A round up of food news from across the North East -June

PUBLISHED: 15:55 10 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:32 20 February 2013

Relish North East

Relish North East

The North East is a larder of fine food and drink. Side Dishes brings together in bite-size morsels a selection of food-related news and events from around the region

Recipes to relish

The Relish North East cookbook, featuring inspired recipes from the regions finest chefs, is now on the shelves.

Relish North East runs to 264 glossy pages featuring 72 recipes (starters, mains, desserts) and a hand-picked Larder Guide of the North Easts best local suppliers.

With a foreword by celebrity chef Terry Laybourne, Relish North East costs 17.50 and is available at all good regional bookshops.

Birthday business boost for Yarm restaurant

A family-run Teesside restaurant is celebrating its second successful year in business by expanding.

Everlys, at Yarm High Street, has extended its capacity by using the outside of the restaurant as a new dining area.

Managed by Peter Huggins, who has vast experience in the local restaurant business, Everlys uses local producers where possible and is one of only a handful of restaurants on Teesside to
sell cider brewed by the monks at Ampleforth Abbey.

Chef helps young offenders

A chef who has dedicated his teaching talents into the welfare of disadvantaged youngsters is celebrating after successfully finding employment within the kitchens of regional restaurants for five of his proteges.

Gary Cook is the co-owner of O-de-V restaurant, a deluxe brasserie, fusion steak house and margarita bar located on the Gateshead quayside which opened last November.

Since January 2009, he has worked in partnership with Newcastle Youth Offending Team (YOT) to provide a work experience programme for young offenders in the local area. All of these young people have experienced major barriers to securing education, training and employment, such as a lack of qualifications, a criminal record, poor and inconsistent attendance at school and lack of stability and support in their home lives.

Over the past two years staff from Newcastle YOT have referred 12 unemployed young offenders to Garys programme. Three have found a new vocation and employment as chefs and since January 2011 Gary has taken on two more disadvantaged young people to work and train at O-de-V.

Lifes a hoot at the Tawny Owl

The Tawny Owl in Hurworth Moor, near Darlington, has re-opened its doors after a 130,000 renovation that includes new fitted seating, layered curtains, a warm and welcoming colour scheme and mood-enhancing lighting.

Half a dozen new jobs have been created, comprising front-of-house staff and anextra sous chefs.

Landlord James Gordon said: Weve totally revamped the interior to introduce the Vintage Inns premium dining offering. The end result is candlelit dinners at beautifully laid tables and
an ambience that, whilst remaining informal and welcoming, is also more select and desirable.

Fun chocolate fundraiser

A Big Vintage Chocolate Tea Party at Slaley Hall, Hexham, raised 1,500 for The Sick Childrens Trust in April.

Hosted by Kristy Giblin, area director of Simply Bows and Chairs, everything for the event was donated free of charge.

The Big Chocolate Tea Party campaign encourages friends, family or work colleagues to get together over a cuppa and a favourite chocolate treat to help raise money for the Sick Childrens Trust. The Trust has a Home from Home, at Crawford House in Newcastle, which supports families of children who are being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

New restaurant in Seahouses

The popular Northumberland resort of Seahouses boasts a new restaurant, the Curry Leaf, and a new pub and B&B, The New Harbour Inn.

Both outlets are designed for tourists and locals alike, with the Curry Leaf offering a takeaway menu as well as the option of dining in and the New Harbour Inn boasting an ample beer garden.

The Curry Leaf provides traditional Indian dishes, while using produce from across the region wherever possible.

The adjoining New Harbour Inn, provides a traditional pub experience and bed & breakfast accommodation from 35 per night.

Joby George, owner of both establishments, said: We are excited about developing the bed and breakfast side of the business as we realise that thousands of tourists flock to Seahouses every year. It is fantastic to be able to offer accommodation in addition to the eating and drinking facilities we have on site.

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