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Melvin Jarman of Fusion Organic Cafe
Melvin Jarman of Fusion Organic Cafe

Dinner is served

Ever wished you could throw an impressive dinner party without having to spent two days slaving in the kitchen beforehand? Well now you can, with a little help from Melvin Jarman’s new private dining service.

Experienced chef Melvin (pictured), former manager of the award-winning Fusion café in Arundel Street, launched his artisan catering company, Organic Fusion, at the end of last year. And the latest addition is a bespoke cheffing service that will serve up restaurant quality food in your own home.

Melvin – whose 15-year career includes acting as a stand-in celebrity on a dry run of Marco Pierre White’s Hell’s Kitchen – will create a customised menu for ten or more, from gourmet buffet (£22 per person) to fine dining (£45).

Details: www.organicfusion.co.uk

On to a winner?

Derbyshire Food & Drink Awards winners will be announced at a gala celebration on Monday – for the first time at Chatsworth – hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer.

Fifty businesses have been shortlisted across 12 categories. They include Moss Valley Fine Meats, Norton (local producer); Naughty But Nice, Bakewell (best breakfast); Three Roofs Café, Castleton, and Edensor Tea Cottage (best newcomer); Packhorse Inn, Little Longstone, and Lathkil Hotel (traditional pub); and Rowley’s, Baslow, the Chequers Inn, Froggatt, Devonshire Arms, Beeley, and Red Lion Bar & Bistro, Stonedge (gastro pub of year).

Veggie food on show

Vegetarian food will be top of the bill at the Showroom next Saturday when the café stages the latest in its series of speciality evenings.

Sous chef Jon Tite will be taking charge for the night with a five-course menu of nut, leaf, fungi, root and fruit dishes using strictly vegetarian ingredients. Highlights include scotched chestnut with rocket and walnut pesto; leek and savoy cabbage boudin; warm ‘truffacotta’ tortellini with salsify chips; and bitter orange brûlée with marmalade ripple ice cream and spiced shortbread. Tickets £25: www.showroomworkstation.org.uk

Shake-up at Little Hanoi

Vietnamese restaurant Little Hanoi is celebrating six months in business by doubling its menu. The London Road eaterie, which opened in July, is offering more meat and vegetable options. It has also introduced popular favourites including hot clay pot stew, chargrilled quails and shaking beef – a warm salad that gets its name from the way the meat is tossed during cooking.

New year, new deal

Mud Crab Diner in Ecclesall Road has started the new year with a new lunch offer. The deal includes two courses for £12 from a choice of dishes on the new lunch menu. Choices include tempura battered sea bass; chargrilled chermoula-marinated lamb skewers; and grilled beef skirt steak with herbed garlic butter.

Buckingham’s bargains

Master chef Nick Buckingham, former executive chef of the acclaimed Cavendish Hotel in Baslow, is serving up a series of offers at Buckingham’s in Newbold, Chesterfield. A five-course taster menu is available for parties of six or more at £37.50 per person, while the Clowns Conservatory is serving a three-course winter warmer menu at £22. Quote ‘January offer’ when booking.