Diners in Birmingham will be given the opportunity to meet the suppliers behind their food thanks to a series of special dinners to be held in the city.
Opus at Cornwall Street has made it their mission to introduce customers to its family of quality, artisanal suppliers through their 2014 ‘Source’ dinner series - over four course dinners with wines to match.
The charismatic producers will talk guests through the history of their particular produce, but diners are also given the chance to delve deeper and ask questions - an opportunity for everyone to have a stimulating yet fun and relaxing evening.
Ann Tonks, director of Opus at Cornwall Street, said: “We think everyone should have the opportunity to meet our farmers, fishermen and wine producers and hear their compelling stories.
“Last year’s dinner series was so well received that we felt it was only right to not only make it happen again, but to increase the variety of dinners. We are lucky that our suppliers are not only fantastic at what they do, but have become part of the Opus family.”
The next suppliers in the spotlight are the ever-popular Carroll family, who will be returning on the 11th April for their annual heritage potato dinner. A new addition to the series, first generation farmer Nick Francis will treat meat lovers to a talk (May 16th) on the breeding of the rare Tamworth pigs at his Stratford-upon-Avon-based Paddock Farm.
Francis said: “It’s rare that suppliers like myself have the opportunity to get out to restaurants and meet those who are eating our produce, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to explain how our farm works.
“Customers are becoming increasingly interested in the provenance of their food and this is the perfect chance for me to answer questions about raising pigs and inform them on how the pigs go from my farm to their plate.”
In the autumn, Scottish farmer Willie Ritch returns to devote a dinner to his idyllic Fingask Farm in Aberdeen, the beef from which is sold by Aubrey Allen - the Queen’s butcher, whilst familiar faces from Brixham fish market (June 27th) and port producer Quinta de la Rosa (November) also make a reappearance.
There is an exciting addition to the series with the introduction of Worcester Produce - who will host a vegetarian night on August 15th using their local produce grown in Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
For more information on any of the dinner series, or to book a table, please call 0121 200 2323.