The venue for our meet up was a perfect fit with what we at MFB are most interested in – seasonal and local food! 99 Station St in Burton-on-Trent is an award winning Modern British restaurant that sources as much as possible from local suppliers. When we contacted owners Ross & Susan Boardman about hosting a MFB meet they were more than happy to allow a “bounty of bloggers” to descend upon them and also offered some extra special treats.
After lunch we journeyed to just outside of Burton-On-Trent to the home of Susan and Ross and the HQ of Staffordshire Fine Foods (SFF). Launched earlier this year to satisfy customers who dined at 99 Station Street and wanted to get their hands on some of the menu favourites, SFF sells sausages, pies and smoked products online here or in specialist retailers like Brown and Green.
During the afternoon we spent a fabulous couple of hours with Ross, lapping up his knowledge and enthusiasm on curing, smoking and foraging.
We sampled all manner of smoked ingredients including peanuts, salmon, venison and pigeon breast. Then we had a stroll into the local woods to learn about foraging and picked some nettles and wild garlic and then headed back to the house to make a lovely fresh broth with some chicken stock that had been flavoured with some of the new air-dried Chorizo that Ross is trialling.
Louise at Comida Y Vida writes her thoughts on the visit here
Becky of Girl Interrupted Eating was inspired to create a Summer Caldo Verde
Jo of Jo’s Kitchen sums up her views here
Ross of Staffordshire Fine Foods lets us know what hosting an MFB meet up is like on his News page
It was such a fantastic day we can’t wait for the next one.
If you’re a local food business in the Midlands and would like to host a MFB meet up then please drop us an email, as we’re always on the look out for interesting places to visit.
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Written by Louise of Comida y Vida on behalf of MFB