I’ve shared some posts recently on social media about a local Pop Up Restaurant, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to explain a little more about it and how we’re involved.
One of the great things about my job is the other likeminded people you get to meet, and working together in various ways. I met two of my ‘business partners’ several years ago when I was splitting myself between two shops, and I was firstly introduced to Carl Scott who owns a beautiful set of luxury holiday accommodation called Woodfarm Barns which is just down the road from The Deli at the Chilli Farm. Carl and I started working together with me providing Suffolk food hampers for his guests because of our shared values and ethos when it comes to our customers. Around this time, he hosted his first Pop Up Restaurant alongside his friend Mark Peters – a Michelin star trained chef – whose company Just Imagine Foods took over the farmhouse for the weekend, offering a fine dining experience in the beautiful surroundings of a five hundred year old, thatched farmhouse on a Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday lunchtime.
Mark’s passion for seasonality and provenance goes hand in hand with life in the deli, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved by increasing the menu from six to seven courses and offering a local cheese course. The event is now bi annual, and this weekend has just seen the fifth Pop Up that we’ve provided the cheese for; this time round there was Baron Bigod (the famous ‘Bungay Brie’), St Jude’s (also made in Bungay), and Suffolk Shipcord which is made just a short drive from Woodfarm Barns, alongside some brilliant homemade chutneys from Candi’s Chutneys.
So if your mouth is now watering at the thought of it (mine certainly is!), you can find out more on their websites – www.woodfarmbarns.com or www.justimaginefoods.com or follow their Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.