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Sheffield City College bakery students with French bakery workshop leader Chris North and tutors

Sheffield City College bakery students with French bakery workshop leader Chris North and tutors

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City College bakery students with workshop leader Chris North

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Sheffield College bakery students discovered the art of classic French bread making during a half-day specialist workshop.

The class was led by former tutor Chris North, who has spent the last three years on a research tour of France, speaking to local bakers and collecting recipes for a book.

Chris said: “The purpose of this workshop was to broaden students’ bakery skills and recapture the art of classic bread making.”

Breads included le tricorne, la couronne, l’Auvergnat, as well as baguettes and pain Parisienne. The college is hosting an open evening on Monday, March 18, 6-8pm.

Oasis meal deal

Meadowhall Shopping Centre is celebrating its new-look food court with a feast of discounts for evening diners this week.

Restaurants including Carluccio’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Giraffe, Chao Baby and Zizzi are tempting 6pm customers with a range of offers, many of them including two courses plus wine at £20 for two.

Centre director Darren Pearce said: “We’ve had some fantastic additions to our line-up of eateries over the past year and we wanted to give shoppers a chance to sample what we now have on offer.”

The Oasis dining quarter recently underwent a £7 million refurbishment.

Closed Shop reopens

The Closed Shop pub at Walkley was due to reopen last night, under new management.

The Commonside pub had been closed for months, but has now been taken over by the team behind the popular Rutland Arms in Brown Street. Plans for a complete refurbishment, including installation of a kitchen, are in the pipeline – expect food after Easter.

Meanwhile the pub will specialise in real cider and real ales, mainly from local breweries, including Blue Bee which had its roots at the Rutland. The first batch includes Enville Ginger, Saltaire Blonde, Tangled Up IPA, Old Moor Porter and Leeds Pale.

Night at the races

Owlerton Greyhouse Stadium is hosting a fundraising night in support of the Lord Mayor’s charities on Friday, February 22. Tickets for the event are £30 including a three-course meal and a race card for the night’s 16 races.

The stadium recently underwent a £1.6m refurbishment. Charities to benefit from the event include Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and the Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders.

Question of support

Radio presenter Paulette Edwards will host a quiz night fundraiser at the Tulip Lounge, North Church Street, Sheffield, on Friday, March 8. The event, in support of the Cellar Space initiative, includes live music, comedy and a quiz. Tickets are £10, including canapés, with a chance to win £100 in cash prizes. More details: 
www.cellarspace.org.uk

Wine and dine

Wine merchant John Mitchell will be sharing a lifetime of memories and expertise with guests at the Montagu Rooms, Wortley Arms, on Friday, March 8.

The evening will include a blind tasting with wines from across the globe, a wine quiz and a chance to put John’s knowledge to the test. Tickets £15, call: 0114 288 8749.