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Tache Tuesdays at Tampopo and pizza-making classes at Fanelli's

By Luke Nicholls

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Staff at Tampopo restaurants are growing their own moustaches in aid of Movember
Staff at Tampopo restaurants are growing their own moustaches in aid of Movember
Restaurants, hotels and pubs across the UK including Tampopo and Trattoria Fanelli’s tell BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to attract customers.

Tache Tuesdays

To show its support for Movember, the moustache-growing charity event, Pann-Asian restaurant chain Tampopo are launching Tache Tuesdays. On Tuesday evenings throughout November, guests who visit one of the six Tampopo restaurants quoting ‘Movember’ can choose a free main dish. Tampopo co-founder David Fox said: "We are delighted to be supporting this cause. My father has prostate cancer, but is thankfully doing well with the latest treatments that are offered. Anything that can be done to find a cure for this is gratefully received.” As well as Tache Tuesdays, the Tampopo team will be hosting Movember parties on 31 November, with prizes being offered for the best moustache designs. Staff at Tampopo will also be growing their own moustaches in aid of Movember. Supporters can donate to Tampopo’s fund-raising efforts at http://mobro.co/tampopo​.

Pizza-making classes

Trattoria Fanelli’s in Merchant Square, Glasgow, has launched a series of classes offering aspiring chefs a chance to learn how to create a classic Italian-style pizza. Taking place on the restaurant balcony, Fanelli’s chef will demonstrate how to make pizza dough and other cooking techniques such as rolling and classic topping combinations. Fiona Robertson, manager at Trattorial Fanelli’s, said: “There is a variety of packages available, with all including an opportunity to enjoy your creations during the class – making it the perfect Christmas present for lovers of authentic Italian cuisine.” At the end of the classes, participants will receive a recipe sheet to take away and create their own pizzas at home. Pricing starts from £26.50 per person, with discounted bookings for parties of up to 22 people available.

Beer tasting dinner

The Felin Fach Griffin pub near Brecon hosting a beer tasting dinner the ­celebrate the launch of local brewer Brecon Brewing. On 11 November, guests will begin the evening with drinks at the bar and a brief introduction from Buster Grant, founder of Brecon Brewing. This will be followed by a sit-down four-course supper, with each course matched to Brecon Brewing’s beers. Grant, former head brewer at the Breconshire Brewery, said: “It is fantastic to be working with Julie and the team at The Felin Fach Griffin, it is a wonderful pub with great staff and really exciting food and drinks.” Edmund Inkin, joint owner of The Felin Fach Griffin, added: “Brewing in our part of the world is undergoing a renaissance and stocking great ale from small, local brewers is one of the biggest steps we have made in recent years.” The evening will be priced at £35 per person.

'Smart' foods

Norton Park hotel in Hampshire, part of the QHotels group, has introduced a selection of ‘smart’ foods into its conference and daily menus. Each month, chefs at Norton Park are devising special menus that offer a variety of nutritionally balanced dishes incorporating food that experts believe can help boost brainpower. General Manager of Norton Park, Michael Knox-Johnston, said: “We are fortunate to have some excellent conference facilities here at Norton Park, whether it is for large conferences, training days or team-building exercises. We do however recognise that people’s concentration can falter and energy levels drop when they are in a focused, thinking environment.” Dishes include rilette of poached salmon (a source of Omega 3), squash and spinach risotto (high level of folic acid), and Green Tea. New seasonal dishes will be added incorporating locally sourced products where possible. For more information visit www.Qhotels.co.uk/nortonpark​.

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