Top restaurant calls on organic gardeners to take part in new Lancashire food events

Twelve, the restaurant and lounge bar in Lancashire has called on all organic vegetable growers who are growing with nature to be their own kitchen garden for a new Taste Lancashire Produce event which is to take place on the evening of 16th May 2012.

The award winning restaurant which boasts 2 AA rosettes is taking part in the new programme of activities that are the Taste Lancashire Produce evenings with the aim of highlighting the delicious and diverse food culture that exists in Lancashire.

Organised by Marketing Lancashire, diners at Twelve can enjoy a three-course menu for £20pp on Wednesday May 16th 2012 featuring organic produce grown just a few miles away by Growing with Nature including wild garlic, spring cabbage and new potatoes.

The menu promises to be a real foodie adventure with produce being specially planted and its availability depending on the Lancashire weather and the horticultural expertise of Alan and Debra Schofield who have been producing organic vegetables in Pilling for the last 30 years.

The couple are both founding members of the Organic Growers Alliance, have close ties with the Soil Association as well as having strong roots with the market gardeners of the Fylde coast who traditionally supplied produce for the Blackpool hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Twelve’s Chef Proprietor Paul Moss, who recently visited Growing with Nature and came back to his kitchen with an arm full of chard, said he was delighted to be working with Alan and Debra.

“Twelve has a strong tradition of using locally sourced produce, so we’re really thrilled at the prospect of cooking with vegetables grown on our doorstep.

“The evening will be the perfect opportunity to showcase locally grown produce and offer diners a menu that embodies all the captivating sights and smells of Spring.

“Alan has planted vegetables especially for the evening, so it’s a real foodie adventure! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for fresh wild garlic which we’re planning to pair with a smoked salmon and local eggs as a first course.”

Besides operating their own organic box delivery scheme which started in 1991, Growing with Nature sell their produce at the farmers market in nearby Poulton-le-Fylde and also directly from their farm.

Alan explained: “I’m passionate about eating local food, so this opportunity to work with Twelve is a great way to demonstrate how local produce always looks and tastes better and even more so in the creative hands of talented chefs like the team at Twelve.

“I’m also very pleased that Marketing Lancashire has launched this scheme to help put the county on the map for its excellent food provenance.”

Twelve will also be using Trough of Bowland beef in its menu as well as local farm eggs and smoked salmon from a local fisherman.

To book a table for Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar’s Taste Lancashire Produce evening on Wednesday May 16th call 01253 82 12 12. Early booking is advised.

For more information about Growing with Nature visit www.growing-with-nature.co.uk