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The Restaurant at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) recently welcomed more than 30 local food and drink producers from across the county to mark the launch of a new Hampshire-inspired menu, which showcases the best of local produce.
Hosted at the college’s onsite training restaurant on Tuesday 8 January, the networking event was organised in partnership with Hampshire Fare - a not-for-profit organisation that supports over 400 local businesses across Hampshire involved in growing, making, serving and selling local food, drink and craft. Suppliers include Berry Bros. & Rudd, Jude’s Ice Cream and Laverstoke Park Farm.
The Restaurant at BCoT was invited to host the event as an opportunity to help support the next generation of young chefs.
Hospitality and Catering students had the chance to meet a range of local food and drink producers from Hampshire Fare, including Moonroast Coffee and Flack Manor, and learn about the ingredients they will be using in the new menu, which launches on Wednesday 30 January. In return, the students provided tours of the college’s onsite facilities, which includes two industry-standard training kitchens.
The Hampshire Fare menu, which is on offer until Friday 15 February, will celebrate the best local ingredients that Hampshire has to offer and will be available across lunch and dinner service every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (lunch service only on Fridays).
The Restaurant at BCoT offers quality dining at pocket friendly prices, with a three-course lunch menu available for £12.50 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and a four-course dinner menu available at £22.00 (Wednesday and Thursday only). Run by BCoT’s Hospitality and Catering department, it gives students the opportunity to learn, practice and master their skills in two state-of-the-art kitchens.
Principal, Anthony Bravo, commented on the evening: “I am delighted that The Restaurant at BCoT was invited to host this Hampshire Fare networking event. We work closely with leading businesses and employers to ensure our students leave BCoT with a good level of work experience and are ready to join the world of work, and this event provided students with the chance to meet some of Hampshire’s finest local suppliers and producers.”
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, said: “It has been fantastic to get a glimpse inside the workings of BCoT’s hospitality and catering department,” explained Tracy. “The students are clearly proud of their college and have their sights set on reaching the top in the industry. It is brilliant that the department is supporting and highlighting local producers with a Hampshire Fare Menu running at the end of this month.”
Representatives from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs also spoke at the networking event to encourage discussions about business owners’ opinions and concerns about the exit from the EU.
To sample the upcoming Hampshire Fare menu at The Restaurant at BCoT, book online today or call 01256 306306.