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Since the day The Hungry Guest first opened it’s doors in the market town of Petworth, customers have been asking us “will you run bread making demonstrations?” or “what is sour dough?”. It might have taken us a little while to do so but having stumbled across the perfect venue a few months ago we finally ran our first bread making demonstration evening.
Hosted by Troels Bendix, master baker and founder of The Hungry Guest he was also accompanied by cookery writer and local food champion Rosemary Moon. The venue was Valdoe Barns, situated on the edge of woodland on the Goodwood Estate and the home of Tim Jasper kitchens the beautiful barn is home to a demonstration kitchen and was ideal of our event.
Guests arrived to a reception of champagne and canapés, including quail scotch eggs, chilled gazpacho shots, smoked salmon & the very popular Brie served on charcoal crackers with Hungry Guest tomato & chilli relish.
Following the chance to meet new friends everyone took to their seats in earnest. Troels began the evening welcoming everyone and introducing Rosemary before his demonstration commenced. He talked through the various stages, methods and tips for successfully making sourdough bread at home passing around dough samples for people to feel the consistency and importantly, explaining how to keep sour dough starters alive.
Plenty of questions came from the audience with many wanting to know the recipe for our best selling 5 Seed Sour Dough. This however is a closely guarded secret and one Troels was not going to share! He did however give a demonstration on a basic white sour dough loaf and talked about the various ways this could changed by adding other ingredients. Guests received a copy of the recipe in their goody bags along with their very own Hungry Guest sour dough starter to take home.
Rosemary also demonstrated a number of recipes and everyone had the opportunity to sample the dishes. A tabouleh salad, made with local tomatoes from Nutbourne Nurseries near Pulborough and a wonderful salad of pears, local charcuterie, artichokes & watercress were amongst the dishes prepared while Troels and Rosemary shared their passion for cooking with the audience.
As the demonstrations concluded platters of the famous Hungry Guest chocolate brownie were passed around to share. What better way to end the evening!
Rosemary also signed copies of her latest book “A Taste of West Sussex” and guests had the opportunity to purchase a range of goodies from a pop up Hungry Guest shop.
Thank you to everyone that joined us, it was a wonderful evening and we look forward to hosting other events in the future.
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