Dining out with Grampian Food Forum

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The North-east food and drink industry joined forces in Westhill on Monday night as part of the latest Grampian Food Forum event.

Around 70 members of the Forum’s Dining Club met at the Holiday Inn Aberdeen West for a meal of local produce prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chef Robert Blair and his team.

Robert, Grampian Seafood Chef of the Year 2012, served a menu featuring a selection of seafood, including North-east langoustine, while the guest speaker was Edward Murray, who co-owns The Gardener’s Cottage in Edinburgh with fellow chef Dale Mailley.

Elizabeth Mathie, Grampian Food Forum co-ordinator, said: “Once again, the Dining Club turned out to be a very enjoyable evening for all involved, with excellent food, a very informative speaker and interesting company.”

Keith Whyte of Mitchells Dairy, Forum vice-chairman, added: “The Dining Club provides a great opportunity for suppliers to meet with chefs face-to-face and has been very successful for some of our local producers who have gained additional business in the hospitality sector as a result.”