Farming, Fermentation, and Flavour: Wine, Cheese, Bread, and Coffee
Thursday 7th March, 2019
395 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
This season marks the tenth anniversary of the London Gastronomy Seminars. This tasting and panel discussion is an opportunity for us to reflect on some of the key themes that have shaped our discussion of food and drink over the last decade.
We are delighted to have assembled a panel of practitioners who will look at both the specifics of their own industries, and also the wider parallels and connections between all of these agricultural products. What does it mean to farm for flavour? Can we taste sustainability? How can we use processing to uncover the unique properties of raw materials?
About the speakers
James Hoffmann is the chairman of the board of Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a multi-award-winning coffee roasting company based in East London. He is also the World Barista Champion 2007, having won the UK Barista competition in both 2006 and 2007. He writes a popular blog, www.jimseven.com, about coffee and the coffee business. He is the author of The World Atlas of Coffee.
Mateja Gravner manages the commercial area and marketing for the GRAVNER family winery. Mateja was born in Gorizia in 1973, grew up among the vines, and cellar. She studied oenology, before specialising in communication and marketing. She worked for years in the Veneto and Trentino. First at CIAA Trentino SpA, followed by the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all’Adige, and then lastly at Bertani Domains. She returned to Oslavia in 2014 to join her parents and sister.
Ben Mackinnon read Conservation Biology, which led to a career working in sustainability. Tired of his office job, and after a short course in the essentials of sourdough baking at the School of Artisan Food, he opened e5 Bakehouse in Hackney in 2011. Over the past eight years the Bakehouse has expanded to occupy three railway arches, growing some of their own wheat and milling over a ton of grain on a French stone mill.
Bronwen Percival is the cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy. Along with Dr Benjamin Wolfe, she co-founded the website microbialfoods.org, and convenes the biennial Conference on the Science of Artisan Cheese. She is the chair of the UK Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association Technical Committee and is the co-author, with her husband Francis, of Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese.
7th March, 2019395 Mentmore Terrace,
London E8 3PH