Country Fare has welcomed chefs to the latest of its popular series of events known as ‘Chef Days Out’ The Bournemouth-based foodservice company held another of its Chef Days Out exclusive events on 12 June, this time focusing on strawberries.
Hosted at the New Forest Fruit Company in the heart of the New Forest, more than 60 guests were given a guided tour where they gained insightful industry knowledge, were taught the importance of local produce and treated to personalised tasting sessions. Guests represented a number of different businesses including nursing homes, restaurants, cafes, as well as catering academies and local pubs.
“The event was a huge success and we’ve received great feedback from all who attended,” said Tim Wyatt, Marketing Manager, Country Fare. “At Country Fare, we are always looking for new ways to partner with our suppliers and our ‘Chef Days Out’ grew from our passion for food and the desire to provide customers with knowledge about local produce and showcase innovation within the foodservice sector.
“As a fresh-thinking foodservice company, our aim is to be fully committed in supporting other local businesses and strengthening the local economy. These events provide an opportunity for chefs and business owners to meet local producers, network with suppliers and other people in the industry while gaining knowledge which will help their business grow.”
And their guests agreed. Aimee Graham from White Pepper Chef Academy commented: “What a great day! I’d like to say a huge thank you to all at Country Fare for organising such an interesting trip. Inspirational, educational and fun – it was exciting to share a space with great local businesses and have the chance to engage with each other as well as meeting more of the Country Fare team.”
Jackie Barr from New Forest Fruit Company added: “It was great to welcome so many guests and see such an interest in what it takes to get a strawberry into a punnet and it is very much appreciated.”
Les Mohammed, Foodservice Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale, commented: “I’m delighted by the success of Country Fare’s latest event. It’s fantastic to see our members provide excellent customer service by extending industry knowledge and contacts to help other people develop their knowledge and businesses.”
With the widest range of local produce for the catering industry, Country Fare supplies everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to dairy, artisan cheeses, a fine food selection, as well as an ever-expanding larder of dry and frozen goods. For more information about Country Fare, please visit www.countryfare.co.uk