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Mar. 8th, 2009

10:33 pm - hey

Haven’t updated in so long, there is no point in apologising.

Still working but paid work runs out at the end of March and for some reason I don’t really care, I think I need a break. However, saying that there is all the voluntary work still to do and deadlines to meet. Outside stalls returning to Wirral Farmers Market and need to get cracking on Wirral Food and Drink Festival.

Starting work as a columnist for a new website, which is exciting, and I will post more on that soon.

Just had a nice weekend with sister in law and partner.

Fraiche got its Michelin star in January, so have had to book for my birthday in July now.

Trying to get my head round twitter (like every other PR at the moment) and finally got my website up and running. www.Annebenson.co.uk

Feb. 13th, 2009

10:17 pm

DEAD AT 77

heart attack

Jan. 18th, 2009

09:38 pm - restuarant fraiche michelin

i am told i forgot to post which restaurant had won the michelin, so here it is - restaurant fraiche in Oxton Village, Wirral.
well worth a visit and give us a call if you are going, i would love to meet up

Jan. 17th, 2009

10:31 pm - Michelin stars fraiche

My friend Marc got a michelin star today for his restaurant. I am so excited, he so deserves it and so does his team. years of working 24/7 and producing the most fantastic food has to be rewarded and it is so great that it has.
i can't stop dancing and jumping up and down.

Current Mood: happyhappy

Nov. 25th, 2008

10:27 pm - launch

The launch was fantastic and everyone seemed pleased, getting a group of chefs onto a ferry for photos was fraught, but it worked.
Then at the end of the day one person upset me, wh y is it one person can upset your whole day when you have worked so hard. who knows. but hey the book is great, get out there and buy it for everyone you know and the producers and chefs were so great. Give them a big boost. I know LJ is about a diary, but this means so much to me after 2 1/2 yearas and I really believe in this so hope you like it.

10:20 pm - working on title

is it a nightmare of chefs, a gaggle of chefs or just my boys visit www.facebook.com the Love food love liverpool site (as you know i am no good at technology)

Oct. 22nd, 2008

11:53 pm - food festivals, farm shops, food tourism

The year just seems to be galloping away.

Food Festival season is nearly behind us. After going to the incredibly successful launch event for the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival in Sefton Park, I headed down to Abergavenny.

First for a conference on Food Tourism where there representatives from all the UK, Jersey and even Tasmania.

It is a difficult one to pin down but the feeling was there that there are foodies who will travel to eat (and I am sure Northcote in Lancashire will be experiencing that now that Harden’s has just named it the best in Britain). But otherwise food is an integral part of your tourism experience.

Have a bad experience and you can put you off coming back or recommending it to anyone else. Have good experiences and that makes the whole trip more enjoyable. People are also asking more and more for local delicacies when they go away. (www.abergavennyfoodfestival.co.uk)

Then I stayed to spend a day at the Abergavenny Food Festival (which is the one that inspired me to think we could do it in Wirral). It was strange to be at a festival where I didn’t know everyone but I bumped into a few other food writers and friends and we were soon sitting in the sun munching on antipasti and feeling like we could be in the Mediterranean. I then had to come back so I could go along to the Hope Street Feast.

Work is still hectic and I am working to help promote a new Farm Shop set up north west entrepreneur Martin Ainscough, near Parbold in Lancashire.

(www.ainscoughs.co.uk)

But I am looking forward to getting my first break for two years and I am off for a long weekend in Lyons, with other food lovers, to experience as much as we can in a short time including lunch at Bocusse and a trip to a vineyard.

Oct. 13th, 2008

10:38 pm - tourism awards

have to judge some tourism awards which show a 'taste of england'. what would be your idea of an english tourism expeirience involving food? answers by yesterday.

Sep. 21st, 2008

10:44 pm - buffy

When you see this, post another Buffy quote in your LJ. Let's see how long this can go on..

"It's okay I have more whisky" From Giles

Sep. 8th, 2008

09:20 pm

Following the fantastic success of the Wirral Food and Drink Festival, we move onto the next one. This is food festival season, perhaps mainly because this is the season of the traditional harvest festival.
So in a week or so I am off to Abergavenny to a food tourism conference which I hope will give me some ideas on how to shout more about our food offering
We are acknowledged as one of the best areas in the country for our produce but still suffer from some of those annoying stereotypes about the region. (If I have to hear one more car tyre joke I might kill someone).
What I am looking forward to next weekend is the launch event of the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. This is going to be a fantastic chance to try some of the best food available from some of the top restaurants in the city region.
This weekend I had a fascinating visit to Norton Priory to see the national collection of Quince and Medlar trees for an article I am writing.
They are holding open events in October for apple days and quince days and it is an amazing place to visit at the back of an industrial park in Runcorn. Beautiful gardens and really interesting displays.

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