Love Food - the dining directory for the North East

PUBLISHED: 00:16 13 June 2013

Sally Gibson with Michael Coverdale

Sally Gibson with Michael Coverdale

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North East local food champions have cooked up a directory aimed at the region’s eateries who want to put more local produce on the menu.

There’s a big drive towards eating local – knowing the provenance of your food and where it has come from. Some restaurants can even tell you which farm the beef they serve originated from and where their vegetables were pulled out of the ground.

It’s all very positive and is not only good for the local economy, but is environmentally much better – fewer food miles and fresher produce.

But eateries sometimes struggle to source suppliers who are consistent in terms of supply and quality, and it only takes one bad experience for a restaurant to decide to move on and find another supplier.

But now demand from eateries for information about where to go for local ingredients has prompted local food project, Love Food, which supports the production, promotion, use and appreciation of locally grown or reared food in Teesdale, Weardale, the Allen Valleys and Derwentside, to put together the North Pennine Dales Food Supplier Directory.

Hazel Coppack, Director of Love Food, said: ‘We field a number of enquiries from cafes, restaurants, pubs, bed and breakfasts and other eateries who would like to use more local produce, but aren’t always sure where to go for specific items so we came up with an idea to put them all in one place, so the eateries can find what they want, and perhaps even be inspired to use more.

‘We also hope other suppliers will see the advantage of the directory and want to be included, so it becomes a one stop shop for developing local menus.’

The booklet, which was compiled by Love Food associate Sally Gibson, is already being picked up by dales’ eateries.

Michael Coverdale, owner of Number 15 Coffee Shop in Barnard Castle, which he opened last December with partner Emma Rowell, said: ‘The Food Supplier Directory is a fantastic catalogue of suppliers in the North Pennine Dales.

‘Anything that helps to publicise Teesdale, where we are in business, has to be welcomed. I congratulate Sally and Love Food for helping to put us on the map.’

The directory has sections for bakers and confectioners, dairy, drinks, fruit and vegetables, preserves, fish and meat and is aimed at helping users reduce food miles, improve traceability and offer better value for money. And that can’t be bad. n

Go to www.lovefood.me for further information.

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