM HIRE at our own meeting, dining and event space in Attercliffe, Sheffield.  See here for details.

 Meeting with refreshments in progress - Upstairs@PJtaste 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield.

Meeting with refreshments in progress - Upstairs@PJtaste 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield.

  • Is it necessary?  Before selecting a venue a key question is what is the purpose of the meeting.  Could everybody save time by not actually holding it or could a "Virtual Meeting" be held or even the good old fashioned telephone put to use?
     
  • Location.  Having decided it is beneficial to get together face to face the geographical location becomes an important consideration.  However, its not always a case of making it the most convenient venue for the majority.  I remember when working in Scotland for Bass Taverns the meetings I attended were all in Birmingham necessitating a long jouney for the smaller Scottish contingent.  An enlighted Director once decided to turn the tables and organised an Edinburgh meeting.  Not only were the Scottish managers grateful but they enjoyed showing off their city and the other delegates appreciated the change of scenery.
     
 The Peak District National Park - one great reason to choose Sheffield as a location

The Peak District National Park - one great reason to choose Sheffield as a location

  • Size of the venue.  A trick of PR agencies is to cram a small space with lots of people to ensure all the pictures show how well attended the event was!  Not a great idea for productive meetings where people need plenty of space to feel comfortable.  This extends to allow areas for networking and break out spaces for refreshments leaving the tables for formal meetings and business sessions separate.
     
  • Flexibility of the venue.  Having the ability to set up the room in a variety of layouts is useful along with the flexibility of the venue owners to change this rapidly and possibily mid conference is also useful.  The audio visual support should also be adaptable to work equally well in each format.  As caterers we also appreciate the need for adaquate space to set up refreshments and lunches preferably in a way which does not disturb the meeting in progress.
  • Food and Drink.  Often the most keenly anticipated part of any meeting, conference or training session!  Good food delivered in a timely fashion combined with warm personal service skills can make or break the success of an event.  Look for a proven track record of quality from the caterers, what their food hygiene status is (local authority inspection results for over 1/2 million restaurants and caterers can be found here) and if they have experience of delivering the type, quality and scale for your event.  Ideally the caterer should be making food from scratch, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.  Having some unique products as well as good sustainability credentials is also a bonus, as is there ability to cater seamlessly for any special dietary requirements.
 PJ taste's Sheffield Egg - always a lunch time favourite

PJ taste's Sheffield Egg - always a lunch time favourite

  • Wall Space.  Perhaps a lesser consideration but any good training event should generate plenty of flip chart sheets for display.  Flat and avaialble wall space on which to display is useful along with the blessing of the venue owner for plentiful use of blu tack!
     
  • People.  We all like to deal with people who get the job done efficiently but the really excellent providers are those who make it a pleasure.  Its worth seeking out venues where the team in charge not only fit your needs but are able to anticipate, tailor their product espcially for you and delight.  At PJ taste we have been lucky enough to work with Andy Hanselman and strive to embody his 7 characteristics of a 3D business in everything we do.
     
  • Licensing and additional services.  In order to serve alcohol, play live music or show film a venue must have the appropriate license from the local authority.  These can be useful adjuncts for a venue as can their flexibility to provide for one off requests.  As an example at a recent event for Tesco held in our venue Upstairs@PJtaste we sent out for more helium when the organisers supply for her gold ballons failed!
 The PJ taste team posing with one of the business's electric delivery vehicles

The PJ taste team posing with one of the business's electric delivery vehicles

  • Transport Links.  Rather than relying on cars as the only feasible means of access having good public transport links is sensible.  Being on a tram, train and bus route gives delegates the opportunity to leave the car at home and perhaps enjoy that complementary drink inbtoi the bargain.
     
  • Quiet with no disturbances.  For most meetings where the business outcomes are important, large picture windows onto interesting scenes are not necessarily going to be the most productive.  Likewise noise pollution from ajoining rooms, external building works and noisy caterers are also to be avoided.
 Always a good question to pose at the end of a meeting!

Always a good question to pose at the end of a meeting!

Meeting Room in Attercliffe, Sheffield.

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Looking for a new venue to hold your meetings, training events and presentations?  Our newly refurbished meeting room at our base in Attercliffe, Sheffield is the ideal choice.  Accommodating up to 100 people with excellent parking and transport links delegates enjoy fabulous refreshments and lunches served by our on site chefs. See here for more details.

For events in January and February 2018 we are offering free room hire where parties of more than 25 order catering.  Simply telephone 0330 0431954 or email ask@pjtast.co.uk for more details.

Sheffield hampers - last posting day - Wednesday 20th December 2017

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Our range of Christmas hampers all contain delicious, locally sourced foodie gifts.  Starting at £24.95 for the Sheffield Favourite, the luxury hamper at £125 shown above comes in its own quality wicker basket and contains the following:

  • Sheffield Honey 12oz jar
  • Henderson’s Relish 142ml
  • Sheffield Cook Book - "Second Helpings"
  • PJ taste Preserve 12oz
  • PJ taste Chutney 12oz
  • 12 PJ taste handmade Chocolate Truffles 
  • Frazers Sheffield Roasted Triple Certified Coffee 250g
  • PJ taste luxury Christmas Pudding
  • John's Pickled Killamarsh Chillies
  • 20cl Sir Robin of Locksley Gin - distilled in Sheffield
  • 275ml PJ taste locally foraged rosehip syrup
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The last posting day for UK deliveries in time for Christmas is Wednesday 20th December so to ensure your order arrives in time please place with us by close of business on Tuesday - thats tomorrow as I write!  Happy Christmas.