TUCK BOX: Turkey back on the menu

LOKANTA RESTAURANT   Ruth and Faruk Gunay at the Lokanta restaurant, Broomhill.  19 January  2010
LOKANTA RESTAURANT Ruth and Faruk Gunay at the Lokanta restaurant, Broomhill. 19 January 2010

Broomhill Turkish restaurant Lokanta is celebrating its fourth birthday this month with a gift for customers.

Owners Ruth and Faruk Günay (pictured below) are laying on a range of offers, guaranteed to get the year off to a good start.

A two-course early bird menu operates Sun - Thurs, 5-6.30pm, with meze, homemade bread and shish kebab for £10. There is also a Daily Deal, including a main course and a large glass of wine or bottled beer. Themes range from burger and drink (£10) on Monday to grilled fish and drink (£15) on Friday.

Market forces

Sheffield shoppers are being urged to nominate our local food markets for honours in the annual BBC Food Awards.

Chris Savage, of the National Market Traders’ Federation (founded in Sheffield in 1899) says: “South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire have a strong tradition of market trading, with some of the country’s best markets right on our doorstep. A vote for your local market or favourite trader is a vote of confidence for the region’s small businesses.”

Other categories include street food, producer, drinks producer, innovation, outstanding farmer, food retailer and cook of the year. Nominations are open until January 27 via the website: www.bbc.co.uk/foodawards.

Spoon fed

Spoon café-bistro in Woodseats is launching a new evening menu from tomorrow (Friday).

The Abbey Lane venue – named best casual dining restaurant in the Eat Sheffield Awards 2012 – will be open until 11pm every Thursday to Saturday, with starters and desserts at £4.50, main courses £10, or three courses for £17.

Highlights include crayfish cocktail, spicy chicken wings or pearl barley risotto; grilled red mullet, braised belly pork or root vegetable hash cake; and sticky toffee pudding or chocolate & orange tart.