During the first week of September 1000 Trades held a series of events in support of International Zero Waste Week. Each evening had a different theme aimed at highlighting what and how we can use the food resources available to us, to make innovative meals with minimal waste.
If I had the chance I would have gone every day as each event seemed quite different. Nevertheless I was more than happy with my choice of Ox and Origin. Their take was to use cuts of meat that are often neglected nowadays, yet as they proved, are more than worthy on a restaurant table.
I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get, but I was very pleased with the starter. There were a great mixture of textures here, from the soft meat through the rich fruit and crispy cracking. Sadly my friend is unable to eat pork, but I managed to polish off her course too!
I enjoy eating veal and a good ragu is always welcome comfort food, however I’m not sure I’ve seen heart specifically listed on a menu. I guess people shy away from it. This dish however had really bold flavours throughout. It was very rich and really packed a punch for such a small plate. My friend suggested maybe a few potatoes might have been a welcome addition.
I had a lovely glass of red to accompany my meal, but I found out later that there were also some zero waste cocktails on offer.
The dessert was an exceptionally well made panna cotta, with really subtle flavours, that contrasted well with the strong coffee and the milk. I really enjoyed the rich cherry and the bread tuile was a clever touch.
This was a interesting and thought provoking event. Hats off to all those who were involved. It was great fun and I was glad to be part of it. I look forward to future events.
This event was not sponsored. I paid for my food and drink and went along to support Zero Waste Week.