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1 month ago
Winnie by Winnie

Here at Rewired, we love all things food and drink and we were really excited about working on the Taste of the Mailbox. The week-long food and drink festival took place all around the Mailbox with free and ticketed activities and something for every kind of foodie.

The week began in the sunshine in the canal-side sampling hut where Mailbox restaurants created mini portions of their most popular dishes which proved to be perfect for enticing the lunchtime and evening crowds. People were treated to delicious treats ranging from mini afternoon tea, popcorn to juicy burgers – showcasing the range of food that the Mailbox has to offer.
Kicking off the weekend in style on Friday evening was the Taste of the Mailbox Food Tour where 12 foodies took part in an evening of feasting around the Mailbox. Guests were treated to an aperitif, starter, main and dessert at four restaurants including Harvey Nichols, Gas Street Social, Tom’s Kitchen and Chez Mal. It was the perfect evening of wining and dining around the Mailbox!

The weekend activities included sampling in the Urban Room from a selection of Harvey Nichols food and drinks brands.  We loved meeting the creators of Crazy Gin, who were passionate about their brand, even quitting their jobs in the process to pursue their love of gin. It was great to learn about the inspiration behind the gin and how the gin infuses their British Indian culture through the ingredients used.
The following day, wine fans could be found in the Harvey Nichols’ Wine Shop where wine expert, Jane Parkinson from Saturday Kitchen, joined a small group for a wine tasting session. Jane offered her expertise on wine and the group were able to try classic and contemporary wines alongside cheese boards from the Harvey Nichols restaurant. It was a brilliant session where everyone walked away with new wine knowledge as well as their own chosen bottle of wine from the Wine Shop.
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Well known for his enviable Instagram food pictures and cooking skills, Lap-fai Lee (aka The Foodist) took over the high-tech kitchens of Kitchen Gallery. The foodies were treated to a masterclass where they learnt how to prepare seafood and create an amazing Asian feast including salmon and cucumber maki rolls, steamed mackerel with pickled chillies, scallops and fragrant king prawn curry. The foodies had the opportunity to learn new skills, use the state-of-the-art Kitchen Gallery appliances (including a steam oven!) and finally tuck in to their creations in the luxury private dining room at Kitchen Gallery.
A special visitor to the Mailbox also made an appearance ahead of their pop up in Harvey Nichols. On Severn Street, The Wilderness’s ice cream van found itself underneath the much photographed Mailbox lamp, serving up cocktails with a twist! Offering up ice cream flavoured cocktails, some of the creations even included ants which were placed delicately on to a lollipop stick. In case you were wondering, they tasted of lemongrass…
Sunday’s activities started at the luxurious Everyman Cinema where guests enjoyed a special one-off screening of Chocolat. Of course, a mimosa and a pot of Belgian chocolates was the perfect accompaniment to the Johnny Depp classic.

Later that evening, cult fine dining restaurant, The Wilderness set up shop in the beautiful Harvey Nichols restaurant where they served up food for a tongue–in-cheek celebration of the traditional English holiday. The sold-out six course dinner was inspired by chef, Alex Claridge’s childhood experiences and included one of their delicious signature dishes, ‘Ants got the tart first’. Those lucky ants!


7 months ago
Winnie by Winnie

gettingcrafty_1We’re really excited to be working on Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair which is coming to Warwickshire for the first time this May. Last week, we officially launched the fair with an exclusive media launch event for regional press and bloggers. It was my first event with the team and I was super excited to be helping out. Held at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, the guests took part in crafty workshops and got a taste of what The Handmade Fair will offer.

We arrived with plenty of bunting, boxes of cupcakes, and armfuls of goodie bags and set to work decorating the venue for the guests. We got the first glimpse of the beautiful block prints and colourful wires that would be used for the workshops later on.

The workshops on the night included Tess from The Arty Crafty Place who showcased her colourful block printing, and Lucy Elisabeth who introduced guests to the art of wirework – both of who will be exhibiting at The Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall.

THF (40 of 51)Inspired by their travels to India, The Arty Crafty Place is a passionate team who specialise in block printing.  Their range of fairtrade, hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks are designed in-house and then carved by skilled artisans in Jaipur, India. With cushions and tea towels on display, everyone was excited to use their favourite block prints and colourful fabric paints to create their own tea towel designs. We certainly couldn’t wait to give it a go ourselves with teapots and chickens as our block prints of choice! As well as their own colourful tea towel, each guest took home a mini Arty Crafty Place kit, allowing them to continue their new found skills at home.

Next up was Lucy Elisabeth, who specialises in intricate wirework ranging from detailed portraits of flowers, the human form, to specially commissioned pieces. At the event, Lucy showed that wirework doesn’t have to be complicated and taught guests how to create beautiful floral wire brooches using just a few coloured wires and a pair of pliers. It was great to see everyone twisting the wires into shape and proudly wearing their new floral wire brooches.

gettingcrafty_3The event was buzzing with guests keen to get involved and create something of their own. We spotted many faces deep in concentration (including ours!) as everyone took part in workshops. It was a fantastic evening filled with creativity which was really inspiring! I was really excited to be involved in the event right from the set-up, learning from the expert makers, and then waving goodbye to the happy guests, each leaving with their new colourful tea towels and wire brooches.

We can’t wait to see what the other expert makers have to offer at the official fair on Friday 12th – Sunday 14th May. Keep checking our website for more news on The Handmade Fair!