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Restaurant Associates promotes forgotten foods during Slow Food Week 2014

As part of its long running exclusive partnership with Slow Food UK Restaurant Associates, the executive dining division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, celebrated Slow Food Week from 1-8 June 2014 with a variety of events and showcases.

Compass Group news team
Friday 20 June 2014

Restaurant Associates' Slow Food picnic

Above: Restaurant Associates' Slow Food picnic

On Thursday 5 June, Restaurant Associates held a Slow Food picnic on the rooftop of investment bank Nomura’s offices in the heart of the City of London, which was an opportunity to showcase and raise awareness of local artisan producers and suppliers. In addition, Sue Thompson, Operations Director at Restaurant Associates, joined a panel of five inspiring women in the food industry for a talk on sustainability – an event organised by Slow Food UK.

On Friday 6 June, Restaurant Associates’ consultant chef Jason Atherton spoke at a Slow Food event hosted by Google which was recorded for Google’s official YouTube channel. At the event, Jason highlighted the importance of supporting British produce and artisan production methods.   

During Slow Food Week, Restaurant Associates sites up and down the country also served dishes containing forgotten foods ingredients of their choice that are featured in Slow Food UK’s Forgotten Foods Programme. Among these were Montgomery cheese, Morecambe Bay shrimps and Herdwick lamb – a rare breed of Cumbrian sheep that has recently been awarded protected status by the Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association.

Andy Harris, Managing Director of Restaurant Associates commented: “Through our partnership with Slow Food UK, we’re able to offer these unique, delicious and rare forgotten foods ingredients from small artisan producers and suppliers to thousands of people across the UK. Forgotten foods ingredients are often at the brink of extinction and we’re proud to help ensure these amazing products can be protected from disappearing and preserved for future food lovers.”

Colin Bom, Chief Operating Officer of Slow Food UK added: "One of Slow Food’s pillars is the championing of small-scale, sustainable producers via our Forgotten Foods programme. What makes our partnership with Restaurant Associates so important and successful is that by serving forgotten foods in their employee dining and hospitality sites we not only supporting these producers but introducing a whole new generation to these great British foods. And it proves that our shared philosophy of choosing foods made with integrity and principles can also make good business sense.”

Restaurant Associates’ exclusive partnership with Slow Food UK began in October 2012. Jeremy Ford, Culinary Director at Restaurant Associates, and his team introduce a new Slow Food dish to the menu each month that features one of Britain’s ‘Forgotten Foods’ – helping diners rediscover British culinary traditions.


For more information:
Luke Hanley, Compass Group UK & Ireland
Tel: 01895 554462 / Mob:  07917790040
Email: luke.hanley@compass-group.co.uk