Our blog is a diary of our adventures in local food. We enjoy preserving harvests of seasonal food so you will find brewing, fermenting as well as jam and preserve making recipes well represented. In addition we discuss visits to our valued Sheffield suppliers and trips wider afield to see artisan producers in action in Derbyshire and the Peak District. A new feature will focus on individual members of our team to share their skills and aspirations.
We are please to announce an Open Day, free to all, to take place at our meeting, dining and event venue in Attercliffe on the 11th November.
To reserve your place and help us with numbers for catering please book in using the form below. Please note that unfortunately we currently do not have any wheelchair access for Upstairs@PJtaste.
Our Open Day will be ideal for prospective wedding couples but also for people looking for a great space for family celebrations or corporate events. We enjoy creating unique menus based around our local sourced food and this gives our guests delicious taste experiences. We enjoy using our own grown herbs, flowers and fruits (as well as honey from our bees) along with produce from local suppliers such as Whirlowhall Farm and Moss Valley Fine Meats.
At our Open Day you can sample some of our canapes and chocolates as well as an Autumnal Hedgerow punch. There will be an opportunity to meet a small selection of our suppliers and meet PJ taste staff.
In addition for people who do not find public speaking the easiest of tasks we have two Masterclasses at 1pm and 2pm designed to take the stress out of speeches. These will be delivered by Mark Simpson an acclaimed master of Ceremonies with a background in dance and performance. His practical advice will ensure your speech is a stress free highlight of the day.
Social media marketing specialist Rik Courtney of Be More Social (www.bemoresocial.co.uk) presents the first in a series of Digital Cafe events at our venue Upstairs@PJtaste. These twice monthly presentations commence at 10am on Thursday the 11th October.
To book this and other sessions in the series please use the Eventbrite page.
Upstairs@PJtaste is our lovingly restored 100 seat meeting, dining and event space at 54 Staniforth Road, Sheffield, S9 3HB. 0330 0431954
Rik’s first session covers the world of Facebook and Instagram. Running a growing agency that boasts a national client base, Rik travels up and down the country delivering energetic, no holds barred workshops on social media.
This event is for anyone who wants to maximise the use of Facebook for their business needs. During this fast-paced workshop, delegates will come to understand the benefits of the right way to use Facebook, as well as gaining plenty of hints, tips and ideas that can be implemented straight into their business.
Facebook allows you to communicate your message in a totally revolutionary way that opens a dialogue. There are tools and ways of making it very viral with the power to spread your message at a great pace.
If you are facing these type of issues and want to know where to start, then this Digital Cafe event is for you.
In forthcoming weeks we have some great speakers, round table discussions and each session will be practical and down to earth.
Bring a laptop / device and we will help you move forward in the world of technology for your business.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Lamb in a Manger, Rudolph and His Red Nose, Jerky Turkey. Can you can see where we are going? Its our Christmas themed BBQ. This year we have put together a range of menus for a number of our corporate clients in Sheffield with the emphasis on Christmas fun. So from Christmas pizza with Moss Valley slow cooked pork and a Christmas stuffing, to a generously filled Turkey Poblano burrito we have deliciously locally sourced food served with a twist.