Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks all our customers old and new for their business in 2015 and we look forward to continuing to deliver exceptional creative marketing activity for you all in 2016. 

Our office remains open for business over the Christmas and New Year period.     

Published on 18-Dec-2015 12:00 with No comments  
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Local Flavours first ever Chefs Conference with City College

The team at Local Flavours has joined forces with Norwich City College to bring together chefs and business owners from hospitality and catering at the inaugural “Local Flavours Chef Conference 2015”.

Taking place on Monday 27th April the event will play host to discerning kitchen professionals with a common theme – supporting local food and drink suppliers.

The event runs from 1pm - 6pm, taking over the Debut restaurant, cookery theatre and seminar rooms at the college. 

Industry experts will present and debate legislation, future food trends and employment. With over 100 attendees from across the region expected to participate on the day.

By popular request local food and drink producers will be exhibiting their spring flavours giving chefs, kitchen managers and business owners the opportunity to source new tastes for their spring and summer menus.

Entry to the Conference is free to those that manage or work in hospitality or catering. 

Chairing the Conference will be Charlie Hodson, Executive Chef at the Great Hospital Norwich and a prolific supporter, in and out of the kitchen, of local producers.  “This is how I feel when I talk of Norfolk , our produce, our land and the folk who produce, and work with in the hard slog of hospitality...It has taken me over 40 years to fully appreciate all that Norfolk has to offer, and I’m so proud to be a Norfolk boy.

The amazing wealth of places to eat, whether it is Titchwell Manor, up on the coast or Strattons Hotel nestled in the Brecks, the proof of the pudding is truly all around us, and delivers itself in oh so many guises. From the humble John Davies, Cromer Crab, fisherman to Alan at Nurtured in Norfolk, both will and can talk for hours on their love of what they do. Not because that’s all they know, but like a stick of rock cut them through the middle and their passion and zeal for all they do cuts to the core.

I’m honoured to be Chair for the Chefs Conference at City College. It’s a cool way to discuss so many topics that unfortunately as busy chefs and operators sometimes get forgotten or lost in an email system. We have a great line up of speakers with some fantastic master classes and seminars in a relaxed environment”

Steve Thorpe, Head Chef Norwich City College “All great teams train and develop to improve. The Chefs Conference is a great way to ensure that any kitchen team and business owner is always on top of the game and up to date. The day promises to cover some serious issues facing the hospitality industry alongside some inspiring ideas through practical demonstrations in the kitchen theatre”.

Valerie Watson-Brown, Local Flavours. “Following the success of our food specific meet the buyer event, now in its third year, we have been asked on more than one occasion to develop a trade event for the spring produce sourcing period. Our first Chefs Conference will not only achieve this and complement other Local Flavours trade activity but it will give those attending the opportunity to take time out, get together and share views and ideas”. 

Entry to the conference is strictly for those working in hospitality and catering. To book your place email faye@thelivelycrew.co.uk or telephone 01603 702374 or for more information visit www.localflavours2015.co.uk        

Published on 02-Apr-2015 12:00 with No comments  
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Local Flavours 2015 - Bigger and Better!

The Lively Crew are pleased to announce Local Flavours will return in 2015 bigger and better as part of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. On Wednesday 23rd September, we'll be returning to the Norfolk Showground Arena and bringing along over 80 standholders showcasing the very best produce from the region.

Planning is in the early stages, but keep an eye on the website for updates and announcements. If you're a producer and would like to exhibit email Robert or call 01603 702374 and if you're responsible for sourcing and  buying produce for your menus or shelves register for tickets here.

New for 2015! - Chef's Conference!

Brand new for 2015, in association with City College Norwich, we will be holding a Chef's Conference on Monday 27th April! We're bringing together over 100 chefs from across the region at the college to hear presentations, participate in workshops, meet local food producers and to network with like-minded people.

If you're a chef and fancy coming along, register here or call 01603 702374. If you're a food producer looking to showcase your products to the best chefs in the region book a stand here.

Published on 03-Mar-2015 12:00 with No comments  
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Social Media – Making it work for you and your business.

In partnership with Huw Sayer from Business Writers, we're running Social Media workshops to help you get the most out of Twitter, using it to help grow your business.

Whether you need to understand how social media can benefit your business or are responsible for your organisation’s social media activity, our workshops will help you get more from this exciting media.

Social Media is constantly changing and time constraints sometimes make it hard for people to keep up with the latest developments. Others may just struggle to find time to get started. We aim to tailor each workshop to the participants’ needs.

For full course details, to book and for dates and locations please email Alex here.

Published on 02-Mar-2015 12:00 with No comments  
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Norfolk is open for business!

70 local business people, local MP’s and others from Thetford, Attleborough and Forest Heath areas met for breakfast at the Elveden Courtyard Restaurant to celebrate the dualling of the final stretch of the A11. The road connects Barton Mills, Suffolk with Thetford, Norfolk and will improve considerably the access in and out of Norfolk. “Open for Business” speakers at the breakfast included Richard Bridgman a founder member of the Gateway A11 East pressure group, Liz Truss MP and George Freeman MP, James Waters Leader of Forest Heath Council, Lord Iveagh and Canon Bob Baker.    

Pictured below Liz Truss MP and Mike Brown and Valerie Watson-Brown both members of the Gateway A11 East Pressure Group. 

Published on 12-Dec-2014 12:00 with No comments  
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