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Jay Halford’s Pop Up Vegan Restaurant @ NR Social, Cheltenham.
Date: 5th April 2019
Location: NR Social, 58 High Street, Cheltenham
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Price: £35 Per Person (includes drink on arrival)
I am back in Cheltenham and pulling out all the stops for my very first private dining event. Come and join me for an evening of fine vegan dining and take your taste buds on an adventure. Enjoy a 7 course meal and take in the atmosphere at our brand new space. You won’t want to miss this.
- Welcome drink:
- Appetiser: Pea and mint valoute.
- Starter: Courgette cannelloni with a chive and spinach ricotta filling, tomato crisps and raw caramelised onion.
- Main: Hummus baked romanesque cauliflower with spinach, crispy kale and wild nettle pesto.
- Pre dessert: Blood orange and lemon sorbet with pineapple foam.
- Dessert: Chocolate indulgence with passion fruit coulis and raspberries.
My name’s Jay Halford and I’m on a mission; a mission to re-educate people into realising how easy it is to make the transition into feeding their body what is so desperately craves.
My background as a chef and in catering has meant that for me, taste always comes first. I believe that you should recognise every ingredient that is used in a recipe; how they are best combined to create the ultimate taste.
Where did my journey begin? Well, my love of food began at the age of 13; I worked in a busy Italian restaurant, washing pots for what can only be described as a nutcase of a chef with a huge passion for food. It was here that I decided that upon leaving school I would complete an apprenticeship – I did and then got straight into it. I started work at Lords of the Manor, A Michelin Star restaurant close to my home in Cheltenham. There, I met a great friend, Mark; his work ethic was impressive, he showed me his dedication to food and the hard work it entailed.
I won’t lie, after two years of learning everything involved, the long hours and stress became too much. I was beginning to lose my love of being a chef – not of food though, nothing could dispel that. This was a life-changing time as it prompted me to travel the world. You can imagine the variety of foods, juicing and techniques I was exposed to – this just fuelled my love of food even further.
I realised I could still do what I loved doing but in the way that I wanted to do it. It is now a massively growing trend, with many more people now consciously thinking about their health and what they are putting into their bodies.
Returning to Cheltenham, I knew it was time to incorporate my new way of thinking into my life. A personal trainer friend of mine introduced me to raw food and clean living; I was hooked. Adopting juicing and raw foods into my life, it had a profound effect and I wanted to share this with the world. This is when ‘The Core in Cheltenham’ was created.
I continue to run the Core in Cheltenham for 4 years whilst building my personnel brand and getting myself everywhere and anywhere that would have me doing pop up restaurants and workshops. I now for the past 3 years and been very focused on retreats and consultancy catering for groups of health and wellness warriors and helping other businesses to transition to healthier food options.
I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world doing this and now I am super excited to be bring my food back to Cheltenham and host the event at the new NR Social space.
NR Social (This Event is Open to Non Members)
Work / Eat / Drink / Meet
A members only hangout by day for independent people & businesses in Cheltenham.
We are proud to offer a bespoke space designed to inspire its members. Perhaps you require a quiet space to dedicate to your craft sporadically or full-time or maybe you’re searching for that ideal place to cater for a private meeting with great food and facilities. Our private club will provide all you require and more.
NR Studio oozes creativity; a hub exhibiting the work of internationally renowned artists, most recently, photographer Haris Nukem. This experience extends out to the signature menu by Chef Jay Halford, our in-house chef who uses only the best unrefined and natural ingredients available.