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Guild member Jane Milton has told us what she has been working on recently ‘As part of a British Embassy funded project, I am working with a group of food businesses in Tunisia, helping them better understand the UK market for food and then export as profitably as they can. I’ve chosen a great mix of producers including pate de fruits made with eight different seasonal fruits, spray bottles of organic and conventional olive oil – Tunisia is the World’s second biggest producer after Spain – and organic aloe vera juice, made the day the leaves are harvested. I‘ve selected a spicy vegan carrot tapenade, a fresh-tasting chakchuka (Tunisian spelling) produced between February and April only, when the tomatoes are delicious, and a dish called mechouia, made of chargrilled peppers of different heat levels, dangerously moreish. Briks pastry featured on October’s Great British Bake Off, just as we had found a wonderful ambient version. At least now people will know what it is.

‘Fellow Guild member Sarah Jane Evans has helped whittle a large selection of wines down to just three which could perform well with new labels and differently shaped bottles. We’ve had to register new brand names, create brands, change packaging materials and start from scratch with labels. Next month the businesses will meet buyers. It’s great to see our food supply chain through their eyes. One day as I was asking if they could possibly extend shelf life on a product, and the client asked, “don’t you want to eat fresh food?” They import very little, eat seasonally, a very varied diet and rarely know anyone with food allergies. I can’t help thinking we should be mirroring their systems more.’

Jane Milton: jane@janemilton.com

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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
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Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait


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