Thursday, 12 November 2015

The world of Food & Drink comes together to celebrate the Citylicious 1st Birthday Party

On Monday night Citylicious celebrated their 1st Birthday, hosted by Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, at The Gateway Restaurant at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Nearly 200 guests braved the storms to join in a celebration of the world of Food & Drink.
A combination of some of Scotland’s best chefs and producers were in attendance. Canapes made by the students of Fife College using Highland Wagyu beef, Highland Curing Company cured salmon, black pudding from Taste of Arran and Dunsyre Blue cheese preceded a feast of dishes made by Ben Harrison, Head Chef at The Gateway Restaurant, Mark Greenaway from Restaurant Mark Greenaway and MasterChef Pro Champion Jamie Scott using ingredients from the likes of beef from J Gilmour Butchers, Taste of Arran, Marvellous Mustard and Cyrenians. Spread around the room were producer stalls from Fresh Food Express, Braehead Foods, Taste of Arran, Good Cup Coffee Company and The Marshmallow Lady with Pop Up bars by Ian Macleod Distillers, Edinburgh Gin and Cairn O’Mohr Fruit Wines and Ciders.
Among the guests were representatives from Scotland Food & Drink, Quality Meat Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance and Visit Scotland along with other key individuals from the hospitality industry, food and drink agencies, press, and some of the most influential food bloggers in Scotland.
Iain Fenwick, Managing Director of Citylicious said “Tonight is about more than Citylicious. This is an example of a community that is unique to the food and drink industry. This may be the year of food and drink in Scotland but to everyone here, every year is that year. We have a natural larder in Scotland that the rest of the world can only dream of, and we are privileged to be part of that. We attract over 100k unique visitors to our website ever month which proves that everyone here has a story that the public wants to read about. Our responsibility is to make sure that this story is told. We are so thankful to everyone here for showing their support and in particular to Sodexo Prestige who have provided the perfect venue and been an incredible partner to Citylicious in putting this event on.”
Citylicious currently has over 300 members comprising of some of the country’s best hotels, restaurants, bars, producers and suppliers. With a series of over 20 Food & Drink blogs up and down the country including sections for recipes and videos, Citylicious provides a unique platform where people can find out everything they need to know in the world of food and drink, book tables at their favourite restaurants and learn how to replicate dishes by the finest chefs in the country.


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