Cocktails in the City

cocktails-in-the-cityCocktails in the City returns to Leeds on April 10th, for one night only, in the stunning surroundings of Leeds Town Hall where cocktail lovers and Leeds finest bars will gather together for an evening dedicated to the art of cocktail making.

Without doubt Cocktails in the City is the UK’s greatest cocktail night, showcasing the greatest bars and the greatest cocktails with venues such as Harvey Nichols, The Maven, Jakes Bar and Still Room and The Alchemist with many more involved it is an event not to be missed!

Guests can enjoy amazing food from the highly respected Chaophraya Restaurant, music supplied by the show’s sponsor Capital FM and a host of live cocktail demonstrations on the main stage. With wandering magicians, complimentary massages from Oulton Hall and a beauty SOS area provided by Harvey Nichols, Cocktails in the City is an evening of sophisticated fun with friends and colleagues and one of the best nights out you will have in 2014.

Successfully launched in Leeds in 2013 every venue creates their own “pop up” bar where visitors can learn how to create a special signature cocktail created specifically for the show.

Other Cocktails in the City events for your diary include: Manchester, London and Edinburgh. Last year over 10,000 cocktails were poured throughout all Cocktails in the City’s UK events, and this year promises to be bigger and better.

A full list of participating bars and show experiences and demonstrations are being updated daily at

Cocktails in the City Leeds
Date: April 10th 2014
Place: Leeds Town Hall
Time: 18.00 – 23.00
Tickets: £10 Inc One Cocktail, Cocktail Book, Live Demonstrations. Additional cocktails and food are available for a discounted £6 on the night.
Group deals (10 or more) and a private bespoke experiences are available to companies and organisations (30 or more)

Participating bars include: Harvey Nichols / The Alchemist / The Maven / The Botanist / The Pit / Mojo Bar, plus many more.

Video Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Memories of holidays, warm, friendly restaurants with delectable dishes helped us create our Chicken and Chorizo Paella – with an added secret ingredient!

Video Video Chicken and Chorizo Paella

The City Kitchen is a brand of freshly made ready meals, inspired by the world travels of the City Kitchen chefs. Some of the most popular dishes in the range include the King Prawn, Chicken and Chorizo Paella

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington

the_food_shopSouth Devon is a hub of food and drink producers, enthusiasts and aficionados. It’s bursting at the seams with wonderful, local produce which offers the ultimate taste sensation. Reflecting this, the spectacular newly positioned and tripled in size The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will officially launch on Saturday 15th March. The launch promises to be a fun packed, gastronomic day out for all the family with lively demonstrations, entertainers, live music and an opportunity to meet some of the producers and their products!

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will provide inspiration whether planning a healthy, wholesome supper or looking to impress for a special occasion. Everything required will be under one roof making the food shopping experience an entirely different, much more pleasurable, one.

Packed full of homemade cakes and puddings, artisan fresh breads, pastries and pies, premium locally sourced meats, regional ales, ciders and wines, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, this new food shop will showcase the very best of produce from both the local region as well as the wider West Country. On the official launch day, visitors will be treated to tastings from popular producers including Lyme Bay winery, Blueberry Brothers, Wonky Kitchen, South Devon Chilli Farm, Mrs G’s Ravishing Relishes, Tom’s Pies and Partridge Farm meats and many more.
Award winning local chef, Matt Buzzo from The Waterside Bistro in Totnes, says: “I live in Dartington and have always been a great fan of the shops here. As a board member of Food & Drink Devon sourcing local produce has always been of the highest importance to me. It will be fantastic to have ‘The Food Shop’ on my doorstep!”

Passionate about supporting Devon food and drink producers The Shops at Dartington holds a regular, popular food producers’ market, Love Food Dartington. Supported by Food & Drink Devon, and held on the last Sunday of every month, these bustling markets showcase a brilliant line up of local producers. There are also Dartington’s two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Cranks, serving delicious, handmade dishes to try. So, make sure you keep the date of the next market free – Sunday 30th March.

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June sees the return of the much anticipated, free The Shops at Dartington Food Fair. Now in its fourth year, with Taste of the West as one of the sponsors, it is gaining a name for itself in food lovers’ calendars far and wide. With over 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers exhibiting including Tom’s Pies and the popular Ashridge cider bar, art and crafts stalls, entertainment from local bands and children’s activities including the new ‘Bake a Pasty Competition’, clay pot making and bookable adventures like the tree walk with Dynamic Adventures, there really is something for everyone. Further information can be found at (

The Shops at Dartington are owned by the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust’s activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts.

As well as the exciting new food shop there’s a unique selection of shops to explore, making it a must visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Browse the exquisite craft and pottery collections, stylish women’s and men’s fashion, kitchen and homeware and unusual gifts and furnishings, including upcycled and UK made furniture.

For further information about The Shops at Dartington please visit or take a look at Eat UP! Dartington’s very own food blog bursting with producer stories, news, delicious recipes and fabulous competitions (

Wood Fired Oven Outdoor Cooking Courses

wood_fired_ovenThe recently revamped, seriously stylish Deer Park Country House Hotel just outside Honiton in Devon has called on wood fired oven cooking expert, David Jones of Manna from Devon Cooking School, to add another exciting dimension to their utterly fabulous courses. A series of new, outdoor wood fired oven courses will start in April and run through until the end of September 2014.

During the varied range of exciting new courses, which will take place during the week, David will share his infectious passion and enthusiasm for cooking with The Bushman wood fired oven which has recently been installed at this hugely desirable hotel. What could be better than learning from wood fired oven specialists in the stunning gardens of a quintessential English country house?

A long standing tradition in many countries around the world, cooking with a wood fired oven has become extremely popular in recent years and is now one of the latest trends to take the UK by storm. Throughout David’s classes you’ll be taught all about wood fired ovens and how to prepare and cook with them. The five hands-on cooking classes (£95 per person per course) are ‘The Devon Larder’, ‘Grill like a Gaucho’, ‘Pizza and Flat Breads’, ‘From Coast to Countryside’ and finally a ‘Deer Park Tandoori’ experience.

Celebrating the county’s delicious local produce and wonderful artisan producers, The Devon Larder course will teach you how to create an array of tasty seasonal ‘Devonian’ dishes including a traditional Homity Pie and souffled crab frittata.

Grill like a Gaucho is the perfect course for meat lovers and those wanting to embrace the char and wood ash of the fire. Throughout the South American inspired course you’ll master how to char grill steaks, sear squid and create the South American chimmichurri steak sauce.

Situated in Kingswear overlooking the River Dart, Manna from Devon will bring their favourite flavours of the sea to the Deer Park Country Park House Hotel. Using whole lemon sole, mackerel and John Dory as well as many other tasty fish varieties, during the From Coast to Countryside course you’ll learn about each fish and how to prepare and cook it using a selection of mouth-watering recipes.

Keen to share his new found knowledge from Manna from Devon’s recent Indian adventure, the Deer Park Tandoori experience will see you grinding spices, marinating meat and cooking traditional Indian recipes including baked samosas, onion bhajis and naan breads.

Although synonymous with pizzas, wood fired ovens can of course be used to cook a variety of appetizing flat breads. During the Pizza and Flat Breads course David will show you how to make, shape and top dough whilst producing pizza, lavash, pita and pissaladiere (four delicious flat breads from across the world).

Set in 80 acres of magnificent grounds, the 18th Century Georgian mansion hotel in East Devon boasts beautiful boutique hotel bedrooms, a stunning Italian garden and desirable restaurant. Influenced by the best of British, the Deer Park Country House Hotel is the epitome of a quintessential English Country House. ‘Cooking with a wood fired oven’ is just one of the courses in the exciting new series of laid back, informal and fun outdoor courses on offer within the grounds of the recently renovated hotel. Open to both residents and non-residents, other mid-week courses include ‘An Introduction to Falconry’, ‘Apple Tree Pruning’, ‘An All Day Country Affair’, ‘Fish, Find and Flame’ and ‘Beekeeping’.

Established in 2005, Manna from Devon Cooking School is run by Holly and David Jones who teach cooking skills to small groups in the relaxed environment of their Victorian home overlooking the beautiful River Dart in South Devon. In addition to the main kitchen there is a second kitchen in the style of a bakery.

For further information on the Manna from Devon courses at the Deer Park Country House Hotel please visit or call 01404 41266. For further information on Manna from Devon Cooking School go to launches on Amazon has become a supplier of Mexican food to This latest demonstration of the Mexican food distributor’s ambitious plans for 2014 sees an initial 100 products become available to users of Amazon. More will be added in the near future.

Amazon has over 200 million customers worldwide and a constantly-evolving product range comprising millions of lines, from food to furniture and clothing to computers.

Already proving popular among customers of’s products on Amazon are the Street Taco Size corn tortillas and the El Yucateco Achiote paste. is an online supplier of authentic Mexican groceries and ingredients, offering products not generally available in UK and European supermarkets. Food supplied by is imported from Mexico and shipped in the company’s own packaging from its warehouse just north of London. Orders are dispatched within 24 hours.

Speaking about her company’s latest move, Katya Torres de la Rocha, CEO of, said: “To offer a selection of much-loved authentic Mexican ingredients through Amazon is an exciting development for us. Amazon is one of the biggest and most prestigious companies in the world. We are delighted they have recognised how popular Mexican food is becoming.” sells over 500 products, including generic Mexican-brand tortillas, dried chillies, spicy sauces and nopales (cactus leaves) beans. Also available are Jose Cuervo Margarita mix, fresh tamales, Oaxaca cheese, habanero chili sauce and Mexican kitchenware.

So, go have a looksee: mexgrocer on amazon