Sunday, 6 February 2011

Weekly Update

Another week has gone by at The Market Restaurant.  It was great on Tuesday to welcome Chris Davies and the folk from Astra Zenneca.  Stephen Lane from Enotria hosted the evening and the guests were entertained to a wine tour around the Piedmont region of Italy.  I've written a separate post on wine this week.

Thursday saw Vini Portugal presenting an excellent tasting at the Portugese Consulate here in Manchester.  Richard Mayson, a Mancunian (well almost if you count Ashton!), living in the delightful Derbyshire village of Ashford in the Water; winegrower in the Portalegre sub-region of the Alentejo, potentially one of the leading wine regions in Portugal due to its altitude, soils and climate and author of five books on the subject of Portugese wines including the definitive "The Wines and the Vineyards of Portugal"; presented a thought provoking selection of Portugese wines alerting his audience to the range and quality of modern winemaking in Portugal.

Richard has kindly agreed to host an evening of Portugese wines here at The Market later this year and look out for Pedra Basta 2008 one of his own wines and my favourite from the tasting.  I hope to have it on our list soon.

Thanks to Vini Portugal for a excellent event!

Thursday evening was our first "Sweet Meets" of 2011.  The Market Restaurant's own pudding club.  A small main course is followed by five full sized puddings and guests get to vote on their favourite.  Chef Dan Lovell once again was the creator of our winning pudding "lemon curd and fruit cheesecake"  and no doubt it will feature on our menu sometime soon.

On Saturday morning I found myself reviewing the papers on the Sam Walker Show on Radio Manchester apart from being required to report to the studio before 7am this was a great experience.

Until the next time!

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