Food news: From pasta to planters for Donna

The former manager of one of Sheffield’s finest Italian restaurants is on the move - to head up a garden centre coffee shop.
Donna Santos, who has led Nonna’s on Ecclesall Road since it opened 12 years ago and previously ran her own restaurants,is taking her love of wine and food to Ferndale Garden Centre in Dronfield. The coffee shop there has recently doubled in size.

Donna, aged 54, said: “Apart from the tempting displays I find it hard to resist, two things stand out to me here: first the people- staff and customers are amazing. 
“And second is the food quality. It’s all fresh local produce made from scratch and I’m impressed by the range of gluten free food available.”

Blooming in Broomhill
A new bar has opened in Broomhill.
The Bloomery has given the former venue, The Place, on Nile Street, a £240,00 makeover, and new menu. It still appeals to students, with live sport, burgers, ribs, craft beers and weekday offers.

Roasted birds ready to go

Marks and Spencer’s on Fargate, Sheffield, launched its rotisserie on Monday - the first in the city centre.
Chickens come basted in butter, piri piri or sage and onion. It costs £3.50 for half.

Bake with Howard

Sheffield baking star Howard Middleton - who will return to the Great British Bake Off next year - is leading a Fabulous Festive Bakes Course at Hartingtons School of Food, Bakewell, this Sunday, December 4.
Students will make four gluten free bakes from Howard’s new book, with a finale tasting of Howard’s ‘Christmas in Bakewell’ alternative to mince pies. Visit