Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Artisan Chocolate - the perfect gift

There is nothing better than receiving a hand crafted artisan gift from the one you love.  We recently had a guy come along who was looking at making chocolates for all his guests on his up and coming wedding.  How romantic.  Artisan chocolates can make a great gift any time of the year, for birthdays, fathers day or just because you can.

Hand tempered artisan chocolates

Artisan chocolates that have been hand tempered with their own infused ganache with natural ingredients such as orange or fresh mint not only have fantastic multi layers of natural flavour they can also look stunning once you have enrobed them with your tempered chocolate.

To find out about the next forthcoming artisan chocolate courses and learn to make artisan chocolates that taste and look good enough to sell.

Ganache Recipe

Orange and Mint – makes approximately 10-12 truffles
100g Milk Chocolate

30g Double Cream

10g butter
20 - 30 drops of orange oil (to taste) Mint Leaves (3-5 to taste)

  •  Weigh ingredients.
Finely chop the mint leaves. 
Place the chocolate buttons and cream into a glass bowl and place over a pan of water (bain- 
marie) gently melt the chocolate and cream together (do not whisk or over heat)
Take off heat once combined and glossy finish, at this point add the butter and stir. 

  • Infuse with the finely chopped mint and add the orange extract, (to taste) 

  • Pour onto a flat tray or into a carton, cover and place into a fridge to set. (between 2 - 4 

Your ganache should be slightly firmed but able to scoop and roll into truffle shape. 
You just need to enrobe your genache and then potential decorate your chocolates to create the artisan look.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Setting up a new food & drink business in 2016

The start of a new year brings many new challenges and opportunities.  Many people look to use the new start to the year to launch a new business.  Hartingtons has helped hundreds of people to set up their own food and drink business by giving potential food & drink entrepreneurs the essential insights of what it really like running their own business.  Importantly, our expert tutors are able to highlight some of the pitfalls of running or starting up a new business and help you avoid making costly and avoidable mistakes.

Range of start up business courses

Setting up your own coffee shop and tea room

 Hartingtons is running an expanding a range of start up business courses teaching people how to set up their own coffee shop and tea room.  This course gives a unique insight into the opportunities and challenges of setting up and running your own coffee shop or tea room.  With our range of expert tutors we cover the design and financing of your coffee shop, through the securing of premises and negotiating your lease and more importantly getting a rent free period!

For more details about setting up a running your own tea or coffee shop have a look at the course details which will run in Bakewell on the 7th May.  Some people have been suggesting that the market for coffee shops and tea room is reaching capacity but despite this some very successful entrepreneurs such as Luke Johnson (founded Strada & owner of Patisserie Valerie) has suggested that there is room for a new wave of artisan coffee shops.  He has just put his money where his mouth is and invested in a coffee roaster and coffee shop chain in Brighton called Small Batch Coffee.  Latest figures still suggest that the coffee shop market will continue to grow.

Setting up your own microbrewery

If beer rather than caffeine is your tipple have your ever fancied setting up your own microbrewery?  The Brew-School in Bakewell shows brewers from across the country and the world the essential things they need to consider before taking the plunge and setting up their own microbrewery.  The UK like the States has entered a period of rapid expansion of the microbrewing sector and real ale or craft beer is now hip.  How many microbreweries are there?  The latest figures indicate the UK has knocking on 1400 micros and the figure just keeps rising.  This 3 day course at Brew-School will give brewers the essential things they need to know to decided whether setting up a microbrewery is the thing for them or how to then take their brewing dream forward.

Running your own pub or bar 

The latest course aimed at food and drink entrepreneurs is a one day course aimed at equiping new entrants into the pub or bar market with all the expert insights on what they need to know if they are considering running or leasing their own pub or bar.  The course entitled how to run a pub or bar takes all students through the main aspects of setting up their own pub or bar and the aspects they need to consider when buying a pub or bar.  How to write their own pub business plan and the regulatory aspects of running their own pub or bar.

 Setting up a food & drink business - benefit from our expertise

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Foodie Gift Vouchers.

Foodie gifts are always appreciated.  What is there not to like? Hartingtons School of Food loves giving people gift vouchers for our extensive range of artisan food & drink & cookery courses.  It's the perfect gift for any foodie and person who loves to create their own wonderful tasting food or drink at home. 


Gift voucher options

We like to give you the choice of how you buy your gift vouchers.  We can present you with an open gift voucher for any amount or course; this can be done by just giving us a call or dropping us an email.  If you would prefer to carry out the whole process online, why not have a look at the vouchers available through Paypal.  If you want to personalise your foodie gift, why not let us prepare you a unique personalised gift letter.  We are ready and look forward to your e-mail or call, so just get in touch.

Tel: 01629888586

Cookery course - gift vouchers

Thursday, 15 October 2015

NEW courses for 2016 (sneak preview)

We have some fantastic new courses planned for 2016 as well as revisiting our favourites with leading artisan tutors and chefs.  If you can't wait for us to get the dates on our website we have a sneak preview of our cookery courses and artisan food courses for you.

The courses are bookable now just by giving us a call or emailing us at:

Why not book a mind expanding artisan food or cookery course for 2016 and expand your horizons?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sourdough Breadmaking Course & Toast

I was introduced to the delights of sourdough bread about 5 years ago.  Sourdough bread for the uninitiated is bread made using ancient and natural yeast cultures.  It was how we used to make bread before the introduction of a specific strain of baking yeast widely adopted in the beginning of the 20th century.  Prior to that bakers used yeast produced during the beer brewing process.

Name of Sourdough Bread

The name of sourdough bread is derived from the slightly sour taste derived from the lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli and yeast during the proving or fermentation process of the bread.

Sourdough Toast

One of the biggest revelations of experiencing sourdough bread for the first time is when you try toasting it.  Sourdough toast is unbelievable!  The open crumb structure produced by the lactobacilli and the flavour of the bread produces a toast that is unrivalled to any other type of bread in my humble opinion.  Try stilton on toast on sourdough bread and you will think that you have died and gone to heaven!

Sourdough breadmaking courses

Hartingtons runs a number of sourdough breadmaking courses with expert artisan bread baker Andrew Auld of the Loaf in Critch.  On his intensive one day sourdough breadmaking course you will learn how to make 3 different style of sourdough breads including a fabulous rye bread. On the course Andrew demystifies the production of the mother starter culture and give you the confidence to handle and work with sourdough.

Artisan breadmaking courses

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Gourmet Supper Club - hits new heights

 I think it's fair to say that our Gourmet Supper Club (GSC) hit new heights this March when Darren Goodwin took us through a fantastic 8 course seasonal tasting menu to chase away the winter blues.  We have just released Darren's Gourmet Menu for the 3rd July.  Just a couple of places left for the lucky ones.

UPDATE - 2nd June
The July Gourmet Supper Club has sold out.  We do have just a couple of places left on the Supper Club with Christian on the 11th September.  Christian and Danny always look to push the culinary boundaries and this time is no different.  To see the full menu then follow the link.

To reserve a place give us a call at the School of Food or drop us an email at:


Monday, 1 December 2014

We're OPEN!

If you looking for a unique food experience for yourself, friends or family we are open all the way through Christmas & over New Year.  Whether you are looking for a gift voucher or to buy a cooking or food experience.

So if you are looking at picking up a new cooking skill in 2015 whether it be learning:

Bread making
Brewing beer
Cookery courses

Don't hesitate to get in touch & give us a call to learn a new skill in 2015 on 01629888586 or drop us an email:

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris & Julie

Cookery & artisan food and drink courses