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Wednesday, 5 October 2011 Launch

Koffmann's restaurant 2985 R

To celebrate their nationwide launch, held a very special lunch at Koffmann's restaurant in Knightsbridge, and as Jules from the Butcher the Baker couldn't go, I went in her place. It was an amazing lunch, the food was awesome and I am now a definite fan of a new online food delivery site! logo

What is

In short, - 'farm produce is on-line' - is an internet shopping site for food lovers, where small producers with excellent food to sell (but little or no expertise in marketing and internet retailing) can do business with consumers looking for a convenient, but delicious, alternative to supermarket shopping.

In long, is the brainchild of John Pallagi and Lee Simmonds, two old friends and colleagues who share a passion for really good food. They set up following a fiasco with an order for some speciality meat from a supermarket Christmas brochure., backed by former ASDA chief executive Andy Bond, delivers the finest British produce directly from farmers who traditionally supply our great British chefs and award winning restaurants. They offer one of the largest ranges of exquisite seasonal ingredients from traditional farmers, growers and artisan producers across the British Isles - a wealth of delicious produce available in one simple delivery from the online butcher, greengrocer, cheesemonger and traditional pantry. It will represent over 75 of the best independent British suppliers including 31 butchery farms offering 23 different breeds, over 30 fruit and vegetable growers and exclusive access to over 50 British farmhouse cheeses, more than 60% of which are not available anywhere else online. produce 2889 R
The greengrocer boxes can be ordered with or without dairy products cheese box 2881 R
Some of the cheeses on offer - they even have 'pregnancy friendly' cheese!

Ingredients used in top restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, the Yorke Arms, Northcote Manor and Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, are now available from, meaning ordinary food enthusiasts like you and I can try the produce in our own homes.

At the lunch, we were served a five course tasting menu using ingredients. The menu was specially created by Pierre Koffmann and Jeff Baker and was hosted by Brian Turner. at Koffmann's 2873 R
Table set in Koffmann's private dining room 2899 R
We started with some little fishy nibbles

Koffmann's 2896 R
Feather light brioche rolls 2908 R
Cheese with English leeks
Strathdon blue cheese from I J Mellis Cheesemonger
English leeks grown by Davis Townsley, Marsh View Farm, Preston at Koffmann's 2916 R
Roast Pork with Salad, Cobnut Dressing & Quince
Rare Breed Middle White Pork from Huntsham Farm
Salad leaves grown by Alison Dodds nr Thirsk

The pork was melt in the mouth tender, with exquisite crackling. I had not had quince before, but it went perfectly with the pork. at Koffmann's 2920 R
Lamb Cannon with Puy Lentils & Creamed Celeriac
Simon Glyn Riley's Isle of Man Rare Breed Manx Laughton from Lorne House Farm
Celeriac grown by Jack Bucks

The lamb was cooked to perfection, the lentils and creamed celeriac adding a little something extra to the dish. at Koffmann's 2936 R
Braised Beef Cheeks with Red Kale & Desirée Mash
Native Breed Belted Galloway from Frank Carr's Lee Gate Farm in Yorkshire
Red Kale from Molyneux Farm in Lancashire

I was a little nervous of the beef cheeks as beef is something I have avoided for many years. I was thinking that if there was ever a time and a place to try the best beef cooked by a renowned chef, then this would be it... and it was! It was sublime. The teeny onions added a delicate sweetness and I could have licked the plate clean!

I J Mellis Cheese, 2944 R
British Artisan Cheese Board
All cheese from I J Mellis Cheesemonger
Organic Whole Finn - Dorstone Herefordshire
Blue Rind Goats Cheese Golden Cross - Lewes East Sussex
Blarliath Mild Cheddar - Tain Rosshire
Dunsyre Blue - Carnwath Lanarkshire
Stag Water Biscuits - Stornaway Isle of Lewis
Traditional Spanish Quince
Ormskirk White Celery
Muscat Grapes - France

Having a vegetarian son and a non-meat eating husband means we regularly eat our weight in cheese. I'm always on the look-out for interesting cheeses to cook with or to serve after dinner and can honestly say that the cheese selection I tried at the lunch was fabulous. at Koffmann's 2966 R
My plate of delicious cheeses at Koffmann's 2955 R
Crisp Stag Water Biscuits at Koffmann's 2979 R
Fonseca unfiltered, LBV Port 2005 to go with the cheese

If you love quality and want to know where your food comes from, take a look a the website. The greengrocer boxes are quite comparable in price to other vegetable box delivery services, and although the meat is more expensive, you can be sure it is of the highest quality and traceable back to the farm - and you're also helping to keep the small suppliers in business. The farmers are passionate and committed to providing only the best produce. If you run a supperclub or want something different for a special occasion, birthday or Christmas, give a try - delivery is free on orders over £50.

I J Mellis Cheese, 2951 R

I would like to say a big thank you to Jules from the Butcher the Baker, who kindly recommended me to the PR team, and to the team for putting on such a fabulous lunch. at Koffmann's 2972 R

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Maggie said...

I was invited to this too and it looks as though I missed out on a spectacular lunch:(

Nic said...

Oh what a shame you couldn't make it Maggie.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a wonderful lunch! Everything looks scrumptious.



MeLikeyUK said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful meal - you lucky, lucky girl.
Those braised beef cheeks look so tender and "melt in the mouth". Delicious!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely luch this certainly was!
I wish I was there to enjoy it with you!

The veggie box is alo looking like a winner!

Jan Bennett said...

Wow - how nice was that?! The food looks amazing!!
Off now to pop over to Farmison to have a look.

Sylvie said...

What a great looking event and great website!

chow and chatter said...

wow what a treat and fun company

Luiz Hara said...

What an absolutely amazing lunch, love Koffmann's... I had dinner in that same private room a few weeks ago, it was also fantastic. Lovely blog btw!

Luiz @ The London Foodie

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

What a gorgeous lunch! I am dying for that lamb. Very jealous!

P.S. I am still mesmerized by your stunning tomato tart!

May said...

I noticed Farmison popping up on Twitter and had no idea what they did.Will go check them out.

The lunch looked fab. It'sone of my favourite restaurants.

Makani V. said...

As lovely as farmison sounds, I have had an absolutely ridiculous experience with this company and wouldn't recommend it to anybody. They emailed me the evening before my produce was supposed to be delivered saying they had rescheduled for the day after because they decided it might not keep until christmas otherwise. I found this to be one of the most patronising emails I have ever gotten from a company. It wasn't even a real apology, just a statement. They never even considered that people (like me) might not want the food for christmas, but the days leading up to it. They pretty much decided that the customer was stupid and they would deal with it themselves.

When I called (and finally got one of the directors who actually knew anything about this - took me only one day to get him) I found that instead of listening properly to my concerns (I'm not even here tomorrow when the food is supposed to arrive) he kept making excuses about his business being in its infancy and all that. Did that guy even study Business and Management? I did, and one of the first things we learned was never to make excuses like that. When I said I expected compensation for all the trouble - having driven 70 miles not only once but twice to pick up a parcel just to find it hadn't been delivered yet again, he said that there might be compensation next year, but that's only because they are being nice - after all their terms and conditions clearly state that this could happen and they don't have to give me anything. And he went on to say that he is the owner of the business and I should be glad he's talking to me, because companies like amazon would never have the owner talk to me.

Frankly, I don't care if it's the owner I'm talking to or staff. When amazon had problems delivering stuff last year they offered compensations right away. It doesn't matter what's in the terms and conditions, it's all about customer satisfaction. And do I seem satisfied to you?

If I were you I would avoid farmison at all cost. I certainly will be from now on.