Jane Hogan, Taste North East - Taste Club goes from strength to strength
PUBLISHED: 19:18 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:06 05 April 2013
How Tasty are you? This month it's all about the Taste Club for the chief executive of Taste North East
North East Life readers were the first to know about our free Taste Club which gives you exclusive access to Great North food and drink events and experiences, gifts, competitions and special offers.
Last July I wrote about how we created the Taste Club because we discovered that foodies from the North East were finding it hard to stay informed about where they could buy, cook, eat and experience their very own food and drink.
When I wrote that article we had a grand total of 32 Tasties signed up. As I write this we are approaching 4,000 members and on the verge of opening the doors of Taste Club HQ the go-to place for Great North food and drink.
Taste Club HQ (www.tasteclubhq.com, yep, theyre virtual doors) is all about Great North food and drink. You can get your hands on everything from a cheese-making course to a chorizo, from a pop-up restaurant to popcorn, from well, you get the picture.
Think of it like a farmers market which is open every day, or a gift shop that gives back because every single penny goes back into supporting the people who grow, make and serve artisan food and drink.
Every month we give you two exclusive Taste Club Collections, the very best products, ingredients and experiences which we can find for you to savour.
This month we launch with two contrasting collections, celebrating Street Food & Spice and pies. After the huge success of Spice@Life in February and looking ahead to a summer of pop-ups and festivals get some spice in your life (and your cupboard), or would you rather live the Life of Pie?
We could only follow the runaway success of Farmhouse Breakfast Week in January when you flocked to our farm shops for their buy-one-get-one-for-1 cooked breakfasts with the best loved product of all time: the pie.
On the topic of pies Im very much with the American author David Mamet: We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. Now if youll excuse me Im off to de-stress no just cut it into four pieces, I couldnt eat eight
THREE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT BROCKSBUSHES, CORBRIDGE
First opened 25 years ago, Brocksbushes Pick-your-Own, Farm Shop and Caf will feature regularly in your stops around the region (if they dont they ought to!) and you will no doubt know it well. But here are three facts which you might not already know:
* The team cooks as much as possible on site and they have five chefs tucked away in their farm kitchen. You can get a taste of their homemade hot main courses, desserts and other goodies every Thursday. The lady I met a few weeks ago was very difficult to say no to, and her pork and prune main course was a dream.
* Where they cant bake the team supports local producers, many of whom make products exclusively for Brocksbushes such as Robesons of Hexham s honey roast sausages.
* Even Mediterranean products are local! Brocksbushes olive bar and delicious oils are selected and packaged by Silver & Green on Cumbrias sunny shores.