After a beautiful day enjoying the short heatwave that hit Scotland at the end of last week, we spent our Friday night enjoying the finest local vegan cooking around courtesy of a new monthly Supper Club in Inverness.
Our friend Elizabeth from local bakery Capability Browns and the seasonal Wee Croft Shop took over Nourish café in the city centre for an evening of vegan food with a foraged theme. Myself, Mr B and 8 other enthusiastic foodies were treated to some delicious flavours and definitely went home feeling very full indeed!
Roast garlic, dandelion, lemon and wild thyme yoghurt dip and a cashew cheese flavoured with chives and crispy onions served with bread sticks. As well as being very pretty, the chive flowers were also very tasty – with an intense chive taste!
Nettle soup, served with beer and hawthorn leaf sodabread with a wild garlic and hazelnut pesto on the side. Elizabeth used beer from Brewdog – I had no idea that most of their range is vegan-friendly.
Pearl barley risotto with AVVA Gin spiced butternut squash and garnished with rocket, dandelion leaves and gorse flowers and drizzled with sweet fig vinegar. We even got a taste of the neat gin too.
Warm chocolate fudge brownie served with whisky and orange oat cream and pecan brittle for dessert.
Just when you thought it was all over, then came out a choice of teas or coffee with sweet cicely fudge. The cicely was added sparingly so just a hint of aniseed came through the rich dark chocolate.
All of this could be washed down with BYOB (with no corkage charge) or refreshing nettle and ginger cordial from Highland Cordials which was provided alongside plenty of water on such a warm evening.
One of the nice things about this supper club (as well as the outstanding food) is the fact that Elizabeth was always happy to be asked questions about the ingredients or the foraging process, popping over to where we were seated to check that we were all happy (we definitely were!) with the evening – giving you a much more personal and informal service than you could ever have in a restaurant. We also really liked that we got to meet new people and chat the evening away!
Tickets for the next event (Mexican theme) in June are already selling out, but more information about this and future events can be obtained by contacting Capability Browns or Nourish Café. Tickets cost £30 (with a booking fee of £2.45 per ticket if you use EventBrite) for a three course meal with soft cold drinks and tea/coffee afterwards.
Myself and Mr B were invited guests and were under no obligation to write a review for this event. Many thanks to Elizabeth and Nourish Café for a wonderful evening!