All posts tagged: Ivan Day

Food for Thought – a weekend of utter foodiness

Last weekend was all about me. This almost never happens, but last weekend it did. I attended the wonderful School of Artisan Food’s annual food lecture weekend – “Food for Thought”. For those not familiar with this fabulous place, the School is located on the beautiful Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire, it is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Portland, is famous for its tunnels and underground ballroom and is situated at the heart of the Dukeries – the ancient hunting grounds of Royalty and Aristocracy. Not only that, the School is a fantastic resource hosting all kinds of artisan food courses from baking and patisserie to cheese making and artisan ice cream, butchery and cider making. Just a totally fantastic place. Last weekend rolled out some “stars” of the culinary world, to talk with and to a “foodie” audience. I would say it was an eclectic mix – food writers, bloggers, home-cooks, a Vet, retired sorts and young whipperysnappery things up from London with cuboid necklaces and spiral bound notebooks. It was also …

A Grand Feast with Ivan Day – or Sunday Lunch circa 1760

What an idea this was! To recreate a Grand Feast as might have been experienced by the 18th Century aristocratic traveller on the Grand Tour around Europe that was an essential part of any self-respecting 1700s Nobleman’s cultural education. Not only to recreate it, but to invite us to sample a range of dishes. hosted, entertained, educated and enlightened by Ivan Day, Food Historian and, I suspect, a bit of a bon viveur. The School of Artisan Food, where the Feast was held, is without doubt one of the jewels in Nottinghamshire’s Crown. A fantastic resource in the most beautiful of settings. I have attended several courses there and, so, it was no great surprise to find myself schlepping over there last Sunday for a unique afternoon of eating and drinking. The journey to Welbeck on a slightly overcast, but warm, Sunday in July reminded me of just how magnificent the countryside around Sherwood Forest and the ancient Dukeries really is. Lush, green and verdant. And so it was that¬† 30 of us gathered for …