This week saw the first ever Crumbs Magazine Awards held at the fabulous Bristol Old Vic theatre, celebrating the best in food,drink and local producers. In a diverse and innovative food scene like Bath & Bristol there is tough competition for every category, and I was thrilled to see some of my favourite clients walking away with an award. With new restaurants springing up like Jack-in-the-Boxes all over the City, the award for best Newcomer was a busy category, and included the newly Michelin starred PacoTapas, but on the night Shop 3 Bistro took the prize. If you haven’t been yet, then seriously, what are you waiting for?
Huge congratulations also to Kalpna Woolf (winner of the Food Hero category), Total Produce (best Food Supplier) and to all the winners. The full list can be found here
Still on the theme of new openings, the 2 week old Jamaica Street Store has hit the Bristol food scene square on, and is making the most of the amazing sustainable, artisan produce that the West Country has in abundance. They manage to walk that line between local restaurant and foodie destination without alienating either group, and have turned what could have felt like an industrial warehouse into a cool and welcoming space. At the moment they are serving a £10 lunch deal of two plates plus a side dish. If you can get a table, grab it.
Tapping into the zeitgist of seasonal eating, foraging and celebrating feast days, food and gardening journalist Lia Leendertz has written an Almanac which is released this Thursday on Amazon here. A beautiful pocket sized book that you can dip in and out of to get in sync with the moon phases, the constellations, the feast days, festivities and seasonal cooking month by month. This is a treat of a book, as beautiful to read as it is to cook from: “The countryside has a bare beauty, all bones and hazes of purple and ochre in the low winter light, every last shred of green leaf having finally dropped. And once chilled to the bone, there will be log fires and marmalade making and cosy puddings, back behind your own firmly closed door”.
Working in any creative arena is fabulous and frustrating in equal amounts, and I have a lot of emails from photography students asking about how to start out, how to get known, how to get work, how to get by. I’m a big fan of writer Austin Kleon, who wrote a brilliant book called Show Your Work, and his brilliant and not so secret answer is:
It really is as simple (and at the same time, as difficult) as that!
Have a great week.
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