Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 77

Drink Awards Most Distinctive Local Menu The most important thing in this category is that the menu communicates the flavours of the Isle of Wight. It should incorporate local food and drink and celebrate a real sense of localness. The menu should include a statement of the establishment’s commitment to using local produce and why this is important to them. The menu should include details of suppliers, the origin of key ingredients and may well include recognition of the seasonality of some locally sourced products, such as fruit and vegetables. Dining Pub of the Year SPONSOR A CATEGORY If you are a local company who strongly believe in the promotion of local produce and use of local produce in restaurants, pubs and schools then your company can sponsor one of the categories listed below. As a sponsor you will be invited to the awards ceremony to personally present your award to the winner. For further details please call 01983 861422 The whole eating out experience should be taken into consideration for this category. We want to hear about the best experiences you have had in dining pubs across the Island. Take into account the knowledge and friendliness of staff, value for money and quality of the food. Is there local produce on the menu? Are suppliers’ names mentioned? How well does the pub use seasonal local products and ingredients? Do Island wines or beverages appear on the menu? What was the presentation and flavour of the meal like? How well was it cooked? Was the menu interesting? Also, you should note down the quality and speed of service and the overall atmosphere of the establishment. Newcomer of the Year There are many talented producers, restaurateurs and pub owners on the Island who have fought to get themselves and their establishments known. This category serves to highlight any newcomers to the food & drink industry, who show a clear understanding of the market place and display qualities that are original and innovative. This category covers all sectors and we want to hear of any new small businesses supporting local produce, or restaurants and pubs that have successfully introduced local ingredients into their menus. Island Life - Country Pub of the Year For this category you should take a look at the atmosphere of the establishment. Look for pubs with scenic outlooks, with open fireplaces and with clean, cosy lounges. Are the staff friendly and the prices value for money? Look at the range of beers and local beverages on sale. Does the pub support local suppliers? Is there a traditional, friendly atmosphere? HOW THE AWARDS WILL WORK: A nomination form is included in this issue of Island Life Magazine. Readers are invited to recommend their favourites in a range of categories listed on page 77. From those nominations a short list of three will be drawn up for each award. A panel of independent judges will then visit the finalists and select a winner. The winner of each category will receive an award and certificate at a special awards ceremony to be held November 2007. There will also be a draw for nominators to win invitations to the exclusive award night celebrations. Chef of the Year Look at the use of local and seasonal produce for this category. Does the chef reflect this by changing the menu regularly? Does the chef take the time to come out of the kitchen and ask for your views on your dining experience? Doe he look clean and is the kitchen clean and organised? You should take the technical ability of the Chef into account. Did they maximise flavours and tantalise your taste buds? Tell us whether this particular chef had you coming back for more. Restaurant of the Year You can also nominate workplace canteens or even schools in this category. Look out for any nutritional pledge and knowledge of special diets. Is the use of local produce supported and is this reflected on the menu? Are suppliers’ names mentioned on the menu? What was the quality of the food like and was it value for money? What was the overall presentation and taste of the meal like? Was the menu interesting? You should also note the overall atmosphere of the establishment, the speed of serv