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Traditional pubs and restaurant chains might be the obvious choice for those planning works’ outings or family get-togethers, but festiveinspired food will also be on offer in less obvious venues. Dining out at pizza express (www.pizzaexpress.com), this year’s christmas offer, available from 21 november, will include a roast dinner pizza, featuring roast beef rather than turkey, horseradish and sliced roast potatoes, all on a romana thin crust base. Those looking to splash out on their festive fare can head to northcote (www.northcote.com), the aa & visit england hotel of the year 2016/2017, located on the edge of the ribble valley in lancashire. The michelin star restaurant’s christmas Day menu features delicacies such as sevruga caviar, free-range herb-fed turkey breast and melting christmas pudding soufflé, preceded by a free-flowing louis roederer vintage 2009 champagne cocktail party, priced at £160 per head (£70 for children under 12).

Catering for Christmas when it comes to food service, preparation is key. according to steve Jeavons, purchasing Director at fairway foodservice (www.fairwayfoodservice.com), a network of independent food distributors servicing the catering industry, membership of such an organisation brings significant benefits when in the preparation phase for the festive period.

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“not only will members benefit from a range of fairway foodservice own-brand products, something that is exclusive to them, but also with the whole range of branded products that are available,” he says. “in addition, we also have specific promotions and christmas features, as well as christmas planners and menu ideas that members will utilise to assist their customer planning.” promotions in the run-up to the christmas period are not limited to products, there’s also plenty of advice available, for example on catering for special diets. “we have a regular monthly promotion, but to cover the christmas period we run a special christmas promotion that runs from the start of november until the end of the year. all the products that our members feature will have numerous features and benefits that they can advise on, too – as well as menu ideas, this includes ingredient details to help with allergen and food intolerance information such as gluten free.” once the festive season is underway, it’s all about service. “provided all the preparation has been put in place with menus and products selected, the main issues will then be about service. This is where fairway foodservice members score really highly as service is what we are all about. it is absolutely vital all year

Food & Drink News September/October 2017  

Check out the new look Food & Drink News now available on issuu. Including the latest industry news, focusses and features.

Food & Drink News September/October 2017  

Check out the new look Food & Drink News now available on issuu. Including the latest industry news, focusses and features.