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Sodexo Prestige supports British Food Fortnight

To celebrate British Food Fortnight (21 September – 6 October 2013) Sodexo Prestige will be supporting the campaign by offering a special menu devised by a team of sports and leisure chefs, including executive chef for Ascot Racecourse Steve Golding, and creative food director, Mark Parfait, at its venues.

Mark, along with and the team of chefs headed by the principal chef for sports and leisure, Malcolm Emery,  travelled to Vicker’s Game in Berkshire and Severn & Wye Smokery to select the ingredients for their autumn menu.  During the trip to Vicker’s Game, Mark and the team worked closely with the butchers choosing the best cuts of meat from the deer to create a unique venison sausage exclusively for British Food Fortnight.  As part of the chefs trip to Severn & Wye they chose a smoked salmon that was marinated in a Bloody Mary ‘cure’ which was then put in a smokery to enhance its flavour.

The British Food Fortnight menu includes a starter of a Bloody Mary cured Severn & Wye salmon, celery slaw, watercress salad, followed by a roe deer venison sausages, buttermilk poached crushed potatoes, kale and roots and to finish a Sussex charmer panna cotta, pineapple and chilli relish, artisan biscotti. It is featured on menus for conferences and events at Sodexo Prestige venues, which include Ascot Racecourse, Newcastle United Football Club, Knebworth House and Churchill War Rooms.

Mark Parfait, creative food director for Sodexo Prestige, which includes the sports and leisure division of Sodexo, said: “British Food Fortnight is a time to celebrate British food and, with so many events and food initiatives taking place across the UK, this is the perfect fortnight to showcase what we have to offer. We have spent some time with our suppliers like Vicker’s Game in Berkshire and Severn & Wye selecting their produce for our autumn dishes, which are introduced to Prestige venues’ meetings and events menus.”

Alexia Robinson, founder and organiser of British Food Fortnight, said: “We are very proud of the association we have developed over the years with Sodexo Prestige who is a big supporter of British Food Fortnight and the menu Mark has created is a fine example of showcasing the foods that the UK has to offer.”

This year British Food Fortnight reverts to its roots and invites everyone to celebrate the harvest through the many activities that take place across the country during the national food promotion. The event is the biggest showcase of food on the national calendar and celebrates its twelfth year with more activities than ever before for people to get involved, with a particular emphasis on schools, communities and young people.

The campaign theme for 2013 is “Bring Home the Harvest” and includes a harvest lottery for children; a challenge to find the community organising the most imaginative and inclusive harvest event and a call to the young to create a new harvest anthem, all culminating in a huge British Food Fortnight Harvest celebration at Westminster Abbey. This supports the event's annual drive to encourage shops, pubs and restaurants to run British food promotions during the Fortnight.

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