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BITE-SIZED BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM ACROSS THE CITY
TOP CHEFS PROVIDE A FEAST FOR THE SENSES AT BRISTOL AUDI
PALOMA FAITH REPLACES TEARS FOR FEARS AT THE BATH FESTIVAL
LEADING FURNITURE BRAND BOCONCEPT OPENS NEW STORE IN BRISTOL
BRIT Award winner Paloma Faith will headline the Saturday night of the nearby Bath Festival finale weekend (26 – 27 May), replacing Tears for Fears who have had to postpone their sold-out UK tour due to health concerns. The remainder of the line-up over the weekend is unaffected. Paloma Faith’s acclaimed number one gold album The Architect was released in November, and includes the singles Crybaby, Guilty and ‘Til I’m Done. Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll, Robert Plant will headline the Sunday night of the finale weekend (see also p38), with other music from Imelda May, Midge Ure, Seth Lakeman and Jade Bird.
Offering a high quality yet affordable ranges of furniture and home accessories, furniture brand BoConcept has opened a new store on Merchant Street in Bristol. It provides contemporary designs for living, dining, sleeping and working areas of the home. Many of the company’s ranges are able to be tailored to suit customers’ evolving lifestyle needs, and it believes that good design and functionality go hand in hand. Originally founded in 1952, BoConcept’s unique furniture customisation is what the team believe sets it apart from other interiors brands. Last year it celebrated 65 years of classic Danish design heritage with a modern Scandinavian twist; go Bo!
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The Bristol Audi Showroom at Cribbs Causeway held a spectacular launch event for the new A7 and A8 last month. The launch had a special Bollywood theme and guests were entertained by brilliant bhangra dance routines and impressive dhol drumming displays at the Audi ‘Senses’ evening. Guests were treated to delicious Indian cookery demonstrations and canapés, and the Audi dealership was filled with aromas of exotic culinary excellence. The canapés were made by executive chef Saravan Nambirajan (Mint Room, Clifton) and awardwinning TV chef, author and blogger Hari Ghotra with help from student chefs from City of Bristol College. Bristol Audi supports the local community by sponsoring The Chefs’ Forum, a networking organisation for top local chefs, which bridges the gap between education and industry. Inviting hospitality and catering local students to help cater the prestigious event gave the young people valuable work experience and forged links with top local employers. Cliff Simmonds of Audi UK showcased the new models at the event, highlighting Audi artificial intelligence and talking guests through a whole range of safety systems designed to protect both the driver and other road users. “Excellence in customer service and product are the Audi brand values and indeed our values at Bristol Audi,” said Steve Smith, head of business at Bristol Audi. “These are resonated through working with top chefs and front of house professionals via The Chefs Forum in staging regular customer events at our Bristol dealership.” Other highlights of the night included a butchery demonstration by Jack Cook of Walter Rose & Son, and a ‘Santa Maria spice grind-off’ between Bristol Rovers and Bristol Rugby players.
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