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It’s showtime

From 14-16 September, London’s Olympia will host the ninth consecutive Restaurant Show, where thousands of British and international products from the restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry will be on display.


Almost 300 companies will be exhibiting their latest new products. Fifteen thousand people are expected to attend, including regulars Gary Rhodes, Raymond Blanc and Antony Worrall Thompson.


The Restaurant Show restaurant, offering a set-price menu at £22 and £27 for two and three courses respectively, will be run by the A-Z Group, of Aubergine and Zafferano fame, and sponsored by Alain Thiénot Champagnes, Winterhalter Gastronom, Lavazza and Abbey Well. Culinary delights will be cooked by the likes of Gordon Ramsay of Aubergine and Zafferano’s Giorgio Locatelli.


This years’ Culinary Skills demonstrations will showcase the talents of chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli, chef-proprietor of London’s Maison Novelli; Andrew Nutter, chef-proprietor of Nutter’s French Connection, in Greater Manchester; Christian Delteil, from Bank, in London; and Claire Clarke, from Conran restaurant Bluebird, in London.


Head-to-head and question time will offer lively debates. Sir Rocco Forte will be talking about “big business turnarounds” (Monday 15 September, at midday), while Paul Henderson, proprietor of Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, will explain how he made his hotel one of the top five in the country.


How To Get Tickets


Order in advance by phoning the ticket hotline on 0181-715 8307, or buy them there at the show’s registration desk. Entry is free to members of the industry, with limited tickets available for students.


Opening times are: 10.30am-6.30pm, 14 and 15 September; and 10.30am-5pm, 16 September.


FOOD AND DRINK


Alivini stand 423


Alivini will show one of the UK’s largest ranges of Italian wine and provisions. It will feature more than 100 wines from 35 different producers, along with over 50 different food producers – from staples such as pasta, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to more exotic foods including a new range of ewe’s milk cheese and a new “fruit-driven” style of wine from Col d’Orcia in Montalcino.


Abbey well stand 557


Abbey Well will display its new 750ml glass bottle, specifically designed for the hotel and restaurant sector.


Abbey Well mineral water is bottled at source in Morpeth, Northumberland, and used by individual restaurants and groups such as Café Rouge.


The new Covent Garden market


Stand 940, HJ Food Pavilion


The New Covent Garden Market is exhibiting products on behalf of its 300-odd tenants. Among other things, the display will feature a table made of asparagus by Melissa Howard, an artist specialising in fresh produce designs.


Helen Evans, Covent Garden Market Authority information officer, says: “The main message is that you can buy anything at any time of the year from the market. We have 50 catering distributors based here, the largest concentration of catering distributors in the UK, supplying hotels, restaurants, institutions throughout London, the South-east and beyond.”


Larderfresh Stand 337 (incorporating other stands such as Gazebo Fine Food and the New Covent Garden Soup Company)


The Larderfresh stand will exhibit a wide range of new products and ideas for caterers, including tuile baskets and panettone cake. Demonstrations of fish filleting and fish cookery ideas will also be held each day.


The New Covent Garden Soup Company Stand 337d (part of the Larderfresh exhibits, stand 337)


The New Covent Garden Soup Company is exhibiting two new soups from its winter range – chicken with lemon and tarragon, and Moroccan chickpea and spinach. The winter range of Tuscan bean, wild mushroom and Sicilian tomato, plus other seasonal variations, will be on display.


Brake Bros Stand 437


Brake Bros will display a selection of foods, including new desserts: chocolate and orange mousse with orange liqueur coulis; citrus mousse with vodka and lime coulis; and raspberry and brandy snap crush with raspberry and schnapps coulis. A rich Christmas cheesecake, containing spiced seasonal fruits, will be on display from the Christmas menu, as well as three tortes from Brake Bros’ savoury selection.


Unique Prestige World (UPW)


Stand 712


A variety of Swiss product ranges, such as E Schwarz black cherries, Narimpex dried fruits, and a selection of honeys, nuts and syrup cordials will be on view on the Unique Prestige World stand.


Raeber AG, from Central Switzerland, is exhibiting fruit brandies, low-calorie preserves, organic jams and preserves enriched with fruit brandy.


Amstutz Gebr, situated next to Lake Lucerne, produces golden apple liqueur, useful as an apéritif, cocktail, dessert liqueur or long drink.


EQUIPMENT


Cafe Du Monde Stand 116


CAFE du Monde, a leading supplier of free loan cafetière systems, offers espresso- and cappuccino-making equipment, along with a full range of equipment from Gaggia.


This new range includes an espresso machine, auto coffee grinder, waste knock-out drawer, water softener and pressure pump.


Rombouts Stand 318


Rombouts is introducing its Neapolitan dark chocolate mints at this year’s show. The dark, Belgian mints are accompaniments to Rombouts’ roast and ground coffee blends. The existing five blends – Original, Decaffeinated, Gold, After Dinner, and Nine to Five – will also be on display.


Mareno UU Stand 349


Mareno UK, the UK distributor of Ambach and Rorgue oven ranges, will display a selection of heavy duty cooking and production equipment from Ambach’s new System 900 range, including a bratt pan, boiling pan and a four-burner gas range.


Bravilor Stand 720


Bravilor’s new KMD-10 Coffee Doser and HWA-D hot water dispenser will be on display, along with a range of front of house brewing systems and cafetières in a variety of styles and sizes.


AEI Rediffusion Music Stand 527


AEI has launched a new CDi playback system that will be on display at the Restaurant Show. AEI claims the playback system provides hoteliers and restaurateurs with up to 40 hours of programmable, continuous-play music. The ProDisc 5 automatically changes the styles of music played at preset times of the day to match the atmosphere and customer profiles of the hotel or restaurant.


Hoshizaki UK Stand 207


Hoshizaki is exhibiting its range of ice-makers. Two types are on display, the IM – the most popular ice-machine in the hospitality range – and a new “green” model. The IM ice-machine features a heavily insulated door, an automatic rinse and flush cycle, and two types of water filters.


TABLEWARE AND GLASSWARE


Churchill Hotelware Stand 358


Churchill Hotelware supply throughout the UK and overseas, and this year’s stand will feature new ranges of tableware: Salsa, featuring red peppers with a green border; Navaho, in warm earth tones of brown and green; and Sea ‘n’ Sand, depicting colourful deep-sea creatures.


FURNITURE


Aurora Lamps Stand 266


Aurora Lamps will feature safety table lamps, with a 40-hour disposable fuel cell or cartridge. These lamps have a unique safety snuffing device.


Andy Thornton’s Stand 540


Andy Thornton’s will display several items from their new 400-page brochure, which includes furniture, lighting, themed décor and antiques. The ranges on display will include the new Madrid collection of wall uplighters and pendants.

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