Toasted Radish will be popping up for one night only at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh (22nd April 2017) in honour of the Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger and his new exhibition. The intimate dinner amongst the works of this stylistically diverse and politically engaged artist promises to be an event not to miss.
Toasted Radish is a new Edinburgh-based catering and supper club business that has simple, creative and thoughtful food at its heart.
Founder Roly Simpson has long been passionate about food so, at the age of 33, he decided to leave behind a 12-year career as an estate agent and do something he loved. He undertook a six-month diploma with the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, which he graduated from with a distinction in September 2016.
Roly explains: “In my early teens I inherited a battered 1st edition of Elizabeth David’s French provincial cooking from my Grandmother. It sounds very clichéd but reading the recipes it felt as if a whole new world had been opened up and I can’t to this day roast a pepper without thinking about Elizabeth David. This was my ‘gateway drug’ to Richard Olney, Simon Hopkinson, Patience Gray, The River Café books and a love of everything food based.”
In November 2016 Roly launched Toasted Radish, which offers bespoke catering with a focus on ‘thoughtfully sourced’ food. The business looks to use food that is seasonal and sustainable. Wherever possible, the team sources within 30 miles of their location, whilst their meat and vegetables are organic and the fish is selected with sustainability in mind.
“I like to know where the food comes from that is why I use local suppliers” Roly says. “I believe that this ethos ensures the highest possible quality whilst also supporting small local businesses .”
Roly and his team cater for a range of events, from private dinners to cooperate events, as well as Toasted Radish supper clubs and pop-ups.
There are a limited number of places available at the “Eat dinner like a Turner Prize winner” event at the Fruitmarket Gallery. The menu will consist of three courses, canapés, coffee and petit fours for £35 (BYOB). The menu will be announced closer to the event but it promises to be a feast of all things organic, sustainable and seasonal, worthy of any Turner Prize winner.
For more details, as well as further information about the April event at the Fruitmarket Gallery, go to:
Quotes from happy clients:
“Awesome supper club, excellent food and great set up! I’d definitely do it again…what a treat!” Supper club guest, December 2016
“Roly and his team made a birthday lunch at my house yesterday which was superb in every way. I can’t thank them enough. If you are looking for a caterer look no further!” Private catering event, January 2017
“Great company, sensational food and very fine wines – this is far and away the best supper club I have been to – and the only one which used Fisherman’s Friends as part of the menu.” Supper club guest, February 2017