Please note that the menu for 2020 will change from one below. There will be a vegetarian & vegan options available.
The day includes:
Coffee and refreshments
Gin Spring cocktail, a heady mixture of gin, herbs and spring water
Demonstration Dish – Al Fresco
Smoked fish in the garden with horseradish and lemon
Yealands Estate (New Zealand) white wine
Hands on Cookery Session
Wild garlic focaccia
Demonstration Dish in the Kitchen
Sea beet frittata, pesto and goats curd
Cider and Apple juice shandy with allspice
3 Course Lunch
Starter – Cockles, alexander and sea purslane with dulse
Local dry cider
Main – Roast venison with a wild garlic sauce & potato terrine
Yealands Estate (New Zealand) red wine
Dessert – Rhubarb pannacotta with a sloe gin syrup
Penderyn sherry cask single malt whiskey
We recommend that participants on this foraging course organise a taxi / collection if you wish to enjoy all the paired drinks.
(Please note, we reserve the right to alter the dishes covered in the course, given the seasonal availability of some ingredients. We may also need to do so occasionally to meet the dietary requirements of our guests, as well as seasonal availability).
Your chef tutor
This interactive day will be led by Tim Maddams, former River Cottage Head Chef before becoming a freelance chef, writer, presenter, and cookery teacher. He is a regular on high profile shows such as BBC Food and Drink and Sunday Brunch on Channel 4.
Tim writes numerous newspaper columns and published the ‘River Cottage Game Handbook’, which is a bible for anyone looking to learn more about game and how to make the most of different species throughout the seasons.
|Forage & Feast||10:00 – 17:00|
|1||Welcome, Meet & Greet
Arrive for a freshly brewed tea / coffee with some home-made bread or biscuits whilst meeting your fellow foragers and Tim Maddams your chef for the day.
|2||Foraging in the Catton Estate
We’ll head over the road for a walk into the Catton Estate, a privately owned estate in the beautiful South Derbyshire countryside with the River Trent running through it.Tim will have his foraging basket & introduce you to different seasonal wild food.From horseradish on the roadside through to wild chervil, Elder, Wild celery and other seasonal food you can expect to find 10-20 different varieties on your walk.
|3||Al fresco Hot Smoking
Whilst outside in the woods we will touch on the basics of hot smoking, smoking some delicious wild trout and enjoying in the woods with some local cider or foraged cocktail.The perfect way to spend a Saturday, with other passionate foodies.
|4||Return to the kitchen
Tim will (hopefully!) bring back a basket full of different foraged herbs, some of which will be used in the afternoon’s cookery.We will begin with a hands on cookery session making something that you will take home with you.Dishes before include Wild Garlic Focaccia, Nettle Soda bread or wild garlic pesto.
Tim will share his passion for local, seasonal food with a quick demonstration dish, previous dishes include Clams in cider and green eggs & ham.Tim’s style of cuisine is simple, delicious and bang in season.Refreshingly simple and suitably delicious.
We’ll break for lunch in our dining room where Tim will cook a three course lunch for you all based around wild food.
Popular dishes in the past include Clams in cider, WIld Venison with nettle puree and Rhubarb cake with rhubarb parfait.
|7||Paired Drinks throughout the day
Each dish throughout the day (al fresco cooking demonstration, hands on cookery session, kitchen demonstration and your three course lunch) will all be paired with a different drink.
Favourites from before include Carbon neutral wines from Yealands, Penderyn Whisky from Wales, local Yoxall Cider from Staffordshire and Two Birds Gin from Leicestershire, served with foraged herbs.
After a final chance to speak to Tim about his food and his work we recommend that you ask a local friend to pick you up or you have pre ordered a taxi to take you back to the comforts of your home to reminisce on a great day, with fellow like minded foodies and the talents of a superb chef.
About your day on our foraging course
Our foraging course takes place on the Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.
You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need. We’ll provide an apron for the day, and all the equipment and ingredients.
You’ll be out and about foraging on the Catton Estate first thing & then enjoy a spot of hands on cookery & some chef demonstrations before sitting down together to enjoy a three course lunch cooked by Tim. Every dish of the day will be paired by a different beverage – spring gin cocktails, local cider & some amazing wines & whisky.
Our day courses run from 10.15am to 4pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10am.
Find and cook your own food
As you can imagine, Tim’s time is much in demand and his Forage & Feast days, in particular, fill up quickly. All equipment and ingredients are provided on this foraging course, along with lunch and refreshments throughout the day. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
If you do have any allergies, special dietary requirements, or are vegetarian, please inform us when booking onto the course. We will do our best to cater for your needs but do need to know upon booking.
The course takes place at our centrally-located cookery school on the Catton Hill Estate in South Derbyshire which has excellent links to the M6, M1 and M42. There is also plenty of free parking.