H+J serves up ‘foraged’ menu at 41 Portland Place venue

Miles Irving forage H+J 41 Portland Place
Forager Miles Irving with the H+J catering team
04/07/2017 - 07:00
London caterer H+J transformed 41 Portland Place recently for an immersive night of ‘Foraging and Feasting’ for 50 guests designed to show how native wild plants can be used to introduce new flavours to menus.

H+J director and co-founder Patrick Harbour said: “It’s a very exciting time for H+J and this event at 41 Portland Place is a representation of the hard work and dedication our team is putting in every day.

“Foraging is a growing element in the catering industry and it’s great that we can be one step ahead by incorporating it into some of our menus.

“We hope that this event can demonstrate that foraging is providing food for thought and for the future by changing the way we source some of our ingredients.”

He said that, on arrival, guests at the central London venue, where H+J provides a complete catering and sales service, were greeted by a whimsical forest, with floral and foliage decorations and leafy lighting backdrops.

They were then served botanical cocktails which included foraged pineapple mint-infused gin and tonic, peach Bellini and strawberry and basil-infused gin and tonic, all served with edible flowers as decoration.

Canapés of black pepper macaroons, London-cured salmon with wild fennel leaf and vanilla and chervil root panna cotta and pistachio crumb were served on beds of moss.

Miles Irving, author of The Forager Handbook, spoke about the benefits of foraging, which examined the theory behind it and the positive effect it can have on the environment.

He also contributed to the menu on the evening by assisting head chef Julian Moore and his team in foraging for ingredients such as wood sorrel, dittander and wild celery.

The main menu, named ‘Taste of the Forest’, comprised dishes containing wild ingredients, from the laver and dulse seaweeds in the bread and the orpine leaves in the wood-roasted artichoke salad to the sea buckthorn truffles and wild mallow flowers that garnished the jasmine and Earl Grey marshmallows.

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