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: GSC@hartingtons.com


Friday, 23 January 2015

Setting up a new food & drink business in 2015

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 18th April.

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

Monday, 1 December 2014

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

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: courses@hartingtons.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris & Julie

Cookery & artisan food and drink courses

Friday, 28 November 2014

Bakewell Christmas Weekend 2014

Bakewell Christmas Weekend arrives this weekend.

A great free family day out with loads of food stores dotted throughout Bakewell.

Come along to Hartingtons School of Food to see free demonstrations as well as artisan food stores in the historic Rutland Mews forecourt and inside in the School of Food. On the day there will be free demonstrations giving a flavour of what goes on inside the School of Food in Bakewell including a baking session on Saturday from a former Masterchef finalist.

On Sunday we will have a pasta making demonstration showing people the finer points of Italian home pasta making. You will also be able to buy handmade pizzas and biscuits fresh from the oven.

The doors of Hartingtons will be open both days from 10am to 4pm on both days. We look forward to welcoming you to our School of Food in the heart of Bakewell and to sharing some Christmas cheer.