Spring dining Upstairs@PJtaste

Our venue in Attercliffe, Sheffield has been host recently for some lovely lunches inspired by locally sourced Spring food. Here are some pictures and menus.

On Monday this week we were delighted that a lovely group from Rotherham based Ladies Who Lunch used Upstairs@PJtaste as a venue for a monthly meeting followed by lunch. Exhibiting were Lucy May Lingerie and Biscuit Bakery and all brilliantly organised by Nicola Smith of Simply Business Development.

Menu

Rosehip Fizz to start – PJ taste foraged rosehip syrup, apple sour and sparkling wine

Loin of Cod in brown butter and a miso broth served with barbecued asparagus and new season potatoes with PJ taste pickled nasturium.

Bulgar and freekah wheat salad with roast asparagus, preserved lemon and yoghurt dressing

Yorkshire Curd tart (made with Our Cow Molly Milk) with PJ taste grown rhubarb compote

Lemon Posset

Today we held our Ladies Who Lunch event at PJ taste LLP and we were treat to such amazing food, service and surroundings. Thanks to the whole Pj team.
— Nicola K Smith - Simply Business Development
A lovely buzz in the room as diners tuck into a delicious and light spring lunch.

A lovely buzz in the room as diners tuck into a delicious and light spring lunch.

Menu - a lunch for Wake Smith

Salmon Ballontine with a PJ taste Spring foraged salad
Smoked Trout Salad

Rump of Derbyshire Lamb

Bakewell Tart - Frazer’s Sheffield roasted Coffee with PJ taste handmade truffles with sloe gin centres

Thank you so much for the lunches over the past few weeks – they went down really well as always!
— Bridie Mulgrew Marketing Executive Wake Smith Solicitors



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"

 

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.

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.

Our Meeting, Dining and Event Space is now open

We are please to announce that the first customers have now experienced our newly refurbished meeting, dining and event space at 54 Staniforth Road, Attercliffe and have pronounced it "superb".

For bookings please ring 0330 0431954

For bookings please ring 0330 0431954

The ash handrail was from locally sourced wood and flows up the stairs in a sculptural fashion

The ash handrail was from locally sourced wood and flows up the stairs in a sculptural fashion

A corporate thank you day was organised by a major retailer, treating their staff to a champagne reception and delicious afternoon tea.  We received many comments about the comfort of the space, the exciting visual appearance of elements like the bespoke ash handrail and the restored old roof trusses.

We are currently taking bookings for a range of events from business training sessions, wedding receptions, private dining parties and corporate meetings.  We have a very bespoke service and offer unique menus for each event to ensure our locally sourced catering meets individual needs.

More information here and here

Our Meeting and Dining Venue - finishing touches

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This week Ollie Allen has been cutting the Ash from the plot they look after near Doncaster to create the bespoke handrails for our new staircase. Not only is it exciting to be collaborating with such a creative guy but it will be the last element before we can officially open our new venue!  We are looking forward to welcoming the first guests who will be enjoying the unique space to hold a traning session.  Our Chefs table for lunch promises to be a highlight!

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I am also pleased to be contributing so some ash poles cut from our own plot last year.  These have some great natural kinks as well as angles from their original grafting joints so will help navigate around the contours of the staircase.

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Looking forward to sharing pictures of the finished creation.

Swarming Times - our local honey bees

It was action stations this morning as on my usual morning round in the garden I spotted a large swarm of honey bees in the old oak tree.

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In all probability these are from one of my two hives, which if so are indicative of a novice bee keeper having not be aware of its imminence or taken suitable preventative action. Actually I had observed that the hive from the swarm I caught in Heeley in May was going through strange times. I had seen a number of what I felt were supercedure cells being made in it. These are contructed by the female worker bees when they sense their current queen is starting to fail, that is her egg laying performace is deterioating and so threatens the future survival of the colony.

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Further than this eight days ago I had actually spotted what I assumed was a newly hatched queen and heared her “piping”. The video below has a small segment of this amazing vocal performace right at the beginning – its actually just two hoots from what was a quite prolonged and loud experience - you have to listen hard in the first two seconds!  My thought at this time was to leave well alone feeling that it was late in the year for a swarm ,the numbers of bees in this hive was not huge and that this new queen would take over in a perfect supercedure. This is a term bee keepers use for the situation where the new and old queen can actually live together for a period.  Its perfect as it reduces the gap between the old queen stopping laying and the new starting to lay new eggs.

I managed to catch the swarm by cutting down the branch to which they were attached attempting to drop this into a large cardborad box I positioned below. This did not go quite to plan with most of the branch missing the box meaning there was a lot of extra scooping to do in the undergrowth. I transferred the bees from the box into a “nuc” hive (a smaller specially designed bee hive for new colonies). Meanwhile “loose” bees were forming another smaller swarm on a branch close to the one I cut meaning another adventure up the ladder.

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I hope that I have got the queen and that the bees are happy to settle in this new home. If so there is a chance that I will increase my colony number to 3, giving more beneficial pollinators for the garden and beyond and the possibility of a local honey crop next year.

Our Meeting and Dining Venue Refurbishment Update

Work has continued over the Christmas break taking the space on the first floor of our base at 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield, back to its bare shell.  We will soon be ready to start the re-building to create our 100 seat meeting, dining and event venue.  Excitingly we have revealed the large roof trusses and the layers of paint added over many years are being stripped away.  The natural wood below has a lovely grain and should work well with the tables we are making from re-used pallets.  See our previous post for pictures.

The next job will be to remove the old plaster from the walls so that we can add thick layers of insulation both to the walls and the roof space to ensure our guests are toasty warm but also to minimise heating inputs and their environmental impacts.

Our electricians have already been busy and have actually completed their first fix to the first floor.  Theres over a mile of cable already gone in across the electrical, lighting, fire, security, audio, data and phone cables!  Great that they still look so happy!

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So progress but still lots to do!  Although its hard to imagine at the moment we are very confident that the result will be a unique venue reflecting our values of local sourcing, sustainability and innovative cooking with brilliant care for our guests.  So still very much on track to deliver the vision.

Sheffield Cookbook

We are excited to announce that the sequel to the Sheffield Cookbook, The Sheffield Cookbook Second Helpings will be available from 14 November 2016.  Available to pre-order now at £14.95 this 320 page full colour book will make a brilliant Christmas present for any Sheffield food lover.  Order here

Our Christmas Quiz to win a Sheffield Favourites Hamper

From Prosecco and Pomegranate Punch to Handmade Sausage and Cranberry Rolls we are providing some unique locally sourced and Sheffield Made menus this Christmas - see our Menus

 Win a PJ taste Hamper!

In the year since we moved to sunny Attercliffe our 37 solar panels have been working hard. To win a Sheffield Favourites Hamper "calculate" the tonnes of CO2 this has saved.  Just email your answer and the nearest wins - closing date 30/11/15.  Good luck.


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Premium Local Sheffield Hamper

With Christmas rapidly approaching our hampers are a lovely present option for your foodie friends.  This week we put together our Premium Local Sheffield Hamper which retails at £49.75 and contains some of our local handmade goodies as well as some indulgent Christmas treats - Prosecco and local beer.  At £23.95 our Sheffield Favourites Hamper is a good alternative particularly for non drinkers.

Hampers come attractively wrapped and we will make every effort to deliver FREE within the Sheffield area.  Please call us on 0114 4536254 or email ask@pjtaste.co.uk

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The detailed contents list is: