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Conference Aston - Birmingham’s largest residential conferencing venue - will be feeding its delegates’ minds as well as their stomachs in 2018 with the introduction of a new menu this month.

Wilson Vale, the catering team at Conference Aston, has launched Nourish, which focuses on health-conscious menus - from homemade tasty fruit and vegetable smoothies to Thai chicken curry with cauliflower rice, and baked lemon pudding.

It has produced a 70-page booklet, filled with recipes that chefs can use as part of their healthy eating promotions, and the comforting dishes have been planned with health benefits in mind. All include the nutritional elements you ideally need in each meal: protein from meat or plants, seasonal fruits or vegetables, leafy greens, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

Samantha Brown, Head of Conference Aston, said: “It’s important for us to produce attractive meal plans for our guests that are nutritious, healthy and vibrant; it’s not just about filling people up and sending them on their way.

“After the excesses of the festive season, this is the ideal opportunity to get back on track and enjoy healthy dishes that are satisfying and tasty. The Nourish campaign has given us real food for thought and our chefs are looking forward to rolling out a range of new dishes and drinks to be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

Because the conferencing venue and hotel, part of Aston University, only uses local suppliers, chefs will only select dishes from the Nourish campaign that support their ethos, she added.

Throughout January, as part of the Nourish campaign, Conference Aston will showcase two seasonal ingredients - rhubarb and kale - in a range of dishes.

Conference Aston is not just committed to producing healthy food - it’s also committed to eco practices and in April last year attained a TripAdvisor gold GreenLeader award for its environmentally friendly practices.

To find out more about Conference Aston, visit www.conferenceaston.co.uk

PR By Clive Reeves PR in Birmingham

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