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Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!


February 28, 2013

An Evening of Fine Food, Wine, Whisky & Sabrage @ The County Hotel in Chelmsford

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An Evening of Food, Wine, Whisky & Sabrage @ The County Hotel in Chelmsford

Saturday 11th May ~ For the connoisseur and for those who simply enjoy good food and hospitality

The County Hotel in Chelmsford are hosting an evening of fine wines, whisky tasting , generous hospitality, a delicious 3 course meal and the opportunity to enjoy and take part in Sabrage; the art of opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre.

Sabrage @ The County Hotel in ChelmsfordThe enthusiastic and knowledgeable hosts for the evening include the whisky ambassador of Diageo, the founder of the Toastmasters Association and the fine wine manager of Coe Vintners.

You will be wined dined, entertained & informed.  A draw will be held on the evening for those wishing to take part in the sabrage.

The menu for the evening is as follows:


Spicy tomato fondue in a filo cup
Lightly curried chickpea fritter
Crostini, anchovy butter, smoked halibut

Dampierre Cuvee Des Ambassadeurs ler Cru NV

To Start:
Crab quinelle, scallops, pancetta, pea puree and pea shoots

‘V’ Goat’s cheese panna cotta, tapenade, rocket, confit cherry tomatoes

Chateau Tour de Calens Blanc, Graves 2009

Rack of lamb, crispy sweetbreads, buttered fennel,
potato galette

‘V’ Blue cheese, roasted pear and walnut filo tart,
wilted chard and broad bean puree

Chateau Viex Lartigue, Grand Cru St Emilion 2007

Minted raspberry brulee, strawberry granite, shortbread

Gewurztraminer VV Vendange Tardive, Zind Humbrecht 2010

A choice of Grand Cru Coffees or Leaf Teas

Glenkinchie 12 year old (delicate)
Talisker 10 year old (smoky)
The Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old (rich) Dalwhinnie 15 year old (fruity)

£59.95 Per Person

For booking and full details, visit The County Hotel website.


June 6, 2012

WIN tickets for the Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2012

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The Essex Festival of Food and Drink - Cressing Temple Barns - July 21st & 22nd

After the success of last year, THE Essex Festival of Food and Drink will be returning to Cressing Temple Barns, near Braintree, July 21st & 22nd, to celebrate and promote the wonderful quality and variety of food and drink local to our region.

The weekend will be full of fabulous food and drink related events, top chef demonstrations, including celebrity chefs Gino D’Acampo, Aldo Zilli and Essex’s own Mark Baumann, food and wine tastings, and butchery demonstrations, along with the very best of local producers.

The popular 500 seater Food Court will be back again with over 20 different food  and drink purveyors, dishing up a fantastic fresh array of dishes, complimented with a range of regional beers, cyders, wines and champagne – soft drinks and a decent cuppa will also be available. They’ll be live music to add the final touch to what will be a lively, celebratory festival atmosphere!

For all of the latest news and exhibitors list check out the Festival of Food and Drink website.


We have 4 pairs of tickets the food and drink festival to giveaway!  The tickets are for Saturday 21st July, and all you have to do to be in for a chance of winning them is comment on your favourite Essex produce, producer, food/drink retailer, pub or restaurant below.  Join us in celebrating the very best of Essex.

Tickets include free parking, event programme and entrance to ALL demonstrations including celebrity chef demonstrations.  Please note that children under 12yrs are admitted FREE.

The draw will be held on the 1st of July and you will be notified via email if you have won.  Tickets will be sent via post.  This competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over.  Good luck!

June 8, 2011

WIN Tickets to The Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2011

Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2011Essex is set to stage a deliciously glamorous event for all foodies this July the 9th and 10th!  The picturesque Cressing Temple Barns, near Braintree, will be hosting the much awaited Essex Festival of Food and Drink, celebrating and showcasing Essex’s finest producers, chefs, vineyards and food vendors… This is definitely one not to miss!

Jean-Christophe-NovelliA whole bounty of delicious produce from local independent and artisan producers will be available to try and buy. There will also be cookery demonstrations from some of the most celebrated and awarded local chefs, including Sherri Singleton (Mistley Thorn, Mistley), Jonathan Brown (The DuCane, Great Braxted) and Daniel Watkins (The Anchor, Hullbridge).  And that’s not all, heading the line up will be the delectable, 5AA Rosette and Michelin award-winning Jean Christophe Novelli!

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, from childrens workshops, stage events, exhibitors galore and a large foodcourt to sit back, sip champagne or indulge in a fine fresh feast.  For more details, visit the festival website.

Essex Gourmet has teamed up with the Essex Festival of Food & Drink to give away 10 pairs of Tickets to this fantastic foodie event.  All you have to do to enter the draw is comment on this post mentioning your fav Essex Food or Drink biz – it could be a local producer, shop, restaurant, or even your neighbouring chippy – if they are situated in Essex, and go all out to offer great food and service, then we want to celebrate them.

Please Note: Children under 12 years of age have Free Entry.

We have five pairs of tickets each for both Saturday and Sunday.  The festival will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days.  Winners will be selected randomly and informed via email.  Please state whether you would prefer Saturday or Sunday Tickets.

Please submit your entry by 30th June.

Good Luck!

**  Thank you all for you comments – some great recs!  The competition is now CLOSED.

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